One-Stop-Shop Platform for Frame Finishing Launched at Eurobike
SOFIA, Bulgaria – It has already been launched to a group of OEM’s last June but will have its grand premiere at Eurobike; bike sppot. This is a unique one-stop-shop platform presenting state of the art surface finishing solutions to the bicycle and sporting goods industry.
bike sppot is an initiative of TIGER Coatings, Deyacolor, Hodij Coatings, Posterama and Wagner Group aiming to offer bike manufacturers services and products by combining the experience, know-how and products of leading powder coating, liquid paint, decals and application equipment providers. The bike sppot team helps its customers find trendy colour and effect combinations for their frames and accessories as well as achieve well designed high-end surfaces.
Shortening decision-making process
Last June the bike sppot – competence center in Sofia was officially opened to with an industry unveiling. This center will aid and shorten the decision-making process on all issues, design and trend questions when it comes to a bicycle surface. The visitors attended presentations and workshops at the modern competence center, which consist of a state-of-the-art laboratory for powder and liquid coatings + decaling, a showroom plus an indoor and outdoor business lounge. The full process of powder and liquid coating of a bicycle frame was presented step by step by the experienced specialists from the bike sppot team. As part of the finishing of a frame, all types of decals and their proper use were also presented by the Posterama professionals. All participants in the event could perform each stage of a frame surface finishing process – coating, curing, decaling. Guests were shown the possibilities of the weathering and mechanical tests that the Competence Center’s laboratory is equipped to perform.
New colour trends and technologies
The technical team of Hodij Coatings showed some of the secrets and challenges in making colours and manufacturing paint. The colour trends and new technologies in powder and liquid coatings were also part of the presentations. The visitors were presented the whole idea behind bike sppot by one of its founders, Yavor Peshev. What is the value of a coated product and to what extend is the price of the coating a determining factor was a question raised and explained in details by Helmut Lehner form TIGER.
Frame production in Bulgaria
The bike spot launch event was made possible with the support of some of the sponsors of the platform – Fox Laser and Metal Werk. The MD’s of the two companies presented their plan for frame production in Bulgaria. On the founders of bike sppot; TIGER Coatings, established in Austria in the early 1930s, is now among the world leading manufacturers of powder coating systems. Deyacolor is an experienced supplier of TIGER surface finishing solutions. Hodij Coatings is a valued manufacturer of liquid paints. Posterama Screen Productions develops and produces all types of decals for the bicycle industry. WAGNER Group provides perfectly aligned products and solutions for optimizing entire coating, bonding, sealing and encapsulation processes.