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.
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.
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.
Dr. David Hon has already filed for and received 7 patents for his visionary folding bicycle. His vintage hon convertible won awards the world over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DAHON bikes take to the air! The ingenious DAHON folding bike appears on the cover of a 1987 Great American Airways “In Flight” magazine, and under the seats of the passengers.
DAHON wins the Taiwanese TAITRA/CETRA Outstanding Product Award.
The new Shenzhen factory opens in China, turning out 400,000 bicycles every year.
DAHON is cited in the Guinness Book of Records Millennium Edition as “the world’s largest producer of folding bicycles”.
DAHON received the Taiwan Symbol of Excellence award for its bicycle innovation.
Fortune Product of the Year award for the Flo break-away bike, co-designed with Joe Murray.
The revolutionary step-through Ciao won a Eurobike award and Cycling Plus cites DAHON with Silver Bike of the Year Awards for the Speed D6 and Budget bikes.
Eurobike Silver Design Award: Glide P7/P8 and the Ciao won Fiets RAI Bike of the Year.
Taipei International Cycle Show: Innovative Products Award
DAHON celebrated 30 uninterrupted years of excellence and innovation in folding bikes – continuing to set the trend for environmentally conscious people everywhere. Gained Eurobike Award and Taipei Cycle Show d&i Award for EEZZ.
DAHON procured exclusive distribution deal for SKS in China and launched the Turn a New Leaf green living initiative.
Primary production facility and offices relocate to Nanshan in Shenzhen, China in a move that doubles production capacity. DAHON partnered with Ford for global line of Ford branded bikes and DAHON TW LLP is founded.
Taipei Cycle Show d&i awards for Clinch and Quickpark D4D stem.
DAHON celebrated its 35th anniversary as world leader in folding bikes, continuing their vision of ‘green mobility’. To mark its 35th year, DAHON produced brand new model – the CURL. This ultra-compact, multi-patented model successfully launches on Kickstarter with backers pledging to bring the project to life. Later that year, in celebration of DAHON’s anniversary, the special edition CURL i8 was released, strictly limited to a run of 500.
DAHON launch NuWave technology at Beijing Bird’s Nest! The brand-new technology debuted by DAHON offered faster and more compact folding and could be used for all bicycle types including small wheel units, regular or electric and even big wheeled MTB and road bikes.