Rigida UK to close; from Jan 04 wheels will ship from the Netherlands

Van Schothorst, parent company of the Rigida Group, blames the closure on "UK customers contracting out their bicycle production to countries were lower wages are permitable."
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The Kirby in Ashfield factory will be closed on December 31st.

Jan Willem ten Dam of the Rigida Group said:

"Over the last year it has become more apparent that a large majority of the UK customers are contracting out their bicycle production to countries were lower wages are permitable, resulting in a large reduction within their own production levels.

"This has created a demise in the demand for UK produced rims to a level were we feel that the UK based factory can no longer sustain profitability."

Orders on the books right now will be dealt with Rigida UK; new orders will be dealt with by other companies within the Rigida Group.

Van Schothorst, the Netherlands-based parent company of the Rigida Group, will handle all UK commercial and marketing activities.

The sales manager for the UK will be Carl De Ruigh.

Rigida Group

St. Anthonisweg 5

NL - 5831 AC BOXMEER

The Netherlands

Tel : 00 31 485 561 795

Fax : 00 31 485 561 799

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