Higo Expands E-Bike Connectors Production
TURNHOUT, Belgium – E-mobility connector manufacturer Higo and its European distributor A&C Solutions share a future strategy on the expanding e-bike market. “Many of the new E-mobility designs we come across require more complicated, tailor made connections. We want to be there for our customers with the right solution and a short lead time’, comments Higo CEO Anson.
With this in mind, Higo recently expanded its Suzhou, China production area with 32.000 square meters. It invested heavily in the further automation of its production lines and decided to accommodate its R&D and sales department in a new location in Suzhou that is designed to quickly respond to prototype requests and to perform adequate testing.
The two companies celebrate their fifth anniversary of their cooperation this year at Eurobike at stand A1-601. It was back in 2014 when both companies met for the first time. “We travelled to China not really knowing what to expect but with a clear goal in mind: we wanted to take Higo connectors to Europe,” explains A&C Solutions CEO Franky Vanlerberghe. “During our first get together, we immediately felt that we share the same kind of entrepreneurship.”
Franky continues: ‘The expansion of the European e-bike market, the success of key connector ranges like the mini B series and the trust we received from many European e-bike parties, big and small, have put us in the driver’s seat position within the e-bike connector market. It’s there, close to engineers and their innovative designs, that we want to make the difference.”
‘Keep manufacturing and ownership in our own hands’
“We want to maintain that position so we can remain a reliable and long-term partner for our customers. That’s why we keep manufacturing and ownership of the business consciously in our own hands’, Anson further explains. “We plan to incorporate all connector related production processes, starting from the inhouse manufacturing of its own cables, tooling and the production of turned contacts until the final assembly of connectors. This will make us the only full-service connector manufacturer in the E-bike market.”