With the recent announcement that Anderson Stands has stopped production Sharp Racing is truly the "last man standing' in the world of Australian made bike stands.
But surely that's a good thing right? reduced competition, larger slice of the pie etc? well no, it's not. You only have to look at how long Holden and Toyota lasted after Ford pulled the pin to see why there aren't any champagne corks popping around Sharp Racing HQ.
It's not my place to speculate in why Chris Anderson pulled the plug, I don't know. But, what I do know is he isn't the only one.
With more and more local businesses closing down it high time we, as Australian consumers, wake up and realise what we are losing.
The choice of a locally made product, designed for local conditions and backed by a local warranty is simply disappearing from many products.
And, more than that, what about the people who make these things? what happens to them? the guys who's been a welder for 30 years, proud of his skills (and rightly so) what does he do once nothing is welded here any more, go and do an IT course and compete with his kids for a job?
If we don't wake up and get out of this ' Cheap first, quality last' mentality soon there wont be a quality option left, then it will be too late.
Over the nest few weeks we are going to run a series of blogs about the people who actually MAKE the Sharp Racing stands. Real local people, from real local small businesses who all contribute their skills and years of experience to make our products the best on the market!
Stay tuned and remember, buy local or kiss it goodbye.........