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ACEM President Stefan Pierer participates at the launch of the campaign "We the riders"
10 Aug 2018

Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG and President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, participated today at the launch of FIM’s global road safety campaign “We the riders”. The launch took place at the occasion of the Austrian round of 2018 FIM MotoGP World Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg today.

With the support of ACEM, the European Commission, Dorna, the Red Bull Ring circuit, and MotoGP stars Andrea Iannone (Italy), Marc Márquez (Spain), Jack Miller (Australia), Jorge Lorenzo (Spain), and Johann Zarco (France), the FIM is looking forward to raising the awareness on road safety through the launch of this campaign in front of recognized international media and a large, passionate audience of fans.

“We, The Riders” campaign is a call to action. It is a new movement of responsible motorcyclists from around the world, who all share the joy of riding – and the fight for change. In 2018, it is still far more dangerous than it should be to ride on our roads. That needs to change – and it will only change if all motorcyclists come together as never before to demand it.

“We, The Riders” vision is roads that are safe for everyone. Roads where all are seen, no matter their mode of transport. Roads that are built and planned with everyone in mind. Roads made for the joy of riding – not the fear of crashing.

The FIM will deploy “We, the riders” campaign together with its 113 affiliated federations worldwide. For further information, please visit the official website of the campaign: www.wetheriders.com or check the hashtag #wetheriderswtr on Twitter.

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ACEM President Stefan Pierer explained "as President of the European Association of motorcycle manufacturers; I reaffirm that for all leading manufacturers and member associations the most important issue is safety. The motorcycle riders are vulnerable road users. According to official statistics 50% of the fatalities are caused by a third party and the biggest problem is visibility. That’s why every action and initiative that improves visibility is supported by the industry. ABS became mandatory in Europe and manufacturers have been ready to implement this fundamental safety tool to save lives”.

Vito Ippolito, FIM President, declared “For more than 100 years, the FIM has been representing the interests of motorcyclists – both on and off the track. Every day, road traffic crashes claim nearly 3,500 lives and injure many thousands more, 23% of all lives lost are those of our fellow riders. At the FIM we do not have all the answers and there is still much left to do. That is why we are launching this movement “We, The Riders” because we recognise the potential of people-powered change – the power of a network of individuals with something in common to create real change in the world and improve road safety”.

Carmelo Ezpeleta Dorna CEO commented “Riders ‘safety on track and off the track is our top priority, so Dorna is extremely proud to support this important initiative. We, The Riders campaign is making motorcyclists visibyleon the road and raising awareness to road users about being mindful of everybody they share the roads with. Our World Championship riders are riders who everyday road users share the roads with, so we stand by the FIM on this movement that is very close to our hearts”

Note for editors

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations.

ACEM manufacturing members, which include some of the largest multinationals in the sector, are: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati Motor holding, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, PIAGGIO, Polaris Industries, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.

Press photos

To download high resolution photos of the launch of the campaign please click here. Photo credit: Giorgio Neyroz.  

Press contact

Isabelle Lariviere. FIM communications manager
 
+41 (0) 22 950 95 00

 

Steel/Aluminium dispute: EU applies 25% custom duties to American motorcycles
22 Jun 2018

The European authorities have now increased customs duties on various US products, ranging from steel and aluminium products to agricultural goods. As of 22 June 2018, a list of US products, including motorcycles with a cylinder capacity above 500cc, are facing an additional 25% duty when entering the EU (1). 

The application of the extra duties follows earlier announcements and the notification of the full list to the WTO, endorsed by the College of Commissioners.  EU Member States have expressed their unanimous support for this approach.  This rebalancing measure comes in response to the US decision to impose a 10% tariff on European aluminium products and a 25% tariff on European steel products, as of 1 June 2018.

