Newly Upgraded Merida Facility Begins Production
YUANLIN, Taiwan – At a recent round of shareholders’ meeting, Merida revealed that its newly upgraded production lines in Taiwan are now operational. This is part of an expansion scheme for the company’s Taiwan facility that also includes the construction of a new hall for the production of high end aluminium frames.
Merida invested in an upgrade of its current Taiwan factory in Q4 last year. As part of the project, three coating lines have undergone upgrades and have resumed their production operations in Q2.
Expansion for e-bikes
The new hall measures 5,400 square meter and is being added to the existing factory space. The first phase of the construction will be completed by the end of this year. Pilot runs of the new production lines are expected in the first quarter of 2015.
Next to alloy frames Merida will use the expansion of its capacity for the production of e-bikes, which will include Shimano’s recently launched STEPS system, and other high end bicycles.
During last April’s China Cycle Show, Merida also officially opened a new Chinese factory. It has an annual capacity of 2 million units making Merida the number two bike manufacturer in the world.