EBMA blasts BikeBiz

Scurrilous...inaccurate...blustering... Brian Montgomery, chairman of the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association, was none too pleased when he read the BikeBiz coverage of the anti-dumping investigation by the EU. He writes...
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Referring to your Two weeks to meltdown [10th November] an opening comment must be that virtually the only accurate statistic in it is the date.

The whole piece reads like an admission of guilt of the existence of dumping. What are given as huge frame cost increases and monstrous fork levies are obviously designed to start a fright process. Could they ever possibly be the imaginative figures you quote really most unlikely they could be less than half, they could be in single figures, they could be nothing at all. Remember that we are just asking for an investigation of dubious practices and until it is completed no-one can possibly know. But, does BicycleBusiness have proof of dumping rates of 59 and 89 percent? If so, the authorities would surely be interested.

The alarmist figures of thousands of job losses quoted (where?) as a result of an investigation; dramatic price rises of bicycles; catastrophic knock-on effects; dealer closures, are all blustering scurrilous politician-speak. The phrase inaccurate institutionalised hysteria comes to mind. Where is the hidden agenda behind this, one is inclined to ask?

Not maybe but real-time job losses are happening right now in the manufacturing shops of Europe and people continue to join the dole queues because of incredibly low-priced imports. We ask How and Why. The EBMA wants to get to the truth on what we are convinced are unfair practices and we want to safeguard jobs. Dont ask us to participate in a collective suicide of the European bicycle industry by standing still and doing nothing against cheating and unfair competition.

Look at the facts: the European bicycle industry has a lot of spare capacity. There is a world over-supply of bicycles, so no reason why any bicycle reseller should suffer, nor would we want them to.

Just re-reading your piece we are struck by the thought that it has the air of a recruiting pamphlet.


Brian, I stand my ground. The piece was a strongly worded editorial aimed at giving people the facts on what COULD happen if the EU slapped punitive duties on high-quality Taiwanese bikes which European cycle retailers now rely upon.

Calling for an investigation involving both China and Taiwan was a tactical blunder, witness the Derby Group and Accell (both EBMA members) each refusing to cooperate with the EU, a slap in the face for EBMAs high command.

And even the BA historically always a neutral has come off the fence and is opposed to the investigation. So, Brian, BikeBiz is hardly out on a limb on this one...

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