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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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. LEVA-EU Dumping Information Meeting at Eurobike and Dumping Injury Survey

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    The Commission’s decision to register imports of e-bikes from China has caused great injury to the companies in the Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles and to many more SMEs throughout Europe. The uncertainty about potential retroactive collection of duties and the level of potential duties is causing enormous chaos.

    To provide clarification on the case, LEVA-EU organizes an information meeting on the dumping case at Eurobike open to all interested parties.

    LEVA-EU Manager, Annick Roetynck, will present an overview of what has happened so far and what is still to happen: the procedure, registration, retroactive collection, provisional duties, decision on final duties, … After the presentation, together with a few members of the Collective, she will answer all questions the participants may have.

    The information meeting is open to all interested parties but prior registration is required. Participation is free for LEVA-EU and Collective Members. For non-members to participate, they have to register and pay on this website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leva-eu-information-meeting-dumping-case-e-bikes-china-tickets-46608013824.

    Also, on behalf of the Collective, LEVA-EU has launched a survey to measure the injury.

    Should the European Commission pursue the 189% duties as mentioned in the Registration Regulation, this will force many companies to close or to go bankrupt. The Registration Regulation is currently resulting in shortage of electric bike supplies, price increases and considerable losses.

    The Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles wants to show to the Commission how many companies are affected and to what extent the Registration Regulation has and still is causing damage.

    That is why LEVA-EU has, on behalf of the Collective, launched a short survey for importers, dealers or any other stakeholders in the electric bicycle business. Anybody affected by the anti-dumping proceeding in general, and the Registration Regulation in particular, is invited to help the Collective to show the European Commission the level of injury this is causing by completing a short survey low, which is available here:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHPKIcIZ1ALr1Aq2uAJfY44eHd7pWQHDnYRy8S2GoHjEDqCQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

  5. Join LEVA & LEVA-EU’s get together at Eurobike

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    LEVA and LEVA-EU have the pleasure of inviting you to join them for a get together on Monday 9 July 2018 at Eurobike. We welcome you at our booth, from 4.30 onwards, which is located on the first floor of the West Entrance, stand number FW-OG 101.

    We invite you for a drink and a chat with a variety of colleagues, an excellent networking opportunity. This get together is an informal networking event, open to  anybody with an interest in light, electric vehicles.

    For further details, please contact Annick Roetynck, LEVA-EU Manager, email [email protected], tel. +32 9233 60 05.

  6. LEVA-EU Information Meeting on Dumping Case at Eurobike

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    LEVA-EU is fighting, together with a group of European importers, against the anti-dumping proceeding concerning electric bicycles from China. The whole European LEV-business will suffer if anti-dumping duties are to be applied. A large number of companies will be forced out of business, the offer will shrink, prices will increase and consumers will be turned away from electric bicycles. Reduced competition will adversely affect research and development.

    This case has been the single most important topic of conversation in the electric bike business this year and will be the topic of conversation at Eurobike. With that, a lot of rumours, fake news and alternative facts are going around, causing even more disruption.

    LEVA-EU organizes an information meeting on the dumping case at Eurobike to tell the correct story, from our side of the fence of course. The information meeting is open to all interested parties.

    LEVA-EU Manager, Annick Roetynck, will present an overviewof what has happened so far and what is still to happen: the procedure, registration, retroactive collection, provisional duties, decision on final duties, … After the presentation, together with a few members of the Collective, she will answer all questions the participants may have.

    To ensure that your questions get answered at this meeting, we encourage you to send them in advance to [email protected]

    As the meeting takes place over lunch time, a modest lunch will be offered to the participants.

    The information meeting is open to all interested parties but prior registration is required, click The information meeting is open to all interested parties but prior registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leva-eu-information-meeting-dumping-case-e-bikes-china-tickets-46608013824. Please bring your ticket with you.

  7. LEVA-EU and LEVA at Eurobike

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    Come and meet us at Eurobike. LEVA and LEVA-EU share their traditional booth and invite you to join them for a drink on Monday, late afternoon. On Tuesday, you can get a full update on the dumping case in the LEVA-EU information meeting.

