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Trelock Brings Production Back to Europe

MÜNSTER, Germany – Yesterday’s ground-breaking ceremony for Trelock’s production and logistics facility marks the company’s philosophy of production close to market. “We strongly believe in production in Europe and not to source everything in Asia,” said Andreas Rott CEO and owner of Trelock. "Last ...

Bike Manufacturing Returns to US by Kent

MANNING, USA – Kent International has started production of bicycles in Manning, South Carolina. Some twenty years ago the last US produced bikes rolled off the Huffy assembly lines. Kent is the first bike maker in the US that re-shores production from Asia. Is it the start of a new trend? Looking a...

ECF/Cycling Industry Club Calls on New EU Commission

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Yesterday the European Parliament has approved the new European Commission. ECF/Cycling Industry Club is particularly looking forward to working with Ms. Violeta Bulc, the new Commissioner for Transport. During her hearing in front of the European Parliament, Ms. Bulc stated tha...

WFSGI Installs Bicycle Saddle Committee

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – After a UCI request to provide scientific information on the development of bicycle saddles from a performance and a medical perspective the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) put in a dedicated committee. Dave Schindler and Piet van der Velde have been e...

Raleigh: ‘E-MTB’s Are UK’s Biggest Growth Area’

BIRMINGHAM, UK - Terry Blackwood of Raleigh UK Ltd took the opportunity of the Cycle Show trade day in Birmingham late September to give his view on the future of the bicycle market in the United Kingdom. “Electric mountain bikes will be the biggest growth area in the immediate future in the UK mark...

Global Bike and P&A Sales Grows by 3%

PARIS, France – The 9th edition of a survey initiated in 2005 into the size of the global sports market indicates that sales of bicycles (all types) as well as P&A scored a 3% growth in 2013. Based on consumer tracking, statistical projections and its industry expertise, market researcher NPD Group ...

Gates Carbon Drive To Open European R&D Lab

MÜHLHAUSEN, Germany – The European market currently generates 70% of Gates Carbon Drive’s turnover in the bicycle industry. “To keep in close contact with the market, we will open an European R&D lab and testing facility,” says Frank Scurlock, Global Business Development Manager for Gates Corporatio...

Launch of Online Platform for E-Cargobikes

HEIDELBERG, Germany – Recently a virtual e-cargobike platform celebrated its official presentation. The online shop www.e-lastenrad.de targets the European e-cargobike market and has already eight cargobike brands in its portfolio. These brands are, next to several parts and accessory labels, Babboe...

Porsche Conducts Factory Analysis at Accell Group

STUTTGART, Germany – Accell Group decided to conduct a first on-site factory analysis and in-depth workshop with Porsche Consulting. “We need to become more flexible in production and reduce the long lead times,” said Accell Group COO Jeroen Snijders Blok. "It is important that the entire bicycle in...

MIFA’s Future Remains Uncertain

SANGERHAUSEN, Germany – The insolvency procedure of bike producer MIFA led to a struggle between major shareholder Carsten Maschmeyer, supervisory board member Utz Claassen and board member & CEO Thomas Mayer on one side and the creditors (bond owners and banks) together with the administrator Lucas...

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