Online Magazine: Sustainability becomes leading in production

Online Magazine: Sustainability becomes leading in production

For a long time the bicycle industry has been able to rely on the fact that cycling itself is considered sustainable, but that is changing. Manufacturers across the industry are now examining their own practices and making changes to the production process. Big steps are currently being taken to ensure the industry is set up for a sustainable future.

Highlights in this latest online magazine (Issue 24 | December 2022) include:

  • ‘The most sustainable e-bike manufacturer in 2025’
  • Sustainability a driving force in product development
  • The environmental impact of the e-bike industry
  • 100% recyclable frames, made in Germany

By setting up their own production facility in Cologne, igus aims to manufacture 5,000 bikes for the next season. - Photo igus GmbH

igus plastic bicycle enters series production in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany - The former igus:bike of the German plastics specialist has been renamed RCYL ready for market launch. On display at Eurobike, the bicycle is made from 50% recycled fishing nets and requires zero lubrication for the moving components. RCYL is now entering series production in a new facility in Cologne, with igus aiming to produce 5,000 bicycles by next season. Additionally, the company is expanding its bicycle component business including the first injection-moulded polymer bicycle frame for Advanced Bikes.

“We see the market is changing and product managers are looking for a second or third drive train supplier,” says Okawa CEO Luca Du. – Photos Bike Europe

Okawa to start e-bike motor production in Portugal

SUZHOU, China - Okawa's preparations to open a production facility in Europe have already started. In the head office of Okawa Motor Technology Co. Ltd in China the first motor assembly line with a high level of automation was being put up during Bike Europe's recent visit. Once fully operational a copy of this assembly line will be shipped to Portugal.

Humpert rolled out an extensive investment program for its double-nickel-chrome electroplating plant. – Photo Humpert

Humpert invests €1 million in Chrome 3 surface treatment plant

WICKEDE, Germany - To comply with the latest EU regulations and to step up the company's CSR effort, bicycle component manufacturer Humpert rolled out an extensive investment program for its double-nickel-chrome electroplating plant. The chrome-plated surface of all ergotec steel handlebars and handlebars will be switched to the Reach-compliant Chrome 3 process from 1st July.

Bicycle production begins in one of the warehouses. Frames are manually hung on a hook and follow a 4 km trajectory over two days that covers all steps of the production process. - Photos Kettler

A look inside Kettler's modern factory: From production to assembly

ST INGBERT, Germany - One of the most modern bicycle factories in Europe: that's the claim Kettler Alu-Rad attaches to its new home in western Germany. Bike Europe visited the €100 million facility to follow the production and assembly process.