We're making a tough decision here at Koromo Heritage - we are going to cut production on some of our lenses. The lenses that will be mostly affected by this are larger lenses and more complex lenses as they require greater quantities of materials which has been impacting our capacity to make and ship the lenses our customers are buying.
For most of us in many ways COVID and its impacts have now passed. This is not foregoing that the disease is still claiming lives and we are not diminishing this fact.
But for us here at Koromo Heritage there is a legacy left by the material supply chain interruptions of the past two years - we are still only getting limited supply of what we need and we have a backlog of orders still to fulfil.
As most of your know we bascially 'make to order' when you buy from us - but what this means is that when we have an order for a given lens we then make a short run of that lens at that time. This means that a handful of customers get a shorter turnaround from time to time.
So when we say we are cutting production of certain lenses, this means we are not going to take an order for the first pair that then sets the short run of production into play.
We are truly grateful to customers who have waited over lengthy delays and even more grateful that some customers are still waiting patiently as we catch up.
Making the lenses is only part of the story for us though; because when you get backlog of orders like we have had its almost impossible to keep up with enquiries for the delayed orders.
S50 Crown Ute and Wagon tail lamp lenses - not in production during 2023 but a limited stock on hand as we publish this article.
What you will start to see and in order to get on top of the backlog of orders for our lenses, during 2023 there will appear the 'Out of Stock' icon on those lenses that we will not be taking orders for and therefore also not making any short production of.
Should the year see us get back in front of lens orders and material supply significantly improve we will of course return to making these lenses.
Equally if there is an overwhelming request come demand for a particular lens we will review the production schedule and look to bring the demanded lens back into production.
Corolla and Sprinter E10 front parker indicator lenses will not be made during 2023, but we still have a limited stock on hand for now.
Posted on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KoromoHeriatgeParts) will be those lenses that this production cut will affect. Additionally if we return any particular lens to production we will also make a post on our Facebook page.
We must stress that this is not a permanent situation and we are working away to get back to where we make and sell the full range of lenses we've had in the past, and we continue to grow that range.
We must also stress that this issue only affects lenses. All other product offerings are unaffected.
Tail lamp lenses to suit FJ35, FJ45 early FJ55 Land Cruisers, as well as the S30 Crown wagons - production will be put on hold in 2023 as we catch up.