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CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — German manufacturer Abus is known to U.S. and Canadian retailers for its heavy duty locks. But the company sells much more than bike security in its home market and across Europe, and is now bringing helmets to North America. 

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Too much success poses as many issues as too little, and that’s what now confronts organizers of Taichung Bike Week. Has it become too big? And is it attracting the right vendors?

Tagged Taichung Bike Week

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — Fox has completed the acquisition of its German distributor and service center, Toxoholics GmbH, for $2.3 million, the company told investors on an earnings call Wednesday. 

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Distributor news
The SQlab Super 6

OAKLAND, CA (BRAIN) — German saddle brand SQlab has added three new models and updated existing models for 2014. The brand also will be distributed in the U.S. next year by Hawley and BTI.

Tagged Distributor news

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Hearing from dealers that Chain Reaction or Wiggle is offering products below wholesale is not a phone call any supplier wants to field.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — Timbuk2 has opened a store in Singapore that includes the company's first in-store custom ordering station outside the U.S.

BEVERLY, MA (BRAIN) — Craft will be sponsoring and supplying the Australia-based pro cycling team ORICA-GreenEDGE for the next three seasons, the clothing company announced this week.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — A variety of manufacturers, including a number of bicycle companies, plan to attend the World Federation of Sporting Goods’ (WFSGI) Future of Manufacturing—a two-day conference in Taipei. 

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Johnny Lin has been busy since returning to the family business in 2010.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week
Taiwan's OE show opens this week in Taichung
SRAM's OE sales team sit on the front steps of the Tempus Hotel Monday afternoon sharing a six-pack of Taiwan's finest--Taiwan Beer.  Photo: Marc Sani

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Hundreds of product managers, distributors and suppliers from around the world are flooding into Taichung on Monday in preparation for Taichung Bike Week, or TBW for short.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Taichung Bike Week

KIEV, Ukraine (BRAIN) — As trade shows and consumer events come and go, organizers of Ukraine’s annual event will celebrate their tenth anniversary next year with Velobike 2014. According to Tatiana Davidenko, the event’s sales manager, the Feb.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

NEWARK, DE (BRAIN) — W. L. Gore & Associates is the fifth-ranked company on this year’s list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces, announced Friday.

The list is compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute, which also produces Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. 

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN) — The annual report from two of Europe’s key associations, the Bicycle Industry and Market Profile (BIMP), is now available on the associations' websites. 

PETALUMA, CA (BRAIN) — E-Thirteen has added Switzerland-based TST Trading to its list of European distributors. TST will carry the full line of E-Thirteen and Hive products and will be a certified service center for the products within Switzerland.

Tagged Distributor news
Bike-related sales to Europe and U.S. were down, Asian sales up

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s sales climbed to $2.03 billion (199.501 billion yen) over the first nine months of the year, up from $1.86 billon (182.739 billion yen) over the same period last year.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

SAUSALITO, CA (BRAIN) — Bar Fly’s line of mounts for cycling devices will now be distributed in Australia through an exclusive agreement with FE Sports.

Tagged Distributor news

SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN) — New Mexico distributor BTI is now distributing protective gear from Leatt Corp.

Tagged Distributor news

HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN) — Amer Sports, Mavic’s parent company, posted a 1 percent growth in sales in the third quarter to $841 million (608.9 million euros). But the company said its 5 percent growth target for the full year remains on track.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Stages Cycling’s power meters will become available in Australia and New Zealand through FE Sports, a Queensland, Australia, distributor. Product should be on retail shelves by November.

Tagged Distributor news

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN) — Knog is opening its second European office, this one in Germany and to be managed by David Burger. The Australian accessory brand opened its first European office last year, in France.

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