Cooler Maker Scythe Shuts Down Operations [UPDATED]

Scythe USA Falls Victim of Economic Crisis

by Anton Shilov
11/29/2012 | 01:52 PM


UPDATE: Scythe Group Denies Plans to Shut Down Operations.

Scythe USA, a supplier of Scythe products in the U.S., said on Thursday that it would close the operations because of the closure of its parent company. The reasons for the move are unclear since Scythe made world-class coolers that did not cost too much and were quite popular among enthusiasts not only in the U.S., but also around the world.

“Scythe USA has been a supplier of Scythe products for the past several years. In November 2012, Scythe USA had to make a difficult decision to end its operations as a result of the closure of its parent company. We greatly appreciate your business and support over the years,” said Masahiro Sakai, chief executive officer of Scythe, at the Scythe USA page.

While Scythe’s web-site in the U.S. informs about the closure of the company, web-sites in Japan and Europe continue to operate and at press time did not contain any information about the decision to shut down operations.

Scythe is a leading supplier of not only various high-quality PC coolers, but is also a leading maker of accessories for a variety of electronics in Japan. In the rest of the world the company is primarily known for its legendary cooling systems for microprocessors and graphics cards.

The reasons behind the decision to shut down the operations are unknown. However, generally slow economy amid crisis on the market of PCs and prolonged upgrade cycles most probably lowered demand for premium cooling systems as well. On the other hand, besides coolers, Scythe also sold other PC components as well as accessories for gadgets in Japan, which should have probably helped to keep the company afloat. Unfortunately, no exact details are known.