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Johanna Lu
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Date: 1/14/10 11:15 AM

Today it was announced that SVP will close the Swedish Viking/Husqvarna factory and move all sewing machine production to Shanghai. The reason is $$ of course, and I feel a little sad about it - it's an end to an era - the Husqvarna factory has produced sewing machines for over 100 years and I have been very fond of my Viking/Husqvarna machines. I don't think that this will affect the product line though, the Viking brand will continue.



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Date: 1/14/10 11:24 AM

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I don't think that this will affect the product line though, the Viking brand will continue.


I hope so, but the quality of the Swedish made machines will not be there. Pfaff will likely also be manufactured in Shanghai then, as that company has also got Pfaff. Treasure your well made European machines.

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Date: 1/14/10 11:25 AM

Really, that's too bad. No more made in Sweden machines. I really like the Viking machines and hope this doesn't effect quality. How many people are loosing their jobs with this closing?

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Date: 1/14/10 11:28 AM

Oh, sad news indeed! I'm a Viking girl through and through.

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Date: 1/14/10 11:32 AM

About 100 factory workers will lose their jobs. Also I realised that this post probably belongs in the sewing machine section, I was a little confused when I posted this. Hopefully the mod's will see it and decide which is the right place.

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Date: 1/14/10 12:10 PM

I love Viking machines, and own 2 at the moment. But I doubt I'll buy another. What's the point of buying a European machine if it's made in Asia? It's not like the price is going down.

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Date: 1/14/10 12:15 PM

I happen to work for a manufacturing firm that has facilities in Asia (not sewing machines) and I would not automatically expect that the quality of the product will deteriorate. Our facilities are managed by Western-born or trained managers, to Western quality standards and it's quite possible the same will be true of Viking products.

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Date: 1/14/10 12:21 PM

I'm not prejudiced against Asia, I'm prejudiced for Sweden. I have many home items with Swedish engineering, such as my Asko washer, and my Viking sewing machine. If Viking isn't going to be made in Sweden, then its value will diminish in my eyes. I'm going to look around and try to get another Made in Europe Viking, then I can put it away for the future.

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Date: 1/14/10 12:21 PM

Quote: racehorse
I happen to work for a manufacturing firm that has facilities in Asia (not sewing machines) and I would not automatically expect that the quality of the product will deteriorate. Our facilities are managed by Western-born or trained managers, to Western quality standards and it's quite possible the same will be true of Viking products.

Absolutely, that can totally be the case. SVP have a reputation to guard for their brands and I hope that they will take it seriously when they move the production.
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Date: 1/14/10 12:31 PM

Sad for the Swedish people.
We have had soo many factory closings here in the USA too. Sad all around.
I have to agree w/ diane s.... the price of Vikings aren't going down even with the move. Not positive.

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