BY NICOLE FORMOSA
TAICHUNG, Taiwan—Taiwan executives project little or no growth in 2010 as the island’s manufacturing industry stabilizes in the wake of the global recession.
LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company’s 2010 catalog is now available and will start shipping to dealers this week.
MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—The new year will be the 125th anniversary of the Italian Cycling Federation, and it will begin with an important agreement: Full Speed Ahead will be the new official partner of FCI for track sector through 2012.
ST. LAURENT, Quebec (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles and Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC) have signed an agreement making OGC the exclusive Canadian distributor for Intense Cycles.
A draft of the Los Angeles City Bike Plan was recently released and mountain bicyclists should be concerned with the direction it has taken.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—The second annual Peak Region Cyclist Bicycle Show hopes for even better results than last year when more than 500 people showed up.
Also, more than 40 vendors attended last year's show including Moots, Magura, Carmichael Training Systems and REI.
BRAIN wishes you and yours a Happy New Year! Regular news will resume Monday, January 4.
Click on link to see video of the Amsterdam Beer Bike.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Mountain bike clothing manufacturer, Royal Racing, has now established its U.S. operation. Union Sports Group LLC (USG LLC) will have the sole responsibility for the distribution of all Royal Racing products in both North and South America.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Mark Weir's Marin County home—that he shares with his wife, Sue, and son, Gus—burnt down Sunday evening, as a fire broke out in the garage and spread throughout their home.
The family got out safely after being alerted by the fire alarm system.
MOUNT RAINER, MD (BRAIN)—Erik Kugler, managing partner of Cadence Retail Group, LLC, has announced the formation of a new consulting business focusing on the specialty retail industry, including the bicycle retail channel of trade, in partnership with the Gluskin Townley Group, LLC.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Supplier Parts Association (BPSA) reports that October on October shipments to retailers fell by 11 percent, and sales fell by 5 percent over 2008. October bicycle imports are also down over last year, according to the Department of Commerce import statistics.
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima has tied its future to a Taiwan company that—among many other items—makes water filtration products and water coolers for Whirlpool. It seems an unlikely merger, but Kemflo International also makes parts for Yakima’s racks, and has for the last nine years.
“I have been through a lot of adversity in my life and I have fought through it and succeeded but the journey has been far from easy. I think that it is an important message for these kids at this time in their life. Everything might look hopeless, but it is only temporary.
SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—W H Worrall & Co is now an authorized distributor of Zipp products in the New Zealand market.
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—A shake up at the top of Amer Sports, parent company of Mavic, has resulted in the appointment of a new president and chief executive officer.
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France (BRAIN)—Ernest Csuka of Alex Singer Cycles died at the age of 81.
Csuka was known as the last of the great French framebuilders. In 1964, Csuka took over Alex Singer and went on to make some of the finest bikes ever produced. Csuka started with Alex Singer in 1944.
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima, one of the industry’s best known rack companies, has “merged” its operations with a privately held Taiwan company that has been supplying it with parts for the last nine years.
ST.PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—The industry’s best factory training clinics are filling up fast. Professional mechanics from across the country (and abroad) are registering for the hands on Park Tool Tech Summits in Philadelphia, Chicago and San Jose.