Robots Making Their Way into Taiwan Parts Industry
TAICHUNG, Taiwan – CNC machining, forging and hydroforming is commonplace nowadays at Taiwan bike component makers. However, seeing the first robots appear at the production lines seems to herald the start of a new era. Marwi is the first Taiwan parts maker to use them.
In 2011 Marwi Group completed building its new factory and HQ in Taichung, Taiwan. Since then it took some time to have all the latest machinery installed. However, that process is now completed and among the newest machines there are even robots.
These robots are linked to injection moulding machinery used for making City, Trekking and kids bike pedals. Marwi Group, which operates production units and offices in six countries (Taiwan, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic and USA) is one of the world’s largest pedal manufacturers in the world. And to hold on to that position and to meet the rising demand it was, according to CEO Patrick Pai, necessary to install completely automated production lines capable of a 24/7 manufacturing. Combining the injection moulding machinery with robots offers that continued process.
Vacuum technology for saddles
Next to pedals it looks like Marwi is also to step up its production of saddles which are made under the San Remo (and OEM) brand name. For that the company installed in its Taichung facility one of the world’s biggest carousels incorporating vacuum technology for the saddles’ foam. Here also robots are used in the manufacturing process.
At the earlier today started Taichung Bike Week Marwi is presenting it MY 2016 line-up in pedals, saddles, dynamo and battery lights, lighting systems, spokes and wheels, Union products as well as its customized pedals at the Evergreen hotel, booth A38.