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, took the decision at the last General Assembly in Brussels on 19th November to merge into one entity and become CONEBI, the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry. The following Board of Directors was unanimously elected:
Mr. René Takens of the Accell Group NV, President – Mr. Erhard Buechel, of Büchel & Co. Fahrzeugteilefabrik KG, Vice President – Mr. Massimo Panzeri of Atala Spa, Vice President – Ms. Sacha Boedijn of RAI Association, Treasurer.
The new association will maintain 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.
CONEBI will be responsible for the preparation of the European Bicycle Industry & Market Profile, first issued in 2009. This statistical bicycle data source will continue to be published every year.
The activities promoted by the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry will also go beyond the European borders. The Taipei International Cycle Show 2015, which takes place from 18 to 21 March, will see CONEBI as the biggest exhibitor.
The new website of CONEBI will be shortly available at http://www.conebi.eu.