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Giant President Speaks His Mind!

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LELYSTAD, Netherlands (October 24th) – Jan Derksen, the main man of Giant Europe is well displeased with the possibility of prolonging the anti-dumping duties for Taiwan-made bicycles. These duties are due to be lifted on the 26th of February 2004. The European bicycle makers have until November 26, 2003 to request for a renewal. When […]

LELYSTAD, Netherlands (October 24th) – Jan Derksen, the main man of Giant Europe is well displeased with the possibility of prolonging the anti-dumping duties for Taiwan-made bicycles. These duties are due to be lifted on the 26th of February 2004. The European bicycle makers have until November 26, 2003 to request for a renewal. When Bike Europe asked Accell Group CEO René Takens whether the European industry will do so, he didn’t want to comment on the matter but made it very clear that should the European industry file for a renewal request, it will be at the latest possible deadline. (see elsewhere on this website for all the comments made by the Accell Group CEO). Giant Europe President Jan Derken is quite peed-off with the statement made by René Takens. When asked for his comment, he summed up what exactly was bugging him. He feels the measures have been around for so (too) long, why does this industry need them any longer? He also states that Taiwanese products are situated in the higher price regions so why target those? “It would be far better to focus on the ‘new’ production area’s as they operate on totally different price levels. As the European industry has failed to implement improvements on a large scale, why do they deserve this amount of protection,” asked Derksen? He also questioned whether the duties are a means of competing as well as a way of protecting the European industry? “Next to that, bodies like Colibi and EBMA are not representing the industry anymore, they are used as a means to control competition. And that’s something I thoroughly dislike.” The Giant Europe President also stipulates that in the end, the end-user will pay the bill…(MH)

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