Just as things were starting to look up for the beleaguered Miselu, they suffered a devastating fire at the C.24 assembly factory in China. Over on the C.24 Kickstarter, Miselu shares details and photos of the damage.
Once inside, it quickly became apparent that the entire onsite stock of mechanical parts and subassemblies (for several thousand keyboards) had been destroyed by the fire. As many as 10,000 of some items were lost.
Our operations team has been working around the clock to get a new batch of components to the factory ASAP. Fortunately in many instances additional stock was already staged at supplier sites.
We currently have a team of miselu engineers in china in the process of cleaning and verifying all our of manufacturing test fixtures. They are also working with our CM partner to relocate/rebuild the assembly line in an unscorched area of the building.
Based on material availability estimates, we currently expect to be able to restart the line (and hopefully soon thereafter commence volume production) before the end of January.
In the meantime, we are continuing to build and ship kickstarter keyboards from our SF offices at a slow but steady rate. When China mass manufacture comes online, we will deliver the balance of kickstarter keyboards.
You can see more pictures in the Kickstarter post. My condolences to Miselu, I know how much they've been struggling to get these done. I hope they had some kind of insurance to cover this!
Update: I heard from Jeffrey Horton and Miselu, who had some goodish news. Their relationship with the Chinese manufacturer is such that they didn't own the parts that got burned. The scorched bits were still technically the property of the manufacturer, both bought and owned by them, and covered under their own insurance. Miselu's losses were minimal!