The Show Commences
The 25th Taipei International Cycle Show officially kicked off this morning with a brief opening ceremony at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou on hand to grace the occasion.
The show, which is held annually, has grown to be amongst the top three bicycle trade expositions in the world, alongside Eurobike and Interbike. It is also the biggest show in Asia, as the bicycle industry in Taichung continues to blossom.
This year sees a record number of 1092 exhibiters participating in the show, more than the 948 last year. Over a hundred were also rejected booths due to space constraints.
Togoparts was fortunate enough to be invited to the closed-door event, which saw many key representatives from the industry in attendance, including revered legend Ernesto Colnago.
“We are in the industry of creating happiness and a healthy lifestyle, and this is something that will continue to grow,” said Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association Chairman Antony Lo.
“Eleven companies have been chosen to spearhead Taiwan’s leap into a higher level of cycling. Some names include Merida and Giant, who have shaped the cycling scene into what it is today.”
President Ma, who regularly cycles and participates in triathlon races, is extremely supportive towards the direction Taiwan is taking in this industry. He enthusiastically said, “Taiwan currently has over 600 kilometres of cycling-specific paths and routes. This is very good, but it will be better. Over the next few years, we aim to increase that figure to a distance of over 2000 kilometres.”
“This will benefit the cycling culture that we have been trying to inculcate over the years. It has come to a point where we have become one of the most bike-friendly countries in Asia, but there is nothing holding us back from going further. It is an exciting time for the bicycle industry in Taiwan and I am honoured to be part of it.”
The Taipei International Cycle Show 2012 will run from the 7th till the 10th of March.