Gates adds personnel to support growth in e-bike and bike share markets

By Stephen Frothingham

DENVER (BRAIN) — Gates Industrial Corporation, maker of the Gates Carbon Drive belt system, has created several new positions within its bicycle division to meet growing customer demand in electric mobility and share/fleet bikes.

“While the bicycle industry as a whole is experiencing soft growth, we continue to grow our product line to meet the needs of consumers and manufacturers in all of our main bicycle market segments: electric bikes, share bikes, pedal bikes and stationary fitness bikes,” said Todd Sellden, the global director of Gates Carbon Drive.

“In light of this fact, we have strategically realigned our business development strategy to more effectively target and serve each of these industry segments.”

For the e-bike market, Gates has hired industry veteran Zach Krapfl to fill the new position of global e-mobility market development manager. Krapfl will oversee initiatives to collaborate with all the leading and emerging electric drive systems, working with product managers to implement best practices for e-bike design, as well offering complete bike prototyping and technical design guidance. Krapfl’s bike industry resume includes stints with Schwinn, GT and Cannondale, where he helped initiate Cannondale’s electric vehicle initiative. In recent years he has worked as a consultant for …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News