9. BMC Switzerland
BMC Switzerland is headquartered in Switzerland, as one may infer from the name. Established in 1994, the firm now counts over 120 workers across the globe. The Phonak Cycling Team, based out of Switzerland and managed by Andy Rihs, used bicycles supplied by BMC. In the year 2000, Rihs completely took over the business.
BMC Bikes has since won several tournaments and races, including the 2011 Tour de France. The company now produces every type of bicycle imaginable, from road bikes to mountain bikes to recreational cycles.
Ike Tseng, the founder of Merida Bikes, had the concept for the firm while traveling in the United States in the early 1970s. Tsung went to a bike shop but was turned away after seeing a sign that said they wouldn’t fix Taiwanese bikes because of their poor quality.
Tseng’s first goal was to establish a name for Taiwanese-made bicycles of the highest quality. The city of Merida, formally established in 1988, is a prime example of this. The firm has both a German research and development division and a Taiwanese production branch. It now manufactures many types of bicycles, such as mountain bikes, road bikes, and hybrids.