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Former Specialized tech director will lead BMC's global digital projects.

GRENCHEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — BMC Switzerland has hired Greg Dolder as its global director of technology. Dolder comes to BMC with extensive experience in both the tech and bicycle industries.

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E-bikes are hot topic; dates for TBW in 2018 up in the air.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taichung Bike Week drew some 470 exhibiting companies at five hotels in the city this week. Although the timing is late for U.S. product managers, Taiwanese vendors see it as their last chance to attract OE spec for the upcoming model year.

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TAINAN, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Charles Wu, who founded KMC Group in 1977, has passed away at his home in Tainan. He died Sunday at the age of 77 surrounded by his family. A funeral date is pending.

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group N.V.'s board informed shareholders at a meeting Thursday that it will appoint Ton Anbeek as CEO and chairman of the board of directors, as it previously announced.

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PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Fuji Bikes has become the exclusive bicycle sponsor for Steve Arpin and the Loenbro Motorsports Red Bull Global RallyCross team heading into the final race of the season in Los Angles and continuing into the 2018 season.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Lezyne is entering the OE market with its LED lighting systems, offering the systems to e-bike makers.

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CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has shifted to dedicated sales channels for its aftermarket and OE businesses and has made several staff changes as a result.

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — European bicycle manufacturers plan to keep the pressure on Chinese bicycle manufacturers and are now taking aim at what the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association calls a flood of e-bikes jeopardizing European jobs and manufacturing.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Next year's Taipei Cycle d&i Awards will be held at a different time of year to correspond to the Taipei Cycle show's shift from spring to fall. The awards also will feature a new category for the growing interest in the Internet of Things (IoT): "IoT Applications for Cycling."

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (BRAIN) — Attorneys involved in a product liability case are seeking to exclude a Taiwanese company, ADK Technology Ltd., which manufactured a carbon fiber fork with an allegedly defective steerer tube.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Folding bike brand Dahon says that Brompton has ended a lawsuit that Brompton filed in Germany on the first day of Eurobike this year.

GHENT, Belgium (BRAIN) — The electric vehicle association for Europe is surveying e-bike manufacturers and distributors on their opinion of a proposed test of e-bike power.

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STUTTGART, Germany (BRAIN) — Bosch eBike Systems has agreed to purchase COBI, a connected biking startup that allows cyclists to use their smartphone as an e-bike control and display unit.

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WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cycling Sports Group, a division of Dorel Industries has promoted Adriano Nascentes to general manager of Cycling Sports Group Europe. Nascentes was previously the COO for Cycling Sports Group Europe.

A scene from the 2017 Sea Otter Europe.

GIRONA, Spain (BRAIN) — The second Sea Otter Europe show will feature about 30 percent more expo area to meet demand, organizers said. The event, to be held June 8-10 next year, also has attained higher UCI ranking for some of its races.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Qarv Imports is now distributing the Spanish mountain bike brand Mondraker.

Qarv will offer Mondraker's downhill, enduro, trail, cross-country, and e-mountain bikes to select brick-and-mortar shops starting in November.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — A long-running personal injury lawsuit can proceed after Giant Manufacturing failed to convince the Illinois State Appellate Court that it should be cut loose from the suit because, the Taiwanese company said, it essentially had no ties to the sale of Giant bicycles in Illinois.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hiroshi Yamazaki has joined ACT Lab and recently established ACT's newest sales and research office in Osaka, Japan.

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Stan's NoTubes has hired Clayton Goldsmith. Initially, Goldsmith is focusing on OE sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but he will also lead several internal projects aimed at improving product availability and reducing lead-times for European customers.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — HIA Velo, the owner and manufacturer of Allied Cycle Works, has brought on a chief operating officer, who is also a partner, and opened its first two European distributors for Allied frames and bikes.

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