The Duke of Edinburgh opened the new Brompton Bicycle Factory in Greenford, West London.
The Brompton was first designed by Andrew Ritchie in his flat in South Kensington, opposite the Brompton Oratory in 1975.
We are now selling Brompton bikes in 44 countries in over 1,300 bike stores around the world. We moved to a new site in order to have the capability to expand production to meet growing demand.
Upon arrival, His Royal Highness met Andrew Ritchie before proceeding on a tour of the new factory. The Duke viewed the processes involved in designing and building a Brompton bike, and met a range of skilled craftsmen and women who engineer and manufacture the bike. When the Duke completed his tour he unveiled a hand brazed plaque on the factory floor.
We have been fortunate enough in recent years to be recognised by the Royal Family after being awarded The Prince Philip Designers Prize in 2009, and The Queen’s award for Enterprise: International Trade (2015) in recognition of Brompton Bicycle’s rise in exports over the last five years. During the Invictus Games in 2014, Prince Harry cycled on a Brompton bike between venues at Queen Elizabeth Park.