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Stock Update - December 2018

An explainer for why a lathe, milling machine or other product is temporarily out of stock


An introduction

If you are looking for an update on when a particular product will be back in stock, please don't hesitate to call us on 01428 682929, or via the contact form at

We've added some information below that goes into the background of current stock levels, so if you were wondering why something was out of stock, please read on.


Stock levels and an apology

We would like to take the opportunity to say how sincerely sorry we are if there is a product you were interested in that is out of stock at the minute.

There are two different main causes for this, which we have gone into more detail below, to keep you in the picture and hopefully help you understand how this has happened. 

The good news is that we anticipate that the majority of the machines that are currently out of stock are either already shipped or well into production - so this is only a temporary situation and absolutely all products will be restocked as soon as possible. We're doing all we can to be ensure everything is back in stock.


Two causes for being temporarily out of stock of some items

Factor 1.

The most significant reason for stock shortages is that we have seen unprecedented demand  for our lathes and milling machines. Lead times from our suppliers are 5-6 months from placing an order to completion, and in addition to that we have a five week transit time. If we have more demand than predicted, as we have experienced over the last 6 months, it not possible to speed up this delivery time. So a higher demand for Warco machines than ever has been both a blessing and a curse.

Factor 2.

The other key factor is that in China there is a shortage of supply from sub-contractors because a number of factories have been closed due to pollution issues. The Chinese government are taking pollution very seriously, to the extent that factories that do not comply with their new legislation are immediately shut down. These factory closures are widespread, and have applied to many different industries. We have linked to a few articles below which go into more detail about these closures.

While fewer factories has temporarily led to reduced supply, we work very closely with our suppliers, and together we are doing all we can to speed up the process by sourcing from cleaner sub-contracting alternatives as quickly as possible.


So in summary, increased demand and reduced supply has unfortunately led to a perfect storm of being sold out of a few different machines.


Warco machinery prices

Our supplier prices are increasing, with almost every new order carrying a price increase. We have been very keen to not pass on these increases to our customers, and will always strive to price as competitively as possible. Because of this, despite our costs going up, the good news is Warco machinery prices are largely not increasing. 


Finding out when a product will be back in stock

If you have questions relating to lead times for machines which are not in stock you're most welcome contact us by

  • Email
  • Phone 01428 682929  [ext. 206 or 211]

A quick way to be notified precisely when machines are back in stock is to visit the product page for the machine you are interested in, then simply enter your email address in the available box to receive notification the moment it is restocked.

We are always keen to do all we can for our customers, so if you have any other questions, please do contact us.

We'd like to thank you for bearing with us.


Further reading

China has shut down up to 40% of its factories in an unprecedented move to curb pollution

Chinese government shuts down tens of thousands of factories in pollution crackdown