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If they do their own chain I would guess it would be sold in the European markets first?

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Back in my motocross days, Husqvarna were the absolute masters of pressure cast non-ferrous metal manufacture. HVA made the most beautiful complex engine components around. I, for one am hoping that they revive and enhance their dominance in this area!

If I can respectfully disagree and I know Im showing my age, even from the perspective of riding Husqvarna automatics, Maico was king!

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Don't feel bad about age, I remember those times too, started in 68 on Husky 360 Cross for Malcolm Smith K&N motorcycles, then for Edison Dye and finally the Husqvarna factory in 1971. The 73 400 CR in my avatar is actually my 73 season practice bike. It is still owned by a close friend of mine and that picture is recent!

Maico, made fine motorcycles. Not discussing the merits of individual brands only manufacturing techniques. HVA was one of the pioneers of pressure cast non ferrous metals outside the military/aerospace arena in the mid to late 60s. I am sure Lockheed Martin had the technology at the time but chainsaws probably would have been in the stratosphere in pricing were they to have made Stihl cylinders instead of the SR-71.
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If they do their own chain I would guess it would be sold in the European markets first?
I would think so....

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Didn't notice a place where this is going to happen at(or maybe my old unrevised eyes just missed it)....[edit: just noticed in was in Sweden]
Husqvarna already has a plant in SW Arkansas(Nashville, AR to be exact), wonder if they are think the low cost work force here in Arkansas(yes, we are 48-49 out of all the states as far as income per capita-unfortunately) will be able to fill this investment?



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Didn't notice a place where this is going to happen at(or maybe my old unrevised eyes just missed it)....[edit: just noticed in was in Sweden]
Husqvarna already has a plant in SW Arkansas(Nashville, AR to be exact), wonder if they are think the low cost work force here in Arkansas(yes, we are 48-49 out of all the states as far as income per capita-unfortunately) will be able to fill this investment?



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Investment in chain manufacture will be in Sweden, however and I quote
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The Group will also invest in expanded capacity for manufacturing of cylinders for two-stroke engines for chainsaws in its facilities in Nashville, Tenn., and in Huskvarna, Sweden.
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I can see the potential benefit for their OEM lines, but not sure about the aftermarket stuff.  Big box stores are very price concious (look at Home Depot and Tri-Link), and pro-saw users are picky and more knowledgable - they will not buy a replacement chain just because it says 'Husqvarna' on it.

If you look at Husqvarna's branded offerings in catalogs like Bailey's, they are always priced significantly higher than Oregon or similar ones. This suggests to me a higher markup or price structure that they will have to address.

I see them making a lot of low-kickback chain due to their product mix, but it only takes swapping out a drive link to make a green chain into a yellow one, so they could have a full line covering all of their saws.

Something else to watch!

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Agreed, Philbert! However what interests me is the in sourcing of cylinder manufacture. Would be nice if they would consider replacing hard chrome bores with nikasil. Doing so in both the Sweden and USA facilities would allow for cross pollination of the US and world markets.
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The announcement is a year old (February 2013) so who knows when they will invest or when we will see any fruit from the investment!
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However what interests me is the in sourcing of cylinder manufacture. Would be nice if they would consider replacing hard chrome bores with niksil. Doing so in both the Sweden and USA facilities would allow for cross pollination of the US and world markets.

Again, interesting that they are investing in these locations, versus China, Mexico, etc.

Had to look up the difference between nikasil and  chrome: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikasil.  Sounds like a cost issue?

Philbert

 

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