Every Dutch person knows the OV-fiets, a bike rental service by the Dutch Railway NS Nationale Spoorwegen. An enourmous fleet of roughly 8.000 bikes are available to private and business users alike who make around 2 million trips a year. An OV-fiets has a life-cycle of four years, which means that 2.000 bikes need to be replaced annually. Roetz-Bikes re-manufactures 1.000 OV-fietsen a year in the Amsterdam-based Fair Factory. This is the largest re-manufacturing program for bikes ever in the Netherlands. NS plans to re-manufacture the lion-share of the end-of-life bikes eventually.
In 2015, the NS and Roetz-Bikes partnered up to develop the OV-fiets Re-cycle program. Inspired by the automotive industry, the core processes were translated and optimized for bike fleets. The main goal was to implement circular and socially responsible production method.
A FIVE-STEP APPROACH
So how do we transform a discarded bike and turn it into a shinny new one re-using 70% of the original bike?
We collect discarded bikes on a regular basis and perform an initial screening. Discarded OV-fietsen arrive at our workplace and are dismantled in more than 100 parts. We sort-out and re-cycle all parts unsuitable for a new life-cycle. Re-usable parts are thouroughly checked and professionally cleaned. After the original lacquer of frames and carriers is removed, a new protective coating is applied for a fresh and clean look. Where possible, we repair parts. We can even fix crocked wheels by aligning them again. Fenders and chain guards do not make a next life-cycle and are replaced by new parts. Finally, the OV-fietsen are assembled in our Fair Factory by a team of bike technicians, one-by-one and by hand.
This re-manufacturing program is not only sustainable, but also socially responsible. The Roetz makers a men and women with poor job prospects which we train to become skilled bike technicians.
Several results make us proud:
• 70% of old bike is re-used; reduced footprint by 14,5 ton raw materials
• Less dependancy on raw material prices
• 10 improvemens have been implemented
• 10-12 Roetz-makers have the opportunity to learn a new profession
De herproductie van de OV-Fiets heeft zich bewezen als professioneel alternatief voor nieuwe fietsen. Roetz-Bikes zorgt voor fietsen van uitstekende kwaliteit én voor een goede prijs. En niet onbelangrijk: met deze duurzame aanpak besparen we grondstoffen!CAROLA WIJDOOGEN, DIRECTEUR DUURZAAM ONDERNEMEN NEDERLANDSE SPOORWEGEN
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