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These are in-depth pre- and post-show reports on major international trade fairs, held in Taiwan and other countries with significant participation by Taiwanese manufacturers and exporters. They are offered to help global buyers and other readers better understand what is going on at the fairs and the latest offerings by Taiwanese exhibitors.

Huang Nan-kuang, chairman of Hotai, Taiwan's agent of Toyota and Lexus and a major car vendor in Taiwan. (photo from UDN)

Hotai Still the Most-profitable Auto Vendor in Taiwan in H1, 2014

Oct 27, 2014

Hotai Motor Co. Ltd., Taiwan's agent of Toyota and Lexus and a major car vendor in Taiwan in the past 12 years, recently announced operational results for H1, including net earnings of NT$4.75 billion (US$158.2 million), up 25.7% YoY, and earnings per share (EPS) of NT$8.69 (US$0.29), compared to NT$6.91 (US$0.23) a year earlier, as well as revenue of NT$79.46 billion (US$2.65 billion), Hotai...

King Liu, chairman of Giant Manufacturing, the world's largest bicycle maker. (photo courtesy UDN)

Bicycle Makers Report Good Results in First 9 Months

Oct 21, 2014

Strong peak-season demand is boosting the revenues of bicycle manufacturers in Taiwan. Thee Giant Manufacturing Co. Taiwan's and the world's largest maker of assembled bicycles, reported consolidate group revenues of NT$5.72 billion (US$190.7 million) for September, up 15.4% from a year earlier, and January-September revenues of NT$45.98 billion (US$1.53 billion), a 9.1% year-on-year (YoY) inc...

Yu Ming-le (right), CEO of Nexgen, and Shen Yung-wei, chief branding officer, jointly introduce the Chimei 65-inch 4K2K curved TV in Taiwan. (photo from UDN)

Nexgen Launches 1st Taiwan-made 65-inch 4K2K Curved TV

Oct 21, 2014

Nexgen Mediatech Inc. of Taiwan, a display product vendor in Taiwan, recently launched the island's first locally produced 65-inch TV with 4K2K (UHD or Ultra High Definition) curved display. Globally marketing TVs with its own Chimei brand, the vendor is an affiliate of Taiwan's Chimei Group, the original owner of Innolux Display Corp. (formerly Chimei Innolux Corp.), a major thin film trans...

Barry Lam, chairman of Quanta, a major notebook PC contract assembler in Taiwan. (photo from UDN)

Quanta Hits Record Monthly Revenue in Sept.

Oct 21, 2014

Quanta Computer Inc. of Taiwan, a major notebook PC contract supplier, recently announced operation results for the first three quarters. Thanks to demand during Thanksgiving in Europe and the U.S., Quanta's September revenue hit a record monthly high this year of NT$85.16 billion (US$2.84 billion), up 4.8% month-on-month (MoM) and up 11.8% year-on-year (YoY), with shipment volume hitting a ...

A high-end smartphone panel by AUO of Taiwan. (photo from AUO)

AUO Reports Q2 Net Earnings of NT$4.02 B.

Oct 17, 2014

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), a major maker of thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels in Taiwan, just announced September consolidated revenue of NT$35.62 billion (US$1.19 billion), up 0.3% month-on-month (MoM), but down 3.5% year-on-year (YoY). The firm reported cumulative Q3 revenue of NT$106.89 billion (US$3.56 billion), up 4.8% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) but down 0.2% YoY. ...

MMT is scheduled to launch the imported Mazda 3 to replace its locally assembled version. (photo from the Internet)

Mazda to Transform Into a Pure-imported Car Brand in Taiwan

Oct 17, 2014

Japanese automaker Mazda recently announced the kick-off of operations at its new national sales company in Taiwan, Mazda Motor Taiwan (MMT). MMT will plan and implement branding and sales strategies aimed at boosting sales on the island. The local subsidiary has announced that the assembly of its Mazda 3 compact car on the island would cease by year-end, and that in the future all Mazda 3s wi...

Hot sales of imported Toyota RAV4 SUVs have encouraged local agent Hotai to introduce more such models to the Taiwan market. (photo courtesy UDN)

Yen Depreciation Prompts Taiwan Auto Dealers to Introduce More Models from Japan

Oct 16, 2014

With an eye on the continued depreciation of the Japanese Yen against U.S. greenback, all major Japanese-car vendors in Taiwan plan to introduce more Japanese models to the domestic market to expand their product lines and enhance their profits. Hotai Motor Co., Ltd. (local agent of Toyota and Lexus), Yulon Nissan Motor Co. (Nissan and Infiniti), Honda Taiwan Motor Co., and Mazda Taiwan Motor ...

A robotic arc welding system made by Mirle. (photo from Mirle's website)

Mirle's Revenue from FPD Automation Equipment Increases by 50% This Year

Oct 16, 2014

Thanks to the increasing use of robotic application systems in the flat panel display (FPD) industry, Mirle Automation Corp., a major Taiwanese supplier of automation equipment, recently reported that revenue generated from its sales to the FPD industry has increased by 50% this year, while sales to the automotive and motorcycle industries have risen by more than 20%. A senior Mirle official p...

Volkswagen's new-car sales in Taiwan excluding Audi & Skoda (2008-2014).

Audi Taiwan Targets to Triple Annual Sales Volume in Taiwan by 2017

Oct 16, 2014

A fully-owned subsidiary of the German carmaker Volkswagen has been set up recently in Taiwan to handle multi-brand sales on the island. Ryan Searle, president of Audi Taiwan, the core of the new VW Taiwan, says annual sales of new Audis on the island are expected to reach 6,000 units by 2015 and 10,000 within the next three years. VW Taiwan is capitalized at NT$800 million (US$26.7 million) ...

The ZenFone 5 by ASUS. (photo from the company)

ASUS Targets to Ship 600,000-plus ZenFones to India in Q4

Oct 16, 2014

To further ramp up smartphone shipments in Q4 and grab business opportunities during the Diwali Festival sales peak in India, Asustek Computer Inc. (ASUS brand), a major personal computer (PC) and smartphone vendor in Taiwan, recently said it has ready some 100,000 newly released ZenFone smartphones for India. But such volume is forecast to still lag the strong demand in the booming marke...