Competitiveness

ACEM members support a European stable regulatory framework that fosters growth, jobs and investment in the L-category industry

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Urban Mobility

L-category vehicles save time and money for commuters, increase urban traffic fluidity and reduce congestion

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Environment

L-category vehicles sold in the EU comply with strict pollutant emission limits. Also, they have a limited environmental impact

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International trade

Together with a more vibrant domestic market, exports will help the industry to grow and to create new jobs in the EU

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Road safety

The industry has achieved high safety levels for existing products and continues to bring advanced and innovative vehicles to the market

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Motorcycle registrations up by 8.2% during the first nine months of 2018
29 Oct 2018

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 830,694 units during the first 9 months of 2018, according to the latest estimation of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 8.2% compared to the same period of 2017. With 186,487 units (a 5.1% increase on a year-on-year basis) Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by France (146,276 motorcycles, +10%), Germany (140,628 motorcycles, +11.1%), Spain (113,650 motorcycles, +8.0%) and the UK (83,155 motorcycles, +3.7%).

Motorcycle registrations increased in all EU countries, with the exception of Poland, where they went down by 2.3%.

Moped registrations in the EU continue decreasing

The European moped market reached 209,562 units during the first 9 months of 2018. This represents a decrease of about 26.1% compared to the registration levels of the first nine months of 2017 (283,399 units). The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were: France (51,498 units), Netherlands (47,260 units), Germany (20,133 units), Italy (16,118 units) and Belgium (15,992 units).

Registrations of electric vehicles in the EU up by 49%

Combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 36,270 units during the first nine months of 2018. This represents a substantial increase of 52.8% compared to the registration levels of the same period of 2017 (23,722 units).

Most of the electric L-category vehicles registered in 2018 are mopeds (26,210 units), followed by motorcycles (7,652 units) and a much smaller number of quadricycles (about 2,408 units).

Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical data - January - September 2018 [xls]

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - September 2018 [pdf]

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM communications manager

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P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32

 

Industry position paper regarding the Waste Framework Directive Database
24 Oct 2018

The Circular Economy (CE) strategy and its related measures, such as the recent European Commission communication on the interface between chemicals, products and waste, is an important initiative, for both society and industry. Its ultimate aim is the sustainable use of resources through the entire product lifecycle, which is an aim the above signatory industries fully support.

For the reasons explained in this paper, the signatory industries strongly believe that the database will not achieve its intended objectives to support the CE. In addition, the ECHA proposal will not be workable for industry nor enforceable by authorities. Instead we call for an approach that allows different, flexible and effective CE solutions tailored to the specific circumstances of each industry sector, depending on the complexity and durability of their products.

These industries represent the majority of EU article manufacturers, assemblers, importers and distributors, with wide variety in size, use base and complexity of processes and products. Due to this wide variety and diversity a tailored approach is required not only for technical solutions but also regarding legislative measures.

Documents available to download

Cross Industry Position Paper WFD Database (pdf)

Press contact

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

 

ACEM is currently looking for a communications and EU affairs trainee
22 Oct 2018

ACEM is looking for a highly-motivated Communication & EU Affairs Intern to join a dynamic international team. As a member of the ACEM secretariat the intern will be involved in the frontline communication action of the organization, attending meetings with our members (and EU policymakers), as well as helping in monitoring the developments of key EU policies for the Industry. 

Main tasks

Working closely with the Communications manager and the Public Affairs manager in a supporting role, the intern will:

  • Provide support in project management and event organisation (Economic study, ACEM annual conference, events);
  • Provide support in the implementation of communication activities (newsletter, social media, website, communication tools);
  • Monitoring of EU policies and drafting notes (Environment, Road Safety, Mobility, Trade etc.);
  • Assist the ACEM secretariat members in engaging both external and internal stakeholders in policy issues of relevance to ACEM’s members;

 Profile of the candidate

  • Dynamic, resourceful, with interest in the product and excited about European affairs and Communications, able to feel ownership of their projects and see them through.
  • Good working command of written and spoken English. Additional fluency in other EU languages is a plus.
  • University degree in politics, communications, economics, law or business (preferably at a Master level)

 Required competences

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent networking and social skills with a special attention to adapt to various intercultural settings
  • Good analytical, conceptual and strategic thinking skills
  • Understanding of EU institutions functioning is a plus
  • Interest in environmental, transport/mobility, industrial and international trade issues
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of an international team

Contract specifics

The intern will be hired starting asap for a period of 12 months. The internship will be competitively remunerated under the “Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle” (Belgian framework for internship).

Application

Please send your CV and a cover letter to by November 5th, 2018. Only applications that include these documents will be considered. Interviews will be held in Brussels or via Skype.

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Internship description - Communications and EU affairs (pdf)

FIM joins the European Training Quality Label to promote better motorcycle training
02 Oct 2018

Today, FIM, the International Motorcycling Federation, joined the European Training Quality Label, an initiative aiming at rewarding the best post-license training schemes in Europe. Representatives of FIM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), and DVR, Germany’s most important road safety NGO, signed a letter formalising this new cooperation during the second day of the International Motorcycle Safety Conference in Cologne, Germany.

