“The challenges for manufacturers and bicycle retailers were enormous against the background of shutdowns, disrupted supply chains, shop closings, hygiene requirements and unprecedented demand,” stated Ernst Brust. “Two-wheelers, with and without electric drive, were able to benefit greatly from the unprecedented situation of the past year.” Though Ernst Brust gave a very positive market outlook for 2021, the supply chain issues can’t be ignored. He pointed out the limited availability of many components and the stress OEM's face to receive them all in time according to planning. However, for ZIV the problems in logistics resulting from the shortage of container capacity will have the biggest impact. “Due to huge price increases in container shipping and other costs we expect an overall price increase between 10% and 20%,” said Ernst Brust.
Production and export also expanding
“Made in Germany e-bikes and bicycles enjoy a growing popularity on our export markets,” said Ernst Brust. The combined production increased by 11% to 2.15 million units last year. The growth came from the e-bike as its production volume went up by 27.9% to 1.3 million units. Bicycle production declined by 8% to 800,000 units. The same picture was painted for the import levels. Some 3.73 million units were imported last year, a decline of 4.8%. However, the import of e-bikes went up by 4.3% to 1.04 million units while bicycle imports dropped by 7.9% to 2.69 million units.