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Bicycle parts made in Jhenidah
Azibor Rahman, Jhenidah
A small factory in Jhenidah is making brisk business making bicycle spare parts. The factory — Modern Cycle Parts Industry — produces high quality items to sell in Jhenidah and neighbouring districts.
Chief parts maker and supervisor Shamsul Islam said, “We make 11 kinds of bicycle parts and sell to different districts in Bangladesh. We make carriers, side stands, relay clamps, springs, carrier springs, lock clips, bell clamps, etc.”
Shiba Nanda Das, the factory owner, said he procures raw materials from Dhaka. He needs to procure iron bars, fine wires and plain sheets. He sells the parts to wholesalers in Meherpur, Jessore, Magura, Kushtia, Faridpur, Naogaon and Satkhira.
Islam said, “We can make 250 stands a day, 40 carriers, 500 springs, and 50 dozen relay clamps.”
Shiba said, “Carriers cost Tk 200 to make and sell for Tk 215, side stands cost Tk 40 and sell for Tk 42.50, relay clamps cost Tk 14 a dozen and sell for Tk 16, a spring costs Tk 7 and sells for Tk 8, lock clips cost Tk 10 a dozen and sell for Tk 12, bell clamps cost Tk 63 a dozen and sell for Tk 65.”
The parts are painted with zinc to protect from rusting.
Monirul Islam, an assistant at the factory, said, “We are able to run our families from our earnings at the factory. Although it is a district-based factory, we supply a large number of parts to different districts all around the country.”
In addition, wholesale buyers come to the factory to collect spare parts too, he said.
Sabdar Hossain, an owner of a cycle parts shop, said, “Most owners of cycle shops in Jessore buy a huge quantity of parts from Jhenidah. All the parts are of good quality.”
Shariful Islam, another cycle shop owner in Kaliganj upazila town, said, “We buy cycle parts from the local factory. We get good profits by selling the parts. ”
Miraz Hossain, a wholesale parts seller in Kushtia, said, “I buy cycle parts from here and supply to different markets in Kushtia and Magura.”
Shiba said, “I need funds at the moment to expand business operations. It will also help to employ a good number of people in the area.”