Gregario and R&D Centre for bicycle of Ludhiana, Punjab, India
We were asked to create bespoke course about specific topics related to bicycle design and we accepted the challenge. We worked with Unido and the R&D Centre to create a 3 days program allowing the participants to have a complete overview on bicycle design, manufacturing processes and engineering related topics. We found soon a good relation and the effort has been appreciated, so much that in few months we agreed for a second course, where we provided other 3 days, but with more in depth view about Finite Element Analysis of bicycles components in a hands-on training.
The participants at the two workshops were Managers and Engineers from R&D and from all India Bicycle Industries. We travelled on purpose to Ludhiana, Punjab where the centre have his location.
As for our philosophy, we made sure that all of the request was carefully centered around the main task of learning how to design a bicycle and its components. The participants were so interested that covered us with lot of additional requests, so we tried as possible to re-arrange the schedule and provide more knowledge where they were more interested. Now back to their job, we are sure they are bring their newly acquired knowledge and skill set with them.
It was the first time we met India, its culture, and its bicycle industry. At the end, we can say we learnt a lot too and had very pleasant time. We meet an industry in development, its actors, the cycles (AICMA) and components (UCPMA) associations, some of their entrepreneurs and managers, and the guys that works in development area first. Ludhiana, is currenlty the “bike-valley” of India and after a first look at their programs, we can say they are on the right way to become a future player on the market, thanks to the help of UNIDO and Indian Government.
The story doesn’t end here though. Gregario is working to find solutions and provide support to them. We really enjoy meeting and working with the R&D team for Bicycles and Sewing Machines and Industries and we can’t wait to work with them further in the future. Huge thanks to UNIDO and his representatives that helped to make this project a really positive opportunity for all involved.