I have received an update from the German manufacturers advising that they have an estimated production date of 29th September. This is slightly disappointing as there original a schedule was for 'mid-September', but I am aware of how busy they are at this time pre-Essen and grateful that (i) at least the production will be this month and (ii) that the (non-painted keyple) wooden pieces are anticipated by the manufacturer imminently. (I am aware from past experience of how easily delays in the receipt of wooden pieces - which are sourced separately by the manufacturer - can affect the game production timetable.) The manufacturers advise that they will also try to bring the date forward if possible.
The proposed production date will enable the US bound games to be shipped on 2nd October prior to individual postage within the US.