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Posted May 26, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products, which opened a Taiwan office called Q-Taiwan last year, is now working with its suppliers directly instead of through a trading company there.

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Posted May 22, 2015

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike is launching a new turnkey-booth section at this year's show, designed to highlight European brands seeking to enter the U.S. market for the first time.

EU@Interbike will spotlight up to 20 brands in the newly expanded Hall E.

Posted in International Tagged Interbike
Posted May 21, 2015

VENTURA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Matisse Worldwide, a Taiwan-based industry consulting company founded by former Dorel executive Brad Hughes, is opening a new U.S. office and has released a list of Asian manufacturers that it will be representing here.

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Posted May 20, 2015

BIEL, Switzerland (BRAIN) — DT Swiss Group AG is restructuring as part of a planned succession. Marco Zingg along with Frank Böckmann and Maurizio D'Alberto bought out United Wireworks and renamed it DT Swiss in 1994, and the three business partners have shared leadership duties.

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Posted May 14, 2015

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Mavic is running a contest that will award one winner with a chance to ride in a Mavic neutral support vehicle during Stage 11 of the 2015 Tour de France.

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Posted May 13, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — The Swedish brand Ass Savers has opened a U.S. office after three years in the European market.

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Posted May 13, 2015

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Asia Bike trade show are planning a Bike Summit Forum to "to explore the present and future of sport bicycles."

The summit will be held during the show, which is Oct. 9-12 in Nanjing, China. This will be the fifth annual Asia Bike show.

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Posted May 1, 2015

OSTERMUNDIGEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry has set up a regional Asia office in Hong Kong and hired Helen Ford as the senior executive director of WFSGI Asia.

Posted in International Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted April 30, 2015
Bike-related sales lead the way with 34 percent gain.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano is on a roll, pocketing an extra $518.7 million in new business last year and adding to that $187.7 million in additional sales it earned over the first quarter ended in March.

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted April 30, 2015

BERLIN (BRAIN) — Vittoria has received an award for its successful commercial use of the new carbon material, graphene.

Posted in International Tagged Awards
Posted April 29, 2015

DUNDAS, Ontario (BRAIN) — South African sock brand Sako 7 is relocating from Cape Town to Ontario, Canada, and will now be distributed by Peter Appleton's SB Sports Inc.

Previously the brand was distributed by Defeet, which remains the brand's manufacturer.

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Posted April 27, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Raleigh UK LTD will be Salsa Cycles' exclusive distributor to United Kingdom bike shops effective May 1.

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Posted April 23, 2015

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Mavic sales in the first quarter of 2015 were about flat compared with last year, the brand's parent company, Amer Sports Corp., announced Thursday.

Posted in International Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted April 23, 2015

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group released a brief statement Thursday saying that it has "recorded an increase in both turnover and profit in the first months of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014."

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted April 22, 2015
Brand synergy?
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN) — Amer Sports has completed the acquisition of Louisville Slugger, which it first announced about a month ago.
Posted in International Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted April 21, 2015
Updated: Back-office functions relocated to Connecticut from British Columbia. Bike apparel sales to be handled by Dorel's outside rep force in the U.S. Independent reps continue to sell Sugoi running apparel.

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) – Dorel Sports is reorganizing its apparel division. The company is opening a new facility later this year that it's calling the Apparel Center of Excellence in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Posted April 16, 2015

MALLABIA, Spain (BRAIN) — Following an in-depth system audit, Orbea has decided to cease manufacturing in Kunshan, China, at the end of June and expand its facility in Portugal.

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Posted April 16, 2015

LONDON (BRAIN) — Wiggle, which bills itself as the U.K.'s largest online bike and tri-sports retailer, is planning a new multimillion-dollar marketing campaign aimed at increasing its penetration with cycling enthusiasts in the U.K. and Australia. 

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Posted April 14, 2015

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The International Cycling Union (UCI) has decided to allow teams to test disc brakes in a limited number of road races this season and next, with an official introduction of road discs scheduled for the 2017 season.

Posted in International Tagged Competition
Posted April 14, 2015

LUGANO, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Effetto Mariposa has hired Aspekt Brand Communications, a new PR and marketing firm headed by industry veteran Suzette Ayotte, to handle its public relations in the USA.

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