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HelicopterJR Heli Vibe 90/50, Sylphide 90, GSR260 › JR Heli Division - Is JR done with helicopters ?
01-05-2017 10:14 PM  10 months agoPost 1
Hirobodude

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Hallo Gents,
Is this a Rumor or what ? I heard that JR is giving up Heli Division and dealers are dropping the brand - backlog with spares in Japan and US etc. ( same happened to Hirobo few years back )
So what is happening in our hobby - Hirobo out , Miniature Aircraft is out now JR is going out of business. Are they nuts? Not everybody want to fly bloody QUADS !
Anyone knows more to this ...?
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Hirobodude

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01-05-2017 10:58 PM  10 months agoPost 2
tadawson

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Uh, Hirobo *NOT* out . . . US retailers just kinda dense . . . alive and well in JP, with new US importer, but yeah, not a lot of new stuff recently (which is fine with me . . . still need to master what I have!)

Miniature not out either . . . just now German based . . . US retailers kinda dense . . .

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01-05-2017 11:01 PM  10 months agoPost 3
banshee rider

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You don't come on here very often ?

For Hirobo http://hirobofanusa.com/

For M.A. https://www.miniatureaircraftusa.com/

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01-05-2017 11:05 PM  10 months agoPost 4
banshee rider

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Here is the complete letter with all the info

August 28,2016

To all of our valued customers:

We are contacting you today to share information regarding the recent changes at JR Propo. While we are sure you have already heard some information either from JR Propo, or various posts and rumors,we feel it is important as our valued customer that you hear the correct information, directly from JR Propo.

We also realize that this communication should have been made sooner by us, but due to the many changes at JR, we are simply behind with this communication, and for that, we apologize.

Supply (logistics and production)

JR has made the decision to close our Japan factory at the end of July 2016, located in Matsusaka, and move production of these products to our more cost effective Sanei factory, located in Malaysia.

Sanei has proven for many years to produce high quality JR products at reasonable cost, and since current production was far from 100%, it makes good business sense for JR to move all Propo production to Sanei.

As for delivery of products, mainly for Japanese Domestic Market, JR is in the process of selecting an external logistics partner to handle shipment and delivery.

JR regrets that these changes, although necessary, might cause some delays and inventory shortages until the Sanei factory, and our external logistics service is fully up to speed and operational.

These transfers are scheduled to be completed by the end of September, barring any unforeseen problems or delays.

JR thanks its customers for your patience during this transition, and we apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause.

Development (Hobby and Industry)

With the decline of the Radio Control Hobby market World Wide, and the need for JR to grow and regain sales, JR must temporarily focus our main effort towards the multi-purpose industrial helicopter market.

While it is true that for now, JR must focus most of our efforts for new product development towards the industrial projects, this does not mean that JR is planning to leave the RC hobby market.

Since JR is not a large company, our engineering staff and resources are somewhat limited, so our current engineers must give their main efforts to the industrial project to be successful.

This of course means that there will be unfortunate delays in the development of new RC Hobby products, but we are sure that technologies learned during the industrial project will result in these technologies being applied to new JR RC Hobby products in the future.

Through our expansion to the Industrial RC Market, JR will gain not only a financial benefit to make our company stronger, but also the new technologies that will enable us to also become stronger in the RC Hobby business in the future.

Please know that JR will continue to produce and provide current RC Hobby items, and new product development will increase once the industrial project has been realized.

Please also know that JR Propo’s foundation has been for the RC Hobby business for more than 40 years now, and JR is still committed to the RC Hobby business for the future as well.

We do apologize to all of our loyal customers for temporary delays in supply and new product development, but we are confident that JR Propo will be much stronger and more capable company in the near future.

Best Regards:
Japan Remote Control Co.,Ltd.

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01-06-2017 01:18 AM  10 months agoPost 5
Hirobodude

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Hallo,
Gentlemen, Thank you for fast reply - clarification and explanation.
I do appreciate your time and effort.
Regards,
Hirobodude

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01-07-2017 01:55 PM  10 months agoPost 6
Ladymagic

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I am very happy to hear JR isn't permently leaving the hobby market. I have a Forza700 that needs spare parts to keep it in the air. I can respect them needing time to restucture and the market is really weak right now. Just dont like the idea that they might abandon my JR helis.

Does JR still plan to release the Forza550? That was a huge dissaapointment when they announced they werent going to realease it after all. I was for sure going to buy it. Here's hoping for the best JR.

Mellisa

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01-07-2017 02:03 PM  10 months agoPost 7
fastrc1

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I think the reason they may have done that is to have something in the que to help reboot them once they move back to Helicopters per se. I wouldn't have released it during a factory change/move either.

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01-08-2017 07:36 PM  10 months agoPost 8
Ladymagic

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I will be keeping an eye out this year for something good. I haven't been very active in the hobby or on this site for a while but here's hoping for a good year for JR and the rc heli market in general.

Mellisa

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01-10-2017 11:45 PM  10 months agoPost 9
chicken

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I spoke to a rep. From Jr Americas & he told me that they weren't going to continue with their heli division. What a shame considering that I really enjoyed me vibe 50 build & still have it.

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