THE outbreak of deadly coronavirus led to the cancellation of a major tackle show in China, and will have an impact on our tackle industry.

Coronavirus fears and an ever-rising spread of cases meant organisers quickly decided to cancel the 30th China Fish show, due to be held in Beijing early in February.

It is one of the world’s largest tackle shows, attracting industry representatives from around the globe.

The trade here in the UK, and in most countries, is reliant on imports of tackle items and materials from China.

Delays to future deliveries are already expected due to the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus halts 5G rods

David Middleton, director at Middy, said: “We are fortunate in that a big part of our deliveries had already been shipped. We are also fortunate in that a lot of items are still made in our UK plant.

“It does look as if it will have an effect on supplies; already workers are being told to take a longer holiday, and our forwarders are giving us warnings about their workers not being able to return until things are deemed to be safe.

“Our biggest launch of the year, the new 5G rods range, will be delayed, which is a great shame,” David concluded.

Stephen McCaveny, seen inside Daiwa’s UK factory in Wishaw, Scotland.

Tackle firms watch situation closely

Stephen McCaveny, marketing manager for Daiwa Sports UK, said: “It’s really too early to judge the impact. A lot will depend on how the viral outbreak is restrained.

“Daiwa was not exhibiting at the cancelled (China Fish) show, but would have had representatives there exploring development of new products, so there may be some setback on this.

“We have our own UK factory, so have some leeway if supplies in China dry up.”

Daniel Perkins, finance director of Nash, said: “We were fortunate in that with Chinese New Year, the workforce there were all going to be on holiday anyway, and our orders were dispatched before the crisis escalated.

“There’s no need for a knee-jerk reaction. We’ll have to see how things pan out, but with the cancellation of the show, there may be some product development delays.”

The vice-chairman of the Angling Trades Association, Mike Heylin, has also spoken about the difficult situation with coronavirus, plus the uncertain future after Brexit.

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