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Author: Tan KW   |   Latest post: Sun, 29 Nov 2020, 3:17 PM


China’s Mobike to pull out of some Asian countries, evaluate other markets

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BEIJING: Chinese dockless bike-sharing company Mobike said on March 11 it will pull out of some Asian countries and re-evaluate its units in other overseas markets amid a wide-scale contraction in the market and the bankruptcy of top competitor Ofo.
The Beijing-based firm, which is backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd, has launched its signature orange bikes in markets including Australia, Europe and the United States.
The company said it will layoff at least 10 staff as part of its restructuring plan.
"We are currently seeking to optimise our international business. On that principle, Mobike will close in some countries in Asia ... At the same time, we will continue to evaluate other countries and regions," the company said.
TechCrunch earlier reported that Mobike laid off its Asia Pacific operations team, including staff and contractors in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Australia.
The move comes as China's bike-sharing industry – which once included multiple firms valued at over US$1bil each – is experiencing a sharp downturn, forcing several closures and acquisitions after years of breakneck growth.
Mobike was acquired by Beijing-based on-demand services company Meituan Dianping for US$2.7bil last April.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd-backed Ofo, once Mobike's top competitor, announced last year that it would consider applying for bankruptcy, leaving millions of customers demanding the return of their deposits.
 - Reuters 
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