Intersport Expands Investments in Machecoul Bike Factory
MACHECOUL, France – Intersport France is investing another 6 million euro in its Machecoul ‘Manufacture Française du Cycle, MFC’ bike factory. Two industrial plots are bought adjacent to the current facility where a logistics center will be built.
Since Intersport France took over the facility from Cycleurope in 2013 over 10 million euro were already invested in Manufacture Française du Cycle. According to a French business publication the money was used for a test center as well as a state-of-the-art paint shop capable of power coating the frames.
The additional investment of 6 million euro is for a 50,000m² plot on which a 12,000 m² logistics facility will be built in two stages and two buildings.
According to the French business publication ‘l’Usine Nouvelle’ the Machecoul facility produced 131,000 bikes in the year of the take-over 2013. Production increased to 245,000 bicycles in 2014, of which 40-50% for Intersport and the rest for other customers (Go Sport, Sport 2000 as well as supermarket chains like Auchan, Leclerc, Cora, Casino, Intermarché). What contributed to the growth was the return to Machecoul of the production of the Intersport brand Nakamura from Portugal, Italy and Bulgaria.
Sunn bikes for IBD’s
Manufacture Française du Cycle is to launch its Sunn brand to French IBD’s this September which will include electric bikes. This year MFC plans to produce some 12,000 e-bikes. Total production target stands at 350,000 to 360,000 units which is to grow to 400,000 – 450,000 in 2019-2020. Currently MFC has a staff of 225; up from 178 at the time of the take-over.