Coronavirus: Singapore manufacturers worry over production, shipment delays

OE Manufacturing managing director James Wong, seen here at his firm's Pioneer Road premises, has been hit by the fallout from the virus outbreak, with operations at the firm's hydraulic cylinder factory in China's Jiangsu province suspended. He expe
OE Manufacturing managing director James Wong, seen here at his firm's Pioneer Road premises, has been hit by the fallout from the virus outbreak, with operations at the firm's hydraulic cylinder factory in China's Jiangsu province suspended. He expects the factory to reopen by the end of this month. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Singapore firms worry about rising costs and inability to fulfil orders amid disruptions

Singapore manufacturers are concerned that delays in production, shipment and delivery due to shuttered factories and quarantined workers arising from the worsening coronavirus outbreak will prompt their customers to switch suppliers.

They are also worried about rising production costs, given the supply shortfall and backlog that factories will need to clear once they reopen.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 10, 2020, with the headline 'Production, shipment delays hit manufacturers'. Print Edition | Subscribe