The Taipei show was awash with rumours, as per usual. It was also a show where the exhibitors were no longer specifying minimum orders. If you can pay promptly, they'll make it for you. Why? Too many global players on open credit terms either can't pay or take for ever to cough up

Taiwanese bike manufacturers get the jitters

The talk of the Taipei trade show was the future of Schwinn/GT. Heavily in debt at Taiwanese factories, the company is causing many Taiwanese cycle trade insiders to have sleepless nights.

The president of Merida went public on the rumours that he would buy Schwinn/GT to gain a better foothold in the US. He said these rumours were wrong.

The closure of Schwinn/GT in Europe with debts of £10m and with no buyer on the cards worries many Taiwanese cycle suppliers as they believe it indicates severe cash flow problems with the US parent company.

Without refinancing, Schwinn/GT may be on a knife-edge, they believe.

But many Taiwanese insiders believe the global bike business has caught ‘ disease but without the’: securing funding is not a success story, making profits is the real name of the game.

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