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Slovenian manufacturer and designer of recycled bicycle inner tube bags seeks distributors

Country of origin:
Country: 
SLOVENIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOSI20170320002
Published
21/03/2017
Last update
25/01/2019
Expiration date
15/04/2019

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Rubber
Sports and Leisure
Sporting goods, hobby equipment and athletics clothes
Other leisure and recreational products and services
Other manufacturing (not elsewhere classified)
Manufacture of bicycles and invalid carriages
Manufacture of sports goods
Recovery of sorted materials
Wholesale of other household goods
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet
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Summary

Summary: 
A Slovenian start-up company that specialises in the recycling of waste materials has developed bicycle bags made out of discarded bicycle inner tubes. Bags come in various shapes and sizes and are suitable for all types of bicycles. Bags are equipped with velcro strips or leather straps, which allow an easy attachment on any kind of bicycle. The company now seeks to establish new distribution services agreements.

Description

Description: 

A Slovenian start-up company, established in 2014 specializes in the reusing of discarded bicycle inner tubes and transforming them into new bicycle equipment. The idea of recycling and a more efficient use of waste materials is thus the central message of the company.
They have produced a wide range of bicycle bags, primarily intended for commuters, urban cyclists, fixed gear, mountain bikers and cross riders and the like on their day-to-day travels. All bags are suitable for other types of bicycles as well. Bags vary according to dimension and different bicycle inner tube proportion and are constructed from discarded bicycle inner tubes, waterproof materials, leather and/or reflective straps and enable attachment to any type of bicycle with velcro strips or leather straps. They feature enough room to store valuables or tools on everyday travels.
All bags are handmade and are currently being produced in Slovenia. All materials are purchased in Italy, with the exception of bicycle inner tubes, which are reclaimed from various bicycle stores and/or repair shops across Slovenia.
Reclaimed waste materials are sorted, then cleaned and cut in order to be used for sewing. Inner tubes are then combined with fabric. Zipper pulls and leather or reflective straps are added in the end to add a more refined look.
The special manufacturing process prevents inner tubes from perishing anytime soon and also considerably prolongs their lifespan.
Company spent 2 years planning, optimizing and improving their bags in terms of durability, fixation and looks. They have limited themselves to using only high quality materials, making sure consumers are getting their money's worth.
Due to strong demand they plan on expanding their range of products. Other company products – bicycle locks, bells and pumps – are currently under development.
Company seeks professional distributors who could help the brand emerge on other markets as well as provide after-sales support services to consumers. Distributors should operate in the cycling industry and/or general sports sector or specialize in cycling business and be able to promote company eco-friendly products.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
- All bags are made from waste materials and are eco-friendly. All other materials, such as fabric, straps and zipper pulls are of high quality. - All bags are practical and offer enough room to store necessities, spare inner tubes, other valuables and/or tools. - Simple attachment to any type of bicycle. - Instead of a common recycled product all bags were made to look more like the latest fashion accessory. - One of prototypes contains a phone holder and a three-degree beam LED light, which is strong enough to replace the front bike light and is charged by a portable battery charger, i.e. battery bank inside the bag.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Company seeks partners, namely distributors, who could help distribute products across the world, as well as provide after-sales support services to consumers. Partners should operate in the cycling industry and/or general sports sector or specialize in cycling business. Distributors may also gain exclusive distribution rights. Sought partners should be able to promote company eco-friendly products in a way that meets their local market’s trends and needs.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500