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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Taiwan's Smart Fitness Solutions in Boosting Energy and Immune System

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic that crippled the world five months ago, having a healthy immune system and well-being are on every one's mind these days. Doctors and health experts are advising people to have a regular exercise routine as it help increase immunity and resistance during the pandemic.

As per World Health Organization, it continues to give emphasis to the importance or maintaining daily physical activity to enhance muscular strength and physical wellness.

In line with this health and immune system recommendations, Taiwan has taken the step further in spreading awareness about physical health and fitness. In 2019 alone, it has exported US$2.12 billion worth of sporting goods and introduced brands like Johnson, Dyaco, and SportsArt Fitness, Inc., as well as the 2020 Taiwan Excellence Awards winners- Verde Treadmill, the Cycle Boxer, and Clibmill.

Taiwan, also known for its technological innovations, introduced its line of portable bikes. There is a recent trend towards e-bikes. In 2019 alone, export of Taiwan's e-bikes has reached a record high of 647, 860 units that has seen a considerable growth based on the total exports in 2018. The report was conducted by The Customs Administration of Taiwan's Ministry of Finance. With more and more people getting health-conscious and a rise in global environmental awareness, that also became a factor in the growing demand for e-bikes. 

Taiwan is also a leader in the global bicycle market, with an average annual revenue of US$3.8 billion. Bicycle parts/components also accounts of the revenues and growth of Taiwan's bicycle industry.

Folding e-bikes has two major advantages: it can switch to bicycle mode during exercise, or electric mode during breaks. Pacific Cycles, a leading e-bike manufacturer has more than 40 years of experience when it comes to designing and manufacturing distinct products. It has also developed HANDY, a hand-propelled trike for the disabled; the REACH folding road bike meant for long-distance travel and can fit in a 29-inch suitcase, and the IF MOVE for city commuting and folds in 2 seconds.

Darfon Innovation established BESV, a smart e-bike brand and proud Taiwan Excellence Silver Award winner with its PSF1 Folding e-Bike. While most folding bikes are designed with an external battery and motor attached to the structure of an ordinary folding bike, the PSF1 was designed as an e-bike from the ground up to enhance the product's rigidity, electronic control unit, and overall performance.

Prime examples include chains manufactured by KMC, one of the three giants in Taiwan's bicycle industry. It accounts for more than 80% of the global market share. In 2019, as the e-bike sector grew, KMC kickstarted development of e-bike chains and won the e101 e-Bike Chain Award in the 2020 Taiwan Excellence Awards. KMC's chains are ideal for high-strength, mid-mount motors and with a chainring customized for KMC's e-bike for more mileage of up to 10,000 km. The special riveted joints provide superb resistance to tensile and lateral-torsional forces to withstand the tremendous power output generated by the motor when pedaling, and also offers a stable riding experience. The company invested US$26.45 million to establish a state-of-the-art, intelligent production line in their Tainan Xinhua Plant to further cement its position as the world’s leading brand.

Meanwhile, Joy Industrial, another Taiwan Excellence Award winner, developed the Asymmetric E-MTB Wheelset for their Novatec brand, designed for off-road terrain. The wheelset is made of asymmetric super rigid aluminum with a strengthened ratchet attached to the hub to enhance steering flexibility and pedaling efficiency. It is also environment friendly with its tubeless tire design, with recyclable production materials that do not require multi-stage processing.

Lastly is Kenda’s XC Cross-Country Tires that provide ideal riding experiences. This brand-new product is one of the lightest XC tires on the market and is recognized by the UCI Track Cycling World Cup with its exceptional braking performance and steering control. 

Taiwan Excellence values quality and distinction in creativity and innovation among Taiwanese brands. It also recognizes companies and products for their "Innovative Value," offerings under four area: "Research and Development," Design," "Quality," and "Marketing," with the key criterion of being "Made in Taiwan."

More details and information about bicycle components on Taiwan Excellence website, or join the Taiwan Excellence Facebook page.


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