My name is Gerd Ohrnberger, I studied Mechanical Engineering and focused on vehicle and combustion engine engineering. For my entire life my passion has been dedicated to the development of innovative products. My career in the automotive industry brought me from Audi to Porsche. Then I joined the Powersports Industry and became part of the Rotax and Bombardier Recreational Products senior management team. I was responsible for the worldwide operations of Research and Development, Supply Chain and Production. In 2015 I have founded my own enterprise GO Lean Innovation GmbH. The business is about Interim Management and Lean Innovation consult services.
The Corona Pandemic and the worldwide impact on the industry made companies focus on their short time survival in a demanding time. This gave me the opportunity to shape the project DENKIDO. The initial idea goes back to an interim management contract as CTO at ICON Aircraft in Vacaville / California. ICON aircraft was a start-up at this time and I was responsible for the engineering of the aircraft in 2015 and 2016.
The ICON A5 is a Light Sport Aviation plane which is made from 100% carbon parts. This was the time when I thought initially about a Carbon Metal Compound Monocoque for two-wheel vehicles.
In the middle of the 19th century bicycles evolved to bicycles with auxiliary combustion engines, then to motor bicycles (Mofas) and to motor pedaler (Mopeds). Mofas and Mopeds were no longer built on the bicycle diamond frame. Their frames have been made from shells of aluminum, magnesium or iron. This new design principal enabled higher loads and even two people could use the vehicle together. On the disadvantage side we have to mention the higher weight. My idea for DENKIDO was to leverage this design principle and use carbon material to keep the weight low. Metal parts are bonded into the structure and all dynamic forces are guided by the bonded metal parts into the carbon structure. The carbon structure should only carry thrust forces and even damages in the carbon material should not lead to material fatigue of the frame. The name DENKIDO arises from the Japanese language. It means electricity. I value the Japanese culture being a high quality culture. We all expect quality in products we buy. DENKIDO carries this approach in its name.
Yours sincerely, Gerd Ohrnberger