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On Sunday 12 and Monday 13 February 2023, NieuwsFiets Media & Events is organising the NieuwsFiets.nu B2B FESTIVAL for the first time in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch (NL). The event takes place just before the start of the 2023 (e)cycling season and also offers an opportunity to look ahead to 2024. LEVA-EU will also be there!
LEVA-EU Manager Annick Roetynck will be at the LEVA-EU stand full-time on Sunday and Monday. She will explain to all interested parties the activities of LEVA-EU, such as standardisation work with CEN and IEC, lobby work for adapted LEV regulations, e.g. regarding the Dutch LEV framework, but also the new Machinery Regulation and the Battery Regulation, etc. She will also clarify LEVA-EU’s initiatives to raise awareness on the potential of LEVs. The Speed Pedelec White Paper and the DLR report on the potential for saving GHG emissions through LEVs are key assets in this regard.
She also hopes to be able to inform quite a few companies in the Brabanthallen about the benefits of LEVA-EU membership. Anyone wishing to book an appointment with Annick Roetynck can do so via the following link: https://calendly.com/annick_leva-eu/b2b
The NieuwsFiets DealerTrip is back on the agenda and will travel to Bike Value in Portugal from 8 to 15 January 2023. As the registration period is much shorter than usual, this is a trip for quick decision-makers!
As travel restrictions have been considerably relaxed again, the new NieuwsFiets.nu ‘DealerReis’ will travel to Portugal next year. This trip will take place in January, and due to the rapid approach of the date, interested entrepreneurs will have to decide quickly. It is certain that it will again be an exciting professional trip, heading to the beating heart of the Portuguese bicycle industry. The program of factory visits is currently being finalized, but visits to companies such as SRAM, Polisport/Bobike, Miranda, and Fritz Jou (producer of QWIC, among others) have been confirmed.
DealerTravel to Vietnam is too risky due to corona
The last NieuwsFiets.nu DealerReis took place in 2019 when travel to China was still possible. A trip to Vietnam was originally planned for 2020, but disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed this visit. “That trip has been postponed twice and was in principle planned for November this year. And although it is currently possible to travel to Vietnam, I think it is too risky,” says organizer Arnauld Hackmann. “Suppose COVID-19 flares up again and Vietnam starts re-instituting quarantine rules, then we have a big problem. I first want to see how things are going there in the coming months, but Vietnam will definitely remain on the wish list for the near future.”
Portugal: The main production location in the EU bicycle market
In addition to NieuwsFiets.nu, Hackmann also organizes dealer trips for the German trade magazine Velobiz.de. Editor-in-chief Markus Fritsch proposed the idea of visiting Portugal as an alternative to Vietnam, which has Bike Value in Agueda, where a lot of the bicycle industry is located. “The first discussions were held during Eurobike. November, the month in which the trips normally take place, was not feasible, so we opted for the beginning of January,” explains Hackmann. “An additional advantage is that this trip is a lot cheaper than the Asia trips of the past.”
The northern Portuguese metropolis of Porto is one of the most beautiful cities on the Iberian Peninsula. In addition, the port city is now an important center of the European bicycle industry; more than one-fifth of bicycles produced in Europe roll off the assembly line in Portugal. The country on the Iberian Atlantic coast has thus developed into the most important production location in the EU bicycle market. In addition, Portugal is an important location for the production of bicycle frames and other parts.
With the NieuwsFiets.nu DealerTrip 2023, travelers take a look behind the factory gates of eight companies that produce in Portugal from 8 to 15 January. Of course, getting to know the destination’s culture and people is not neglected during this time. During the 8-day trip, there is extensive of opportunity for dealers to network and exchange experiences.