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MIFA implements unique quality management system
The automotive industry has deployed such systems for decades. "This quality management system represents a complete innovation in the bicycles sector, by contrast," comments Michael Hecken, head of marketing and strategy at MIFA. This cooperation with the automotive sector facilitates a permanent transfer of knowledge that generates benefits at all steps of MIFA's value chain. "Particularly where large-scale e-bike projects are concerned, MIFA will be able to respond rapidly and precisely to customers' specific quality requirements in the future."
Peter Wicht, MIFA's CEO, commented on the innovation as follows: "With this step, MIFA is consistently following in its tradition of investing constantly in automation and production efficiency. In some areas, Europe's most efficient bicycle factory is now producing according to automotive standards, allowing it to play a decisive role in helping to shape the e-bike growth market. I believe that the e-bike area will be increasingly characterised by standardisation in the future." Wicht is very satisfied with the merger of MIFA and GRACE: "It is already clear that MIFA and GRACE harmonise excellently. We were already successful in the e-bikes area in the 2011 financial year. With GRACE, and the major order from the automotive sector, we will also make the leap to the premium segment in 2012. This will allow us to optimally address young target groups, in particular." Michael Hecken is of the same opinion: "MIFA enjoys unbeatable advantages in the production of large unit volumes - the business models complement each other outstandingly."
From as early as 2011, MIFA entered the growth business with electric bicycles, in which average sales prices are significantly higher than is the case for conventional bicycles. The company sold 27,000 e-bikes within the space of a year, thereby ranking as one of the leading providers in the selfservice retail segment.
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