Taipei to show off the new trends

Watersports, apparel, cycling - just some of the categories joining fitness on display at TaiSPO in late March.

The 2019 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) will be held in Taiwan World Trade Center along with the Taiwan International Diving and Water Sports Show and Taipei International Sports Textile and Accessory Expo from March 28 to 30.

TaiSPO will be held concurrently with Taipei Cycle, claimed to be one of the world's top three bicycle exhibitions. Total number of booths is expected to reach 4,800, creating Asia's most complete sporting goods procurement platform, says organisers.

The global fitness trend continues to drive the development of domestic and overseas fitness industries. According to statistics of the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), revenue from gyms worldwide achieved US$87.2 billion; the total number of members reached more than 170 million and is expected to grow to 230 million by 2030.

The annual TaiSPO is the best time for major domestic fitness equipment manufacturers to display their latest products and develop business opportunities.

Major fitness equipment manufacturers include Johnson, Dyaco, Tong Geng, Joong Cheen, Strength Master, HealthStream, and Sports Art. As in previous years, the 2019 event will have a fitness equipment, outdoor sporting equipment, diving equipment, water sports equipment, sportswear and accessories, and ball sporting goods area, furthermore, the "smart sporting area" and "sporting and fitness service area" will be even bigger.

The smart sporting area will showcase solutions for applying smart wearable devices and clothing in sporting and fitness. The solutions were developed by members of Taiwan Smart Textiles Association, including Everest Textile and Tex-Ray Industrial. Other products that will be displayed include smart fitness system solutions and AR/VR sporting applications.

The event continues to grow with more than 25,000 visitors in 2018!

The 2018 TaiSPO attracted a total of 325 exhibitors that used nearly 1,700 booths, attracting over 25,000 visitors and over 1,700 buyers from around the world.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics can be expected to bring a new wave of business opportunities for Taiwan's sporting and fitness industry.

Several activities will be held during the three days, including fitness industry related forums, smart sporting seminars, and new product experience activities, helping domestic and foreign buyers and related companies gain information on the latest products and future market trends, along with the Innovation Award and Innovative Design Award, which show the latest concepts and highest quality products.

• Pictured: Aussie exhibitor in 2018 GPI Group, with (from left) Andrew Gill, chief executive Colin Edwards and Jamie Gordon