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Kask's Diego Zambon and Ylenia Battistello at the Taipei Cycle Show

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) ―Diego Zambon, general manager for KASK, a high-end Italian helmet brand, said the company is looking toward Asia and, he predicted, sales of its KASK line could equal or surpass its sales in Europe within a decade.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show / Distributor news

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) ― Z.E.G, the largest dealer organization in Europe, will―for the first time―exhibit at Eurobike, ending years of a sometimes contentious relationship.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

ROSSANO VENETO, Italy (BRAIN) — Selle San Marco has adopted a Minimum Advertised Price policy for 2014 and said it will sell only to authorized distributors and retailers.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — At a press conference that kicked off the 24th annual Taipei Cycle Show, the Taiwan External Trade and Development Council and the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters' Association presented 49 products with d&i awards. Five products, covering an eclectic range of designs, were given top honors.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — In 1980, BETO founder Lopin Wang moved from Taipei, Taiwan, to San Jose, Calif., where he worked for four years in a factory that supplied parts to Apple and Atari.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show
Asahi workers painting a carbon frame in its factory in Tainan City

TAINAN CITY, Taiwan—Asahi’s factory in Tainan City at the southern end of Taiwan has the capacity to paint and assemble up to 200,000 units annually, but the company is currently turning out just 30,000 a year.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show
Taiwan Vice President Wu Den-yih visited the Taipei Cycle Show in 2013.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Industry executives in Taiwan are eager to put 2013 behind them and move quickly into manufacturing and delivering bicycles, components and accessories for a soon-to-start 2015 model year.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — Tern Bicycles founder Josh Hon has been selected as an expert for a panel discussion on urban transportation at next month’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference.

Tagged People / Events

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) – Australian parts and accessories maker JetBlack Cycling has promoted its U.S. brand director, Mike Ely, to international sales director. Ely joined JetBlack last spring — to lead an expansion of the brand’s U.S.

Tagged People

SYDNEY, Australia (BRAIN) — Dorel’s Cycling Sports Group said it is transitioning operations of its Australia business to Monza Imports, an action sports distributor based there. The change is effective May 1.

Tagged Distributor news

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products will open a new office in Taichung, Taiwan, in June to better support its bike manufacturing partners on the island.

Tagged Frostbike / Distributor news
Dutch company seeks to build scale with new acquisitions in 2014.

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — E-bikes and sales in the North American market boosted full-year revenue for Accell Group N.V.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (BRAIN) — PowerBar, recently purchased by Post, has agreed to extend its sponsorship of the Tour de France through 2018, the company announced Thursday.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
The Zelvy balance bike retails for $995.

WARWICK, R.I. (BRAIN) — WeeBikeShop is now the U.S. distributor for the Australia-made carbon fiber Zelvy balance bike and Ridgeback UK's line of balance bikes and children's bikes.

Tagged Distributor news

VISTA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Haro Bikes has named Traffic GmbH as the distributor of Haro and Premium-branded products in Germany and Austria.

Tagged Distributor news

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Due to strong demand for booth space, Eurobike organizers are opening additional exhibit space outside the Messe Friedrichafen grounds—between the halls—where it previously featured a bike obstacle course.

Tagged Eurobike

MADRID (BRAIN) — IMBA Europe will hold its two-day summit here starting March 28. The event will include discussion of long-distance European mountain bike routes, mountain bike guide programs, sustainable trail building, advocacy and mountain bike tourism.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Events

OREM, Utah (BRAIN) — Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and 16-year industry veteran Nat Ross has joined Lizard Skins as international sales executive.

Tagged People

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Unfavorable weather in Europe and North America was countered by strong sales in China and a growing service parts business in all markets to drive Shimano’s sales 10 percent higher in 2013 to $2.68 billion (271.037 billion yen).

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group N.V. is selling its Hercules bike brand to Germany’s largest retail cooperative, Z.E.G. The acquisition includes transfer of the Hercules brand, corporate premises in Neuhof and working capital to Z.E.G.

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