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Frames & Forks Dumping Investigation Doesn’t Halt Outsourcing Trend

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The dumping complaint on frames and forks imported from China and Taiwan, lodged on 21 September 1999 and dropped four months thereafter by the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA), had no effect whatsoever on the import into the EU. According to the latest statistics from Eurostat, it even appears as if the complaint backfired–never have […]

The dumping complaint on frames and forks imported from China and Taiwan, lodged on 21 September 1999 and dropped four months thereafter by the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA), had no effect whatsoever on the import into the EU. According to the latest statistics from Eurostat, it even appears as if the complaint backfired–never have so many frames and forks been imported from China and Taiwan into the European Union. The dumping investigation, which created unprecedented turmoil through the entire industry, also had no effect on the ongoing outsourcing trend among European assemblers/manufacturers. Currently about three quarters of all bikes produced in Europe are fitted with imported frames, according to Eurostat, the European Union’s official data bureau. The statistics indicate ‘total trade’, meaning both imports from within and outside the European Union. With regard to front forks, the total stands even higher–no less than 85% of all bikes assembled/produced in Europe are fitted with outsourced forks. More detailed information and a complete survey of all new frames & forks for modelyear 2001 will be published in the April issue of Bike Europe.

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