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TaiSPO Double Play Joins Super Products & Great Designs.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- For the duration of the 2009 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO 2009), the organizer and the co-organizers will be staging the 5th TaiSPO ALL STARS - Innovation's Stage of Excellence as well as the 1st Innovative Design Competition in Sports Technology in Area H on the second floor of the TWTC Exhibition Hall from March 19th to 22nd. The final winners of these two events will be awarded medals at the TaiSPO Opening Ceremony on March 19th. Visitors to TaiSPO 2009 will have a great chance to discover both the most innovative products and amazing designs from Taiwan at the same time.

TaiSPO ALL STARS - Innovation's Stage of Excellence is well recognized by Taiwan manufacturers for its dedication to R&D and innovation and to provide cutting-edge premium products to the sporting goods markets across the globe.

It is organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Department of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and managed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center (CHC). It unfolds in eight competition categories are Sports Rackets & Accessories, Golf Equipment & Accessories, Fitness Equipment & Accessories, Sports Wear & Outdoor Sports, Sports Balls and Sports Nets, Water Sports Equipments, Winter Sports & Skates, and Indoor Sports & Accessories. The five judging criteria are Innovation, Design, Quality, Market Performance, and Environmental Friendliness.

This year's list of Inno-Stage of Excellence winners includes 10 vendors and 11 entries. The Fitness Equipment & Accessories Category includes Extreme Series Treadmill T680 from Sports Art Industrial, Group Heart Rate Training System from G. Pulse International, Vibration Power from Strength Master Fitness Tech, i-Shape TVR-8500 from Tonic Fitness Tech, and Smart Dumbbells from Joong Chenn Industry, which are specially made for women, with embedded entertainment facilities. Tung Keng Enterprise's Tennis Ball Machine Swing Coach, which simulates a real person serving the ball, falls in the Sports Rackets & Accessories Category. E-SurfBoard and JR-301 E-Tricycle from Joy Ride Tech are short listed in the Water Sports Equipments Category and the Sports Wear & Outdoor Sports Category respectively.

Another winner in the Water Sports Equipments Category is Yosem International's Water Bat SUPA BATZOOKA that allows children to play baseball safely, and which also doubles as a water pistol. From the Winter Sports & Skates Category comes the only foreign entry, Snowbone's signature snowboard, Snowbone, which is easy to fold away and to control. This one-size-fits-all snowboard is all easily navigated to perform any stunt. Finally there is 3 in 1 Folding Soccer Table from TBS Group Corp in the Indoor Sports & Accessories Category, which combines the games of soccer, backgammon, and chess on one table, and can be folded up into an easily carried box after use.

INNOVATIVE DESIGN AWARDS plugs in infinite powers of creativity

But just as exciting is the Innovative Design Competition in Sports Technology that harnesses the infinite capacity of the youthful imagination. Here students gain a platform to stage their best design ideas and contribute to the industry.

Organized by the Taiwan Sports Technology Association (TSTA), and managed by TAITRA and CHC, the 1st Innovative Design Competition in Sports Technology is to provide a platform for university students studying related courses in Taiwan. It is hoped that the innovative designs and creative visions of tertiary institution students can be recognized in the competition and presented at the show. Partnership with the industry helps to reproduce creativity through mass production and advance Taiwan's status as the next global design and manufacturing center of sporting goods.

This is the first time the competition has been held, and 101 entries were received. Industry experts on sporting goods technology in Taiwan have been invited to judge the products. The three main judging criteria are Innovation, Feasibility, and Overall Performance. 15 entries were short listed, and six have been selected as final winners. Sponsored by TBS Group Corporation, Tonic Fitness Technology, Bonny Sports Corp, First Degree Fitness, Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center, and Footwear & Recreation Technology Research Institute, the final winning designs have been made into scale models which will be displayed in Area H on the second floor of the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1.

All of the winning designs demonstrate amazing creativity. For example, the Swiss Army knife scooter, designed by Cheng-Tsung Fan from the Department of Industrial Design of National Yunlin University of Science and Technology. The idea was to make a scooter for commuters which is foldable like a Swiss Army knife, with a focus on reduced size, to make it convenient to carry. The design received much praise from the judges and is sure to be the next big thing. Then there is the S-curve Elliptical Trainer, designed by Ching-Han Kuo and Ting Kuo from the Taipei Physical Education College. The idea is to combine an elliptical trainer and a waist-twist machine. The stepping exercise trains the main muscle groups of the lower body, as the twisting motion strengthens the core muscle groups, and adjustable resistance provides different ranges of exercise intensity. The creative design is believed to have high market potential, and has been made into a scale model by the sponsoring vendor First Degree Fitness.

With the continual efforts by Taiwan manufacturers in recent years, the sporting goods industry in Taiwan has combined different elements such as innovation and technology to grow into a promising industry. The winners this year demonstrate the R&D and innovative design capabilities and ambitions of the manufacturers. Collaboration between businesses and academia with the common goal of paving the way for innovation in the sporting goods industry has helped creative products attract the attention of international firms and increased their the chances of business success. It is believed that the work will win and enhance the confidence of foreign buyers in the development and procurement of sporting goods in Taiwan.

Now in its 36th year, the 2009 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO 2009) is organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and co-organized by the Taiwan Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (TSMA) and the Taipei Sporting Goods Association (TSGA). The show takes place on the first and second floors of the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 from March 19th to 22nd.

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