AN ESTIMATED 17,000 global procurers of motorcycle parts and accessories last week attended the Taiwan International Motorcycle Industry Show, a trade event that featured 185 exhibitors displaying their wares at the Taipei World Trade Center.
Domestic producers, as well as exhibitors from Germany, Spain, Korea and China attended the fourth annual event, which took place April 16-19. Admission to the exhibition was granted only to foreign buyers on April 16-17, and open to the public free of charge on April 18-19.
Product on display included motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, power-assisted bicycles and electric motorcycles; parts and accessories; and manufacturing, inspection and maintenance equipment. Events included a custom bike show, fashion Show, test rides, stunt performances, on-site raffles and seminars.
The seminars featured a presentation called "Alternative Vehicle Concepts: Piaggio's Concrete Solutions for Environmental and Safe Individual Mobility," delivered by Onorino Di Tanna, R&D Engineer at Piaggio Italy; "Born in Taiwan and Marketed Around the World," by Lin Shi-chang, president of Taiwan Golden Bee; "USA Motorcycle Market Trends," by Robin Hartfiel, a media veteran of the U.S. powersports industry; and a panel discussion on "International Cooperation in the Motor Industry," hosted by Joel Martin, president of Martin Racing Performance, and which included Hartfiel, Shi-chang and Di Tanna, and covered such topics as innovative research, green business and international collaboration.
Motorcycle Taiwan coincided with the running of AMPA (Taipei International Auto Parts & Accessories Show) and AutoTronics (Taipei International Automobile Electronics Show). All three events were sponsored by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs, and organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
—Submitted by Guido Ebert