24 February 2021: Taipei, Taiwan – TAIPEI CYCLE today hosted its annual pre-show press conference, during which the winners of the 2022 d&i awards were revealed. A total of 33 entries were awarded, announced below. Five entries will receive Gold Awards and one will receive the Gold Award-Young Enterprise. These awards will be unveiled on the first day of TAIPEI CYCLE on 9 March 2022.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global industries, the awards this year still attracted 117 qualified submissions from 9 countries, showing that innovation continues to thrive even in difficult circumstances. This year’s award winners, more than ever before, follow trends towards the electrification of bicycles, sustainability and social impacts. The winners reflect how Taiwan’s bicycle industry takes advantage of its industry strengths, maximizes cross-industry collaboration, and holds sustainability close to its heart.
This year’s award-winning products were chosen by Edward Chiang (CYD Innovation, Taipei), Georg Todtenbier (Cre8 Design, New Taipei), Gideon Loewy (Scandinavian Design Consultant, Taichung), Johnson Wu (Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center, Taichung), Oliver Lin (Taiwan Design Research Institute, Taipei), and Sherman Lin (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei). The judges assessed the entries based on their seasoned experience and through intense discussions on the basis of the following criteria: innovation and elaboration, functionality, aesthetics, responsibility and positioning.
There were six competition categories, including complete bicycle, parts and components, cycling accessories, e-bikes and drive units, as well as smart cycling as well and green design. The competition categories of smart cycling and green design were also included to broaden the spectrum of and possibilities for bicycle design and innovations.
The 33 d&i award winners are:
Category 01 – Complete Bicycle
MERIDA INDUSTRY CO., LTD – SCULTURA 5 TEAM
DARE Bikes – DARE MA-AFO
Fairly Bike Manufacturing Co., Ltd – Azure Pinion
Fairly Bike Manufacturing Co., Ltd – ComCycle 2.0
woom GmbH – NOW
Category 02 – Parts and Components
CHIA CHERNE INDUSTRY CO.,LTD. – Detection of DOT moisture content Hose connector
Kenda Rubber Industrial Company – TPSH Thickened Puncture Resistance Tube
OXO-PRO Ltd – OXO-PRO
Digirit Industry Co.,Ltd – High pressure hot press forming carbon fiber hub
Drivetrain Tech Solution Inc. – Variable Chain Guide cage
Drivetrain Tech Solution Inc. – Gear Ration Amplifier
Foss Worldwide Inc. – FOSS Zero Drag Silent Wheel set
Hubsmith Co., Ltd. – HS-R080
Kenda Rubber Industrial Company – KARMA2 PRO – K1237
KMC Chain Industrial Co., Ltd. – e-Cargo Chain
LEECHI ENTERPRISE CO., LTD. – The particular concealed wiring stem
Neco Technology Industry Co.,Ltd – NECO14
PSB BIKE INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. – ECO-PAD
RST GREENERGY TECH. CO., LTD – Stem Shock V.2
TAYA CHAIN CO., LTD. – Cut-n-Ride Pack
TIEN HSIN INDUSTRIES CO.,LTD – New Metron SL 45
Wellgo Pedal’s Corporation – XPEDO Dynamic Pedal
Category 03 – Cycling Accessories
CyclingDeal USA INC. – Horizontal & Vertical Bike Floor Stand
Giant Manufacturing Co.,Ltd. – Giant Rev Pro Mips Helmet
SUNNY WHEEL INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. – X Support Portable
YUEN I Industrial Co., Ltd. – Shelfie bike storage hook for wire shelving
YUNG SHYANG CHEMICAL INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. – Pure Waterborne Paint
Category 04 – E-bikes & Drive Units
Smiling Elements International Corporation – UNI MOKE
JD Components Co., Ltd. – BB06 -ISIS Drive Torque & Cadence Sensor
JD Components Co., Ltd. – R17-M12 Boost thru-axle Hub Motor
KHGEARS LIMITED – Compact High Ratio Downtube Motor System
Category 05 – Smart Cycling
IMOTEK INC. – “TEKFIT Cycle Ride Leader” – Cycling Posture Assessment and Training System
CHI-HUNG INFORMATION CONSULTING CO., LTD. – USB Rechargeable Bike Rear Light
TAIPEI CYCLE Pre-Show Press Conference
The press conference took place in Taipei to announce the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i award winners. The conference was hosted ahead of TAIPEI CYCLE and TAIPEI CYCLE DigitalGo, which will both kick off on 9 March. There will be 638 exhibitors participating in the physical show, including well-known brands such as MERIDA, GIANT, KMC, SRAM, and SHIMANO. 207 exhibitors will also be joining TAIPEI CYCLE DigitalGo, the virtual exhibition. This will be the first physical TAIPEI CYCLE in two years, and it will be offering diverse activities and optimized digital solutions to facilitate interaction between exhibitors and visitors and help them to reach more international business.
At the press conference, Mr. Gideon Loewy, head of the jury, was invited to share his thoughts and observations on this year’s award winners, and prospects beyond. Opening remarks were given by Mr. Guann-Jyh Lee, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Ms. Leonor F. M. Lin, President & CEO, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), and Ms. Gina Chang, Secretary General, Taiwan Bicycle Association (TBA).
In his opening remarks, Mr. Lee highlighted the success of Taiwan’s bicycle industry over the past two years. According to the Bureau of Foreign Trade’s latest statistics, traditional bicycle exports grew by 17% in volume (1.99 million units) and 19.7% in value (1314.3 million USD) from 2020 to 2021.
E-bikes had an even more outstanding performance with 987,000 units (+30%) exported in 2021 worth 1314.4 million USD (+33%). There has been double digit growth for e-bike exports for 4 consecutive years.
Ms. Leonor F. M. Lin added that among the top ten markets for Taiwan’s e-bikes, the Netherlands, USA, Germany, UK, Canada, China, France, Australia all had increased demand for e-bikes. Exports to the UK grew by 154.58% and to Germany by 103.69%, both surpassing 100%. Exports to the USA grew by 61.88% and to France by a staggering 48.28%. Taiwan’s e-bikes exports have been the biggest driving force for industry growth.
E-bikes will feature prominently in the upcoming TAIPEI CYCLE DigitalGo, scheduled to take place March 9 – April 8. It aims to be the best networking platform for industry professionals, helping bring all 207 exhibitors closer to global buyers.