Forum: Global Cycle Industry Relies on Four Points

Publish Date: 
Nov 4, 2008

MILAN — A burgeoning future for the international motorcycle marketplace relies on 1) the transformation of motorcycling as a “need” rather than an “option”, 2) improved research and development regarding fuel economy and environmental impact, 3) the continued availability of easy-to-obtain consumer financing and 4) improvements in road safety, according to several representatives of the international motorcycling community who spoke here during a Monday evening forum concerning the worldwide powered two-wheeler industry.

Speakers at the forum included Tim Buche, executive director of the United States Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC); Mahaleel Tengku, former CEO of the Proton Group; Parthaa Bosu, manager of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM); Jacques Compagne, secretary general of the European Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (ACEM); and Kanji Nakayama, executive vice president of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Check back here later in the week for a complete report on who said what during the two-hour forum.