European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: "We did not want to be in this position. However, the unilateral and unjustified decision of the US to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU means that we are left with no other choice. The rules of international trade, which we have developed over the years hand in hand with our American partners, cannot be violated without a reaction from our side. Our response is measured, proportionate and fully in line with WTO rules. Needless to say, if the US removes its tariffs, our measures will also be removed."

From the outset in early March, the motorcycle industry has been calling for the sector not to be dragged into this trade dispute.  It has done so in full cooperation, working together in Europe and in the United States, to engage with authorities and prevent damaging trade restrictive measures for the industry, for dealers and for consumers.  “Unfortunately, whilst we understand the European Commission’s position, it is a fact that the EU/US dialogue failed to avoid the current negative outcome.  As nobody wins in trade wars, we strongly call on a return to reason and for both parties to find a solution.”, said Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General.

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(1) Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2018/886

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations.

ACEM manufacturing members, which include some of the largest multinationals in the sector, are: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati Motor holding, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, PIAGGIO, Polaris Industries, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.

About 300,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in the EU.

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications manager

  
+32 (0)22 30 97 32

Fuel labelling: Information to help consumers and operators choose right fuel now published
21 Jun 2018

EU Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure requires EU member states and EEA states to improve the information given to consumers who are faced with a choice of fuels for their vehicle. To that end, a CEN standard (*) has drawn up common symbols, or ‘fuel identifiers’, that will be placed on new vehicles and fuel pumps. These identifiers must be in place by October this year, and will start to be increasingly visible in the run up to this date.

When customers arrive at a filling station and open the fuel-filler cap on their vehicle, a common fuel identifier will be visible on both the vehicle and the pump, providing guidance on the fuel that is compatible for use with their vehicle.

In order to assist both consumers and the operators of vehicle dealerships and retail stations to understand these new labels, a coalition of vehicle manufacturers, fuel refiners and fuel suppliers have today published informative brochures. These brochures, in Q&A format, explain the purpose of the identifiers and fuel labels, their design and in which vehicles they will appear.

The brochures are available online at www.fuel-identifiers.eu. They will also be made available in each EU member state in coordination with locally-affiliated national associations and companies.

(*) EN16942, Fuels - Identification of vehicle compatibility - Graphical expression for consumer information.

 

Note for editors

 

The brochures are published by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Motorcycle Industry in Europe (ACEM), the European Confederation of Fuel Distributors (ECFD), FuelsEurope (European petroleum refiners and fuel suppliers) and Europe’s Independent Fuel Suppliers (UPEI).

ACEA represents the 15 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.

Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director

More information: www.acea.be │@ACEA_eu

ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, is the trade association that represents manufacturers of powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe.  ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations in 14 different European countries. About 300,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.

Contact: Mr Ludovic Basset, Public Affairs Manager         

More information: www.anem │ @EUmotorcycles

The ECFD represents the interests of 10,000 distributors of petroleum products, including domestic heating oil, kerosene, petrol, diesel, gasoil and liquefied petroleum gases (butane, propane, LPG). Its members are essentially family-owned SMEs who supply from the refineries, terminals and their own storage directly to their customers’ tanks. Members include the Austrian Association of fuel and petroleum distributors (WKO), the Belgian Federation of Fuel Suppliers (BRAFCO), Bundesverband mittelständischer Mineralölunternehmen e.V. (UNITI), the French Fédération Française des Combustibles et Carburants (FF3C), and the UK Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS).

Contact: Mr Johan Mattart, Head of Brussels Office

More information: www.ecfd.be

FuelsEurope, the voice of the European petroleum refining industry. FuelsEurope represents with the EU institutions the interest of 41 companies operating refineries in the EU. Members account for almost 100% of EU petroleum refining capacity and more than 75% of EU motor fuel retail sales. FuelsEurope aims to inform and provide expert advice to the EU institutions and other stakeholders about European Petroleum Refining and Distribution and its products in order to: · Contribute in a constructive way to the development of technically feasible and cost effective EU policies and legislation. · Promote an understanding amongst the EU institutions and citizens of the contribution of European Petroleum Refining and Distribution and its value chain to European economic, technological and social progress.

