Brompton gears up for Ealing move

Wed 16 September 2015, 5:28 pm

Internationally recognised cycling brand, Brompton Bicycle, is moving to bigger premises in Greenford, Ealing, to increase production as demand for its bikes soars.

At around 8,000sq m, the new site is twice the size of its current manufacturing base and will be large enough to house all processes of the business in one facility. The move, scheduled for January 2016, will bring all 240 members of staff under one roof.

The Brompton bike was first designed and built by inventor Andrew Ritchie, in his flat in Kensington, west London. Full-time production began in 1988 at the Brentford Arches before the company moved to its current factory at Kew Bridge in 1998. 

Brompton Bicycle CEO, Will Butler-Adams OBE, said: “In the early days we couldn’t believe how big our factory was and how we would ever fill it. We have, and for some time we have been squashed in it and need more space.

“We are committed to London; Brompton was born from a need of city living, our staff are Londoners and the city continues to inform how the Brompton develops. 

“The move represents the ambition, passion and the long-term commitment we have to change how people live in cities around the globe. It comes with risks but these are worth taking if we wish to continue to innovate, both in our product and how we make it, such that we offer something of real value to our customers.”

Brompton Bicycle’s ambition is to double production to 100,000 bikes a year when moving to the new site and build on the export side of the business: 80% of all bikes produced are shipped overseas. 

The company is widely recognised for its manufacturing and export, and this year won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2015. Will Butler-Adams, was appointed managing director in 2008 and was made an OBE for services to manufacturing in the New Year Honours.

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