Taichung Bike Week Starts in Style
TAICHUNG, Taiwan – It’s like last year and the years before; ‘The no-frills industry-exclusive show for OEM suppliers to meet with global customers,’ as organizer Steve Fenton calls Taichung Bike Week, is again bigger with more exhibitors than ever. The show started today in Taichung, Taiwan and looks also to break records for the number of visitors.
The 2014 Taichung Bike Week that runs from November 4 to 7, holds a total of 381 exhibitors; a 27% increase on last year’s 315 exhibitors. The Splendor hotel offers this year two more floors filled with 50 exhibitors compared to last year. But even that couldn’t meet demand as about 50 more companies were left on the waiting list.
Next to the 231 companies presenting their MY 2016 products in the Splendor, there are 96 exhibitors at the Evergreen hotel and another 54 at the Tempus bringing the total to 381. However, this is without counting the Ride-On exhibitors that are in the Millennium Vee Hotel in Taichung this year. Here companies like FSA, Selle Royal, Fox, Mavic, Vittoria, Hayes, Bosch and Magura are welcoming product managers and buyers to view their MY 2016 line-ups. Ride-On starts tomorrow for international buyers.
A first impression on what’s really new at Taichung Bike Week, is that the makers of e-bike components are now also there in big numbers; from BionX to Bosch and from Continental to Panasonic and Bafang. And of course Shimano. The biggest in bike components and the world’s biggest OEM supplier now occupies the Brasserie Room on the 12th floor of the Splendor.
4,000 international and domestic pm’s and buyers
At that Splendor hotel, where your reporter was today, the usual Taichung Bike Week scenes took place. The floors were not overcrowded, but also not overly quiet. As for the number of visitors; over 4,000 international and domestic product managers and buyers are expected. When they all show up; Taichung Bike Week 2014 is again growing double digitally.
Taking it to the next level
Taichung Bike Week’s continued growth is now, more than ever before, urging its organizers to look for ways to take this show to the next level. There’s talk on the Taichung City government developing an international exhibition center at the old Taichung airport. In the years before, that idea popped up also. How firmly fixed these development plans now really are, will hopefully become clear during the next show days.