We are very pleased to welcome Brompton Bicycle into membership of the Aluminium Federation. The unique Brompton folding bike was designed and built in London in 1975 by Andrew Ritchie in his flat in South Kensington opposite the Brompton Oratory. Still made in London today, Brompton is making over 45,000 bikes per year and is the UK’s largest bike manufacturer.
80% of the componentry on their bikes is designed and made for Brompton, the work that goes into designing, researching and developing their products is clearly critical. Technical advances are being made all the time in bike manufacture and some are both genuinely innovative and useful. However, they have never used off-the-shelf products just for the sake of simplicity, preferring always to implement the best solution to any design or engineering challenge; more often than not, this has meant going down the more complex road of developing a unique solution in-house.
With so many unique parts and unique engineering solutions, they have had to produce over 500 different purpose-built press tools, moulds, braze jigs and assembly fixtures; all designed and developed in-house as well.
Read more: https://www.brompton.com/