Thun Back on Track with Exclusive Focus on BB Cartridges
ENNEPETAL, Germany Bicycle component manufacturer Thun is back in the spotlight. The German company has been supplying a wide range of products for the bicycle industry since 1919. Over the past years Thun has been reorganized by Alfred Thun, the third generation managing this family owned company.
ENNEPETAL, Germany – Bicycle component manufacturer Thun is back in the spotlight. The German company has been supplying a wide range of products for the bicycle industry since 1919. Over the past years Thun has been reorganized by Alfred Thun, the third generation managing this family owned company.
“Between now and 2010, the production of inner bearings at the Ennepetal site is scheduled to increase to 10 million per year”, says Alfred Thun, managing director of Alfred Thun GmbH & Co.KG. “Our goal is not only to satisfy our customers, but also to inspire enthusiasm in them. We aim to do this by means of our attractive prices, or by the rigorously controlled 6-Sigma production process (see also ‘Sigma’ in Process Optimization) but also through quality and a maximum delivery time of just one week.”
“We focus on the ‘zero defect principle’: a high level of automation, which excludes human error to a large extent”
“To secure the future of the company we have decided some years ago to exclusively focus on bottom bracket cartridges”, says Alfred Thun. “You can’t do everything; you have to do what you are good at. Not only did we opt to have our quality management system certified (ISO 9001:2008), but our production processes have also been certified by TÜV.”
Quality management now pervades all aspects of Thun’s work: TÜV-certified production processes and a quality management system that meets the requirements of ISO 9001 result in inner bearings that are EN-certified. However, the benefits of a high level of process capability extend beyond quality issues. Process capability as a consequence of stable, high-quality production processes is not only essential for product quality, but also for product costs.