Dahon Opens Up New Factory in China
SHENZHEN, China – The world’s largest producer of folding bikes has officially made the move to larger manufacturing facility located in the Songgang district of Shenzhen, China. An official grand opening ceremony was held last month which coincided with the 2014 Dahon China Distributor Conference.
The company has relocated after 13 years at their factory in Shajing, Shenzhen, which opened in 2001. The new location enabled Dahon to retain most of their original staff while increasing manufacturing floor space to 60,300 square meters and obtaining ISO9000 and ISO14000 certification.
Annual production output to double
The move aims to double annual production output to one million units, while improving the quality levels expected from a leading brand. Now, the entire process of production including heat treatment, and painting is located in one facility. Starting from tubes at one end, fully assembled and packaged bikes will be shipped at the other end of this modern production line. Dahon further retains its on-site lab and testing facility, being one of very few manufacturers in the country licensed to do in-house testing.
Increasing interest in fitness and leisure cycling in China
The 2014 Chinese distributor conference coincided with the factory opening ceremony. Around 200 distributors, some suppliers and government officials were treated to a tour of the factory, product and marketing presentations and evening entertainment, including a traditional Chinese lion dance and staff prize draw.
China’s domestic bicycle market continues grow largely due to the increasing interest in fitness and leisure cycling amongst the middle classes. Dahon’s top performing distributors were awarded for their outstanding sales growth.