Reviving an industry
Did you know that 97% of the 13 million bicycles assembled in Europe last year were made with bicycle frames imported from outside the European Union?
In 20 years time the bicycle manufacturing industry has disappeared almost completely from Europe. Besides some manufacturers of bicycle components the vast majority of European bicycle manufactures have either relocated their production to Southeast Asia or ceased to exist. The reason was simple: Europe couldn’t compete with the cheap labour countries like Taiwan and China.
At Mokumono we believe that it is a shame that our rich history of bicycle manufacturing just ends here. Above all, we think that dragging all those frames half way across the earth is unnecessary and extremely wasteful. So, we decided to do something about it.
Two years ago we started the process to reinvent the way a bicycle frame is produced. We wanted to make it suitable for the production in the 21ste century Europe and succeeded, inspired by the European car industry. Cars are still produced in Europe because of constant innovating and automating of production processes. We took the lessons learned here and applied them to the production of bicycle frames.
Soon (Febuary 2018) the production of the Mokumono Delta will start and we'll be one-step closer in reaching our goal: bring bicycle manufacturing back to The Netherlands.