SAN DIEGO, USA – Yesterday production of the NuVinci continuously variable planetary gear hub started at a new assembly line of MTD Products Inc. at its facility in Leitchfield, Kentucky in the US. With that Fallbrook Technologies completes the manufacturing changeover after its former manufacturing licensee, Aftermarket Technology Corp. ended production mid-March.
At last March Taipei Int’l Cycle Show Fallbrook Technologies Inc., owner of all patents for the NuVinci gear hub, presented its new production partner. For the next five years the planetary (CVP) transmission for bicycles, light electric vehicles (LEVs) and other devices, will be produced by MTD Products. This is an American company that produces gearboxes for outdoor power equipment like lawn mowers and utility vehicles. MTD Products now started production of the current NuVinci CVP model (N171B).
This manufacturing capability will enable Fallbrook to meet the growing demand for NuVinci hubs, which are now built into over 40 biked models produced under more than 20 OEM brand names worldwide. “MTD is very pleased to announce that our assembly equipment and processes are now in place and operational,” said Dieter Kaesgen, vice chairman of MTD Holdings. “MTD is focused on the goal of insuring that Fallbrook’s customers receive timely shipments of the highest-quality NuVinci hubs when and as they are needed.”
William Klehm III, president and CEO of Fallbrook said: “The decision to change our approach to manufacturing was driven by our commitment to serving the bike and LEV industries. The start of production at MTD marks the completion of that transition.”
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