The executive management of 3W-Modellmotoren GmbH, which acted as production service provider for 3W-International GmbH, filed for bankruptcy during the past week. For this reason, Karsten Schudt, managing director of 3W-International GmbH, is making a statement that the leading engine supplier for UASs is covered concerning this development.
“Both companies were independent of one another. Nonetheless, the decision of 3W-Modellmotoren’s executive management didn’t catch us entirely unprepared”, reports Karsten Schudt. During the past months, Schudt and his employees became aware that some of 3W-Modellmotoren’s executive management had their eyes on other corporate goals and were no longer interested in regular deliveries to 3W-International. No solution could be reached even after copious discussions so that 3W-International saw itself compelled to establish new production options. In this context, Sky Power GmbH was founded in early 2018 as performance partner and as its own production service provider.
“We were informed about the bankruptcy filing by 3W-Modellmotoren’s executive management. We maintained silence about the filing, but this week we received the first calls from our customers about the extent to which this bankruptcy impacts us. That’s why we saw ourselves compelled to make a public statement about this development”, Schudt continues. Since the two companies are independent of one another, this development doesn’t affect 3W-International. The expansion of Sky Power GmbH will continue as will further development of engines and auxiliary systems.
An in-house production building, into which two new test stands are also being integrated, has been rented for this purpose in the greater Frankfurt area. Production is being established and implemented under the guidelines of ISO 9001. “We’ve also conducted talks with our long-standing suppliers and have been able to retain them all for the long term.
The extent to which 3W-International will be able to support 3W-Modellmotoren’s customers with spare parts and maintenance is unclear at the moment. “We’ve first got to wait for the bankruptcy filing. Furthermore, we have a different engine portfolio than 3W-Modellmotoren because our engines aren’t orientated towards hobby use. We can ultimately only guarantee spare parts, service, and consulting if the engines were demonstrably delivered by 3W-International. That’s why we can only urgently advise against purchasing 3W-International engines from third parties not belonging to 3W-International Sales”, explains Schudt. 3W-International Sales participants can be requested from 3W-International.
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