Cycling Industries Europe: New Voice for Bike Business in Europe
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Today the ECF Cycling Industry Club announces that their informal group is changing into ‘Cycling Industries Europe’ (CIE) in 2019; a new association for corporate advocacy at EU level. A CIE founding meeting is to take place in Brussels on 11 October when senior executives from global companies will join their European colleagues, ECF and senior officials from EU bodies.
All companies are invited to join the meeting to learn more about the new association. Tony Grimaldi, President and CEO of Cycleurope has been nominated to be the first President of Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) after serving as Chair of the Cycling Industry Club.
Founding members of Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) will include Accell, PON, Shimano, SRAM and Cycleurope, along with about 50 other companies. The association will include the Platform for European Bike Sharing and Systems, so the new association can represent the whole of cycling’s commercial sector.
Bringing whole of cycling sector together
Welcoming the new announcement Tony Grimaldi says “I am very proud of what we have achieved as corporate supporters of European Cyclists Federation and we expect this to continue. The EU has the fastest growing and most profitable e-bike market in the world. ECF and the industry have created an EU Cycling Strategy that plans for a 50% growth in cycling and ECF has released over 1.5 billion euro in EU funds for cycling investments which will grow the market further. But we realise that if we bring the whole of our sector together we can do much, much more for cycling and for our industry.”
Cycling Industries Europe goals
In a public statement, the ECF together with the founding members of the CIE announced today the goals of the new organization:
- A dynamic, competitive and sustainable business environment
- An effective lobby for incentives and investments from the EU and governments
- Growth in cycling employment and investment in Europe
- An effective partnership and support for the advocacy of our partners
- Resulting in more cycling, sharing the benefits and enjoyment of cycling for all
Capturing lobbying power
Cycling Industries Europe will invite members from all business areas in the cycling sector including bicycle and parts makers, bike sharing, financial services, insurance, health, bicycle logistics, construction, tourism and digital services to capture all the lobbying power of cycling companies in a united voice. Working collaborations are being established with ECF and the Confederation European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) to ensure that the work of the whole cycling lobby at EU level is coordinated and works in a united way to deliver the goals of the EU Cycling Strategy, reflecting the strengths of each association.
The expected formalities of completion will be in 2019. Kevin Mayne who has managed the Cycling Industry Club within ECF since 2012 will become Chief Executive of CIE in 2019 when it separates from ECF completely.