TAIPEI CYCLE SHOW goes 28

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See what the 28th Taipei Cycle Show, the largest show in Asia has in store for all!

Taipei Cycle Show 2015 is set to be bigger and better than last year at the Taipei World Trade Centre Nangang Exhibition Hall and TWTC Exhibition Hall 1 from 18th to 21st March 2015.

Organised by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Mr. Huang, the CEO of TAITRA hopes that this will be the platform for innovative exchanges in global cycling industry, leading the way to new business opportunities.

The 28th Taipei International Cycle Show is expected to attract a total of 1120 exhibitors with 3300 booths. This show will be joined by 60 new companies which are involved in the development of accessories and repair tools. These companies are here to unveil the clear trend of cycling becoming one with the everyday life, hence offering buyers a variety of choices to make cycling more convenient and comfortable. These companies will be joining seasoned international brands of the industry such as Giant, Merida, SRAM, SHIMANO and Accell Group, among many others.

The 2014 Taipei Show attracted a total of 7529 international visitors from 107 countries, spurring up 4.9% in comparison with 2013. The many visitors are from China (including Hong Kong), Japan, USA, Korea, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and Australia. Malaysia was one of the top 10 visitors. This shows how incredibly fast Malaysia’s cycling community is growing in recent years.

A showcase of interesting events is lined up other than the grand opening ceremony. You won’t want to miss out the 19th International Bicycle Design Competition (IBDC), Tour de Taiwan, Outdoor Demo and the LEV Test-Drive.

Most of the innovations in the industry come from small and medium enterprises (SMEs). To further inspire cycling innovation, TAITRA and the Taiwan Bicycle Association will co-organize the 4th “TAIPEI CYCYLE d&i awards’’, executed independently by iF International Design Forum. They have even added a Gold Award for Young Enterprise, especially recognizing the innovation from enterprises established after 1st January 2011.

The 28th Taipei International Cycle Show is expected to attract a total of 1120 exhibitors with 3300 booths.

The previous year saw Darfon crossing over to the bicycle industry and bagging the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i GOLD award for their E-bike Panther PS1. Many companies are crossing over and one great cross-over that garnered major attention from visitors and professional media all over the world was that of Ford with their debut folding bike.

The submission for the 2015 show is open until 19th December 2014 and will be evaluated by seasoned international panel of experts in Taipei in January 2015.

So what’s new for the 2015 TAIPEI CYCLE SHOW? The innovation doesn’t stop with the exhibitors. TAITRA is bringing technology to visitors as well by creating an app that provides indoor navigation for visitors across the 58,000 square meter showground. First introduced during COMPUTEX 2014, it has won the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) Marketing Award. This app is set to make their planning for visits during the Show and identifying suitable exhibitors efficient and convenient.

This show will be held in conjunction with the Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) 2015, which is expected to gather over 1,000 foreign buyers altogether.

SPEAKING VOLUMES

Taiwan saw a decline in export units of complete bicycles in 2014 which was around 2.67 million units, a decrease of 6.24% compared with the same period last year. On the flip side, according to Taiwan Bicycle Association (TBA), the year 2014 saw an upsurge of 12.66% in the export of sales of bicycle parts in the first three quarters. An exponential increase comes from the electrical lighting equipment which totaled to USD 9.235 million, a 46% escalation as compared with last year. This is due to the growing number of cyclists who are becoming more concerned with safety, hence replacing traditional halogen lamps with LED lamps.

With Taiwan experiencing a decline in complete bicycle export units, the European Union (EU) remained at the top in 2014 with 53.68% of total export in volume which was around 1.43 million units.

NAFTA (US, Canada and Mexico) comes in second place accounting 19.60% of total export in volume which was 520,000 units. Concurrently, exports of complete bicycles to several major countries continues to proliferate in volume. Exports to New Zealand touched 36,536 units, with a growth of 81.41% as compared to the previous year. Moreover, exports to Thailand grew 45.40% by reaching 34,000 units, while exports to Sweden and Spain both rose to 15%. In Japan, the exports grew 1.32% totaling 164,000 units.

In summary, the total export value of complete bicycles in the first three quarters summed up to USD 1.217 billion, a slight decline from last year’s USD 1.226 billion.

