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Industry innovators honored at 6th annual d&i awards ceremony

Published March 21, 2017

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) – Since being added to the Taipei Cycle Show in 2012, the d&i awards have recognized innovating design from all corners of the industry, including products in four categories. This year's 57 winners were honored at the Taipei Cycle Show's pre-show ceremony organized by the Taiwan Bicycle Association and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which puts on the trade show.

This year's competition attracted 154 entries from 16 countries. Ralph Wiegmann, managing director for iF International Design, which presented the awards, said that every year the d&i entries improve in quality.

“The overall quality was absolutely stunning for 2017,” Wiegmann said. “But, this quality of product also highlights the need for more integrated lock options in the bicycles, as well as more safe bike parking solutions in cities. Identifying these challenges and needs would support the industry too.”

And one lock company, LINKA, based in San Francisco, took home the newest d&i award, the Gold Award - Young Enterprise, for its new smart bike lock design. Of the 57 winners, seven companies won Gold Awards for their innovations in categories including peripherals and accessories, e-bikes and pedelecs (which had a record number of entries), bicycles, and components and parts. Some design trends honored included user interface, the integration of smart technology and environmental sustainability.

The seven Gold Award winners were:

  • SpeedX, Bejing, China, for its SpeedX Unicorn smart bike with built in power meter.
  • Ful Chee Ent Co., Taichung, Taiwan, for its thru-axle design that hides the release arm.
  • Chia Cherne Industry, Chanhua, Taiwan, for its Jagwire internal routing tool.
  • Darson J&B Enterprise Co., Taichung, Taiwan, for its Tailfin commuter bags.
  • Bejing Tsinova Technology Co., Bejing, China, for its Tsinova Smart e-bike.
  • Merida, Changhua, Taiwan, for its eOne-Sixty 900-E electric mountain bike.
  • Cycles Lapierre, Dijon, France, for its Lapierre Overvolt AM carbon electric mountain bike.

All award-winning products will be featured in an award pavilion at the main lobby of Nangang Exhibition Hall this week during the show.

Look for more Taipei Cycle Show coverage online this week and in the April 15 print issue of Bicycle Retailer.

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