de zwarten wrote:If the criterium is 'desirability', Italy wins hands down.
But it isn't, and never should be, as a criterium for the question of "industry leader." "Marketing leader" perhaps, as even "market leader" would not apply.
Desirability falls into the realm of personal subjectivity, not objectivity.
For example: While I do very much appreciate some Italian marques, I have no desire for Campagnolo. That's purely personal. Is it a great functioning group? Yes. All groups are perfectly functional if they are set up properly. Does it look nice? Sure, maybe, but my respect for Campagnolo does not transfer to desirability nor does it guarantee that it will remain on a bike that I will want to ride. You, and perhaps someone like KGT, may find the complete opposite - which is fine and in no way is that ever incorrect - as we each have our own preferences which must be respected. 'Desirability' is a term for each person's preference.
While Campagnolo was the "first" more often than not in the past, this does not make them an industry leader now. Furthermore that is sighting one company, not looking at the collective of companies representing a country within an industry, which is what we are looking at here in this thread.