We reported late last month that Italian suspension manufacturer Marzocchi was set to be shut down by parent company Tenneco. Production at the company has apparently already ceased and all remaining inventory is being drawn down. Thankfully however, Tenneco is actively canvassing buyers for the business.
Last week a town meeting was held in Zola Predosa (home to Marzocchi) which was attended by the mayor, representatives of Tennco and Marzocchi as well as trade union officials to see if the business which was established in 1949 can be salvaged. There it was announced that Tenneco had received some interest in third parties buying Marzocchi but wouldn’t elaborate further.
Trade union officials also requested that production be restarted to ensure continuous supply to the motorcycle industry. Marzocchi currently supplies suspension components for almost the entire MV Agusta range, as well as bikes from Ducati (including the Hypermotard SP and Diavel), plus a number of bikes from Bimoto and BMW – including the just released BMW 1200 R. They’ve previously supplied the likes of KTM, Husqvarna and others too which will cause potential problems down the road with servicing and repairs should they shut down permanently.
It is not clear whether these issues only relate to the motorcycle side of Marzocchi’s business as all mountain bike forks have been produced in Taiwain since 2008 – the same year that Tenneco bought the company.
As previously mentioned, potential saviors may include Mercedes AMG with its connections to MV Agusta, or the Volkswagen Group with its ownership of Ducati -either of which may be interested in integrating suspension development directly as KTM and Honda both do.