Quality Bicycle Products has announced plans to open satellite office in Taichung, Taiwan starting June 1, 2014.
As one of the largest distributors of parts and accessories in the world, QBP has long had ties with Taiwan. With consistent growth it became increasingly apparent that opening a Taiwan office would allow QBP to deepen ties with their suppliers and other partners with an eye on managing growth. Long time QBP employee Scott Thayer, who manages supply chain for the company, will open the office, according to Rich Tauer, QBP’s Vice President of Business Operations.
QBP cites several reasons for the satellite office. First, it allows better quality control and process management at the source of manufacture. Directly tied to that, QBP will establish its own testing facility. As the company continues to develop consumer brands producing innovative, genre-defining products, managing these aspects of product development is crucial to controlling costs and maintaining –even improving– a high level of product quality. Tauer says this in turn helps them offer the innovative products Q-brands are known for while maintaining competitive pricing.
Tauer also stresses that the move is important to further building relationships with their suppliers. “We’ve worked with our trading partner [in Taiwan] for more than 15 years. Leeche International has always been a valuable partner for us,” says Tauer. “It would be a lot harder to grow the way we have without Leeche’s support, and as QBP has grown, so has Leeche International. Having this office will allow us to deepen out relationship with Leeche and all our partners in Taiwan.”
“The product design and development happens in our headquarters in Minnesota,” says QBP founder Steve Flagg. “We design great stuff that sometimes creates markets. However, we rely on manufacturers in Taiwan to build our frames and we see this increasing over time. Taiwan is the source of the highest quality and most advanced bicycle technology today. We need to be in the center of the action.”