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The DAHON Story

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No Future without a Path: Celebrating Over 30 Years of Innovation

The DAHON story began when Dr. David Hon, one of the leading experts in laser technology, decided to leave the laboratory behind him and focus on green transportation for everyone, his own star was born – DAHON. Working together with his brother Henry, the two developed the first modern folding bicycle and proceeded to unfold the bicycle’s potential. 220+ patents and 30 years of quiet evolution and ingenious technologies later, DAHON has shaped the way folding bikes are made and the way we get from one place to another. Focused firmly on a green future, DAHON remains unyielding in redefining green mobility.

The DAHON Story

1972

Dr. David Hon, aerospace physicist and leading expert in solid-state laser technology at Hughes Aircraft Corporation in California, becomes Section Head and Senior Physicist in his field.

1974

With the realization that laser nuclear fusion as the ultimate clean energy solution may never be achieved, Dr. Hon became increasing dissatisfied with his work.

1975

The mounting world oil crisis manifests itself in Dr Hon’s thinking. Struck by the magnitude of the world’s dependence on oil, he returns to his college mode of transportation – his bicycle. The seed is sown for DAHON folding bicycles.

1980

Dr. David Hon has already filed for and received 7 patents for his visionary folding bicycle. His design has vintage hon convertible ad black and whitewon awards the world over.

1981

Henry Hon took charge of marketing the new folder, seeking a bicycle company which would produce their idea. As they could find no one to support their “niche” idea, Henry began raising the money to begin production on their own.

1982

Undaunted at the turndowns, Dr. Hon quit his job and went to Taiwan, where he built his first factory with the $2million in venture funding he had been given by idealistic supporters. By the end of the year, DAHON folding bicycles were rolling from the assembly line.

1983

The first folding bike was a success: offering all the riding performance of a standard bike, but transforming quickly to a compact size for stowing or carrying. 6,000 folders were built and sold in the first six months.

1984

Henry left his lucrative computer programming company and took up the marketing and administration of DAHON’s finances full time. He became Vice President the same year.

1985

The DAHON folding bike caught on across the country, and the press got wind of the DAHON brothers’ revolutionary idea. Even television was interested in showing this timely invention, and David and Henry became celebrities in their own right. DAHON has sold 10,000 bike this year.

1987

DAHON bikes take to the air! The ingenious DAHON folding bike appears on the cover of Great 1987 great amer airwaysAmerican Airways “In Flight” magazine, and under the seats of the passengers.

1993

DAHON wins the Taiwanese TAITRA/CETRA Outstanding Product Award.

1995

The new Shenzhen factory opens in China, turning out 400,000 bicycles every year.

2000

DAHON is cited in the Guinness Book of Records Millennium Edition as “the world’s largest producer of folding bicycles”.

2002

DAHON receives the Taiwan Symbol of Excellence award for its bicycle innovation.

2004

Fortune Product of the Year award for the Flo break-away bike, co-designed with Joe Murray.

2005

The revolutionary step-through Ciao wins a Eurobike award and Cycling Plus cites DAHON with Silver Bike of the Year Awards for the Speed D6 and Budget bikes.

2006

Eurobike Silver Design Award: Glide P7/P8 and the Ciao wins Fiets RAI Bike of the Year.

2009

Taipei International Cycle Show: Innovative Products Award

2012

DAHON celebrates 30 uninterrupted years of excellence and innovation in folding bikes – continuing todr david hon with dahon folding bike eezz at eurobike set the trend for environmentally conscious people everywhere. Gains Eurobike Award and Taipei Cycle Show d&i Award for EEZZ.

2013

DAHON procures exclusive distribution deal for SKS in China and launches the Turn a New Leaf green living initiative.

2014

Primary production facility and offices relocate to Nanshan in Shenzhen, China in a move that doubles production capacity. DAHON partners with Ford for global line of Ford branded bikes and DAHON TW LLP is founded as DAHON prepares to launch on the Taiwanese stock exchange.

2015

Taipei Cycle Show d&i awards for Clinch and Quickpark D4D stem.

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