Industry Associations COLIBI & COLIPED Merge in CONEBI
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European industry associations representing bike makers and parts producers – COLIBI and COLIPED – have merged in order to voice the sector’s interest united and louder in Brussels. The merger resulted in a new name: CONEBI.
CONEBI stands for the ‘Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry’. The Association of the European Two-Wheeler Parts’ and Accessories’ Industry (COLIPED), established in 1960, and the Association of the European Bicycle Industry (COLIBI), established in 1973, have merged in CONEBI. Last November at a General Assembly meeting in Brussels it was decided to merge the two industry associations into one entity and become CONEBI.
Voice in CONEBI
The industry associations of 14 European countries are member of CONEBI. Individual companies are not eligible for membership. They are member or can become a member of the national associations and have through their representatives a voice in CONEBI.
In a press release on the merger it is said that, “CONEBI will combine the efforts of COLIPED and COLIBI over the past decades in order to have maximum strength in representing its members’ interests at European level. The new association will keep on maintaining regular contacts with European policy makers and authorities, as well as with other associations that pursue common objectives; the European standardization body CEN; industry and mobility experts and the international press. CONEBI’s aim will be the growth of the bicycle, EPAC and P&A industries and of the Cycling Culture in Europe.”
Of course CONEBI will take-over all other activities undertaken by COLIBI and COLIPED in the past. Like the composition of the European Bicycle Industry & Market Profile and organizing the joint European pavilion at the Taipei International Cycle Show. At the 2015 edition of this show, taking place from 18 to 21 March, CONEBI is the biggest exhibitor.
CONEBI Board of Directors
The representatives of the national industry associations have unanimously elected a CONEBI Board of Directors that consists of:
- René Takens (CEO Accell Group NV) as President
- Erhard Buechel, (MD of Büchel & Co. Fahrzeugteilefabrik KG) as Vice President
- Massimo Panzeri (MD of Atala Spa) as Vice President
- Sacha Boedijn (Secretary General of Dutch RAI Association) as Treasurer.
CONEBI’s Secretary General is Greet Engelen while the recently appointed Manuel Marsilio is Secretary General assistant.