TaiSPO held the biggest bicycle and sports fitness exhibit in Asia
TaiSPO Sports and Fitness Taiwan and the Taipei Cycle Show recently held the largest cycle and sports technology exhibition since Taiwan reopened its borders during the height of pandemic, attracting more than 4,000 visitors from various countries, including the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.
Started on March 22 and held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, the 4-day event featured global high-end bicycle brands, such as Shimano, Merida, Giant, and KMC, while integrating forums focused on global trends in sports and fitness, sustainability, and smart technology.
This year, TaiSPO featured two new zones: Sports Tech and All-Age Fitness zones. The former focused on sports products and services that incorporate Al, big data analysis, and cloud computing applications, provided by major companies like Johnson Health Tech and Dyaco. The latter zone showcased children’s play equipment, and fitness center planning for the elderly, where elderly visitors can find products and services instrumental in promoting lifelong fitness and mobility to prevent long-term care need.
In a joint-forum, TaiSPO and Taipei Cycle pledged their commitment to global sustainability efforts by discussing their decarbonization path, considered to be the most significant green transformation action by the Taiwan’s bicycle industry.
Meanwhile, Taipei Cycle discussed the benefits of cargo and e-cargo bikes widely used for delivery, logistics, and bicycle sharing services, and parent-child towing in Europe.
Other notables in the event include the popular “Live Studio!” from last year, which showed interviews conducted onsite by professional bicycle and sports figures and influencers, and the new podcast channel “Bike & Sports Fun,” which showcased interesting cycling and sports stories.
Another highlight is the participation in the exhibition of several Taiwanese sports startups incubated by the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University Center of Industry Accelerator and Patent Strategy (NYCU – IAPS). The NYCU – IAPS is a university-affiliated, tech-focused startup accelerator, which guides Taiwanese startups with specific technologies to settle in, including cloud software, information and communications applications, green energy industry, and other ventures.
“Taiwan plays an important role in the cycling and fitness industries,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said at the event’s ceremony. “Last year, the output value of bicycles exceeded NT$200 billion [almost US$6.55 billion], a substantial increase of 23 percent from the previous year, and ranked second in the world.”
Organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the combined exhibitions by TaiSPO (formerly Taipei International Sporting Goods Show) and Taipei Cycle Show drew in 1,023 companies, which showcased their wares using 3,850 booths.
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