Aluminium Frame Production Starts in Portugal
AGUEDA, Portugal – Major Portuguese component makers Rodi, Miranda, and Ciclo-Fapril announce they will invest € 12 million in aluminium frame production in Agueda, Portugal. Construction of the facility is to start this September.
The frame factory that Rodi, Miranda, and Ciclo-Fapril are building will have an initial capacity of 450,000 aluminium frames for e-bikes. In April 2016 production is to start. For phase 2 another investment of € 5 million is planned.
With Eurobike starting tomorrow the investors and initiators of the frame facility, which is to be a vital part of Bike Valley Portugal, regard the time ripe to present this initiative to the bike industry.
Company name is ‘Triangles’
The frame factory is built on a 63,000m² plot at the Casarão Industrial Park in Agueda; the town where all Portuguese component makers, as well as bike makers, are based. The company name of the frame factory is ‘Triangles’. The President is Armando Levi, who is also President of rim maker Rodi. Rodi is at Eurobike in Hall A1 – booth 418.
Major move for supply chain flexibility
Investing and setting-up aluminium frame production in Portugal is a major move towards adding flexibility to the supply chain of the bike industry in Europe. This was a main topic at the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Taipei Cycle Shows. Lead times of over six months for essential components like frames conflict with the growing need to promptly adjust bike production to dealer demand. In particular because dealers are increasingly reluctant to stock costly (electric and sports) bikes and want to order later and later in the season.