The Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland and Robert Gordon University partner to bring event to highlight engineering, manufacturing & commercial opportunities in the cycling industry.
Scotland is recognised as a global leader in mountain biking with world class trails, riders and progressive access laws. Now with forecasts that the global bicycle market is forecasted to be worth $59 billion by 2021, businesses and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to learn about the commercial, manufacturing and commercial opportunities available to make cycling products and services.
The free event, to be held on Thursday 9th February in Aberdeen, is a joint venture between Robert Gordon University and the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCoS), Scotland’s national centre of mountain biking innovation and excellence.
There were over 133 million bikes sold worldwide in 2014 and with a high amount of growth expected n the market especially with new “E-bikes”, bikes with electric motors, which are expected to see annual sales of $25 billion by 2025. It’s not all about bikes as the cycling industry has clothing, suspension, digital technology and more.
The keynote presentation will be given by RGU’s from Professor Chris O’Neal who will talk about the future of high value manufacturing and share his insights on the fusion of product design, engineering and innovation.
Other presentations will cover the size and opportunities in the cycling industry, how to make prototypes and business will also learn about the support networks that exit to help turn ideas into products.
Business Development Executive for MTBCoS, Danny Cowe, explains;
“We are delighted to work with Robert Gordon University who have fantastic expertise in product design and engineering that Scottish businesses can access. We work with companies who either have an original idea for a new business or have a product or service which could be adapted for the mountain bike or wider cycling market. We meet them early in their product development lifecycle and advise them of the support available to them in Scotland.Many businesses we meet have great innovative ideas but lack an element, either in their knowledge of the product or the sector, which prevents them getting their product to market. To help them overcome that barrier we can link them with Scottish universities where their expertise will be able to help them develop their product. We also link and advise businesses on the best approach to maximise the benefits of working with Business Gateway and Scottish Enterprise.Once they are market ready we also provide support for businesses to internationalise for example we have been able to work in partnership with Scottish Development International, and for the last 4 years we have ran learning journeys and a product stand at EuroBike, the world’s largest bike show.”