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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.

A high-end Merida bicycle. (photo from Internet)

Merida of Taiwan Targets Markets in U.S., Europe and China

Jun 29, 2015

The board of Merida Industry Co., Ltd., a leading assembled-bicycle manufacturer in Taiwan with its own eponymous brand marketed globally, recently announced that incumbent chairman and president Michael Tseng has been re-elected again to remain in his post. Merida achieved record earnings per share (EPS) of NT$11.2 (US$0.37) in 2014, and the board resolved to distribute cash dividend of N...

Robert Wu, chairman of KMC, a major bicycle-chain maker headquartered in Taiwan. (photo from UDN)

Chain Maker KMC to Complete Group Biz Integration by 2016, Eye Other Markets: Chairman Wu

Jun 22, 2015

KMC Chain Industrial Co., Ltd. of Taiwan, the chain maker set up in Tainan, southern Taiwan in 1977 with its own KMC line of bicycle chains as well as affiliates in the USA and EU, is likely to benefit from share subscriptions by the three major suppliers in the bicycle industry. In June of 2014, KMC announced that the three major players in the global bicycle industry have committed to take p...

AIDC chairman Anson Liao (6th from left) and VIPs break ground for the aerospace maker's TACC-19 factory. (photo from AIDC)

AIDC Has US$3.33 Bn. of Orders for Delivery Over 5 Years, Also Eyes Defense Market

Jun 01, 2015

Anson Liao, chairman of Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC), a state-owned aerospace firm in Taiwan that is also Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) listed, recently stated that the company received more than NT$40 billion (US$1.33 billion) in firm orders in 2014, plus an additional NT$26 billion (US$866.7 million) booked in the first quarter this year, meaning that the company holds NT$100 bil...

Taiwan's top-2 bicycle makers, Giant and Merida, see revenue growths in Q1, 2015 but suffer losses from currency exchanges. (photo from UDN)

Top-2 Bike Makers Giant and Merida Report Revenue Gains but Currency-exchange Loss in Q1

May 25, 2015

Both the top-2 Taiwan Stock Exchange (TAIEX)-listed bicycle manufacturers in Taiwan, Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Merida Industry Co., Ltd., reported negative earning growths in the first quarter, due mainly to worse-than-expected sales in China and losses from currency exchanges. Giant had group revenue of NT$14.59 billion (US$486.3 million) in the first quarter, up 2.7 percent from ...

Teco, an established maker of heavy-duty electro-mechanical equipment in Taiwan, continues to develop wind-power generation business. (photo from Internet)

Teco of Taiwan Sees Revenue Generation for Wind Turbine Biz This Year

May 25, 2015

Teco Electric & Machinery Co., Ltd. of Taiwan, one of the original makers of heavy-duty electro-mechanical equipment in Taiwan, recently reported that it sees the coming of revenue generation for its wind-turbine business this year. The firm says that its first 5 megawatt-hour (MWh) offshore wind turbine will be tested in central Taiwan by the end of the year, which is expected to bear com...

National Development Fund's new investment project targets among others EV industry, as well as petrochemical, metal, textile, FPD, machine tool, advanced electronic component, wireless broadband, intelligent automation etc. (pictured is an e-scooter from Internet)

National Development Fund's New Investment Project to Help SMEs

May 25, 2015

Taiwan's government-run National Development Fund under the Cabinet recently mapped out a new investment project targeting to invest in strategic manufacturing industries. With total value of NT$10 billion (US$333.3 million), the new investment project, to be implemented as early as May, is intended to help local small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to upgrade and transform, with each indivi...

Roan Kang (fourth from left), General Manager, Marketing and Operating Organization, Microsoft Taiwan, with representatives of Azure IoT suite customers and partners. (photo from Microsoft Taiwan)

Microsoft Announces Azure IoT Suite Customers and Partners in Taiwan

May 25, 2015

Software developer Microsoft of the U.S. launched its Azure IoT Suite and set up the Azure IoT Solutions Open Lab in Taiwan recently, having also recently announced its Azure IoT Suite customers and partners on the island. The said local customers and partners include: Wistron Corp. (a major electronics manufacturing services provider), BenQ Corp. (computer peripheral vendor), Advantech Co., L...

Benson Yeh, founder of BoniO and associate professor of electrical engineering, NTU. (photo from UDN)

Hon Hai Invests in Online Learning Game Software Developer BoniO

May 25, 2015

The Hon Hai/Foxconn Group of Taiwan, recognized as a world-leading EMS (electronics manufacturing services) provider, recently poured US$6 million into BoniO Inc., an educational game software developer on the island. Hon Hai has been aggressively investing in startups. In the past six months, the EMS group has invested in four such firms in Taiwan, including BoniO. Terry Guo, chairman of H...

Taiwan Secom CEO Lin Jian-han (photo from UDN)

Taiwan Secom, Tatung Tie Up in Smart Appliance Biz

May 25, 2015

Taiwan Secom Co., Ltd., a major security service provider engaged in protecting homes, businesses, industrial parks and offering mobile emergency-care products, recent tied up with Tatung Co., Ltd., one of the original makers of home appliances in Taiwan whose rice cooker is an iconic product on the island, to jointly tap the smart home and smart appliance businesses. The partnership is reportedl...

Innolux is focusing on high color gamut panels since its introduction of such products in Q4, 2014. (photo from UDN)

Four Taiwanese TFT-LCD Makers' Capex for 2015 Hit 4-year High

The spending to lay solid foundation for them to explore the increasingly bullish market for high-definition display panels

May 25, 2015

Compiled by QUINCY LIANG Reportedly holding optimism toward the market, four major Taiwanese makers of thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels have decided to invest about NT$79.5 billion (US$2.65 billion) as whole in capital spending this year, up 80 percent from 2014 to be the largest sum of its kind in four years. Such capital spending, according to the panel makers, wi...