I slutet av år 2010 äntrade den amerikanska tillverkaren Caselabs chassimarknaden med målet att erbjuda modulära datorlådor. Genom att montera de separata chassikomponenterna i bolagets produkter kan utseendet ändras, samtidigt som hårdvara med olika storlekar och fästanordningar blir kompatibla.
Caselabs meddelar nu genom ett Facebook-inlägg att de tvingas gå i konkurs, vilket även gäller moderbolaget California Fabrication Company. Konkursansökan kommer till följd av förhöjda kostnader, som kraftigt minskat företagets marginaler.
Produkter kan inte längre köpas genom företagets webbutik, men Caselabs ska leverera de beställningar som redan erlagts i så hög utsträckning som möjligt. Bolaget kommer dock inte kunna tillgodose alla kunder. Slutligen tackar företaget för stödet som kunderna givit under åren, men ber också om ursäkt för utfallet.
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.