Astro Expands Production of E-Bike Frames in Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Astro Engineering Co. Ltd. is increasing its aluminum and carbon frame production capacity rapidly in Vietnam. Last June, the Taiwanese company opened its first carbon frame factory in Vietnam. According to Astro’s Vice President Camille Hung, “Expansion was necessary to meet the rapidly growing demand for carbon e-bike frames.”
The start of the carbon frame factory comes after Astro Engineering opened its second aluminum frame making facility in 2017 with a annual capacity of 250,000 units. “Also, this new factory is essential to cope with the increasing demand for our frames,” said Camille Hung. Last July Astro also moved its Vietnam head-office to the new factory.
All production up and running
At the booth of Astro Engineering, the visitors of the 2018 Taipei Cycle Show were informed on the new factory as all production is now up and running. A big display showed the visitors the two Vietnamese factories in Kim Huy Industrial Park and Dong An Industrial Park II, in addition to the corporate headquarters in Taiwan. Overall, Astro is now producing 700,000 frames a year of which 90 percent are made for e-bikes. Of these 700,000, about 50,00 framesets are still manufactured at the company’s head office in Taiwan. The decision to invest in this new factory in Vietnam was already taken before the anti-dumping complaint on China made e-bikes was made in autumn 2017.
All production in Vietnam is now up and running
Focus on e-bike frames
Astro’s focus on e-bike frames is no coincidence. The company’s CEO Samuel Hu himself is heavily involved in product development. In close cooperation with Taiwanese battery specialist SMP Simplo Technology, his company created the revolutionary battery ‘Linkage Battery Pack’ also known as ‘Snake Pack System’. This system has been designed to integrate the battery into the e-bike frame. Thanks to its flexibility the integration of the battery inside the down tube no longer requires a large opening. The individual cell packets are connected by joints and thus can be pulled out easily through a smaller opening ‘like a snake’. Thanks to the smaller downtube opening, the frame maintains its stiffness.