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Trelock Restarts Production in Germany

MUNSTER, Germany - Responding to the call for more flexibility by the largest bike manufacturers in Europe, lights, locks and e-bike control system producer Trelock is restarting production in Germany. Already this year that production restart is taking place. The parts and accessories maker has del...

European Commission: 70,000 Jobs in Bike Industry

BRUSSELS, Belgium – “The Union industry contributes significantly to technological innovation and spin offs, such as the recently developed EPACs that would not be economically viable without having a bicycle industry in the Union.” This says the European Commission in its anti-dumping review of Jun...

Italian Brands Less Prominent at Expobici

PADOVA, Italy –The international showcase of the Italian bicycle industry, Expobici, saw a successful edition last weekend. From September 19 - 22 the demo day and show made clear that the traditional Italian bicycles companies took another step back in favour of foreign brands. The first brands vis...

Endura Winners in HSBC Connections Competition

LIVINGSTON, Scotland - Scottish bike clothing and accessories brand Endura has been selected as one of two SME National Winners in the HSBC Global Connections Competition, an initiative to find the UK's most innovative and forward thinking companies. This year's competition has seen national winners...

USA E-bike Market Bigger than Expected

HOLLY RIDGE, USA - With a population of more than 316 Million people, buying about 15 million normal bicycles most years, and a demographic that is shifting to an older, but active generation of baby boomers…the USA seems a natural market for electric powered two wheelers. The European market, a...

Schwalbe Starts New Factory in Vietnam

REICHSHOF, Germany – Together with its Korean partner, Pt. Hung-A Indonesia, Ralf Bohle GmbH is setting up a new factory for Schwalbe tyres and tubes in Vietnam. More production capacity is needed as: “Lead-times reached critical levels,” says CEO Frank Bohle. Currently Bohle – Schwalbe and its excl...

Duty-Free Import Status Imminent for Philippines

BRUSSELS, Belgium - GSP+ status for the Philippines appears to be imminent. This will result in duty-free imports in the European Union. The current anti-circumvention investigation against the country should have no effect on the introduction of GSP+. Today, the Philippines are an 'ordinary' GSP be...

Also for China Industry E-Bikes Are Leading

BEIJING, China – The only segment that saw growth in 2013 in China were electric bikes. The China Bicycle Association reports that 36,950,000 e-bikes were produced; 5.4% more than in 2012. Production of regular bikes reached 82 million units in 2013; 0.9% down on the 2012 total. Bicycle export staye...

XTR Di2 Heralds Electronic Components Integration

SCOTTS VALLEY, USA – The next generation of the Fox’s electronic suspension is fully integrated with Shimano’s latest electronic groupset XTR Di2 introduced last spring. With the XTR Di2 Shimano took the long awaited step of introducing electronic shifting for the MTB market. The next big improvemen...

Interbike Show Signals: E-Bikes Speeding Up in US

LAS VEGAS, USA - The e-bike market in the United States is finally gaining momentum. This was the main message of last week’s Interbike; the country’s biggest trade show for bicycles and bike products. It has been the second year for Interbike at Mandalay Bay Convention Center (MBCC) in Las Vegas. U...

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