David Judge (Business Development Manager at KraussMaffei) assures: "We are combining efficiency and price appeal with a product that historically has been handmade. For us, it is a wonderful endeavor to industrialize and automate this process without compromising TIME's tremendous commitment to quality."
The schedule aims to have clarity on the technology details by the middle of the year and then move on to the actual system design.
KraussMaffei is the only company in the plastics industry to manufacture machines for all processing methods in-house (reaction process machinery, injection molding, extrusion) - which may also be of interest for other components of TIME bikes.
"We expect to be involved in all optimization processes," Judge explained.
In addition to classic resin transfer molding, KraussMaffei can leverage its surface expertise, such as the ColorForm process and its self-healing polyurethane surfaces, to help ensure that frames come out of the machine ready to go and do not need to be laboriously reworked. Overall, this will take bicycle manufacturing at TIME to a new level of production.
More about TIME Bicycles
TIME Bicycles was founded in France in 1987 by Roland Cattlin and has been active in professional racing ever since. Tour de France champions such as Pedro Delgado and Greg LeMond were sponsored by TIME. The brand's bikes have won Olympic gold and world championships. Cardinal Cycling Group (Little Rock, Arkansas), founded in 2020, acquired TIME from Groupe Rossignol in 2021.
For more information on KraussMaffei, visit kraussmaffei.com.