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CHANGHUA, Taiwan (BRAIN)—As its own economy slows, mainland China is increasing tax incentives for a slew of exported products, including bicycles.

The government announced that it would increase the export tax rebate on Chinese-made bicycles to as much as 14 percent from 9 percent.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The December mini-shows in Taichung are expected to attract more product managers than ever before, organizers say.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Giant Manufacturing Co. is reportedly at its bicycle production capacity until next June, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The report was attributed to a story in the Taipei, Taiwan-based United Daily News, which didn't cite its sources.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Even though talks over a comprehensive global trade agreement have faltered, Taiwan is encouraging countries to eliminate tariffs on bicycle imports.

LORIA, Italy (BRAIN)—Bankrupt Italian stem and handlebar maker ITM is negotiating with several potential buyers for its brand name and equipment, and managers expect to announce an agreement within the next two weeks.

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN) — Tenneco Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement to purchase the suspension business of Gruppo Marzocchi, an Italian-based worldwide leader in supplying suspension technology in the two-wheeler market.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

BY JOHN CRENSHAW
AND DOUG MCCLELLAN

PACOIMA, CA (BRAIN)—Kemco Group International has partnered with Kunshan Giant Light Metal Technology to produce Vuelta-branded wheels.

AGE: 44
COMPANY: KMC
OCCUPATION: General Manager

How much chain have KMC’s factories churned out the company’s three-decade history? Enough to loop around the earth and the moon three times.

NAME: Victor Lin
AGE: 52
COMPANY: VP Components
POSITION: Managing Director

Most components companies in Taiwan are relatively small affairs. VP Components’ Victor Lin, who founded the company in 1981, now oversees 1,450 employees, some 350 of whom are in Taiwan.

NAME: Daisuke Kobayashi
COMPANY: SR Suntour
TITLE: President
AGE: 62

Daisuke Kobayashi is the venerable manager of a venerable company. He oversees components maker SR Suntour, one of the oldest names in the business.

NAME: Louis Chuang
COMPANY: Topeak, Inc.
TITLE: President
AGE: 53

NAME: Hongder Chang
COMPANY: Kenda
TITLE: General Manager
AGE: 48

NAME: Stella Yu
COMPANY: Velo
TITLE: General Manager
AGE: 60

It’s tough enough to succeed in the bicycle business. It’s even tougher to succeed as a woman.

NAME: John Chen
COMPANY: Wellgo
TITLE: General Manager
AGE: 55

The bicycle business runs in John Chen’s family. Chen, founder of pedal manufacturer Wellgo, is the brother-in-law of Stella Yu, founder of Velo saddles.

NAME: Michael Tseng
COMPANY: Merida
TITLE: Deputy Chairman
AGE: 51

NAME: Hank Kao
COMPANY: SRAM
TITLE: General Manager, Asia
AGE: 55

NAME: King Liu
COMPANY: Giant
TITLE: Chairman
AGE: 74

NAME: Alex Chen
COMPANY: Alex Global Technology
TITLE: President

Because his name stands behind every wheel he sells, Alex Chen is a stickler for quality. And Alex Global Technology makes a lot of wheels for bicycles, cars, military trucks, buses and even airplanes.

NAME: Anthony Lo
AGE: 60
COMPANY: Giant Manufacturing
TITLE: General Manager

For Westerners, Tony Lo is the most visible official of the world’s biggest bicycle company. His long partnership with Giant founder King Liu has been one of the most successful in the industry.

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