The European Training Quality Label that FIM joins today is a voluntary certification scheme launched in 2015 by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers and DVR, the leading German road safety NGO, to help motorcyclists clearly and easily identify high-quality post-license training programs in Europe. The label is open to a wide range of organisations based in Europe, including training schools, motorcycle manufacturers and public bodies. To date, a total of 26 post-license motorcycle training programs have been certified in France, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany. 

FIM is the leading governing body of motorcycle sports, and represents 113 motorcycle federations organised in 6 Continental Unions. FIM has been active in the field of road safety since the 1970s, and many of its members have provided safety-oriented training to thousands of motorcyclists across the world. More recently, the organisation launched “We, the riders”, a global road safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about the presence of motorcyclists on the streets.

Steve Aeschlimann, Chief Executive Officer of FIM, says, “We welcome the opportunity to work together with ACEM and DVR and to become a partner of the European Training Quality Label. We at FIM believe that life-long training is essential to improve the safety of motorcyclists on the streets. Many people pass their driving test only once, but they ride their motorcycle daily. We want those motorcyclists to have decent training and to be able to avoid potentially dangerous situations on the streets”. 

Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), says, “We are extremely pleased that FIM is joining the ACEM-DVR cooperation. We look forward to working with FIM to promote the best post-license training programs across Europe, and to make Europe’s roads better and safer for all motorcyclists”.

Christian Kellner, General Manager of the Road Safety Council (DVR), says, “The human factor has repeatedly been shown to be the most critical factor in accidents involving powered two-wheelers. For this reason, we need to reach out to new and existing motorcycle riders, and help them to make better and more informed decisions about their training, so that they can ride confidently and safely".

Press contact

Dr. Veneta Vassileva

ACEM Road Safety Coordinator

Email

Phone +32 (0)22 30 97 32

Documents available to download 

PRESS RELEASE - FIM joins the European Training Quality Label to promote better motorcycle training [pdf]

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE - La FIM rejoint le European Training Quality Label pour promouvoir une meilleure formation pour motocyclistes [pdf]

COMUNICATO STAMPA - La FIM collabora con il Label europeo per la qualità della formazione per promuovere una migliore formazione motociclistica [pdf]

PRESSEMITTEILUNG - Besseres Training für Motorradfahrer FIM unterstützt Europäisches Qualitätssiegel [pdf]

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA - FIM se suma al sello de calidad europeo de formación para promocionar una mejor capacitación de conducción de motocicletas [pdf]

Press photos

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Two motorcycle training programs provided by KTM AG receive the European Training Quality Label award
19 Sep 2018

Today, two of KTM’s Riders Academy training programs were awarded the European Training Quality Label. The award was granted after a site visit and inspection by safety experts from the German Road Safety Council (DVR), a German NGO active in the field of road safety. To date, a total of 24 post-license motorcycle training programs have been certified in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The Academy, which was launched in 2018, provides courses that build on the latest empirical research on rider behavior and training, as well as the experience of Klaus Schwabe, one of the leading German experts in motorcycle safety. Training sessions are conducted in small groups of no more than six riders per trainer, and are open to motorcyclists using any brand of bike. The KTM Riders Academy plans to organise between 40 and 50 training sessions in Austria and Germany, involving about 300 motorcyclists

Commenting on the award of the European Training Quality Label, Stefan Pierer, President of KTM AG and current President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) says, “I am delighted that the two KTM Riders Academy motorcycle training programs have received this important recognition at the European level. Training at our Academy aims to improve both the cognitive and the motor skills of the motorcyclist, increasing both safety and the pleasure of riding”.

Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), says, “The European Training Quality Label is granted to the best post-license training programs in Europe. It is one of the main elements of the motorcycle industry’s safety strategy, and we are confident that this initiative will help motorcyclists to easily identify the best training programs in Europe”.

Documents available to download

Press photos and full press package [ZIP]

PRESS RELEASE - Two motorcycle training programs provided by KTM AG receive the European Training Quality Label award [PDF]

COMUNICATO STAMPA - Due programmi di scuola guida per motociclisti erogati da KTM AG hanno ricevuto il Label europeo per la qualità della formazione [PDF]

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE - Deux programmes de formation pour motocycles de KTM reçoivent le prix du European Training Quality Label [PDF]

PRESSEMITTEILUNG - Zwei von der KTM AG angebotene Motorrad-Trainingsprogramme erhielten die Auszeichnung „European Training Quality Label [PDF]

Press contact

Dr. Veneta Vassileva
ACEM Road Safety Coordinator
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P. +32 (0)22 30 97 32

 

Motorcycle registrations in the European Union were up 7.2% during the first half of 2018
16 Aug 2018

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 564,850 units during the first 6 months of 2018, according to the latest figures of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 7.2% compared to the same period of 2017.

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.

Note for editors

(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

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