MEDIA TOUR

Like in previous years, Cycling Malaysia flew to Taiwan in October this year, for the Taipei Cycle Show 2015 Media Tour alongside other international media, to bring home insights of some major players of the cycling industry who will be showcasing their products at the Taipei Cycle Show 2015. Put these companies in your itinerary when you are at the Show.

TH Industries Co Ltd

Established in 1970, TH Industries has shown their dexterity in manufacturing and designing world class bicycle components such as headsets, bottom brackets, and cranksets to hubs and rims.

In 2006, TH ventured with FSA to produce high end bicycle chains. Each component is made in-house with high quality primary steel. Every step of the process is carefully evaluated and executed to yield optimum results. This can be seen in their 2014’s FSA-11 speed chain. The link profile design and side bow design helped improve the smoothness of gear shifting and reduce wear against sprockets. FSA proves again that a market-driven optimization process produces the best cycle chains of all time.


JD Components Co Ltd

Established in 1986 as a manufacturer of aluminum bicycle components, JD Components Co Ltd launched TranzX brand for bicycle components and successfully shot up in the global market.  In 2007, JD launched TranzX Power Support Technology at the 20th Taipei International Cycle Show and successfully set up Innovative Tech-application & Development Center in Taichung and have expanded globally with their European office in Germany.

The JD-ST128A, the new TranzX 90 QUICK PARK Stem, won the Taipei Cycle d&i Awards in 2014.


VP Components

For more than 20 years, VP’s pedals have been thriving incessantly on many of the world’s leading bikes and they pride themselves in being the expert pedalmakers. Their aim is to be the best bicycle parts manufacturer and producing center to “make customers moving”. VP also extensively manufactures headsets and bottom brackets.

VP’s domestic partners include Ming Cycle, Merida, KHS and Giant, whereas their international export partners include Cycleeurope, Accell Group, Trek, Worldbike, and Bridgestone, among others.


Marwi Taiwan Industrial Co Ltd

Marwi Taiwan Industrial Co Ltd was founded in 1983 and is located in Taichung. Their Research and Development (R&D) Center is located in Germany where they continue to develop products for European consumers and provide technology consulting and support. Their R&D Center in Taiwan works closely with Germany to develop products with advanced technology.

This company holds the brand Union that produces lighting systems, pedals and hubs. By 1977, Union has produced more than 5 million chains, 11.5 million pairs of pedals, 5.5 million hubs, 277 million spokes and 4.4 million lighting sets. Other brands under Marwi include Xerama, nightpro, BikeTool and Ti-Dye spokes.


United Engineering Corp

United Engineering Corp, which holds the brand KHS Bicycles, was established in 1988. With an investment value of USD 2.61 million, UEC’s overall sales is USD 40 million. With 120 employees, UEC‘s mission is to contribute to the health of humankind and protect the environment by providing quality bicycles and maintaining safety. Today, KHS Bicycles is a global leader in bicycle manufacturing. With more than 100 different models, KHS Bicycles not only manufactures KHS, but also Free Agent and Manhattan bicycles.

UEC is the only bicycle manufacturing company which was given the “Standardization Award”—a management quality certification from ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2014.


GreenTrans Corporations

CMC Corporation (CMC), which has been in the automobile industry for more than 40 years, has been actively involved in green energy development. Through their work in energy savings and carbon emission reduction, CMC has established GreenTrans in 2009, and has successfully launched a series of e-scooters and power kits for e-bikes.

Once the e-scooters hit the market, it became popular among consumers and corporations, selling over 20,000 units in the domestic market and earning No.1 in the market share in Taiwan.


Hsin Lung Accessories Co Ltd

Hsin Lung was founded in 1971 in Taipei City by Jim Liao and his brothers. The team started with only a small steel parts factory and in 43 years, the company has expanded its production locations and product lines.

Its trademark brand SATORI was established in 2003 and has come up with new age design bicycle components. In their product concept, SATORI introduces the ADJ stem which is shock absorbing and is an adjustable turning stem. Other than that, handlebars such as X-Race Aero has a flared drop of 5°, Boondocks with a flared drop of 21°, and many other bicycle components that are expected to take the industry by storm.

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