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Brand Story
The foundation of KMC was initiated in 1977 with the purchase of several second-hand chain manufacturing machines by KMC founder, Charles Wu.
At that time, it was the smallest chain
manufacturer in the
world, but with
Charles' determina-
tion and profession-
alism coupled with
superior manufactur-
ing processes, KMC
quickly became the
market leader in chains.
Professional Concentration
How does a company excel at making a light weight and exceedingly strong chain that consists of over 500 pieces? At making a chain that not only shifts smoothly, but is also able to withstand the strenuous force of abrupt gear changes? At creating the most efficient chain for transferring energy through high tolerances and superior rigidity?
Concentrating on chain design and production for nearly 40 years, KMC integrates all industry demands and requirements into their thought processes to deliver enhanced product functions, sophisticated manufacturing techniques, and innovative production processes, to name a few. KMC insists on only using and developing high function and high quality products to continually create new benchmarks in the industry; this allows the KMC brand to be synonymous with chain expertise.
Building Brand Value
With a foundation built on innovative technology and high quality products, KMC adheres to building brand image and value by extending their professionalism to all corners of the market. Through using the concept of direct customer service, the K-Shop KMC chain display was created for bicycle stores of all shapes and sizes to help customers easily find the chain they need. Furthermore, KMC offers chain maintenance at outdoor events and KMC Dr. Chain lectures at local bike shops. Face to face interactions with customers allow priceless opportunities to connect with all types of consumers. Currently, KMC sales reach over 130 countries in the world in 13 languages with its strong marketing network.
The World’s First
Competitive advantages from leading technology, benchmark performance and superior quality, coupled with strong brand recognition and loyalty allow KMC to continually succeed. When it comes to super light weight chain, high-tensile strength, rigid energy-transfer technology, precision mold and heat treatment techniques, and innovative production equipment, KMC is the leader. Based on its bicycle chain manufacturing technologies, KMC also produces a variety of other chain products, like automobile timing chains, motorcycle chains, and industrial chains.
Charles Wu has achieved his vision of creating the largest and most significant chain manufacturer in the world, and rightly be called "Dr. Chain" .
Honor and Vision
KMC has broken their past achievement records: the first chain manufacturer to release a Super Lightweight chain, to offer Color chain (including Titanium–Nitride coated chain and Patriot chain), to use Diamond-Like Coating (DLC) technology on the chain, and to achieve the chain industry’s first Carbon Footprint assessment. KMC has also been consistent in winning multiple iF design awards and the red dot design award. In addition, KMC understands the importance of participating in the sport and is proud to associate itself with all levels of professional riders from grassroots bike clubs to top international racing competitions (including 2 gold medals & 2 silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2 gold medals & 1 silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, champion and the King of the Mountains (KOM) at the Vuelta a España and KOM on several stages of the Tour de France). Owing to these achievements and milestones, KMC has become one of the most liked bicycle chain brands in recent magazine consumer surveys.
Growth, innovation, teamwork, and execution encompass the enterprising culture of KMC. When it comes to Taiwan, cycling development and environmental protection, KMC has a strong growth-consciousness to allow all consumers to be able to obtain the benefits of eco-friendly materials and enjoy riding their bicycles with the highest quality products.
There is no limit to innovation; KMC will continue to excel as a leading innovator in the global chain industry in order to further the bicycle industry and pursue perfection. In the meantime, KMC will keep promoting cycling culture to attract more people to share safety, joyfully, and advance a greener lifestyle.
2015
  • Awarded with the Taiwan Mittelstand Award.
  • City Hunter won German iF Design Award.
  • DLC Chain won Taiwan Excellence Award.
  • KMC Sponsored Team – MTN-Qhubeka:
    - Stephen Cummings won the 14th stage of Tour de France.
    - Daniel Teklehaimanot won KOM of Tour de France (stage 6 to 9).
    - The team won Overall Team placed second at hhe Tour de France (Stage 16-18).
    - Kristian Sbaragli won the 10th stage of Vuelta a Espana.
  • KMC Sponsored Team – Caja Rural-Seguros Rga:
    - Omar Fraile won the Overall King of the Mountains at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana.
  • KMC Sponsored Team – Team BH-SR Suntour-KMC:
    - Julie Bresset won the French MTB Marathon National Champion (Women Elite).
    - Maxime Marotte won the French MTB Marathon National Champion (Men Elite).
    - Perrine Clauzel won the French MTB XCE National Champion.
    - Adelheid Morath placed third at the German MTB National Championships.
  • KMC Sponsored Rider – Sabine Spitz won the European MTB Marathon Championships.
  • KMC Sponsored Team – GT Factory BMX Team: - Felicia Stancil placed third at North American BMX Championships.a
  • In Asian Championships, KMC sponsored riders won 8 Gold / 3 Silver / 3 Bronze Medals:
    - Ting Ying Huang, Road / Track Point Race / Trace Individual Pursuit / Track Scratch Gold Medal.
    - Mei Yu Hsiao, Road Silver Medal & Track Omnium Bronze Medal.
