The 28th Taipei International Cycle Show (2015) took place from March 18-21 at the Nangang Exhibition Hall and the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 second floor.
The show was host to around 1,100 domestic and foreign exhibitors who displayed bicycles, bicycle parts, peripherals, electric bicycles, and related components, of which more than 25% were imported from overseas. The Taipei International Cycle Show is currently the most international exhibition in Taiwan, not only because of its overseas visitors, it also brought together the globe’s most widely known bicycle brands, including Giant, Merida, SRAM, SHIMANO, Accell Group, and many others. The Show also covered the complete supply chains of both upper and middle reaching industries.
Since 2012, as a result of popular demand, additional exhibition space was made available on the second floor of Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1. This year, 60 new exhibitors participated for their first time. Because of the apparent variety and vast number of displayed items, visitors saw that developers and manufacturers of custom bicycle parts, accessories, gear, and tools are increasing in response to the growing popularity of a bicycle riding lifestyle, and providing bicycle enthusiasts with more comfortable, convenient, and innovative choices has grown more important. The Japanese Bicycle Promotion Institute established the first National Pavilion of the show with 11 leading Japanese bicycle enterprises displaying their wares in Taiwan. These included Shimano, Cateye, and Crops, demonstrating the Taipei International Cycle Show’s pivotal status as a platform for international exposure among the domestic and international bicycle industry.
To boost the industry’s research and development, TAITRA and the Taiwan Bicycle Association co-organized the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards, commissioning iF International Forum Design to implement the event. A total of 209 entries from 15 countries were received, showing a substantial 37% increase of foreign competitors and indicating the awards’ significant weight in the international industry. In total, five gold and 51 silver awards were selected, and the very first “New Ventures Gold Award” was chosen this year to recognize innovative manufacturers established after January 1, 2011. This year’s entries highlighted the integration of bicycles with electronic products and digital applications, surpassing former developments of single parts or accessories, and paved the way toward the mature overall functionality of bicycles.
The Asia Cycling Forum was simultaneously held during the exhibition. Apart from Asian representatives, experts, and scholars, the show also invited European and American communities and specialists dedicated to the promotion of bicycle development. Themed “Let Us Cycle”, the maturation of public bicycles and their integration with public transportation, bicycle-friendly environments, tourism development, and how to encourage the use of them were discussed. The forum merged the bicycle promotion experience and city ideals from around the world in anticipation of establishing Asia’s urban bike network, plus encouraged building green, sustainable, and healthy bicycle cities together.
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