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PILA, Poland (BRAIN) — Thule Group has opened a new factory here, in western Poland.

The company said the new plant offers increased production capacity on existing products as well as the possibility of production of newly launched product categories.

The factory is 145,000 square feet.

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN) — Felt Bicycles has moved its European office from the company's former location in Edewecht, Germany, to a new facility in Munich.

TDWsport owner Tim de Waele joins Getty as staff photographer,

LONDON (BRAIN) —  Getty Images has acquired TDWsport, a cycling photography business and archive owned by Tim de Waele. De Waele has joined Getty Images as a staff photographer to lead the company's cycling coverage.

GIRONA, Spain (BRAIN) — Cannondale will be the main sponsor of the 2018 Sea Otter Europe Costa Brava-Girona Bike Show, which will hold its second edition in June.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

MASSA MARITTIMA, Italy (BRAIN) — A new company, Bike Connection Agency, will hold a cycling media event next month in Italy.

New organization will give the bike industry a voice in vehicle-to-vehicle technology discussions.

HERGISWIL, Switzerland (BRAIN)—The World Bicycle Industry Association has formed, with founding members from the Bicycle Association Japan, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association based in the U.S., the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry and the Taiwan Bicycle Association.

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Finish Line Technologies has added HF Christiansen and Unicykel to its list of international distributors. HF Christiansen will be Finish Line's exclusive distribution partner for the Danish market while their subsidiary, Unicykel, will cover the Swedish market.

BATH, U.K. (BRAIN) — Play Sports Network, which produces the Global Cycling Network, Global Mountain Bike Network and Global Triathlon Network, is launching the Electric Mountain Bike Network in early 2018. Haibike and Specialized are among the network's initial sponsors.

Tagged Electric bike / Media/Publishing

MILAN, Italy (BRAIN) — Pirelli has created a new website for its Pzero Velo tires, with an e-commerce section that functions in Italy, France, Germany, the Benelux and the United Kingdom.

ROUSE HILL, Australia (BRAIN) — After 13 years with JetBlack Products, founder Trent Fitzgibbins has announced that he will be leaving the company to launch a new brand he has developed called M2O Industries.

LYON, France (BRAIN) — Vélo Capital Partners, an investment group that has been studying the international bike market for several years, is launching a company, called véliSo, offering several technologies that combined would produce what the company calls "the world's safest bicycle."

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Lezyne products are now being distributed by Velocenter in Russia and Pukinn in Iceland. Both companies are the exclusive Lezyne distributors in their countries.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that Vista Outdoor has no investment in MIPS. 

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN) — BikeExchange has appointed Mark Watkin as its new global CEO.

Tagged People

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (BRAIN) — The Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition tends to fall beneath the industry's radar screen, but the expo enters its third year on Jan. 12-13, 2018. While it's primarily a consumer event, it also attracts retailers and distributors from throughout the Middle East.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is teaming up with USA Cycling to produce a four-day clinic for aspiring race mechanics.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Urban Arrow, a Dutch cargo bike maker, has appointed Ed Rae of Portland its U.S. agent.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)  — It's been a tough year so far for Giant Manufacturing, and its third-quarter results have shown little improvement in its global position as the world's leading bicycle maker.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Rad Power Bikes is now selling into 28 European countries including Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, following a two-year debut in the United States.

Tagged Electric bike

TOKYO (BRAIN) — Tern partnered with Bosch eBike Systems to enter the Japan market with a new folding e-bike the brands showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in the Bosch booth. The show, which closed Sunday, marked Tern's entry into the Japan e-bike market; Japan is Bosch's first e-bike market in Asia.

Tagged Electric bike

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