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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...

Easybike Acquires E-Bike Manufacturer Matra

LE BOURGET, France – Easybike signed a letter of intent with Matra owner Lagardère for the acquisition of the e-bike factory in Romorantin. The Matra e-bike production will be moved to Easybike’s new plant which is under construction in Saint-Lô and expected to be ready in 2015. The letter of intent...

ExpoBici To Open its Doors Next Weekend

PADUA, Italy - This weekend the seventh edition of ExpoBici, scheduled at the Padua Exhibition Center, will again feature over 500 exhibitors on 32,000 square meters as well as several new side events. One of a kind in the country, ExpoBici is the ultimate Italian cycling experience with new product...

Italian Bicycle Industry in Positive Mood

MILAN, Italy – 2013 was another difficult year for Italy as the economic crisis continued. All industries were suffering. For instance, delivery of powered two-wheelers (scooters and motorcycles) was down 25.5% in 2013. The bicycle industry was more positive on production and sales. Taking into acco...

Mando Footloose IM Version Launched at Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany - Mando Footloose presented the IM version of its innovative and award winning, chainless e-bike this year at Eurobike. Its outstanding design even attracted Prince Albert II of Monaco who now owns a Mando Footloose. Known as an environmentalist he thus sets an example when ...

‘Danger Threatening E-Bike Trend’

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – “The e-bike product group does hold a danger in itself. This concerns the safety of Speed Pedelecs. Legislation about S-Pedelecs is not yet clear, neither in definition nor in organization,” warned Accell CEO René Takens at last month’s Eurobike. Here he said: "We should a...

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