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Standardization, a Key Chapter in Taiwan’s Bicycle Exports History

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 09 November 2012

Before the 1940s, bicycles were the only means of transportation for most Taiwanese families and businesses. Nearly all were imported from Japan. A few local entrepreneurs began making their own parts in the late 1940s, and by early 1970s the industry grew to a sizable scale.

 

In 1969 Taiwan exported its first official shipment of bicycles to Indonesia - a milestone trial order of 50 units that opened the international doors for Taiwanese manufacturers. Yet, a lack of unified standards hampered the repair and maintenance of products sold overseas. Makers adopted mixed bags of standards from Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It made repairs virtually impossible.

 

In the 1970s, with much effort from industry leaders such as Giant’s King Liu and the government, a consensus for standards was finally reached. The “CNS 341 standard for bicycle screw threads” was implemented by Taiwan’s Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI). It helped pave the way for today’s big names such as Giant, Merida, and KHS.

 

 

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