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Posted March 4, 2014

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.

Posted in International Tagged Taipei Cycle Show
Posted March 4, 2014
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.

Posted in International Tagged Taipei Cycle Show
Posted March 4, 2014
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.

Posted in International Tagged Taipei Cycle Show
Posted March 3, 2014

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.

Posted in International Tagged People / Events
Posted March 3, 2014

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.

Posted in International Tagged People
Posted March 3, 2014

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.

Posted in International
Posted February 23, 2014

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.

Posted in International Tagged Frostbike
Posted February 21, 2014
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.

Posted in International
Posted February 20, 2014

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.

Posted in International Tagged Competition
Posted February 19, 2014
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.

Posted in International
Posted February 14, 2014

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

Posted in International
Posted February 12, 2014

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.

Posted in International Tagged Eurobike
Posted February 10, 2014

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.

Posted in International Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Events
Posted February 6, 2014

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

Posted in International Tagged People
Posted February 5, 2014

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).

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted January 31, 2014

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.

Posted in International
Posted January 28, 2014

HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN) — Mavic sales were flat in the fourth quarter of parent-company Amer Sports' fiscal year, Amer reported Tuesday. The Finnish company said Mavic sales were just a hair better than flat for the full fiscal year: up 1 percent to 129 million euros ($176 million).

Posted in International
Posted January 27, 2014
New WFSGI president Frank A. Dassler

MUNICH (BRAIN) — The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry has elected Frank A. Dassler as its new president. Dassler is the general counsel of the Adidas Group and a descendent of Adidas and Puma founders Adolf and Rudolf Dassler; his father, Armin Dassler, served as WFSGI's president from 1986-1989.

Posted in International Tagged People
Posted January 24, 2014

DENVER (BRAIN) — Rudy Project has appointed Chris Lupo to the newly created position of global sponsorship director for triathlon.

Posted in International Tagged People
Posted January 22, 2014

MONTREAL (BRAIN) — The taxpayers of Montreal are expected to be the biggest losers following the bankruptcy of Bixi, the nonprofit spun off from the city's transportation department to supply international bike share systems.

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