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  1. Eurobike rescheduled to November 2020

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    The Corona pandemic continues to hold the world in a stranglehold. Given the ban in Germany on major events until 29 August 2020 and the scale of preparations and procedures for Eurobike, holding the show just two days later is practically impossible. Due to this, Messe Friedrichshafen has decided not to run Eurobike 2020 on the planned date from 2 to 5 September or in its usual format. Instead, the organisers are holding a one-off Eurobike Special show some two and a half months later – from 24 to 26 November 2020. The event will be a pure B2B concept and the ideal platform as a working trade fair with intensive expert and professional exchange. “We are providing the first, unique opportunity for the bike industry to meet in this challenging year to maintain retail contacts and help drive new impetus,” announces Klaus Wellmann, CEO Messe Friedrichshafen.

    Initially proposed as a “Plan B” back in April, the new schedule is now being implemented. This year, the bicycle industry will be meeting in Friedrichshafen from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 November, with a pure B2B format. The working fair will run for three week days, without a public day and is scheduled for much later in the year in order to provide sufficient time for preparation and organisation. Given the current circumstances, it will take into account the interests of the industry, retail and the media, as the most important stakeholders in this business-focused show. Stefan Reisinger, Head of Eurobike explains: “Suppliers, brands and retailers are all starting the 2020 bike season facing very difficult conditions and will hopefully benefit from recovery effects over time. One thing is certain, all industry players will have to adapt to the postponed development of the season compared to previous years. The later Eurobike date gives the whole bike industry an opportunity to make plans at the end of the 2020 season for the coming sales and production season. As such, it also offers a unique chance to meet up, to exchange ideas, and to work and network this year.”

    The concept for this year’s Eurobike working trade fair will not include popular events, such as the Public Day, Eurobike Party, Test and Demo Areas and other elements from the supporting programme. “It is not inconceivable that we will still all be following the social distancing regulations in November,” says Eurobike Project Manager, Dirk Heidrich. The shorter duration and lower concentration means that exhibitors will be offered cost benefits in the form of reduced booth prices and the Retail First ticketing programme will still be available. Regarding availability of and conditions for accommodation in Friedrichshafen and the surrounding area, the November date brings obvious advantages.

    Meanwhile, the original planned Eurobike date at the start of September is going to be put to good use. The “Bike Biz Revolution – Conference for Visionaries” will be held on Tuesday, 1 September 2020. The Eurobike organisers are running the new, highly-acclaimed conference as planned – only in a digital format. This will offer international industry players a digital meeting point to meet and discuss on the usual show date. The organisers are also planning to extend the digital offer to include formats for the Eurobike Award, Eurobike Travel Talk and Start Up Day. For further information and regular updates on the Eurobike Special from 24 to 26 November 2020, visit www.eurobike.com.

  2. Entries Eurobike Award 2020

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    Designers, developers, manufacturers and importers related to the cycling and mobility industry can submit their innovations, irrespective of whether they will be exhibiting at EUROBIKE 2020 or not.

    Twelve international judges with backgrounds in the industry, design, media and retail will evaluate the entries in a transparent, two-stage process.

    Benefits from winning an award:

    • Special exhibition of the winning products with plenty of publicity at EUROBIKE and presentation in our Online Award Gallery
    • Award Ceremony at EUROBIKE stage
    • “EUROBIKE AWARD Winner” logos
    • Sales-promoting effect due to extensive communications through all our media channels

    The most important dates at a glance:

    • Early bird discount: until June 9, 2020, 11.59 p.m. (CET)
    • Submission deadline: July 9, 2020, 11.59 p.m. (CET)
    • AWARD Ceremony: September 2, 2020, 5:30 p,. Foyer East

    See Eurobike Award for full information and helpful tips.

    Again in 2020: companies, that have been operating no more than three years, can enter their product innovations in the special EUROBIKE START-UP AWARD with lots of benefits for winners and finalists. All important facts can be found here: Eurobike Program, Highlights Business Days and Start-Up.

    In case that EUROBIKE will be postponed to November, we will send everyone updated information about the EUROBIKE AWARD as soon as possible.

  3. It was a very good Eurobike!

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    LEVA-EU looks back on a very successful Eurobike. At our booth, all meeting tables were used full time by LEVA-EU members meeting with customers and suppliers. We met with numerous LEV-companies wanting to learn more about what LEVA-EU has to offer them.

