In its first statement since a fire broke out at its Ukrainian joint venture factory in Mukachevo during the night of Oct. 11 to 12, Fischer Sports said it is immediately relocating some of its ski production to its own Austrian plant in Ried. By adding labor shifts at both locations, the company said it will be able to compensate for any production losses until the autumn of 2021.

Fischer pointed out that more than 90 percent of the products that had been pre-ordered for the autumn/winter 2020/21 season have already been manufactured or delivered. It noted that racing models and many other top-end items have not been affected because they are made in Ried.

The same goes for other products made elsewhere such as ski boots and poles. Furthermore, the fire department’s prompt intervention prevented the flames from spreading to the production of hockey sticks at the same factory or to the office building.

As previously reported, nobody was injured by the fire, which destroyed several ski production units. Fischer employs a total of almost 900 people at the plant. It declines to name the production capacity of the factory and to say whether it currently works on contract for other clients as well.

Investigators suspect that an electrical short circuit was the cause of the fire. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed, but all the parties want it to be repaired as quickly as possible. Fischer cannot yet predict the timing for the re-start of the production, but says it is covered by insurance.