The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs is to start an "industry-upgrading project" in 2006, reports the China Economic News Service. Dubbed the A2 project, the aim of the IDB is to bring second-tier manufacturers up to the same technological heights as Giant and Merida, boosting the average sale price of Taiwan-produced bikes and parts.

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Statistics compiled by IDB showed that in 2004 the island exported about 5.03 million bikes at an average unit price of $164.4.

CENS reports that IDB officials say the global bike sales come in three price segments: " the third level (for commuting purpose) of under US$80, the second level (commuting/ recreational purposes) of US$80 to US$200, and the first level (recreational/racing purposes) of over US$200. About 10% of Taiwan’s bike exports belong to the top-end racing models."

IDB has previously helped both Giant and Merida with their carbon fibre programmes. The IDB’s A1 project also led to the formation of the ‘A-team’, an alliance between 20+ companies involved in Taiwan’s bike industry.

The A2 project will be focused on the bike-parts sector rather than the complete-bike sector.…/20050518015.htm&daily=1

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