First Coronavirus Update
3 March 2020
The Coronavirus in China (and now most part of the rest of the world) has had severe supply ramifications. The lag effect from the lack of supply is going to have major ramifications across almost all industries. Let’s face it; just about everyone is dependent on Chinese made products or components. The world is only just beginning to feel the fallout of China being the global factory.
Despite all of our time and effort in establishing Leading Edge Lithium so far the Coronavirus has taken it’s toll. Just as we were nearing to making our hard worked negotiated deals for battery components, the Chinese New Year arrived. Finalising the details of manufacturing our awesome unique LiFePO4 battery case was delaying our opening anyway. Hence, we decided to wait until after the Chinese New Year holiday before we ordered what we needed to get our business up and running.
Unfortunately that didn’t happen. China is still in lockdown for quarantine and factories are still closed. This includes the factories that we had finally developed a supply relationship with. We are glad that those factories are still closed so that people can get better and not spread the virus. It does mean thought that until all of this has cleared up, we are unable to order our supplies. Therefore we are unable to make our awesome batteries, or offer you any of our other quality products for purchase.
Perhaps governments will consider the supply chain ramifications raised by this virus. A re-think on globalisation might result and will the world be better for it? I guess we will have to wait and see.
Leading Edge Lithium is still coming…. just maybe not as soon as we had hoped!
For now, our hearts and thoughts continue to go out to the wonderful Chinese people. We have developed not just business relationships with some of them, but friendships also over the last year. Also, to all the Chinese people who are going through such a very hard time right now.
Our hearts also go out to all the other people, and their families, around the world. Despite our irrational hopes that the Coronavirus will not keep spreading, unfortunately it is all too likely that it will.
May you all be safe, take care and look out for each other. These kinds of situations can divide us. Even though the disease itself might do that physically, let’s make sure it does not divide us mentally and emotionally. Our compassion and love can spread faster than any virus!
P.S. May, 2020.
Unfortunately the Coronavirus had a more devastating effect than what we first thought. Leading Edge Lithium is now another Covid-19 business casualty.
Our family is really struggling. Any donation you could make would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much, from the Edge family.