TAIPEI, Taiwan - Renowned frame maker Astro Engineering Co. Ltd. is expanding its aluminium frame production. The company, which is not hampered by longer lead-times, launched at Taipei Cycle carbon frames. Aluminium frame production will be enlarged this year from 600,000 to 800,000 frames.
Astro is not hampered by longer lead-times resulting from the China labour crisis. The company’s main production facilities are in Vietnam, so there’s no problem finding sufficient and skilful workers. Thanks to that Astro is expanding its aluminium frame production in Vietnam. And, as the company is able to deliver its frames completely painted upon request Astro’s paint facilities in Vietnam are also expanding.
New at Astro are carbon frames. This year the frame maker is starting up production of monocoque carbon frames. For 2011, the company is planning an output of 20,000 units, which can be delivered completely painted. The two new monocoque carbon frames are a road frame and a MTB hardtail.
The road frame comes in 7 sizes – from 480 – 600 mm. The 540 mm frames weighs 950 grams. The MTB hardtail monocoque comes in 3 sizes; small, medium and large and weighs 1.15 kg in the 480mm version.