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BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — The World Bicycle Industry Association is asking all countries to allow bike repair services to continue through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tagged Coronavirus

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — As fears of COVID 19 have swept through markets worldwide, Giant Group is bracing for a difficult year ahead. However, record revenue for 2019 should help bolster the multi-national company as it attempts to minimize the virus’s impact on its global operations.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group said it has withdrawn a proposed dividend of 0.30 euros ($0.33) per share as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tagged Coronavirus

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Organizers of Taipei Cycle, the trade show originally scheduled to be held this month, have canceled a subsitute event that had been scheduled for mid-May.

Tagged Coronavirus / Taipei Cycle Show

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Say hello to Giant Group.

The company says frame sales have declined by almost half in the last year.

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MOIRANS, France (BRAIN) — France's Rossignol Group, which owns Rossignol Bike, Time Sport and Felt Bicycle, says it is considering big changes to the Time frame business and its remaining frame factory in Slovakia.

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group says its traditional bike sales were down 13% in value last year, while sales of e-bike were up 11% and of cargo bikes up 47%.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Major bike maker warns that 'anti-Chinese sentiment' in Vietnam could cause delays there and in Cambodia.
A welder at a Taiwanese bike factory. BRAIN photo.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The CEO of A&J Bicycles — one of the world's largest bike makers, with factories in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia — is warning customers of possible shipment delays due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China.

Tagged Coronavirus / Tradeshows and conferences
Stella Yu toasts guests at the 2019 Velo/Wellgo/Prologo dinner.

TAIPEI (BRAIN) — The welcoming dinner, hosted by the Velo saddle company, Wellgo pedal and Prologo, has been canceled. The show is surveying registered visitors to see if they still plan to attend.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show
Taipei Cycle attracts more than 1,110 exhibitors and 8,000 visitors.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taiwan-based exhibitors at the Taipei Cycle show — scheduled to open a month from Tuesday — are circulating a petition asking organizers to cancel it because of the new coronavirus outbreak in China. 

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show / Coronavirus / Tradeshows and conferences
Workers at Bafang's factory in Poland.

SUZHOU, China (BRAIN) — Bafang, one of the world's largest e-bike drive system manufacturers, has announced that it is extending delivery lead times by at least 10-15 days because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Tagged Electric bike / Coronavirus / Tradeshows and conferences
Unsplash photo of man in Macau, China, in face mask during the coronavirus outbreak.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Next month's Taipei Cycle Show will be held as scheduled, organizers announced, but visitors and exhibitors from mainland China will not be welcome. Organizers also said all workers at the show will be required to wear face masks. 

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show / Coronavirus / Tradeshows and conferences
ISPO Beijing has been canceled because of the outbreak.

(BRAIN) — Due to the spread of the coronavirus, Chinese businesses and government officials are extending the Lunar New Years holiday closing period until at least Feb. 8 in more regions, increasing the likelihood of bicycle shipment delays. 

Outbreak might reduce participation at March's Taipei Cycle show
Hong Kong, where this photo was taken, has restricted travel to and from China.

MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom (BRAIN) —The U.S. industry, which depends on China for about 95% of its bikes as well as many of its parts and accessories, is bracing for disruption due to the Coronavirus. The virus has sickened thousands in China and led to travel restrictions into and out of the country, as well as within it.

Tagged Coronavirus / Tradeshows and conferences

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The bike industry got good news on tariffs on Friday from two directions.

Tagged Tariffs
A worker at the Sunrise Bicycle Industrial Co.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Changing labor laws, an aging population and aversion to working in rural locations all challenge Taiwan’s bicycle factories as they try to recruit qualified employees.

AMSTERDAM (BRAIN) — Pon.Bike, which owns Cervélo, Santa Cruz, Gazelle, and other brands, has acquired Urban Arrow, a Dutch electric cargo brand.

Tagged Electric bike / Mergers & Acquisitions
Bafang's production line in Poland, photo courtesy of Bafang.

SHANGHAI, China (BRAIN) — Bafang Electric has debuted on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, selling 30 million shares on the capital market and raising 1.3 billion Yuan ($186 million). The shares account for 25% of the company's total share capital.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

MADRID (BRAIN) —Trainer and software brand Bkool has sold its hardware rights to a fellow Spanish indoor training company, Versa design, which markets the Zycle brand of trainers. Versa will rebrand the BKool trainers under the Zycle brand while BKool focuses on its cycling simulation software business. 

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Photo from Customsnews.vn.

BINH DUONG, Vietnam (BRAIN) — Vietnam customs officials have seized a shipment of 313 bikes that was bound for the U.S., charging that the exporter had improperly labeled the bikes as “Made in Vietnam” to avoid U.S. tariffs on Chinese bikes. 

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