    For the information meeting on EN 1594:2017 on Thursday, 63 participants registered. LEVA-EU Manager Annick Roetynck clarified the relationship between EN 15194 and legislation governing EPACs. For many attendants, it still came as a surprise to learn that EN 15194 is not a law, but merely a tool to comply with part of the legislation for EPACS. She further explained the difference between the old and the new EN 15194. She also provided all details on on the structure and the scope of the standard. She listed what makes an EPAC fully legal. She concluded with explanations on how the standardization process in Europe works, encouraging the companies present to get involved in the standardization work.

    On Thursday evening, LEVA-EU and LEVA welcomed no less than 40 guests for the networking dinner in the Zeppelin Hangar restaurant. A very wide variety of companies were there: vehicle producers, assemblers, component and accessory manufacturers, designers, HR companies, etc. After a short introduction of each company during the aperitif, the guests could then decide which companies to sit with for further networking during dinner itself. It was a (sometimes literally) resounding success, and upon general request the dinner will be on again at Eurobike 2020.

    Should you be interested in a copy of the presentation on EN 15194 and/or in the introductions of the companies that participated in the networking dinner, please contact Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email [email protected]

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    You can LEVA-EU Member Carla Cargo us at EUROBIKE in Friedrichshafen: stand FG-O /503 next week. There you can meet with the CARLA people, testride CARLAs and learn about trends and innovations in the cargo business.

    Watch how CARLA is used to collect compost in Paris

    In this video we show you how comfortable Les Alchimistes in Paris can do compost with the support of a CARLA. Les Alchimistes has the mission to vegetate the city by recreating fertile soil locally. Click here to watch the video!
  5. Bafang introduces batteries

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    In addition to its various drive system options – front, rear and mid motors – LEVA-EU Member Bafang now extends its own battery portfolio to offer not only rack mounted and fully integrated inTube batteries, but also semi-integrated batteries for an even greater variety of frame designs

    Bafang, one of the leading manufacturers of e-mobility components and complete drive systems, expands its battery collection for e-bikes with the introduction of two new models for down tube applications, BT F07.450.C and BT F08.600.C, offering 450Wh or 600Wh energy content respectively.

    With these two new versions Bafang can now also offer an in-house solution for customers looking for downtube or other positions of a battery. Besides it is still possible to implement Bafang’s so-called “open system” which allows the combination of motors, controllers, sensors, displays and batteries from different (Bafang) series or even other suppliers. Due to their multitudinous development team of more than 40 engineers, Bafang can support its customers by securing perfect interaction between all those components.

    But there are also good reasons for relying on just one supplier of a complete drive system – and therefore for Bafang to develop and introduce the new batteries. Both versions, complementing now a range of nine battery types and sizes, apply the same design and main technical features:

    • Premium battery cells (type 18650)
    • Semi-integration into the frame’s downtube
    • Demounting sideways (to the left)
    • Charging on/off the bike – with two charger options to choose from (2A/3A charging current)
    • Capacity indicators (LED) on top of the battery
    • Production colour: black with optional decals
    Technical dataBT F07.450.CBT F08.600.C
    Nominal voltage43V43V
    Nominal capacity10.5Ah14.0Ah
    Energy content450Wh600Wh
    Charging time (charge current)5.5h (2A)5h (3A)
    Dimension (L*W*H)334*86*73mm334*86*89mm
    Weight3.0kg4.0kg

    INTUBE BATTERY BT F09 for M800 drive train system

    The current 200Wh BT F05 will soon receive a larger cousin the 430Wh BT F09. High energy density, even greater mileage, long service life are all but good reasons to go for a bit more capacity. Aerodynamic low-profile design, with a mere 2.3kg still on the light side of things plus easy handling and (dis-)assembly. Perfect for Endurance eRoad or eGravel bikes, yet also for sleek flat handlebar Urban or Cross bikes.

    The new batteries will be available for Bafang OE customers as of Q4 2019.

     

  6. Smaller, lighter, cheaper: new Pendix retrofit system

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    At Eurobike 2019, LEVA-EU Member Pendix presents the Pendix eDrive150, a new retrofit system that converts bicycles into e-bikes. The Pendix eDrive150start is smaller and lighter than the two other system versions eDrive300 and eDrive500. With only € 999 the eDrive150 is also very affordable and ideal for commuters that are looking for electric tailwind during their journey to work. Functions and design of the system have been streamlined and reduced to the absolute basics. At 1.4 kg, the battery is a real lightweight and only slightly larger than a standard half-liter beverage can.

    The new battery is ideal for short distances or cyclists who only need punctual support. “Most commuters don’t run out of battery power in a day, so we decided to develop this smaller and much lighter version of the Pendix system and offer it as an alternative,” explains Thomas Herzog, co-founder and CEO of Pendix.

