Taipei Cycle Continues Asian Show Dominance in 2015
TAICHUNG, Taiwan – The fact that Taiwan exported less complete bikes in 2014 as well as in 2013, is not affecting the Taipei International Cycle Show. At today’s press conference it was underlined that also in 2015 this show is the biggest in bikes in Asia.
As it stands now business will be as usual at Taipei Cycle 2015 which will be held from March 18 to 21, 2015. In particular as one again over 1,100 exhibitors are lined-up for this 28th edition of the Taipei International Cycle Show.
However, one very import aspect of the show will be quite different compared to the ones since the start of the economic crisis around the globe. And that is in the fact that the business atmosphere at Taipei Cycle 2015 is expected to be much better compared to last year or the year before.
At Taiwan’s biggest export destination for the country’s bicycle industry – Europe – the market is showing a turnaround after years of stagnant or declining sales. In particular because in the first half of 2014 the import of bikes was up again after 4 years of continued decline.
Such a turnaround isn’t reflected yet in Taiwan’s export. The country exported 2.67 million complete bikes for the first three quarters of this year; down 6.2% compared to the same period of last year. Also Taiwan’s export of complete bikes to the 28 European Union member states was down in the first half of the year, according to Eurostat; EU’s data bureau. Export dropped 6.6% to below the one million units mark. Next to the impact of the economic downturn the export drop is also caused by the moving of assembly to other tariff-free areas like Cambodia to avoid EU’s 14% import tariff on complete bikes.
But Taiwan’s export also shows growth; in particular in P&A as well as in e-bikes. Bike parts and accessories export was up 12.7% in the first three quarters of 2014. The country’s export of Light Electric Vehicles was up a big 79% to nearly 40,000 units.
1,100 exhibitors have registered
At today’s Taipei International Cycle Show press conference Peter Huang CEO of show organizer TAITRA said up to now 1,100 exhibitors have registered to participate in the 2015 show. Among them once again all major international brands like Giant, Merida, Accell Group, Shimano, SRAM etcetera. Also the 2015 show will have the Taipei Cycle d&I Awards to which one very special Gold Award is added. And that’s the one for small to medium enterprises as many innovations come from such companies.
Taipei Cycle 2015 will again be held in conjunction with the Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) which is expected to attract over 10,000 foreign buyers; 17% of all buyers visited both shows in 2014.
Next year’s show will also feature a new Japan pavilion next to show events like the 19th International Bicycle Design Competition; Tour de Taiwan, Outdoor Demo and the LEV test-Drive.