Poland one of the biggest producers of bikes in the EU

Polish e-bike exports have been easily growing from 16,000 bikes in 2018, to almost 40,000 last year and already 48,000 this year. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Poland is in the top five of bicycle producers in the EU according to Eurostat data and is taking the e-bike market by storm.

Last year Polish companies produced almost one million bikes and their international sales made up five percent of the entire EU export. 

In 2019, EU companies produced 11.4 million bicycles. The Eurostat report said: “Among EU Member States, Portugal was the largest producer of bicycles in 2019, manufacturing 2.7 million bicycles, followed by Italy (2.1 million), Germany (1.5 million), Poland (0.9 million), and the Netherlands (0.7 million). These five countries together accounted for 70% of total EU production of bicycles in 2019.”

The Eurostat report shows that Poland is in the top five of bicycle producers in the EU.Eurostat

Poland’s share of the market has been steady over the last five years – in the record year 2015, Polish companies produced 1,139 thousand bikes, while in 2018 the number was 1,083 thousand.

However, predictions for the year 2020 are much better – lockdown led to a boost in bike sales, both in Poland and abroad.

Now, the biggest producers such as Kross and Arkus & Romet Group are joining the race for dominating the e-bike market. While electric bicycles aren’t yet popular in Poland, companies focus on export.

Producers such as Kross and Arkus & Romet Group are joining the race for dominating the e-bike market.Romet/Facebook

The European market became especially attractive and competitive since the EU instated anti-dumping tariffs on products from China.

Polish e-bike exports have been easily growing from 16,000 bikes in 2018, to almost 40,000 last year and already 48,000 this year. 

With this increase, Poland beat Portugal (40,000 e-bikes), Italy (41,000) and falls behind only Germany (251,000).

As such, the country’s share in the European export grew from 0.9 percent in 2018 to five percent this year.

Poland beat Portugal (40,000 e-bikes), Italy (41,000) and falls behind only Germany (251,000). Piotr Polak/PAP

What continues to boost the sales of Polish products is the competitive price.

The average price of an e-bike produced in Poland is 700 Euros, while a similar product in Germany will cost 1,700 Euros.

For the same reason, e-bikes are yet to gain wide-spread popularity in Poland, though the presence of e-bikes in city bikes rental systems may accelerate the process.