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BY MARC SANI

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Most major Taiwan bicycle manufacturers appear to support a new trade agreement between the island nation and China. Beginning next year, as the agreement starts to ratchet down duties, it could open the door for more high-end exports into the world’s largest domestic market.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—It’s too early to tell what impact a newly signed trade agreement between Taiwan and China eventually will have on the bicycle industry.

BY MARC SANI

LOS ANGELES, CA—What happens in China never stays in China—it reverberates worldwide. So concern over China’s rising labor rates and the stability of its currency, the yuan, has executives at companies big and small keeping a calculator close at hand.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taiwan's Giant Manufacturing Co, the world's largest bicycle maker by revenue, is planning to invest an initial $36 million (USD) on a new bicycle and electric car plant in eastern China, according to the AFP news organization.

BY NICOLE FORMOSA

TAIPEI, Taiwan—The Taipei Cycle Show remains a key venue as its international business grows, as companies wrap up final spec on 2011, and as manufacturers get feedback on next year’s aftermarket products.

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SCHWEINFURT, Germany (BRAIN)—SRAM’s Schweinfurt Germany location will move from being a production facility to a R&D and service center for its road, MTB, suspension and trekking components.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Steve Fenton and Katerina Rejchrtova made it official Wednesday—Taichung Bike Week will be held Nov. 15 through Nov. 19, moving the dates earlier in the year rather than in December.

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IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Felt Bicycles has partnered with the International Cycling Union (UCI) to supply a full stable of road, time trial, track, mountain and BMX frames to the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.

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NITEROI, Brazil (BRAIN)—3A Distribuidora has signed an agreement to distribute Bikeparts for Bikers by Bikers (BBB) in Brazil.

The Holland-based BBB was established 11 years ago to provide value on bicycle parts and accessories. The brand is now being distributed in more than 35 countries.

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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—At a busy meeting that took place last Saturday at Eurobike, the first steps were made to lobby for better European regulations for two and three-wheeled Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs).

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—While most manufacturers escaped serious damage as Typhoon Morakot swept over Taiwan last weekend, most companies were forced to halt production for a few days as employees stayed home and electricity was cut.

VICENZA, Italy—The Shimano Europe sales office has teamed up with Dainese to distribute the Italian brand of protective gear.

On Wednesday, Shimano became the exclusive distributor of the Dainese bike collection in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—OEMs who plan to participate in Taichung Bike Week should contact organizers as soon as possible to reserve space.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The 14th International Bicycle Design Competition is inviting entries.

The schedule and rules can be found at www.ibdcaward.org (click on link). You can register on this web page from May 1 - August 10.

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (BRAIN)—Taiwan-based Neco Parts has set up a small U.S. branch with hopes of eventually establishing itself as a major player in the mid to high-end component market.

Velo general manager Stella Yu knows how to draw a crowd. The night before the Taipei Cycle Show opened, Yu threw a birthday bash to celebrate Velo’s 30 years in business. The raucous party, cosponsored by Wellgo and Prologo, included more than 250 customers to whom the brands supply.

Looking for the hot trends for next model year? BRAIN tech editor Matt Wiebe scoured the halls of the Taipei Cycle Show to find the most interesting and innovative new products being shown here.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—A-Team chairman Michael Tseng asked the organization’s members at a general meeting yesterday to increase production on the island so that Taiwan’s major bicycle manufacturers need import fewer components from offshore.

BRAIN tech editor Matt Wiebe roamed the halls of the Taipei Cycle Show to find the latest and greatest product coming down the pipe. From mainstream to downright quirky, here's a sampling of products being shown here.

When Bonnie Tu selected the location for the Liv / Giant store in Taipei, people thought she was crazy. The location was in the main business area where banks and major corporations were located, far from the central shopping district. But Tu said the location needed to be next to the target customer.

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