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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.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—“If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire . . . the A-Team.” So went the introduction to the cult 1980s TV show about a group of over-the-top commandos who wisecracked their way through seemingly impossible missions.

TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Ontario's latest provincial budget features a two-year extension of the tax holiday on bikes, introduced last December.

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN)–The European Union’s trade commissioner Peter Mandelson has retreated from his initiative to radically reduce the European Union’s use of trade defense instruments—including such things as its current anti-dumping duties on Chinese- and Vietnamese-made bicycles.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Ying-Ming Yang, the chairman of Kenda Rubber, has been elected to a second three-year term as chairman of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association.

OTTAWA, Quebec (BRAIN)—The Canadian government has extended its anti-dumping duties on low- and entry-level bicycles from China and Taiwan for another five years, but will drop the extra duties on frames priced at less than $50, FOB China and Taiwan.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

EASTWOOD, England (BRAIN)—The European Two-Wheel Retailers’ Association is shooting back at Raleigh U.K.’s managing director, Mark Gouldthorp, for his sardonic comments about U.K. bike retailers published last week in The Guardian newspaper.

AGRA, India (BRAIN)—The bicycle industry of India, which posted double-digit growth rates for the past few years, recently hit hard times as bicycle exports dropped to almost half the number of bikes exported last year, according to a report in Business Standard.

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (BRAIN)—An appeals court in Rotterdam substantially reduced, but did not eliminate, administrative fines the Dutch anti-trust authority had earlier imposed against Gazelle, Giant and Accell Group for allegedly colluding on prices for the 2001 season.

BEIJING, China (BRAIN)--No one quite knows what the final impact will be, but the price of 2008 model bicycles sold in the U.S. market will be going up thanks to the Chinese government.

OTTAWA, Quebec (BRAIN)—Canada’s Border Services Agency has determined that Chinese and Taiwanese bicycle manufacturers are likely to resume or continue dumping bicycles into the country at below-market value if current anti-dumping duties are allowed to expire at the end of this year.

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