It appears the rumors of Marzocchi’s uncertain future has come to an unfortunate truth, with parent company Tecceco announcing its intention to discontinue the iconic Italian suspension brand. The future for the mountain bike business remains unknown.
Having made its mark in mountain biking with the Bomber fork in 1995, Marzocchi has a deep history in mountain bike suspension. With this, it’s possible we’ll see the name resurface under new owners – especially given the mountain bike products have been manufactured in Taiwan since 2008.
However, this is all hearsay and the exact future for the mountain bike side of the brand remains uncertain. See below for the official press release sent out to Tenneco shareholders.
“Lake Forest, Illinois, July 22, 2015 – Tenneco Inc. (NYSE:TEN) announced today its intention to discontinue its Marzocchi motor bike fork suspension business and its mountain bike business, and liquidate its Marzocchi operations.
These actions are subject to a consultation process with the employee representatives and in total would eliminate approximately 138 jobs. Tenneco currently employs 127 people at the Marzocchi plant in Bologna, Italy and an additional 11 people in its operations in North America and Taiwan.
Tenneco intends to assist its motorbike customers with the transition of current production to an alternative supplier and expects to complete the closure by the end of 2015.
"We sincerely regret the impact these actions would have on our Tenneco Marzocchi employees, and thank them for their tireless efforts to improve performance and reduce costs. Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome continuing market challenges in the two-wheeler business," said Brian Kesseler, chief operating officer, Tenneco. “We are committed to working with our employees’ representatives, and with our customers to make the transition as smooth as possible.”
This intended action is a part of Tenneco’s ongoing efforts to optimize its Ride Performance business globally while continuously improving its operations and increasing profitability.
Tenneco expects to record charges of approximately $27 million related to these actions in the third quarter which includes approximately $17 million of cash expenditures. These charges consist of severance and other employee related costs, asset impairment charges and other expenses related to the closure. The company anticipates improving financial results by approximately $7 million annually, beginning in 2016.
Tenneco is an $8.4 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 29,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive, commercial truck, and off-highway original equipment markets, and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.”