Company life – French manufacturer Scorpa in compulsory liquidation –

French manufacturer Scorpa in liquidation

Company life - French manufacturer Scorpa in compulsory liquidation -

Following gloomy banking problems, the friendly manufacturer Scorpa, specializing in trials and off-roading, is forced to go out of business after fifteen years of existence..

Already badly off, the French motorcycle will now have to deal with the disappearance of one of its last representatives: after examining the takeover plans by the Spanish Gas Gas and the company Fites (Sherco), the Commercial Court of Nîmes has pronounced the final liquidation of the French manufacturer Scorpa.

A hard blow for the small firm based in the mechanical pole of Alès (Gard): declared insolvent since January 16, 2009, this company specializing in the construction of trial and off-road motorcycles with Yamaha engines has been working since relentlessly to try to ensure the sustainability of its activity.

Dropped by the banks when the crisis hit the tip of his nose in France, Philippe Aresten (the boss of Scorpa) found himself back to the wall in a delicate situation: "a continuation plan had been considered but could not be implemented for lack of agreement obtained with the main bank of the group ", indicates Scorpa.

Founded in 1995, the Alès company had a flattering reputation in the world of trials and some of its models such as the T-Ride 250 (250 cc single-cylinder, 96 kg dry) proved to be formidable tools for hiking. Focused on the future and clean recreation, Scorpa was even involved in the electric two-wheeler by founding Scorpa Electric Vehicles (SEV) in 2008: the E-Tricks – a mixture of mountain biking and trial – had to elsewhere aroused a lot of interest with its featherweight of 40 kg and its 50 km of autonomy.

This subsidiary, "bought by investors", specified our colleagues from Midi Libre, should continue its activity. The fact remains that the "parent company" leaves behind a reputation for irreproachable quality, unique know-how, as well as about twenty employees on the floor….

Alexandre BARDIN – Photos DR

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