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NOTTINGHAM, UK – 8 november, In a major three-day auction sale the inventory of the Sturmey Archer factories in Nottingham will be sold. All technical equipment of both the hub gear manufacturing plant and the spoke and nipple plant will be on sale, including the newest CNC-machinery and treatment plants. The machines and goods will […]

NOTTINGHAM, UK – 8 november, In a major three-day auction sale the inventory of the Sturmey Archer factories in Nottingham will be sold. All technical equipment of both the hub gear manufacturing plant and the spoke and nipple plant will be on sale, including the newest CNC-machinery and treatment plants. The machines and goods will be on view on Monday 11 December 2000 and on the morning of the sales days Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 December 2000. Catalogues can be ordered from the liquidators, FPDSavills, Nottingham. Further details will be announced in the November issue of Bike Europe.
This news means effectively, that all efforts to sell the Sturmey Archer constituents and production lines as a going concern have failed. It also means that the Amsterdam-based Sturmey Archer Europe has lost its right of further existence, when no new hub gear and drum brakes can be supplied from Nottingham as they are no longer produced. It is to be expected that Sturmey Archer Europe will try to find a party interested in the future distribution of the Sturmey Archer after sales service and spares. In the meantime, OEM’s are looking for other hubs which can replace their specified Sturmey Archers. SRAM sales manager Europe Martin van Beek says that SRAM has stepped up production of its 3 and 5-speed Spectro’s and drum brakes, to be ready in case that what could be expected would actually happen. Shimano Europe’s Frank Peiffer has had no run on his warehouses, but he doesn’t expect that many OEM’s will switch to Shimano hub gear for their S.A.-spec’d models, because the Nexus 4 and 7-speed hubs are in a totally different price segment than the SA products. (OB)

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