business strategy

Cheap Carbon Bikes Going International

Heading into the summer of 2010 I posted on Giant’s strategy of offering entry-level carbon road bikes, the same price or cheaper than butted alloy models. Also see the followup post for the response of some other local companies to this. This was a Taiwan-only experiment. If it showed promise, the offering would be extended […]

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What if . . . : Capital Raisings and (Over) Production

What if you were a large company looking for a capital raising? You were once amongst one of the first wave of Taiwanese investors getting in on the China action very early on, as it shifted gears on it’s way to becoming the world’s (or US economy’s) primary outsourcing solution. So you are well invested […]

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New High Grade Alloy Model from Giant and Merida Under $US 900? – Context and Possible Implications

Andrew at Taiwan in Cycles recently posted on this week’s signing of a FTA between China and Taiwan, “ECFA“. He suggests that this will be good for the larger players such as Giant Manufacturing, and will put increasing pressure on the smaller companies. I’d briefly like to add some observations to this. I have been […]

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Giant’s New TCR Composite 1 Revisited; Composite 2 Compared and Contrasted with Merida Scultura 105

I recently wrote about Giant’s new TCR Comp 1 offering. Since the post generated considerable interest from far and wide, here is a followup. Comp 1 Firstly, in relation to the release of the Comp 1, one of the first reactions from Giant branch stores has been one of a degree of discontent. As Giant dealers […]

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Wheelbuilding 101 – Rims, Hubs, Spokes, and Cost Effectiveness

This is the first post of a few talking about wheelbuilding production issues. Technology is important but will not be the exclusive focus. Can’t be the exclusive focus. I’ll try to explain this later. The overall idea is similar to the principle discussed in a recent post: technological solutions must be cost effective. And I think cost-effectiveness […]

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Technology and Business is Not Either/Or – Magnesium Rising?

At the big trade shows, it’s always a good idea to have a plan of attack. Having people to see and appointments in the book is essential. Just as essential, however, is the meandering strategy. Besides from being great fun, you will come across things that you might not notice when you’re following the entries […]

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