Road cycling stars in the recent screenplay adaptation of a Chinese novel which explores the spirit of sport and the dynamics of cross-cultural relationships in modern-day China. Though it’s not along the same hard-core lines as ‘American Flyers’, the film hints at a growing institutional support for cycling on the mainland.
Taipei Cycle, Eurobike and Interbike are well known landmarks on the bicycle industry’s landscape, but there are other quality exhibitions happening around the world, too. Last weekend, Guangzhou-based online cycling magazine Biketo.com visited the 5th Shenzhen International Bicycle Festival in Guangdong province and made a short video blog to capture the atmosphere.
Californian-based ‘American Artisan Bicycles’ launched in July 2011 as a nonprofit carbon bicycle manufacturing cooperative with an objective to “design and build superior quality, innovative carbon bicycles in the USA that are cost competitive with Asian imports.”
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The China National Light Industry Council (CNLIC) is a national organisation that services and monitors the performance of 26 industry associations on the mainland, including the bicycle industry. It recently released its list of the top ten bicycle enterprises in China, based on evaluation of each company’s market, profitability, revenue and volume.
2012 marks a major milestone for Giant; two decades have passed since the Taiwanese brand first forayed onto the mainland. Following a tour of Giant’s impressive new factory in Kunshan, Cycling iQ sat down with Giant China’s GM of domestic marketing, Kevin Zhu, to get a status update on the company’s progress in China.
From its roots as a Taiwanese Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in 1972, Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd broke ground in China 20 years later, when it opened its first manufacturing facility in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, on October 8, 1992.
After 34 years of publication in German, the respected road cycling publication ‘Tour das Radmagazin’ (TOUR magazine) sought to broaden its reach with an English-language iPad application, called TOUR Quarterly, in late 2011. Two editions later, it appears the plug has been pulled.
In the ten years since Giant Bicycle Co. Pty Ltd (Australia) first registered a New Zealand branch office, the company has relied on a third-party agent to perform market development functions across the Tasman. However revenue has flat-lined and direct intervention has been actioned.
A splendidly frivolous week of riding in New Zealand earlier this month means this week’s edition of Twintel covers the last fortnight of Cycling iQ Twitter highlights. In this installment: AsiaTour contrasts, Chinese bicycle market data, Giant Bicycles hits revenue wall in NZ, composites supplier Toray goes back to Uni and a cool new gig … Continue reading