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COLIBI Elects New President

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AVEIRO, Portugal (6 July 2000)–At its General Assembly in Aveiro, Portugal, on 29 June 2000, COLIBI unanimously voted René J. Takens (45), CEO of Europe’s third largest bicycle concern Accell Group, as its new president. “Main target for the industry is to develop safe, comfortable and attractive bicycles for the consumers and to market them […]

AVEIRO, Portugal (6 July 2000)–At its General Assembly in Aveiro, Portugal, on 29 June 2000, COLIBI unanimously voted René J. Takens (45), CEO of Europe’s third largest bicycle concern Accell Group, as its new president. “Main target for the industry is to develop safe, comfortable and attractive bicycles for the consumers and to market them at correct and competitive prices. Hence, a good understanding and cooperation within the industry is of vital importance,” said Takens. In this light, COLIBI is very much in favor of the European safety standard for bicycles, which is currently under development within the CEN (European Standardization Committee) – Technical Committee 333 ‘Cycles’. In Portugal Takens emphasized that it is an absolute necessity to set up “an efficient and smooth co-operation and consultation between European associations and organizations that promote bicycle production and usage. This will prevent people working alongside instead of with each other,” says Takens, referring to the UCI, with whom COLIBI is currently trying to forge tighter links. (JW)

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