21 March 2015, TAIWAN – The 2015 TAIPEI CYCLE Show crossed its finish line on March 21. In its 28th year, the show attracted over 8,000 international visitors from 107 countries and areas, growing 6% in comparison with 2014. Visitors from China (including Hong Kong), Japan, USA, Korea, Malaysia, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Australia were among the top 10. Visitors from South East Asia have increased to about 12% of the total.
As sustainable and healthy lifestyle becomes trendy, and aging population grows in many parts of the world, more and more people choose E-bikes (or LEV, light electric vehicles) as means for commute or for leisure in recent years. At 2015 TAIPEI CYCLE, e-bikes and its components caught the attention of many buyers. For instance, Darfon Electronics, a major electronics component manufacturer in Taiwan that led the world in supplying notebook keyboards, diversified into e-bikes with the brand BESV. Exhibiting in TAIPEI CYCLE for the third time, BESV designed e-bikes with the concept of “Experience Amazing” and offered e-bikes that brought intelligence, eco-friendliness, health and convenience together. Representative from Darfon said at TAIPEI CYCLE, their existing customers were able to test their latest models, and new buyers from Europe and North America interested in their offerings flocked to their stand.
China Motor, Mitsubishi’s Taiwan exclusive partner and 2nd largest car manufacturer in Taiwan, invested in GreenTrans, developing motors, batteries and power units for e-bikes, both for outdoors (e-trekking bikes) and for urban transport (e-city Bike), targeted for European markets. Mr. Hsin-Tai Liu, the president of China Motor, announced that Amazing Wheels, an European e-bikes manufacturer, already placed order during 2015 TAIPEI CYCLE.
JBPI (Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute) organized the first-ever Japan Pavilion in 2015 Taipei Cycle, with 11 exhibitors including Bridgestone Cycle. Mr. Takuji Oe, the manager of JBPI, said that comparing with cycle shows in Europe, USA and China, Japanese exhibitors were able to meet buyers from different parts of the world, rather than just those from the region. They met three times as many international visitors as anticipated, and would like to expand the size of the Pavilion next year.
The representative of Business France, the organizer of France Pavilion in 2015 TAIPEI CYCLE, said that Taipei Cycle was the best platform French companies to explore Asian markets. A French company visiting the Show this year requested on-site to join the France Pavilion next year.
International visitors viewed TAIPEI CYCLE as the place to find quality partners. Internet stores (Germany) came to Taipei Cycle to look for new suppliers and partners for their extensive private label, because Taiwan had a clear priority as country of origin due to its better image. Hero Cycle, the biggest Indian bicycle manufacturer, came to 2015 TAIPEI CYCLE to look for e-bike power kit suppliers, as a part of the plan to develop e-bikes for Indian and Asian markets.
Statistics showed that nearly 1,500 TAIPEI CYCLE international visitors made their way to the Taipei Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) at Exhibition Halls 1 & 3. The 2015 TAIPEI CYCLE and 2015 TaiSPO were held concurrently from March 2 to 5, once again making one-stop shopping for all things sports for buyers near and far.