Award-winning e-bike company VOLT shift manufacturing base from overseas to Milton Keynes
The production of Volt e-bikes has moved to a 20,000 sq ft factory in Milton Keynes.
The factory has the capacity to build up to 25,000 e-bikes per year and create 30 new jobs locally.
Volt do not want to reveal the exact location due to "security concern", but they say the move will allow them to centralise its production and meet the surge in demand they have witnessed over the past years
A spokesman said: "The Milton Keynes location was selected due to its strong transportation links and position as a growing innovation hub that is home to over 10,000 businesses."
For VOLT’s London-based founding brothers, James and Lyle Metcalfe, it has been a long-term aspiration to on-shore and centralise the firms’ manufacturing process to the UK.
With an exit from the EU looming, and over ten years at the forefront of e-bike production, VOLT’s new manufacturing base positions the brand for accelerated growth and reinforces its commitment to British manufacturing and high-quality production.
James Metcalfe said: “We are very proud to fully-commit VOLT to the UK and excited to be part of British manufacturing’s resurgence. It has been a fantastic achievement to get the space up and running despite the added burden placed on our teams during the current Covid-19 restrictions.
"I am immensely proud, and it is testament to the superb team we have here at VOLTThey have faced-up to the daunting challenge of adapting facilities and processes to ensure that we keep our people and customers safe, whilst realising our dream of delivering a cutting-edge e-bike factory."
He added “Milton Keynes is an enterprise hotspot and an innovation hub with exceptional UK-wide distribution links. The surrounding area provides a source of exceptional talent, and since some of the largest bicycle component distributors are also based in the area the sourcing of parts is quick and convenient.”
Across the past year, there has been an increasing interest in e-bikes. The Covid-19 outbreak boosted the interest further as commuters are turning to different travel methods to avoid public transport
Through the crisis VOLT has witnessed a significant spike in demand, and this new base will allow the company to increase its output in response. The company combines innovative automation with exceptional hand-craftsmanship.