BURBANK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fixie brand Pure Fix Cycles has appointed industry veteran Rob Kozich international sales manager. The hiring follows the opening of Pure Fix’s European corporate office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in August 2014.
TAIPEI (BRAIN) — The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Bicycle Association have selected the nearly 60 winners of its Design and Innovation in cycling contest. A panel of judges narrowed down the winners from 209 submissions hailing from 15 countries.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — A move to reorganize its labor structure has sparked a protest at Campagnolo’s Vincenza, Italy, factory. But Tom Kattus, Campy’s North American general manager, told BRAIN that the disruption should have no impact on delivery of Campy parts and groups to bike suppliers or distributors.
KOBLENZ, Germany (BRAIN) — Canyon Bicycles has hired Frank Aldorf as global chief brand officer, a new role created to support its growing global consumer base. The German consumer-direct brand said it’s experienced fast-paced expansion, especially in Europe.
CHILLIWACK, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Pinkbike will collaborate with the Enduro World Series on video production for all eight of this season's races. The website is promising a new style of coverage with an expanded video crew at each event, as well as extra content that will be released throughout the year.
BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — A board of directors was recently elected for the CONEBI, the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry, a new group that formed last fall following the merger of the Association of the European Two-Wheeler Parts' and Accessories' Industry (COLIPED) and the Association of the European Bicycle Industry (COLIBI).
MILAN (BRAIN) — Luxottica SpA reported Monday that 2014 sales rose 5.3 percent to 7.7 billion euros ($8.9B) as strong performance in North American buoyed the eyewear giant’s bottom line.
SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ritchey Design has made additions to its marketing staff worldwide.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hwa Fong Rubber, parent of the Duro tire brand, has begun a partnership with mountain biker Hans Rey.
According to the tire brand, Rey will bring his knowledge and expertise to both the R&D and marketing departments at Duro and assist in developing the brand worldwide.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Matthew Pfeffer, a long-time bike industry testing engineer and vice president of global operations at ACT Lab, died Thursday. He was 50.
Pfeffer died from complications stemming from an acute case of influenza.
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Garmin Ltd. has acquired iKubu (Pty) Ltd., a South African company that has developed a rear-facing radar system for bicyclists. iKubu introduced its Backtracker device at the Eurobike show last summer.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Folding bike brand Tern has added distributors in Japan, Greece and Turkey, expanding its distribution to 65 countries worldwide.
Tern has joined with longstanding Japanese distributor Akibo, which also imports Colnago and Fuji and handles exports for Shimano.
MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries is opening an office in Chile, the Canadian company announced Wednesday. Dorel Sports Chile S.A. will be based in Santiago de Chile and will lead all sales, marketing, distribution and customer service of Dorel Sport's brands, including Cannondale, GT, Schwinn, Mongoose, Sugoi and Caloi, in Chile and Peru.
CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM is reuniting with the French UCI WorldTour team AG2R La Mondiale. The team will use SRAM components, Zipp wheels and Quarq power meters.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Santa Cruz Bicycles has named Lusty Industries as its exclusive Australian distributor.
As of Jan. 1, Lusty Industries will handle distribution for Santa Cruz and Juliana bicycles, components and soft goods in Australia.
MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries Inc. is acquiring the remaining 30 percent interest in Companhia Dorel Brasil Produtos Infantis (Dorel Juvenile Brazil), which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Dorel.
LANCASTER, Pa. (BRAIN) — Speedsleev Products, the maker of lightweight saddle packs and other products, has expanded its distribution for 2015.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Praxis Cycles is continuing to grow, with a successful launch of its hollow-forged Zayante road crank, which is being spec'd on more than 10 models of Specialized 2015 model bikes. Demand for the brand's chainrings and conversion bottom brackets also continues, the company said.
MEXICO CITY (BRAIN) — Mexican officials have put numerous U.S. bike suppliers on notice that the Mexican government will be placing children's bikes imported from China under increasing scrutiny as it continues an anti-dumping investigation.