Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Courtesy of KTM

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer will assume the role of President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) from July 1, 2017, after being elected to the role during the Spring Congress in Berlin, Germany last week.
In Berlin, Mr. Pierer was appointed as President for a second time after previously being elected back in 2004. The Austrian will replace Mr. Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, who becomes VP. “Mr. Schaller has done an excellent job at positioning ACEM for the future,” Mr. Pierer commented. “I know I speak for the whole European motorcycle community in stating how much this work is appreciated. I look forward to start my term as President and to work for a stronger association that promotes motorcycling across Europe.”

Mr. Michele Colaninno, who is a member of Piaggio & C. SpA’s board of directors, will also serve as a Vice President of the ACEM.

Stefan Pierer took control of KTM through his CROSS holding group in 1992 and has helped the firm prosper to become the most prolific and best-selling manufacturer in the European Union. In 2016 KTM oversaw a growth of more than 200,000 units sold (with both KTM and Husqvarna brands) and an 11.7% surge in revenue thanks to a workforce now over 3000 in number – including 500 in the Research and Development department – that are forging important innovations within the company’s expanding product portfolio.

The Brussels-based ACEM holds a roster with at least fourteen principal motorcycle manufacturers as members (21 brands) as well as a number of other companies, and works closely with EU institutions, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders, in different policy areas. These include type-approval of L-category vehicles, environmental legislation, road safety and transport policies, international trade negotiations and so on. Over 156,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe. European registrations of motorcycles and mopeds increased by 9.1% last year – over 1.3 million units with significant increases in all of the largest European markets – compared to 2015.

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