CaseLabs is "closing permanently" - blames tariffs

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CaseLabs is "closing permanently" - blames tariffs

CaseLabs, alongside its parent company, the California Fabrications Company, are set to close permanently, citing increased manufacturing costs and reduced margins for the company's demise.

More specifically, Caselabs cites tariffs as having a "major role" in raising prices, increasing manufacturing costs by almost 80% thanks to domestic shortages and higher import costs. The US Trump administration's Aluminium and Steel likely had a considerable role to play here. 

The CaseLabs website will no longer accept new orders, with the company stating that they plan to fulfil all parts orders, though the company will be unable to complete their full backlog of case orders.   

While Caselabs has sought a deal that would allow the company to survive, things never quite panned out, causing Caselabs to enter liquidation. Below is Caselabs' full statement on their closure. 

    We are very sad to announce that CaseLabs and its parent company will be closing permanently. We have been forced into bankruptcy and liquidation. The tariffs have played a major role raising prices by almost 80% (partly due to associated shortages), which cut deeply into our margins. The default of a large account added greatly to the problem. It hit us at the worst possible time. We reached out for a possible deal that would allow us to continue on and persevere through these difficult times, but in the end, it didn’t happen.

We are doing our best to ship as many orders as we can, but we won’t be able to ship them all. Parts orders should all ship, but we won’t be able to fulfill the full backlog of case orders. We are so incredibly sorry this is happening. Our user community has been very devoted to us and it’s awful to think that we have let any of you down. There are over 20,000 of you out there and we are very grateful for all the support we have received over the years. It was a great journey that we took together and we’re thankful that we got that chance.

We understand that there will likely be a great deal of understandable anger over this and we sincerely apologize. We looked at every option we had. This is certainly not what we envisioned. Some things were just out of our control. We thought we had a way to move forward, but it failed and we disabled the website from taking any more orders.

It was a privilege to serve you and we are so very sorry things turned out this way.


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Special thanks to RickPlaysWarr and Damien c for bringing this news to my attention.

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Most Recent Comments

11-08-2018, 09:15:54

So I would guess they were buying their alu from overseas then.Quote

11-08-2018, 09:30:04

Well this is a real shameQuote

11-08-2018, 09:56:38

wow just in time i got mine , would never of thought it their work is excellent such a shameQuote

11-08-2018, 10:12:31

Very sad to here this real shameQuote

11-08-2018, 10:44:59

Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
So I would guess they were buying their alu from overseas then.
The increase in prices due to tariffs would be driving up the price of domestic aluminium due to demand outstripping supply. I doubt CaseLabs was a big enough purchaser to negotiate better prices or even a continued supply from their supplier.Quote

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