Hero International (HIT), a part of India’s Hero Motors Company (HMC), announced plans to add a new e-cycle assembly line within its manufacturing facility in Manchester which will produce high-end, IoT enabled electric cycles and push bikes for customers in the UK and EU. The new assembly line in Trafford Park Manchester forms part of a £150mn group wide investment and is expected to be operational by August 2022 and produce 50,000 bikes over three years and scale up to a capacity of 30,000 bikes annually. Jobs will also be created by the development in Manchester.
E-cycles have emerged as a preferred choice of personal mobility which is sustainable, agile and cost-efficient across the UK and EU. The new assembly line is part of Hero Cycles’ Global Design Centre (HGD) in Manchester. It will produce smart bikes that understand the user with the help of advanced technologies such as IoT and Google services integration along with industry-leading anti-theft systems and advanced telematics.
Pankaj Munjal, Chairman, and Managing Director, HMC, said: “We are excited to expand our capabilities in Manchester to locally produce technologically advanced cycles and e-cycles that are extremely efficient, low-carbon personal mobility solutions. Our new facility will enhance the cost competitiveness of our products in the UK and the European region, making them more affordable; it will boost local innovation and exports from the UK.”