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. The changes were made at the association’s annual meeting held the day before Christmas.
Ying Ming Yang is credited with helping revive interest in cycling in Taiwan, raising the industry’s profile at Eurobike with Taiwan Night, engaging more directly with China and encouraging Taiwanese companies to participate in overseas trade shows.
Lo had been the first chairman for Taiwan’s A-Team, a position now held by Merida’s Michael Tseng. Lo is widely respected within the industry. In accepting the TBEA’s chairmanship, Lo thanked each of the former chairmen including Giant’s King Lieu, Merida’s president Ike Tseng, and Ying Ming Yang for laying the foundation for improvements in the industry. Lo said he would do his best to promote and maintain the industry’s deep roots in Taiwan while strongly engaging with China.
“Because Taiwan is the place where members of the TBEA started out, they should make sure to cultivate deep roots in Taiwan. Because China has been the world's most important bicycle market for a number of years, firms must establish strong positions in China. And since the promotion of a bicycle culture should not be interrupted, firms must continue to encourage cycling in Taiwan,” Lo said.