Made in Ukraine – 1 The human consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are clearly devastating, the economic effects are huge, and there’s likely to be a commercial impact on the cycling market, the war-torn country producing a significant amount of technical clothing for some major brands.
With the Russian invasion now nearly into its third month, western consumers are being made aware of the many things Ukraine produces that they were only dimly aware of before the conflict began. Wheat (link is external) , sunflower oil (link is external) , car parts (link is external) and IT (link is external) , are some of the things to grab headlines, but crucially for the cycling industry, Ukraine is also an important hub of the world garment trade and in particular the production of sportswear.
While the economic dislocation caused by the war pales in comparison to the suffering of the Ukrainian people themselves, it is nevertheless real for the companies affected and those that work for them. As a cycling website, we’re focusing here on the probability that the conflict will lead to kit supply issues for some brands later this year.
Some familiar brands produce cycle clothing in their own factories in Western Europe. Santini, for example, makes virtually all of its clothing in its factory in Bergamo, Italy. Some other brands either set up their own factories in countries where labour costs are cheaper, such as Ukraine, or farm out production to factories owned by third parties.
Well-known cycle […]