Election of Mr Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto as IMMA’s new Vice President

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 8th May 2019

Out of the representation of its member SIAM, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), elected Mr Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto as its Vice President, during its Annual General Assembly held on 8th May 2019 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

“As IMMA advances its strategy for sustainable growth of the two-wheeler industry in every region of the world, we are fortunate to have Rakesh with his wide experience in two and three- wheeler industry, to steer IMMA towards being the trusted global voice of the motorcycle manufacturers,” said Mr Johannes Loman, President, IMMA and Director, Astra Honda, Indonesia.

“I am excited for the role that has been entrusted to me by IMMA for furthering the cause of safe, responsible and exciting motorcycling and am delighted to accept this position,” said Mr Rakesh Sharma.

IMMA has a membership of Powered Two and Three Wheeler (PTWs) manufacturers association from various countries and regions across the world including USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, apart from SIAM in India. IMMA promotes mobility through safe, sustainable motorcycling by advocating the development and harmonization of technical regulations in United Nations, affecting the motorcycle industry and by advancing inclusive policies for motorcycling.

IMMA welcomes Abraciclo as its newest member, July 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

A new member will join IMMA as of July 1st 2018: The Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Motorcycle, Moped, Bicycles and Similar – Abraciclo.

The membership was approved during IMMA’s Spring Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada on 10 May in the category of national manufacturer association in IMMA.

‘’We are very pleased with the increased cooperation with Abraciclo as a new, full national manufacturer member association. We are looking forward to the progressive involvement of Abraciclo’s expertise in IMMA’s technical and non-technical activities, extending the scope of IMMA’s activities further globally”, said Mr Johannes Loman, President of IMMA, during the IMMA General Assembly.

On their joining to IMMA, Abraciclo’s President Mr Marcos Zaven Fermanian said:

‘’We greatly look forward to be part of and contribute as a member to the IMMA. Our cooperation will build further on the common launch and presentation of an industry white paper on motorcycle safety during the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety ‘Time for Results ’ held in Brasilia in November 2015, considering our global common priority to improve motorcycle and scooter safety’’.


Created in 1976, currently with 14 associated companies, being 10 in the Motorcycles Segment (BMW, Dafra, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha) with a production close to 900 thousand units per year, and responsible for 98% of Brazilian motorcycle market share. In the Bicycle segment, the companies associated with Abraciclo are Caloi (Cannondale, GT and Schwinn), Houston (Audax), Ox (Oggi) and Sense (including electric bicycles), which produce more than 700 thousand units per year and 40% of Brazilian market share. All manufacturers are installed in the Manaus Industrial Pole, helping to preserve the Amazon forest.

Abraciclo represents the two-wheelers at the political, technical and social levels through studies, proposals, campaigns and other initiatives that valorise this industrial sector.

The Abraciclo's vision is ‘To support the sustainable growth of the industry’ and Abraciclo’s mission is to ‘defend, support and promote the interests and actions of Sector Two Wheels in the political, technical and social areas, operating in image enhancement with respect to Traffic Safety and Social Responsibility, through studies, proposals, campaigns and other initiatives that enhance this domestic industry’.

The motorcycle and scooter fleet in Brazil has steadily increased from 11 million vehicles in 2007 to more than 26 million vehicles in 2017. Motorcycles and scooters represented 26.94% of the total motor vehicle park in 2017.


IMMA organised ‘Sharing the Road for Safer Motorcycling’ with CMC during the International Transport Forum Summit

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

IMMA and the Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) organised ‘Sharing the Road for Safer Motorcycling’ ITF Open Stage Café session during the 2018 edition “Transport Safety and Security" of the International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig, Germany.

The Open Stage Café session involved the following industry contributions:

• Mr Edwin Bastiaensen, IMMA's Secretary General, provided an overview on the global motorcycle safety. He highlighted the priority given to safety by the industry and emphasised regional differences in usage, road infrastructure quality, weather conditions as well as variation in characteristics of PTW-vehicles. He illustrated the holistic approach to motorcycle safety promoted by the industry: addressing integration of PTWs in transport policies, improving road infrastructure, addressing driver training and education and developing vehicle technologies.

• Dr Veneta Vassileva, ACEM’s Road Safety Coordinator, elaborated on some of the different industry initiatives to improve motorcycle safety in Europe, such as the ACEM road safety strategy and the European training quality label, which aims at promoting high quality post license training schemes across the EU.

• Mr Hennes Fischer, Senior Adviser with Yamaha Motor Europe provided an overview of the CMC consortium activities. He emphasised that “Connected mobility will be a key feature of future transport systems, and we need common basic specifications for motorcycle ITS. Our main objective over the coming years will be to develop as many cross-manufacturer standards as possible”.

In the conference exhibition area, at the stand of the Connected Motorcycle Consortium, Mr Tomohiro Matsuda, Regulatory Affairs and Engineering Manager for Kawasaki Motors Europe, said: “The technologies in exhibition today offer a glimpse into the future of mobility. The use of cooperative safety systems for motorcycles will help us to increase safety for motorcyclists as well as riding pleasure”.

About the ITF Leipzig Summit

• The Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the world's largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event. At the Summit, ministers with responsibility for transport, business leaders, heads of international organisations, parliamentarians and policy makers, representatives of business associations and leading researchers meet for three days in Leipzig, Germany, to discuss the future of transport through the prism of a strategic topic.

• Participation involves over 1400 participants from more than 80 countries. Discussion formats range from the official Ministerial Session via panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations to informal presentations in the Summit's Open Stage Café.

• The 2018 Summit theme was "Transport Safety and Security" and took place from 23 to 25 May 2018, under the Presidency of Latvia.

About the CMC

• The CMC is a platform to foster cooperation in the field of C-ITS created in 2016 by BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha. The key objective of the CMC is to promote timely and comprehensive use of C-ITS systems offering the potential to improve safety for motorcyclists. It is open to a wide range of organisations including motorcycle OEM, automotive companies, automotive part suppliers and research institutions.

• Since its creation, several members have joined the consortium, including: Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Autotalks and ALPS Electric Co., Ltd. as well as the ACEM, the Technical University of Dresden, the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, VUFO GmbH and the Würzburg Institute for Traffic Sciences and Ducati and FIM. For more information about the CMC please visit

About ACEM

• The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. The entire sector accounts for about 156,000 jobs across Europe.

• ACEM members include 18 multinational manufacturing companies: 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. ACEM also represents 17 motorcycle industry associations in 14 different European countries.