Trek, Kent and others look to Cambodia for production

By Steve Frothingham

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Cambodia, already the biggest bicycle supplier to the EU, is making up ground in the U.S. market as well due to the recent tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

Trek Bicycle plans to move production of at least 200,000 bikes from China to Cambodia next year, according to multiple sources who spoke with BRAIN at the recent Taipei Cycle show and elsewhere. The bikes are opening price point models with aluminum frames and will be made at the A&J (Cambodia) factory. Since opening in Cambodia in 2006, A&J has made bikes for Bianchi, Scott, Felt, Rocky Mountain, Norco, and Kona there. A Trek Bicycle spokesman did not reply to multiple inquiries from BRAIN to comment on the move.

(Related: Trek says tariffs would cost company $30 milllion a year)

The production is being shifted away from Giant Manufacturing’s facilities in China. Giant Manufacturing’s Irene Chen said she would not comment on Giant’s OEM business, but noted that the company is focused on e-bike and high-end traditional bike manufacturing and is seeing growth in those areas.

“The overall global economy and market poses many uncertainties due to the trade war between U.S. and China,” Chen …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News