Contact: Mr Alain Mathuren, Communications Manager

More information: www.fuelseurope.eu │ @FuelsEurope

UPEI, the voice of Europe’s independent fuel suppliers, represents nearly 2,000 European importers and wholesale/retail distributors of energy for the transport and heating sectors, supplying Europe’s customers independently of the major energy producers.  They are the interface between producers and consumers, using their own infrastructure and flexibility to supply existing demand for conventional and renewable liquid fuels, as well as non-liquid alternatives as part of the energy transition. They cover more than a third of Europe’s current demand. The organisation brings together national associations and suppliers from 17 countries across Europe.

Contact: Ms Yvonne Stausbøll, Secretary General

More information: www.upei.org │ @FuelSuppliersEU

The US Government announces new tariffs on EU exports of steel and aluminium
01 Jun 2018

As of 1 of June 2018 the Government of the United States of America will impose a 10% tariff on European aluminium products and a 25% tariff on European steel products. The European Commission has made it clear that this decision by the Trump Administration will be met by trade rebalancing measures, targeting a list of US products with additional duties as allowed by WTO rules.

European authorities may decide to increase customs duties on American exports of motorcycles into the EU. This situation is already creating considerable economic uncertainty in both side of the Atlantic. Indeed, American manufacturers but also European dealers and consumers would be affected if trade restrictive measures are adopted.

A final decision will be taken by the European Commission after consulting with EU Member States on 20 June 2018.

Note for editors

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations.

ACEM manufacturing members, which include some of the largest multinationals in the sector, are: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati Motor holding, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, PIAGGIO, Polaris Industries, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.

About 300,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in the EU.

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications manager
  
+32 (0)22 30 97 32

 

 

ACEM position paper on the implementation of the Euro 5 environmental step
29 May 2018

This paper represents the opinion of the motorcycle industry in Europe regarding the implementation of the new Euro 5 standard which, as usual when new standards are introduced, will require the modification and redesign of many vehicle components, including engines. The implementation of this environmental step will also require further investments, as well as a reasonable lead-time.

Documents available to download

 

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications manager
E.      
P. +32 (0)2 23 0 97 32

Final results of the RESOLVE consortium presented in Brussels on 25 April 2018
25 Apr 2018

About 80 participants from all over the world attended the final presentation of the results of the work accomplished by the RESOLVE consortium in Brussels on 25 April 2018.

The event was opened by Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of ACEM, who delivered a presentation on the latest market trends of electric L-category vehicles in Europe and the current legislative framework, and also by Georgios Charampolous, Policy officer at the European Commission.

The attendees had the opportunity to learn about the key results and challenges of the project, the outlook for light electric vehicles in Europe, as well as the work carried out by other projects funded by the European Union including ELVITEN, WEEVIL, SILVERSTREAM and ESPRIT.

Vehicle exhibition

The consortium also exhibited its two vehicle demonstrators – named D1 and D2 – which are fully electric and tilting four wheelers, designed to be a practical alternative to cars in cities facing increasing urban mobility needs.

D1 is an L2e category vehicle, similar to a mid-size scooter. It is powered by two electric motors, each one placed on a single rear wheel, with a top speed of 45 km/h (the legal limit) and a range of 100 kilometres. The batteries can be replaced and they can also be recharged from a conventional power socket. The solar panels on the roof and the regenerative braking system help to improve energy efficiency.

D2 is an L6e category vehicle, visually akin to a small size car but with a driving dynamic of a light motorcycle. It is powered by a central electric motor. Its top speed is 45 km/h (also the legal limit) and it has a range of 80 kilometres. The vehicle is designed to minimise the drag, manufacturing costs and energy consumption as much as possible. The batteries can be recharged from a conventional power socket, while the regenerative braking system helps to improve energy efficiency.

