We mourn the passing of Erhard Büchel

We mourn the passing of Erhard Büchel


Erhard Büchel passed away on 12.05.2024 at the age of 71 after a short, serious illness.


He was an outstanding entrepreneur and visionary who dedicated his life to building and developing our successful family business. Erhard Büchel was born on February 17, 1953 in Fulda and took over the management of BÜCHEL GmbH & Co. Fahrzeugteilefabrik KG, which his father had founded in 1920, at the age of 23.


With unwavering commitment and an impressive combination of technical expertise and business foresight, Erhard Büchel led our company to countless successes. His degree in mechanical engineering and business administration from the Technical University of Darmstadt laid the foundations for his impressive career.


One of his most significant achievements was the establishment of a joint venture in China in 1985, making him the first German medium-sized company to pave the way into the Asian market. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, he immediately bought back the production site where the company was founded, which clearly demonstrates his strong will and commitment to tradition.


Erhard Büchel was not only a leading entrepreneur, but also a respected representative of the bicycle industry. As President of CONEBI and the WBIA, he passionately championed the interests of the industry and made a significant contribution to the promotion of cycling worldwide.


He will be remembered as a successful entrepreneur, loving husband, caring father and dedicated supporter of the bicycle industry. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched.


Erhard Büchel leaves behind his wife, four children and an impressive life’s work. His eldest daughter Daria, who joined the company a year ago, will undoubtedly continue his legacy and uphold the values and ideals he stood for.

Uwe Ruppel

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