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SAINT GAUDENS, France (April 14) January 19 was the date when French bike maker Sunn went into liquidation. Now, it seems the company will get a new lease of life, albeit in a slimmed-down form. The new owner is Patrick Tanguy, who represents a group of private investors under the name of Copernic. Tanguy has […]

SAINT GAUDENS, France (April 14) January 19 was the date when French bike maker Sunn went into liquidation. Now, it seems the company will get a new lease of life, albeit in a slimmed-down form.
The new owner is Patrick Tanguy, who represents a group of private investors under the name of Copernic. Tanguy has been CEO at Technal, a company specialising in alloy technology. Of the 47 employees, 23 will remain employed in the new set-up. Tanguy wants to re-focus on Sunn’s core business: mid to hi end mountain bikes.
For the 2005 season, there are some problems in getting parts and supplies in at this late time in the season, so 2006 will be the season when Sunn bikes will be back on the market. Three years is what Patrick Tanguy thinks he needs to rebuilt the company, after all the liquidation has enabled him to start with a clean slate. Actually this is not quite true: Sunn is an established and respected brand and part of the ‘inheritance’ is the staff’s know-how. (MH)

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