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Factory Update April 2014
31, Mar, 2014
Recent developments within Factory Alpkit
Factory production increases.
First up the demand for our UK made bike luggage has been taking off really well. As a measure to cope with this it has led us to put feelers out to not only satisfy demand, but to push forward on new developments. Our boulder mats have been going well, but we've also been working on some new projects and extra staff will help increase the factories capacity.
First up, we've made a few tweaks to our popular bike Stem Cells. Ahead of his next adventure, Alpkiteer Paul Errington has been working with Jim to make the changes and improve his choice of kit. You can read more about the changes to this product in the Develop blog.
We got a last minute call from Andy Kirkpatrick, just before he headed off to Zion with One Show presenter Alex Jones and her Sport Relief project. He needed some bags making, speedily, so Jim jumped at the chance as the samples flew off the machines, just in time. Alex went out to Zion and successfuly climbed the 1200ft Moonlight Buttress, having never climbed before a couple of months ago. So far she has raised just over £1.2 million You can check out her ascent and continue to donate on the Sports Relief page.
These bags are still currently in the development stage.
Our El Packers getting a thorough testing courtesy of Andy Kirkpatrick on the recent Sports Relief challenge with Alex Jones. Moonlight Butress, Zion National Park.
At the end of February our boulder bucket came out the factory and straight on a trip with Tom Newman to Hueco for a good testing. This new addition to our climbing range came about through developments from Ben, our man in the factory/climber out. Here we run through a bit about Ben and how this product was developed.
The Boulder bucket
Tom Newman tests out our boulder bucket on a successful trip to Heuco Tanks. Furnice 7C+
We took our simple, bombproof, throw everything in it Alp Kitbag, made a few changes and came up with a versatile, stylish and equally tough travel/gear bag. Read about it in a recent develop post from Jim. Keep an eye out for these in the coming month.
The Gear Shuttle stashed at The Climbing Unit.
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