Earlier this week we were at the grand opening of Scomadi’s funky new factory in Thailand. Located just north of Pattaya, the modest facility marks a brand new start for the brand.
The company is backed by some serious new investors. They bring not only cash but also a wealth of experience, a new strategy, new models and an emphasis on quality over quantity. It means the once 100% British owned brand may well rise from the ashes and the product will speak for itself in terms of quality.
In a traditional Thai ceremony, the factory’s spirit house was blessed by a priest before nine robed monks chanted, ceremonial stakes were buried and commemorative trees were planted. Finally the ribbon was cut by the majority share holders from Minor International (a company specialising in leisure and lifestyle brands) and CT Engineering (an automotive/engineering company who work for some serious players). Frank Sanderson and wife, Kaye have moved to Thailand to be part of the next chapter of this iconic brand. Frank’s role is to develop new models, whilst Kaye wears many hats and also looks after marketing.
New and updated models
Yesterday we rode the new electric Scomadi (more on that next week), we also rode the TT 125/200 and their SSS models. A host of improvements have been made to the existing TT. We’ll be rolling out various Scomadi articles and road tests over the next couple of weeks once we’re back from Thailand and we’ll be answering most of your questions. Suffice to say, there is currently no 400cc Scomadi, or bike engined Scomadi, the retro Series 1 style Scomadi isn’t any closer than it was when we first showed you the drawings either. On a positive note, the company have got Euro 4, their Bosch ABS system has gained its certification and the production line is up and running.
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