Globally, drone manufacturers are finding it increasingly tough to meet the demands of their production schedules, and while covid-19 related restrictions are beginning to ease in some countries, China is still facing huge problems with its manufacturing systems. This is inevitably having a disruptive impact upon the supply chain, with many component parts for drones, simply not being made.
Drone manufacturers are doing their best to continue supplying customers with the products they require, but shortages are already occurring, and shipments are being delayed. While this situation is entirely out of the manufacturers control they say that they’re keeping a close eye on things, and will endeavour to adapt to new developments as and when they occur, and what more can we ask of them, really?
Experts say the blame should not lie with the manufacturers:
Praised by the WHO for their efforts to contain the outbreak of Covid-19, China placed more than 50 million of its inhabitants under a mandatory quarantine schedule for 3 months. Then, once the lockdown was gradually eased, strict social distancing measures came into force and an even greater impact was had on manufacturing, as business meetings and conferences were cancelled. While the Chinese government laid out a set of legal obligations for all industries to meet in efforts to limit the risk of contagion during the pandemic, manufacturers were also required to protect their staff and supply chain as best as they could. Put all of this together and you have a global manufacturing powerhouse that has been crippled to the xtent few of us could have imagined 4 months ago, and every item of plastic made in China has been next to impossible to get.
What are the predictions for the future of drone manufacturing?
While manufacturing is slowly beginning to pick up its pace in China, the threat of reinfection looms ever present on the horizon, and if companies aren’t extremely vigilant, a rising death toll from the virus could see many industries forced to come to a standstill again. However, if all remains well and companies can continue to manufacture goods for the global market, then component stock levels could soon be back up to normal levels, and consumers will be able to buy drones again.
It’s hard to say exactly how much of an impact the slowing of manufacturing has had on the drone industry – a lot will depend upon how quickly components come back onto the market, and the availability of research data – but with the popularity of drones set only to increase in coming years, it may take more than a global pandemic to ground these exciting and intelligent flying tech bots.