Portuguese Alloy Frame Maker Triangle’s Starts Slowly in October
EIXO, Portugal – Next October Triangle’s, the new producer of aluminium bicycle and e-bikes frames based in Bike Value Portugal, is to start its production slowly. The rest of 2016 will be used to further fine-tune the two fully automated and robotized production lines. In March 2017 machinery for hydroforming alloy tubes is to be installed followed in June/July by a paint shop.
Currently the brand new facility of Triangle’s is still under construction. However, the main production hall is finished while the first machinery is being installed, as Bike Europe saw during a visit last week.
300 frames made for testing
Next to finishing the factory; installing machinery and of course all that comes with getting the back office up and running, some 300 alloy frames are being made this month. These are made in Germany by the supplier of the welding robots and are made in exactly the same operation manner as in the new Trangle’s facility. Subsequently the 300 frames are being rigorously tested at four different testing institutes.
Fine-tuning production lines
The production start next October will be with alloy MTB frames. As said the rest of 2016 will be used to further fine-tune the two fully automated and robotized production lines.
For 2017 Triangle‘s is planning a production of 150,000 alloy bicycle and e-bike frames. According to President Armando Levi this production planning gives the company possibilities to prepare samples for customers that will be ready by January 2018.
Full operation start
May 2018 is the big date for Triangle’s – Cycling Equipments SA, as the Portuguese alloy frame-making company is officially named. Then the factory will go into high gear and full operation. Some half a million frames will be produced annually. Triangle’s Cycling Equipments SA is founded by Ciclo Fapil, Miranda, and Rodi; three Portuguese bicycle parts manufacturers.
A full report on the first European manufacturer making aluminium bicycle and e-bike frames on an industrial scale will be in Bike Europe’s August edition. This is the extra thick Eurobike preview edition which will have extra circulation at the show. Publication date is August 12 in print and August 11 online.