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(BRAIN) — The United Kingdom bike industry says e-bike sales growth stalled in Q1 and during the country's COVID-19 lockdown. The industry is urging the government to provide financial incentives for e-bike purchases and create a public awareness campaign to encourage the use of e-bikes for transportation.

Tagged Electric bike
Courtesy photo from the 2019 Eurobike.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Eurobike organizers say local officials have given it the go ahead to hold its event here on its new dates, Nov. 24-26, 2020.

Tagged Eurobike

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group N.V. said its bike sales rebounded in May after a steep decline in March and April. Bike shops in Germany, Accell's largest market, began to re-open at the end of April. May sales were up 23% over the same month last year.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

CHAVANOD, France (BRAIN) — Groupe Rossignol has announced the sale of the TIME bike and pedal business to WhaTTfornow, a four-year-old e-bike brand.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Organizers of the ASEANBIKE 2020 show have announced they have postponed the inaugural event until sometime next year.  Messe Friedrichshafen, the owner of the Eurobike show, had partnered with .C.C.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Most publicly-traded bike companies' stock prices have seen a rebound since the pandemic, but Shimano's stock has rebounded and then some.

Company had been managed by a turn-around firm since February. Regent, which announced it had bought the brand last March, has no comment.
Mavic's headquarters near Annecy, which it shared with the ski brand Salomon.

ANNECY, France (BRAIN) — Mavic has been put into receivership at the French commercial court in Grenoble, after being put under the management of a turnaround firm in February.

TOKYO (BRAIN) — Shimano reported Tuesday that its first-quarter bike division sales were down 15.4% from the same period last year. Operating income in the division declined 26.1%.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

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

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