north-america

Shimano sales off to a strong start in 2018

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano said a mild economic expansion in Europe, a buoyant labor market in North America, and a moderate recovery Japan contributed to a 5.1 percent net sales increase in its bicycle division in the opening quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year. The bike division notched sales of 68 billion yen ($626 million) in the quarter. Operating income for the division increased 5.5 percent over the prior year, to 14.8 billion yen.  “In the U.S., consumer sentiment was strong, driven by the buoyant labor market, and business conditions turned firmer, mainly in the manufacturing sector,” the company said in its quarterly report Tuesday.

ACT Lab adds Phil Bash to global sales team

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — ACT Lab, an independent third-party laboratory that conducts safety and compliance testing for the bike and outdoor industries, has added bike industry veteran Phil Bash to its global sales team. Bash previously worked at Polar Bottle as sales director, where he managed domestic, international, and custom/OEM sales.

Bikeshare groups plan September conference in Portland

WESTBROOK, Maine (BRAIN) — The North America Bikeshare Association and the Better Bike Share Partnership are working together to produce a bikeshare conference, to be held Sept. 4-7 in Portland, Oregon.  Organizers expect 350 bikeshare professionals and others interested in shared mobility to attend the Moving Forward Together – 2018 Conference.

Todson and Hutchinson enter exclusive importer deal

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

In response to pressure, MEC suspends business with Vista Outdoor

Canadian outdoor retailer carried Bollé, Bushnell, CamelBak, Camp Chef and Jimmy Styks and will sell through remaining inventory. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Five days after Mountain Equipment Co-Op publicly acknowledged that thousands of members had asked it to stop selling Vista-owned outdoor and bike brands, the Canadian retailer said it is suspending further orders and selling through existing inventory.  Vista Outdoor is the parent company of Bell, Giro, Blackburn and CamelBak.

Focus USA is all in here at the last Interbike show in Vegas.

With an eye on growth in North America, Focus USA returns to Interbike  LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — The company is exhibiting both at OutDoor Demo (Booths D3140 and D2010) and at Mandalay Bay (Booth 21207) and sponsoring the first e-MTB Challenge at CrossVegas. Additionally, the brand’s founder flew over for the first time from Germany to experience the show.   Predominately known for its cyclocross and road bikes, Focus was founded in Germany in 1993 by cyclocross world champion Mike Kluge

Focus USA is all in here at the last Interbike show in Vegas.

With an eye on growth in North America, Focus USA returns to Interbike  LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — The company is exhibiting both at OutDoor Demo (Booths D3140 and D2010) and at Mandalay Bay (Booth 21207) and sponsoring the first e-MTB Challenge at CrossVegas. Additionally, the brand’s founder flew over for the first time from Germany to experience the show

Gear box brand Pinion officially launches in the US

DENKENDORF, Germany (BRAIN) — After years of limited availability in North America, the German gearbox brand Pinion is targeting U.S.

Continental shows 48V mid-drive motor and gearbox unit at Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Continental hopes to jump ahead of its mid-drive competitors Bosch and Brose, with the launch of its 48V system that combines a gearbox and electric motor into a package not much larger than current motor-only mid-drive systems.  Continental is best known in North America for its car and bicycle tires, its rubber business is a small part of the company’s mostly electrical automotive systems business and other technologies it develops for various industries.

Dorel Sports: Revenues down but operating profits rise in Q2 and first half

Company blames sales declines at mass and fewer closeouts in IBD channel for revenue drop in second quarter. MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries reported that second-quarter revenue was down 11 percent in its sports division, which includes its mass and IBD bike businesses, including Cannondale, Caloi, GT, Mongoose, Schwinn and Sugoi brands