    - Tzu Chun Wang, Track Team Sprint Gold Medal. (Women Junior)
    - Shih Feng Kang, Track Team Sprint / Keirin Gold Medals & Track Sprint Silver Medal. (Men Junior)
    - Chien Chou Chen, Track Point Race Gold Medal & Track Individual Pursuit Silver Medal. (Men Junior)
    - Chin Feng Liu, Track Scratch Bronze Medal.
    - Yuan Tang Peng, Road Race Bronze Medal. (Men U23)
2014
  • City Hunter won German Red Dot Design Award and Taipei Cycle d&i Awards 2014.
  • KMC Sponsored Team –Polygon UR team:
    -Tracey Hannah won 2014 Australian National Championships
  • Ceramic-like Coated Chain won Taipei Cycle d&i Awards 2014.
  • X11SL Series Obtained the Carbon Footprint Certification.
  • KMC sponsored team – Caja Rural-Seguros Rga:
    - Luis León Sánchez won the Overall King of the Mountains at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana.
  • KMC sponsored team – Team BH-SR Suntour-KMC:
    - Jordan Sarrou won No.1 of UCI MTB XCO World Cup Series in U23, UCI MTB XCO World Championships in U23, and France MTB XCO National Championships.
  • KMC sponsored team – Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team:
    - Kathrin Stirnemann won UCI MTB XCE World Cup Series Champion.
    - Sabine Spitz won German MTB XCE National Champion.
    - Adelheid Morath won German MTB XCO National Champion.
  • KMC sponsored team – Feenstra Felt PB Kenda Bike Team:
    - Blaze Klemencic won Slovenia MTB XCO National Champion.
  • KMC sponsored rider – KMC-Mitsubishi-Koga:
    - Bram Rood won Dutch MTB Marathon National Champion.
  • KMC sponsored rider – Maris Strombergs won No.1 of UCI BMX European Championships.
  • KMC sponsored team – GT Factory BMX Team:
    - Sean Gaian won No.1 in Men Junior of BMX North American Championships.
    - Felicia won No.2 of USA BMX National Championships.
    - Martijn Jaspers won No.3 of UCI BMX European Championships.
2013
  • KMC Sponsored Team –Polygon UR team:
    - Mick Hannah won 2013 Australian Elite Mens Downhill Champion
    - Mick Hannah second placed World Championships, South Africa
  • Awarded with the Potential Taiwan Mittelstand Award.
  • Awarded with MIT “Taiwan-made MIT Smile Product Certification”.
  • X11SL (11 speed super lightweight) Chain won German Red Dot Design Award.
  • Eco Chain won German Red Dot Design Award.
  • iChecker won Taipei Cycle d&i Awards 2013.
  • X10SL DLC won the Gold prize of CHINA CYCLE 2013 Innovation Awards.
  • KMC sponsor team – Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team:
    - Team Classification No.1 of three stages of Tour de France.
    - Danny Van Popple won No.3 in stage 1 of Tour de France.
    - Thomas De Gendt won the most combative prize in stage 5 and No.3 in stage 11 of Tour de France.
    - Juan Antonio Flecha won the most combative prize in stage 12 of Tour de France.
    - Lieuew Westra won Dutch Road Time Trial National Champion.
    - Johnny Hoogerland won Dutch Road Race National Champion.
    - Thomasz Marczynski won the King of the mountains of Tour of Poland.
  • KMC sponsored team – Team BH-SR Suntour-KMC:
    - Julie Bresset won No.1 of UCI MTB XCO World Championships and France National MTB XCO Champion.
    - Pablo Rodriguezguede won Spain National MTB XCO U23 Champion.
  • KMC sponsored team – Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team:
    - Sabine Spitz won German National MTB XCO Champion.
    - Kathrin Stirnemann won No.2 of UCI MTB XCO European Championships.
  • KMC sponsored rider – Maris Strombergs won No.1 of UCI BMX European Championships.
  • KMC sponsored team – GT Factory BMX Team:
    - Felicia Stancil won No.1 both in Time Trial and Women Junior of UCI BMX World Championships.
    - Sean Gaian won No.1 in Men Junior and No.2 in Time Trail of UCI BMX World Championships.
  • KMC sponsored team – Champion System Pro Cycling Team:
    - Zachary Bell won Canadian Road Race National Champion.
    - Matt Brammeier won Irish Road Race National Champion.
2012
  • Awarded with the Well-Known Chinese Trademark.
  • Obtained the world’s first Carbon Footprint Certification with X10SL Series.
  • XSL Super Lightweight Gold Chain won Silver prize of CHINA CYCLE 2012 Innovation Award.
  • BMX Kool Knight Chain won Gold prize of Taipei Cycle d&i awards 2012.
  • Jaws ERGO Drivetrain won Taipei Cycle d&i awards 2012.
  • In London Olympics, KMC sponsored riders won 2 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal:
    - Julie Bresset, MTB Gold Medal.
    - Maris Strombergs, BMX Gold Medal.
    - Sabine Spitz, Silver Medal.
  • KMC Sponsored Riders and Teams:
    - Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) won Giro d’Italia No.3.
    - Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) won Paris-Nice No.2.
    - Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) won Paris-Nice Best Climber.
2011
  • BMX Kool Knight Chain won German Red Dot Design Award.
  • Jaws ERGO Drivetrain won German iF Product Design Award.
  • PinkLady Bicycle Chain Package won:
    - German iF Packaging Design Award.
    - German Red Dot Design Award.
    - American Pentawards Design Award.
  • X10SL (10 speed super lightweight) Chain won:
    - Champion of Chains of Annual Innovation Bicycle, Parts and Accessories Award.
    - 5 stars Ratings from MBA and RBA Magazines.
  • KMC Sponsored Riders and Teams:
    - Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team), Tour de France Best Climber: Stage 6&7&9~11.
    - Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Geox-TMC Professional Cycling Team), No.2 of Giro d’Italia Stage 2.
    - Geox-TMC Professional Cycling Team, Vuelta a España Team Team Classification No.1.
    - Juan José Cobo (Geox-TMC Professional Cycling Team), Vuelta a España General Classification and Overall Classification No.1.
2010
  • BMX Kool Knight Chain won German iF Product Design Award Gold Prize.
  • XSL Super Lightweight Gold Chain won Taiwan Excellence Award.
  • Won 4 prizes for Annual Innovation Bicycle, Parts And Accessories Competition Awards:
    - Champion of Chains: BMX Kool Knight Chain.
    - the 1st Runner-up of Chains: CRES Chain.
    - Champion of Tools: Riveter.
    - the 1st Runner-up of Tools: Digital Chain Checker.
2009
  • Safe Link won German iF Product Design Award.
  • Black Diamond Chain won Champion of Chains of Annual Innovation Bike, Parts and Accessories Award.
  • 5 stars Rating from of MBA Magazine for X9SL (9 speed super lightweight) Gold Chain.
2008
  • BMX Kool Knight Chain won the 1st Runner-up of Components Group of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Parts and Accessories Competition Award.
  • Xtra SuperLight Chain won the 3rd Runner-up of Components Group of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Parts and Accessories Competition Award.
  • In Beijing Olympics, KMC sponsored riders won 2 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals:
    - Sabine Spitz, MTB Gold Medal.
    - Maris Strombergs, BMX Gold Medal.
    - Mike Day, BMX Silver Medal.
    - Emma Johansson, Road Bike Silver Medal.
  • KMC Bicycle Teams “K-Team” were set up in Taiwan, Shenzen, Taicang, Tianjin.
2007
  • Easy Connector won the Champion of Chains of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Parts and Accessories Competition Award.
  • Rocking Pin Chains won the 1st Runner-up of Chains of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Parts and Accessories Competition Award.
2006
  • The Devil Chain won the 2nd Runner-up of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Parts and Accessories Competition Award.
2005
  • Flashing Chain won the 1st Runner-up of Chains of Annual Innovative Products Competition Award.
2004
  • Fitness Driving System won:
    - the 1st Runner-up of Transmission Parts of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Part and Accessories Competition Award.
    - the Best Innovation Award of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Part and Accessories Competition Award.
2003
  • Lean Chain won Champion of Components Group of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Part and Accessories Competition Award.
  • Nano Chain won the 1st Runner-up of Components Group of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Part and Accessories Competition Award.
  • X9 & X10 Chains won Quality Supreme Award.
2002
  • Started manufacturing 10speed Lightweight Gold Chain that led to the worldwide prevalent for lightweight gold chain.
  • X9 chain awarded the Dyna Test DE BICO Excellent Product Certification.
  • Maintenance-Free Chain won the Champion of Components Group of Annual Innovative Bicycle, Part and Accessories Competition Award.
2001
  • Super Narrow Type of Derailleur Chain won the 3rd Runner-up of Taiwan Innovative Products Award.
2000
  • Started manufacturing X10 10 speed Gold Chain.
1999
  • X2000 Derailleur Chain won the Champion of Chains of Taiwan Innovative Products Award.
1998
  • Started manufacturing X21 18K Gold Chain.
  • Started manufacturing BMX Kool Series Chains that led prevalent for Kool Chains.
  • Green Chain won the Champion of Chains of Taiwan Innovative Bicycle Products.
1997
  • Super Narrow Derailleur Chain won the Annual Innovative Bicycle, Parts and Accessories Competition Award.
1995
  • Anti-rust Series Chain won the Taiwan Innovative Products Award.
1994
  • Super Shuttle Derailleur Chain won the Taiwan Excellence Award.
1993
  • Wing Chain won the Taiwan Excellence Award.
1992
  • KMC Chain (Taiwan) was certified by ISO-9002 and CNS12682.
1990
  • Started developing bicycle chain missing link.
  • Worldwide market share of bicycle chain grew to 40%.
1986
  • Launched technical cooperation with Shimano Inc., Japan in developing superior bushingless bicycle chain series.
  • Started manufacturing bicycle multi-speed chain and color chain “Bravo series”.
1977
  • Kuei-Meng Industrial Co., Ltd was established in Hsin Hua, Tainan, Taiwan, and started manufacturing bicycle chain.

 
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