Jagwire factory

Inside Tektro, Jagwire and Sunrise

The Taipei Cycle 2020 pre-show press tour took place this week, featuring tours around factories including Tektro, Jagwire and Sunrise.

Tektro was founded in 1986 and its headquarters is in Changhua County, Taiwan. The total land area is 58,619m² with a total floor area of 26,159m² and 1,300 employees. It has two offices, in Ogden, Utah and Neustadt, Germany. It has three factories in Taiwan, Wuxi, China and Huizhou, China. 

It also acquired land next door to its Changhua plant five years ago, and construction has started on a sister plant that will double its size and manufacturing capabilities.

Its R&D team has 30 engineers, who have a “very deep understanding of customer needs”. The Taichung R&D centre has a group of more than 20 engineers who worked on advance technology, including the drivetrain project.

Jagwire’s factory in Taiwan has a site area of 17,850 m² and 346 employees. The company was founded in 1986 but it wasn’t until 1995 that the development of own-brand Jagwire happened.

It specialises in one thing, it says, to deliver shifting and braking systems for all types of riders that perform “as good as they look”. It started with high-quality control lines (brake, shift cables and housing), and has since grown into other products in addition to an ever-expanding OEM business.

Founded in 1970, Sunrise is based in the Dajia District of Taichung City. Starting with 22 employees to produce its first frames in 1971, it now produces one million frames a year from factories in three countries. 

At the Taiwan headquarters, it makes 100,000 high-technical frames a year. Another factory in Shenzhen, China, yields 450,000 frames. The third plant in Vietnam produces about 300,000 a year. With the production line expansion completed this year, the Vietnam factory output is increasing by 30% annually. Out of all the output, e-bikes now account for nearly 80%.

The Taipei Cycle Show 2020 is set to take place from 4th to 7th March next year and will see a 17% increase in booths compared to the previous year, Taiwan External Development Council, the show organiser, has said.

The pre-show press tour also included a day of new product launches, with brands including Ciclovation, Kind Shock, TRP, Prowheel, Nuvo, RST, Dare Bikes and Taya.

The export revenue of Taiwanese bicycles, including complete bikes, e-bikes and components, increased in the first three quarters of 2019, according to statistics of Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance.

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