State Bicycle Co. moves production of some models to Taiwan

The State Bicycle 4130.

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — State Bicycle Co., a consumer direct bike brand, recently moved production of two of its most popular models to Taiwan from China to lessen the effects of tariffs during the ongoing U.S.-China trade war. State is now having its Core-Line and 4130 Steel lines manufactured in Taichung, Taiwan. This week, State released its Fall Collection '19 for those Taiwan-made models. The company has manufactured bikes in Shenzhen, China, and Wuxi, China, previously. The company told BRAIN it sells between 10,000 and 20,000 bikes a year. Mehdi Farsi, who co-founded State Bicycle in 2009, said the company has long relationships with Taiwanesse-based suppliers for various components and small-batch bikes. In September 2018, Farsi said the company looked at relying more on Taiwanese-based suppliers because of the growing trade war. "There are always benefits to having diversity in the supply chain," Farsi said. "We can work with suppliers ...

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