Taipei Cycle 2024 Focuses On Innovation and Sustainability to Drive Green Revolution

2024 TAIPEI CYCLE show is held at the Nangang Exhibition Center Halls 1 and 2. Between 6-9 March, 950 exhibitors from both national and international sectors showcased the very latest developments in the cycling industry across 3,500 booths. This year, the event’s scale has increased by nearly 15% compared to 2023, and 5% compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Felix Chiu, Executive Vice President of TAITRA stated that the Taiwanese bicycle industry had seen a decrease in exports of complete bicycles and parts in 2023 due to inventory adjustments. However, with the sector beginning to align itself with global shifts toward sustainable practices, and promoting healthy lifestyles, it is expected to grow throughout 2024. This year’s TAIPEI CYCLE has already attracted over 3,000 pre-registered international buyers from more than 70 countries, indicating a promising future for industry development and business opportunities.

Today, the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards, now in its twelfth year, has announced 47 winning entries across eight countries, with five products receiving the Gold Award and two for the ‘Startup Award’ and ‘Green Prize’. The winning entries highlight a trend in bicycle manufacturers integrating sustainable designs and eco-friendly materials. Gold Award winners include Liv’s latest gravel bike, the Devote Advanced Pro, tailored to female riders; Merida’s Silex gravel bike praised for its geometry and component selection; the WellGo power pedals, designed with user convenience in mind, making power meters more accessible to cyclists; the environmentally conscious Strategic Sports CB005 helmet made from recycled materials; and the Organix Concept Ltd. Proton bike light, featuring a user-friendly charging solution and streamlined design. The increasing use of eco-friendly materials in cycling products signifies a notable shift in the industry towards innovative and sustainable design. Vittoria won the Green Award for producing tyres with up to 92% recycled materials in a carbon-neutral factory, whilst the Startup Award was given to Sillykids Bug Bike for its innovative design and unique accessories that offer a diverse and imaginative range of possibilities for young cyclists.

Additionally, collaborations like Acer’s AI cycling app “ebiiGO” and Delta Electronic’s E-Bike mid-drive motor showcase successful cross-industry partnerships, potentially encouraging more IT companies to enter the bicycle industry.

Display of the d&i award winners, with five products receiving the Gold Award and two for the ‘Startup Award’ and ‘Green Prize’.

This year’s show explored green action with a special focus on the “Riding towards Sustainability” industry forum on 7 March. Speakers from leading brands, including the CEO of Cycling Industries Europe and the Sustainability Manager at Rapha, the well-known British cycling apparel, will delve into how sustainability can shape the industry’s future. The show also introduces the Green Map, featuring 68 companies actively embracing green practices in manufacturing, design and business operations, aiming to promote and guide visitors towards sustainable exhibitors.