Miranda Rapidly Expanding Product Range
AGUEDA, Portugal – One of the most prominent Portuguese companies is Miranda. This parts manufacturer, employing some 160 people, is foremost a maker of cranksets. However, Miranda is rapidly expanding its product range. With that it is preparing for Portugal becoming a major production center for bicycles and e-bikes in Europe.
What is in particular striking when visiting the Miranda facility in Portugal is the fact that there are various robots deployed in the production lines. The same goes for the latest in CNC machining and the company is installing more presses for forging aluminium parts. With that Miranda is preparing for making frame parts for Triangle’s; the new robotized aluminium frame manufacturer (see the report on the previous page).
Miranda is one of the investors in Triangle’s. Regarding this, President João Miranda says, “With Triangle’s ultimately producing some half a million frames, you need a lot of frame parts for that. In particular aluminium frames for e-bikes have a lot of forged parts. We plan to make some 2 million forged parts for Triangle’s.”
Due to this Miranda is investing some €3.5 million in his company and is doing that for some years in a row now. This is also for keeping up with demand, which is growing by double-digits annually.
Miranda’s ‘Chainflow Technology’
Of course, Miranda will be at Eurobike 2016. Here the company will be presenting new chainrings made from 7075 alloy or titanium; in double or single versions that have Miranda’s ‘Chainflow Technology’. These chainrings come also in new cranksets that have a modular set-up, including titanium spindles. With the new chainrings Miranda claims that it is now able to offer many transmission parts for e-bikes as well as fat bikes; including the ones that have belt drives. Next to that the company is able to customize its parts by offering a choice of 11 different finishes including painted liquid or powdercoating options.
Copy cats of integrated chainguard
At Eurobike 2016 Miranda will keep a close eye on copies of its integrated chainguard. It has been launched in 2013 and since then a lot of copycats are going round. However, Miranda’s patent is now approved and President João Miranda claims that he has now the ability to take legal action against all the copycats.