Bicycle industry rift widens, separate teams to attend fair

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2014 13:06 IST

The rift in cycle industry will be again visible as two different groups have decided to take part in Euro Bike 2014 show in Germany from August 27 to 30.

Two different factions of the cycle industry that would visit Germany to take part in a cycle expo in August end would present a picture of divided Indian industry at an international level. The two groups led by different industry leaders would visit Germany cycle expo starting from August 27 to 30.

The groups will be led by Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturer Association (UCPMA) and another by Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO).

Rivalry between Vishivkarma and Kular is well-known in the industrial circles and otherwise. The rivalry had become intense after Vishivkarma was elected as president of UCPMA last year defeating Kular. Thereafter the cycle industry was divided into two groups, supporting each leader.

The divided Ludhiana industry going at an international level is also going to present a negative picture at the national level. Government of India had recently taken initiatives for betterment of the industry that includes a study by National Productivity Council (NPC).

A 56-member delegation of FICO would visit the expo led by Kular whereas another delegation of 45 cycle industrialists would visit the same show led by Vishivkarma.

Both the delegations would try to know about the latest technology being used in the international market. The cycle industry in the country was now planning to make inroads in European markets as the Asian markets have already been captured by China.

The members led by FICO will also visit MEEFA (unit of Hero Cycles in Germany) and some other bicycle factories in Europe to explore the business opportunities.

Kular said, “ The delegation led by him will explore possibilities of technical tie-ups and joint ventures for manufacturing of high-end bicycles in India and export of these to European countries.”

Vishivkarma said, “They will hold a study regarding the needs of the European market so that steps in this regard could be taken and cycle industry be spread even in Europe.”

An industrialist who wished not to be named said that energies by both the delegations visiting Germany are united, these could work wonders for Ludhiana industry.

“Both the delegations will visit different factories and interact with different people. If they work together to uplift the cycle industry of Ludhiana, we can even beat our competitors,” said the industrialist.

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