    Commuters in Germany cycle an average of 9.2 kilometers to their job. The new battery has a range of about 28 kilometers. “Time pressure, looking for a parking space and traffic jams mean stress,” explains Thomas Herzog, “and we want to make the journey to work a little more relaxed. Many of our customers drive to work with electric support and use the return journey as a workout.”

    Eurobike takes place in Friedrichshafen from 4 to 7 September 2019. Dealers and end customers will have the opportunity to test the Pendix eDrive150 for the first time.

    Further information:

    Virtual press kit Pendix: box.com/pendix

  7. Eurobike: early September instead of middle of Summer

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    LEVA-EU is very pleased to read that Messe Friedrichshafen is adjusting the dates for Eurobike 2019. Instead of the originally scheduled dates from 31 July to 3 August, the forthcoming 28th edition of the leading trade exhibition will now take place from Wednesday, 4 September to Saturday, 7 September 2019 in Friedrichshafen.

    The wish expressed by numerous market players to move Eurobike to a later date in future has received tremendous support both during and after the past trade exhibition. We are now pleased to be responding to this wish and are moving Eurobike back to its traditional date at the beginning of September,” announced Klaus Wellmann, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Friedrichshafen. The organisational concept of three days for trade visitors and the concluding show day addressing the general public will be retained.

  8. Lost your glasses at Eurobike?

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    Somebody left his/her glasses on a table at the LEVA-EU booth on the last day of Eurobike. The brand is Airdrop, the colour is black with grey ends. Let us know if they are your’s and we will post them to you.

    Contact Annick Roetynck, email [email protected], tel. +32 9 233 60 05

  9. LEVA-EU presentation at Eurobike: Anti-dumping duties on e-bikes injure importers

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    During a presentation at EuroBike, e-bike importers discussed the ongoing anti-dumping investigation opened by the European Commission in October 2017 which may result in the imposition of duties on imports from China.

    Importers expressed concerns that this investigation may deal a fatal blow to their businesses and the thousands jobs they represent. Indeed, duties as high as 189% on imports from China could kill off the affordable end of the market and severely restrict competition.

    What’s happening? Following a complaint brought by the European Bicycle Manufacturer’s Association (EBMA) on 8 September, the European Commission opened an investigation into imports of e-bikes from China on 20 October 2017. Since 4 May 2018, the European Commission imposed the registration of all new e-bike imports with the competent custom authorities. By 20 July 2018, Brussels will decide whether to impose provisional duties on e-bikes. A final decision on definitive duties is expected in January 2019. In the meantime, they may decide to collect duties retroactively from importers.

    Speaking at Eurobike, Annick Roetynck, LEVA-EU Manager, said: “The situation for importers is intolerable. Some importers have shipments waiting at sea. If they cannot be unloaded and sold, the importers lose their investments. If the Commission decides to collect duties retroactively, importers may lose their entire business. This is already punishment before a verdict was reached. The chaos and uncertainty created by this baseless procedure pose an existential threat to small businesses and the growing e-bike market in Europe.”

    Moreover, the case is completely opaque and riddled with procedural absurdities. First of all, complainants refuse to make public the export data on which they based their complaint, which goes against the importers’ due process rights. Second, the European Commission is using Switzerland (!) as a benchmark to analyse prices in its investigation. Having compared the production cost between Switzerland and China, the Commission alleges a dumping margin of 193% to 430%.

    Finally, the complainant failed to prove any injury to the European e-bike industry. As was maintained by LEVA-EU during various public hearings in front of the Commission, the profitability numbers of the EU producers in the sample have never been higher. Largely, that is because European e-bikes are leading the upper price segment of the market.

    In response to continued violations of their due process rights, today a lawsuit against the European Commission has been initiated. The official case was logged on Tuesday 10 July 2018. Annick Roetynck, LEVA-EU Manager, said: “An application for annulment with the General Court of the EU has been filed. We are seeking the annulment of the registration regulation, which was neither based on facts nor imposed with due process and is effectively causing a chilling effect for the importer’s businesses.”

    The imposition of 189% or higher dumping duties would seriously affect affordable e-bikes, just as they are rising in popularity. E-bikes are becoming more frequently used by young people, commuters, seniors and urban delivery services alike. At a time when the EU is struggling to reach its climate targets in transport and our cities are congested, Europe should work for sustainable mobility solutions rather than engage in unwarranted protectionist measures.

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