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Sanda Kan cuts manufacturing for some model railroad companies

By Hal Miller
Published: June 23, 2010
Chinese contract manufacturer Sanda Kan has sent letters to a number of its customers worldwide, telling them it will no longer be able to make products for them.

According to industry sources, among the model railroad customers receiving letters from Sanda Kan are Weaver, S Helper Service, American Models, Bowser, Micro-Trains and Märklin/Trix.

Among those not getting letters were Bachmann, Lilliput, Graham Farish, Lionel, Atlas, Walthers and Aristo-Craft.

Kader Holdings, which purchased Sanda Kan in 2008, is also the parent company for Bachmann, Lilliput and Graham Farish.

Numerous model railroad companies that have products manufactured at Sanda Kan have seen delays in deliveries over the past 18-24 months. Some had already moved the bulk of their production to other companies like AFFA Technologies.

Also picking up some business from the turbulence is Rapido-Maytex. The company’s Jason Schron says it has picked up a couple of customers and is looking for more. He says the facility specializes in runs from 1,000-10,000 pieces.

Sanda Kan’s move is widely seen as an effort to focus its production capacity on its biggest customers. It also manufactures slot cars and other injection-molded hobby products.