    LEVA-EU and LEVA will share a stand at Eurobike. It is located on the first floor of the West Entrance, stand number FW-OG 101. It is a quiet corner where LEVA-EU and LEVA members can have meetings, take a break over a cup of coffee or where companies interested in LEVA-EU can meet up with us and explore a potential cooperation.

    LEVA-EU is the only trade association that works exclusively for light, electric vehicles, including electric bicycles. LEVA-EU  helps companies in the Light Electric Vehicle business find their way in the maze of European rules and regulations.

    The association is managed by Annick Roetynck, who has more than two decades of experience in the sector. LEVA-EU Director of China Affairs, Dennis Hu, assists members in building bridges between the EU and China. LEVA-EU is closely linked to LEVA.

    Both Annick Roetynck and Dennis Hu will be available for appointments on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 July. Please send them a mail should you wish to meet up with them:

    Annick Roetynck: [email protected] – WeChatID: Annick_Roetynck
    Dennis Hu: [email protected] – WheChat ID: Dennis HKT

    On Monday 9 July, LEVA-EU and LEVA organize an informal get together for the electric bicycle business at their booth. LEVA Chairman Ed Benjamin and LEVA-EU Manager Annick Roetynck invite you to join them from 4.30 onwards for a drink and a chat with a variety of colleagues, an excellent networking opportunity. This get together is not limited to LEVA and LEVA-EU members but welcomes anybody with an interest in light, electric vehicles.

    LEVA-EU is fighting, together with a group of European importers, against the anti-dumping proceeding concerning electric bicycles from China. This case has been the single most important topic of conversation in the electric bike business this year and will be THE topic of conversation at Eurobike. Unfortunately, a lot of rumours, fake news and alternative facts are going around, causing even more disruption.

    LEVA-EU organizes an information meeting on the dumping case at Eurobike on Tuesday 10 July around lunch time to tell the true story, from our side of the fence of course. The information meeting is open to all interested parties.

    We will present an overview of what has happened so far and what is still to happen. There will be ample opportunities for Q&A. All the more interesting, since the deadline for implementing provisional duties (21/07) will be very close by then.  Further details to follow very soon.

    To find out what LEVA-EU can do for your business, click here. Full details on LEVA-EU’s service package are here, and frequently asked questions here.

  8. LEVA-EU to attend China Cycle 2018

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    On behalf of LEVA-EU and the Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles, Annick Roetynck will be attending the China Cycle Show in Shanghai from 6 till 9 May.

    She will present further details on the dumping case in the framework of a meeting that takes place on Monday 7 May from at 12.30 till 2.00 at North Hall Innovation Demonstration Stage. Feel free to attend this meeting if you are at the Show on Monday.

    The visit to the China Cycle Show is aimed at introducing LEVA-EU and the Collective to Chinese exporters. LEVA-AU is looking to build stronger bridges between China and Europe to jointly strengthen the promotion and development of the electric bicycle market in Europe.

    Annick Roetynck will be accompanied by Dennis Hu – ???,a native Chinese currently living in the UK. Dennis Hu has recently been appointed LEVA-EU Board Member and Director of Chinese Affairs. He is familiar with the (electric) bike business, having worked for Dahon in China and for Raleigh in the UK.

    Should you wish to meet with Annick Roetynck and Dennis Hu at China Cycle 2018 or should you require any further details, please contact:

  9. INTERMOT 2018: Second early-booking phase runs until 31 March

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    From 3 to 7 October 2018, the latest motorcycles, scooters, e-bikes as well as the
    most important developments in electric mobility, accessories, clothing, parts,
    customizing, tourism and workshop equipment will be showcased on the Koelnmesse
    exhibition grounds. INTERMOT Cologne extends over approximately 100,000 square
    metres of exhibition space as well as around 60,000 square metres of outdoor area.

    More than 300 exhibitors from 30 countries have confirmed their participation so far. Early planning and registration not only secures those exhibitors’ stand areas of choice, but also provides the more advantageous rates available to early
    bookers. Anyone wanting to benefit from the special terms only has until 31
    March 2018 to do so: the second early bird phase ends then.

    http://www.intermot-cologne.com/intermot/index-3.php

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