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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.


Petrochemicals perform unexpectedly well in Q1-Q2 ahead of peak season</h2>

Petrochemicals perform unexpectedly well in Q1-Q2 ahead of peak season

Jul 05, 2021

Four petrochemical firms Formosa Plastics, Nanya Plastics, Formosa Chemicals and Fibre, and Formosa Petrochemical - often referred to as the "Four Treasures of Formosa Plastics" - performed and profited in Q2, according to reports released on Sunday. As the traditional peak season and seeing reopened European and American economies, the third quarter is expected to enjoy considerable growth as...


Tight power supply in first half of July: Taipower</h2>

Tight power supply in first half of July: Taipower

Jun 30, 2021

With Taiwan entering the summer, the state-owned power company Taipower expects to see electricity consumption rise significantly, raising concerns regarding power supply as a unit in a power plant is scheduled to shut down. The No.1 unit of New Taipei-based Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant is slated to be shut down half a year earlier than scheduled, highlighting concerns over a possible power ou...


Taiwan-US TIFA talks to resume on June 30, could pave way for BTA</h2>

Taiwan-US TIFA talks to resume on June 30, could pave way for BTA

Jun 28, 2021

The 11th Taiwan-U.S. TIFA will resume talks on June 30 after a four-year hiatus, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The statement issued on Friday indicated that the meeting will be held via digital video conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes after a steady improvement of Taiwan-U.S. relations. Talks will revolve around trade and other methods of imp...


Taiwan's late COVID outbreak at odds with global economy resurgence</h2>

Taiwan's late COVID outbreak at odds with global economy resurgence

Jun 23, 2021

The Appacus Foundation Chairman Chen Chun warned possible challenges for Taiwan's economic trade future, citing how global economies' bounceback after the pandemic would serve as a stark contrast with Taiwan's internal struggle with the COVID-19 outbreak. Chen used the U.K.'s Brexit as an example; contrary to most analysts' grim perspectives regarding the British government's untimely exit fr...


Hon Hai reported to further EV ambitions with Formosa Plastics</h2>

Hon Hai reported to further EV ambitions with Formosa Plastics

May 31, 2021

Hon Hai and Formosa Plastics Group were reported to be going through discussions over electric vehicle (EV) cooperation, specifically over the most critical technology in the emerging EV industry that's also gaining popularity in its field: solid-state batteries. For solid-state batteries, Hon Hai has developed a market standing through its subsidiary Guangyu, and through it, has also investe...


Taiwan's economy showed third-straight month of growth in April: NDC</h2>

Taiwan's economy showed third-straight month of growth in April: NDC

May 28, 2021

Taiwan's economic fundamentals remained strong in April, according to the National Development Council's (NDC) index gauging the economic climate, which flashed a "red light" for the third consecutive month. The index's monitoring indicators reflect the existing economic situation. It moved up a point to 41 in April, reported the government's top economic planning agency on Thursday. It would...


COVID, water shortages test Taiwan and unveil vulnerabilities</h2>

COVID, water shortages test Taiwan and unveil vulnerabilities

May 26, 2021

As Taiwanese chip manufacturers are struggling to buoy the global semiconductor supply shortage, Taiwan is taking blows from all sides: the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic and the year-long drought that has hit multiple sectors: agriculture, commercial, and energy supply. While the government is working hard to contain the epidemic, the shortage of water and electricity has highlighted Tai...


CIER: March PMI sees slight decline, marks continuing 5-month growth</h2>

CIER: March PMI sees slight decline, marks continuing 5-month growth

Apr 01, 2021

Chung-Hua Institution Economic Research (CIER) released Taiwan's PMI score for March on April 1, arriving at a 62.7 on its report card, and marking a five-month consecutive expansion momentum above 60.0. Though, March would also signify a two-month consecutive slight decline in terms of expansion, a drop of 0.5 index points. Under CIER's PMI index, all five categories saw uptick trends, includ...


Booming display panel industry preps for 2021 Touch Taiwan</h2>

Booming display panel industry preps for 2021 Touch Taiwan

Mar 29, 2021

The display panel industry is not only looking optimistic in recent months, but suppliers are also gearing up for 2021 Touch Taiwan, the only UFI-certified touch panel and optical film exhibition in the world, slated for opening on April 21 to 23 at the Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. AUO Chairman Paul Peng recently revealed that their newest product launch would be much different from what ...


Taiwan is experiencing a record-breaking drought that has the world concerned over water shortages in water-intensive sectors, such as the semiconductor industry. (Photo courtesy of UDN)

Economic Ministry eases concerns over water shortages

Mar 09, 2021

The Economic Ministry has prepared three measures in the face of a record-breaking drought to ensure water usage until the end of May. The concern comes as the globe grapples with chip shortages. According to Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua on Monday, the drought so far has not impacted chipmaker TSMC. Other water-intensive sectors such as textile factories and agriculture farming are feeling t...