ACEM, the Motorcycle Industry in Europe, is the professional body representing the interests and combined skills of 14 powered two wheelers (PTWs) manufacturers producing more than 30 brands, and 18 national associations out of 15 European countries, guaranteeing jobs to over 127.000 people. The aggregated turnover of the PTW sector (manufacturing, plus upstream and downstream activities) amounted to Euro 26 billion in 2010. Manufacturers alone account for Euro 7 billion. The members of ACEM are responsible for 90% of the production and up to 95% of the European powered two-wheeler (PTW) market.
The product range goes from small 50cc town vehicles, up to motorcycles of 1000cc and over. Our products are divided into different segments such as moped, scooter, street, classic, super-sport, touring, custom, supermoto and off-road bikes. Tricycles and quadricycles are also represented by ACEM.
The European PTW sector represents an added value of more than 1.5 bn EURO per year. ACEM members are responsible for 90% of the European production which touched the 2.5 million units landmark at the end of 2007.
ACEM was created in 1994 by the merger of two Associations of manufacturers of motorised two-wheelers, namely COLIMO (Comité de Liaison de l'Industrie du Motocycle) established in 1962 and composed of eight national associations; and ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles) founded in 1990 by the eight main European companies in the field.
Upon its creation, the manufacturers of motorcycles in Europe decided to maintain the name ACEM as a sign of continuity of their presence in Brussels, whose legal identity is Groupement Européen d'Interêt Economique according to European law.
The role of ACEM has expanded with the development of importance of European legislation and activities within all member countries. Therefore it is essential for ACEM to have a broad view of the complex economy, social, political, technical and legal issues surrounding European integration, regulation, harmonisation and trade. All these issues represent a great challenge for the motorcycle industry.