Kickstarter Campaign for Frame Production in the Netherlands
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Mokumono Bikes announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and start up its innovative bicycle frame production process in the Netherlands.
“We expect to raise USD 90,000 in a 30‐day campaign to start-up production of our frames together with our partner Witte van Moort, based in the Dutch town of Vriezeveen,” says Mokumono founder Bob Schiller.
Production back to Europe
“It is a shame that a nation so known for its bicycles buys most of their bicycles and components from foreign manufacturers. I think it is time to bring bicycle production back to the Netherlands. Mokumono’s innovative production process allows a revival of the vanishing tradition of Dutch of bicycle manufacturing.”
Laser welded sheets
Schiller continues: “I was inspired by production techniques use for cars. Mokumono frames are made of two aluminium sheets pressed into a form and laser welded together. The European car industry has managed to retain production in Europe by adapting techniques which can be automated easily. By ‘borrowing’ these techniques we are able to create a highly automated production process, significantly lowering labour costs and thus making it possible to manufacture bicycle frames in the Netherland again.”
The production techniques are reflected in the design of the strong and lightweight frame. The high edge on the outline of the frame visually splits it in halve and reflects the way it is built.
Mokumono started as a graduation project by Bob Schiller at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Today the team consists of Bob Schiller and his twin brother Tom. He is an Environmental and Resources Management graduate from the Free University of Amsterdam and responsible for the production and supply chain.