By Matt Wiebe
TAICHUNG, Taiwan—U.S. and European retailers may find it hard to reorder bikes during the production season as bike builders in Taiwan work to fulfill orders from emerging bike markets such as Singapore, Indonesia and other Pacific Rim countries.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Tony Lo, Giant’s CEO, has been selected as the new president of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters' Association (TBEA). He replaces Ying Ming Yang, Kenda’s president, who has held the post for six years. In addition, the TBEA membership has elected 27 new directors and nine supervisors.
GENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—The European Two-Wheelers’ Association, known as ETRA, will submit a report to the European Commission in the first half of 2011 outlining a strategy for a low carbon economy by 2050, including incorporating the use of bicycles as part of a clean transport system.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Cycling Sports Group has signed a distribution deal with Ti Cycles to sell its GT and Mongoose brands in India, the company’s latest move to penetrate emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—DT Swiss has expanded its reach in Asia with the production of spokes at its facility, DT Swiss Asia Ltd in Taichung.
OBORNIKI, Poland (BRAIN)—DT Swiss has opened a new factory in Poznan/Oborniki, Poland.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan—A new group of five exhibitors will band together to show their products in one room at this year’s Taichung Bike Week.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Giant’s CEO Tony Lo offered a more modest vision for growth in Europe’s electric bike market, vowed to continue improving the business talents of retailers worldwide, and praised new cooperation between mainland China and Taiwan.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taiwan’s bicycle industry—some 7,000 miles from Interbike’s offices in Southern California—is still buzzing over the trade show’s decision to move its annual show to early August in Anaheim. And it’s an angry buzz.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
NEUSTADT, Germany—European companies grappling with a slew of cost challenges—primarily the decreased value of the euro—expect to ratchet up 2011 retail prices anywhere from 5 to 20 percent to help cushion the financial setback.
BY MARC SANI
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Most major Taiwan bicycle manufacturers appear to support a new trade agreement between the island nation and China. Beginning next year, as the agreement starts to ratchet down duties, it could open the door for more high-end exports into the world’s largest domestic market.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—It’s too early to tell what impact a newly signed trade agreement between Taiwan and China eventually will have on the bicycle industry.
BY MARC SANI
LOS ANGELES, CA—What happens in China never stays in China—it reverberates worldwide. So concern over China’s rising labor rates and the stability of its currency, the yuan, has executives at companies big and small keeping a calculator close at hand.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taiwan's Giant Manufacturing Co, the world's largest bicycle maker by revenue, is planning to invest an initial $36 million (USD) on a new bicycle and electric car plant in eastern China, according to the AFP news organization.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
TAIPEI, Taiwan—The Taipei Cycle Show remains a key venue as its international business grows, as companies wrap up final spec on 2011, and as manufacturers get feedback on next year’s aftermarket products.
SCHWEINFURT, Germany (BRAIN)—SRAM’s Schweinfurt Germany location will move from being a production facility to a R&D and service center for its road, MTB, suspension and trekking components.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Steve Fenton and Katerina Rejchrtova made it official Wednesday—Taichung Bike Week will be held Nov. 15 through Nov. 19, moving the dates earlier in the year rather than in December.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Felt Bicycles has partnered with the International Cycling Union (UCI) to supply a full stable of road, time trial, track, mountain and BMX frames to the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.
NITEROI, Brazil (BRAIN)—3A Distribuidora has signed an agreement to distribute Bikeparts for Bikers by Bikers (BBB) in Brazil.
The Holland-based BBB was established 11 years ago to provide value on bicycle parts and accessories. The brand is now being distributed in more than 35 countries.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—At a busy meeting that took place last Saturday at Eurobike, the first steps were made to lobby for better European regulations for two and three-wheeled Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs).