Taiwan’s A-Team to End But Cooperation Continues
TAIPEI, Taiwan – The members of the A-Team of the Taiwanese bicycle industry have decided to stop the alliance by the end of this year. All activities will be taken over by a dedicated commission of the Taiwan Bicycle Association (TBA).
In the past decade Taiwan’s bicycle industry shifted towards the production of higher quality products; a process that was successfully coordinated and supported by the A-Team alliance. “When the A-Team was founded 14 years ago it was our goal to upgrade the bicycle industry and this has been achieved,” said Tony Lo, Giant CEO and Chairman of the Taiwan Bicycle Association (TBA) at a press conference in Taichung last week. As former chairman of the A-Team Tony Lo was closely involved in the activities of the industry alliance.
Benchmark for Taiwan’s industry
The aim of the TBA’s ‘smart manufacturing promotion committee’, which will take over the activities of the A-Team is to improve the competitiveness of the nation’s bicycle industry. Today’s A-Team chairman Robert Wu points out that the alliance set the benchmark for the industry in the past 14 years and the TBA committee will continue to act as an effective knowledge sharing and learning platform.
In the past 14 years the A-Team introduced a series of learnings for its members. It started in 2003 to enhance the members’ manufacturing and operation toward Just-in-Time deliveries as well as an improved capability of new product development. In the years ahead quality management systems like TPS, TQM and TPM were introduced among the A-Team members while the alliance also paid attention on ‘value innovation’, marketing, and how to reduce the carbon footprint.
Support of Specialized, Trek and Scott Europe
Though started as an alliance for the Taiwanese industry, companies from outside the country like Specialized, Trek and Scott Europe soon stepped in as ‘sponsor’ members emphasizing the importance of the industry cluster.