Last week we at FLi took a few days out of the office to visit the KTM Bike Industries factory in Mattighofen in Austria.
Whilst there we were able to have a look around the factory and offices to see the production of the bikes from start to finish.
Whilst we were there the assembly lines were working on a range of different bikes from the 2020 line up. The frames start in the paint and decal rooms. They come to the factory in raw form, then they pass through paint and have the decals hand applied by a small team of people.
Once painted and dried the frames are lined up for assembly in the main factory floor. Each station has a specific job of piecing together the components and then eventually the whole bike.
Here we see some of the 2020 Macina Sport range being build on the ebike specific conveyor belt.
Whilst most of the components for the bikes are shipped in from companies such as Shimano or Bosch, parts like the wheels are built in house using machines like these to align them before going onto the bikes.
At the same time on the other side of the room the 2020 KTM Macina Prowler Prestige's were being built by a team of workers. The bikes are fully assembled before being lifted into their boxes and sent all around the world all from the same room.
Another room we had to be very careful in was the testing and development room. In here they use machines like this to test their frames and components for things like strength, durability and performance. It's also worth noting that all of the photos above were taken out of work hours as it was the only way to get close to the production line without interrupting the work.
This was my first time visiting the factory and it was personally a lot to take in for the short time we were there. Hopefully these photos give some perspective on how in house KTM really is as all of these rooms were connected directly to the offices that the staff work from.
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