TAIPEI, April 21 Taiwan's Giant Manufacturing
(9921.TW), the world's top bicycle maker, is targeting 10 percent
shipment growth this year and expects its global output to reach
10 million units after 2014 as it produces more bikes in China.
Giant President John Ho gave the forecasts on the sidelines
of an event, and Ho said his company's earnings could be flat or
slightly higher than last year. No financial figures were given.
However, analysts expect Giant to make a net profit of T$2.35
billion ($69 million) in 2009, down 8 percent from last year,
according to Reuters Estimates.
"China's growth is driven by its domestic demand and we can
see that potential market," said Ho, whose company makes most of
its bicycles in China and its new Tianjin plant in China started
operating last month.
Founded in 1972 as a contract manufacturing company, Giant
now makes bicycles under its own brand for sale in more than 50
countries, with contract orders making up less than one-third of
By 0356 GMT, Giant shares were up 0.5 percent, outperforming
a 0.1 percent rise on the main TAIEX .TWII.
(Reporting by Lin Miao-jung, writing by Baker Li, Editing by