While many lighting manufacturers make their products or components for their products in China, at this time we are not hearing about any interruptions in supply as a result of the spreading coronavirus.
As of Monday morning, February 3, there are more than 17,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with most of them in China. China is also reporting 361 deaths linked to the virus. As of Monday, February 3, there are 11 confirmed cases in the United States.
Speaking on CNBC about his earnings report, Signify CEO Eric Rondolat said his company is working with the Chinese government to keep his employees safe, and Signify says all of it’s employees are healthy. “Our first focus is about our people. We have below 8,000 people in the country, and these people are being monitored on a daily basis,” Rondolat said. “Most of them are at home, so we know where they are, and we monitor them on a daily basis. We are very happy to report at this point in time that there is no infection in our workforce. We are following the Chinese government’s recommendations.”
tED magazine also spoke to two other LED companies about potential shortages of LED lighting made in China. Both said they do not have any supply shortages and report “business as usual.”
China has extended its New Year holiday for another week, so future orders may be delayed if the holiday extends beyond February 10.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) states that there is currently no evidence to support transmission of the coronavirus associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of the coronavirus in the US associated with imported goods.