The RESOLVE consortium also exhibited a third vehicle, a three-wheeler demonstrator named D3, which has been derived from an L2 four-wheeler to test alternative drivetrain solutions and to further reduce weight and costs.

About RESOLVE

The RESOLVE consortium unites 14 European companies including PIAGGIO (leader of the consortium), KTM, BOSCH, MARELLI and other organisations. The consortium's objective is to develop affordable, energy efficient and comfortable electric vehicles that fulfil the needs of daily urban commuters.

The project started in 2015 and drew to a close in April 2018. It received about 6.8 million Euros of funding from the European Union.

To learn more about RESOLVE and see the full list of members please visit: http://www.resolve-project.eu 

Press contact

Serena Fruttaldo (RELAB)
Responsible for external communications of the RESOLVE consortium
 
+39 (0)52 21 40 93 50

 

ACEM press release - ACEM President and CEO of KTM AG, Stefan Pierer: “Nobody wins with trade wars”
21 Mar 2018

One day ahead of the Brussels European summit, where the 28 Heads of State and Government will discuss trade policy, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) calls on EU governments to exclude motorcycles from the lists of American products on which the EU will increase customs duties. The EU stands ready to retaliate against the US following the decision of the Trump administration to impose additional duties on imports of steel and aluminium products including European ones.

ACEM wrote to the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, and to the Vice-President of the European Commission, Jyrki Katainen, to express its concern about the escalation of this trade conflict. In its letter, the European motorcycle industry explained that by enacting retaliatory tariffs on American motorcycles, the EU may end up triggering American retaliatory measures against European-made motorcycles and scooters.

Since this would severely damage not only motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, but also European manufacturers of parts, components and accessories (many of which are SMEs) and providers of services demanded by motorcycle companies, ACEM calls on EU governments and the European Commission to exclude American motorcycle exports from their retaliation and compensation lists. ACEM will elaborate on the negative consequences for the motorcycle sector of this trade dispute in its reply to a public consultation launched by the European Commission.

ACEM President and CEO of KTM AG, Stefan Pierer, who is today attending the ACEM General Assembly hosted by Peugeot Scooters in Sochaux (France), said: “Europe is one of the most important markets for American exporters of motorcycles, and about 30% of all European motorcycle exports go to the US. This trade dispute could be extremely damaging for both sides. Nobody wins with trade wars”.

ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said: “We call on EU Member States to urgently exclude American motorcycle exports from its retaliation and compensation lists. We also encourage the European Commission to work constructively with Washington to reach a negotiated solution to the steel and aluminium issues, and to de-escalate the conflict. The motorcycle sector must not be brought into this trade dispute”.

Note for editors

About 300,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in the EU.

According to EUROSTAT figures, in 2016 the EU’s exports of motorcycles to the US amounted to € 483.1 million, which represented 29.1% of all European motorcycle exports. Furthermore, EU-based companies exported € 139.6 million in motorcycle parts and components to America (30.8% of the total). In 2016, the US was the first destination for European exports of motorcycles as well as parts and components.

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations.

ACEM manufacturing members, which include some of the largest multinationals in the sector, are: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati Motor holding, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, PIAGGIO, Polaris Industries, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.

Documents available to download

Communiqué de presse - Stefan Pierer, PDG de KTM AG et Président de l’ACEM : « Dans une guerre commerciale, personne ne gagne » [PDF]

Comunicato stampa - Stefan Pierer, Presidente dell’ACEM e CEO di KTM AG, afferma: “Nessuno uscirà vincitore da questa guerra commerciale” [PDF]

Press release - ACEM President and CEO of KTM AG, Stefan Pierer: “Nobody wins with trade wars” [PDF]

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua
ACEM communications manager
E.    
M. +32 496 52 65 17

Final results of the RESOLVE project to be presented in Brussels on 25 April 2018
21 Mar 2018

The RESOLVE consortium will organise a conference on the final results of its three-year long project in Brussels, on 25 April 2018.

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