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Ambition for bike manufacturing and assembly hub in Scotland outlined

Ambition for bike manufacturing and assembly hub in Scotland outlined

Scottish investment into the cycling market looks set to be furthered with an ambitious launch of a new assembly and bike manufacturing hub put forward…

Wednesday, Jun 22

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Scottish investment into the cycling market looks set to be furthered with an ambitious launch of a new assembly and bike manufacturing hub put forward by a company set up under the Route Assembly banner. CyclingIndustry.news spoke this week with Founder Ian Byrne, a former Reid Bikes assembly worker, who eventually hopes to mirror the success of European manufacturing and assembly districts set up in places like Portugal.

“Whether we can go in that direction or not remains to be seen, but someone has to take the step,” starts Ian, having committed the business to an annual assembly capacity of over 25,000 at its Glenrothes base.

“I’ve no issue with Asian manufacturing, nor assembly, but there’s also no reason why we can’t do it too and the more I’ve spoken to people the more it’s clear there’s a shortfall, particularly in assembly. Personally, we got to a point where we decided now is a good time to start going for it, so we’ve got some investment and a team and started pipelining building sites and network. I would love to hear from anyone who wants to work on the reshoring effort, even if it is not in a capacity to work directly with us. For example, somebody who could supply wheels, handlebars or anything really; I can try to facilitate putting them in touch with the relevant people. ”

The ambitious project is timely in that it’s seeking to address a cluster of issues thrown up by both Brexit and the pandemic. […]

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