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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.

TIMTOS trade fair in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry)

Business normalcy possible due to vaccine rollout in 2021: TAITRA

Feb 17, 2021

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Chairman James C. F. Huang expressed optimism regarding resuming business operations in 2021 due to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. In terms of TAITRA's main area of expertise in trade fairs, Huang said hybrid shows would become the norm, emphasizing digital transformation is still a crucial trend to invest in during the post-pandemic era. TAITR...

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Global Orgs Warn of Continual Economic Decline in 2021

Feb 01, 2021

In the latest global economic forecast reports, a number of global organizations have indicated a decline for the majority of global industries in the coming year. Both organizations named the worsened second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, India, Brazil, and Latin America, as the prominent reason behind the downward trend. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Organisation for E...

Taiwan's government representatives and architecture industry leaders pose at the opening ceremony for a healthy building promotion conference on Dec. 18 at Taipei 101. Photo taken by Ting-Yu Chao.

Industry Leaders Rally Behind Taiwan's 2nd Healthy Sustainable Building Movement

Dec 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the public's awareness of clean, quality air and other related health issues, accelerating Taiwan's architecture industry's foray into the latest global trend: "healthy buildings." In response to the government's pandemic-prevention regulations, the Taiwan Architecture & Building Center (TABC), Taiwan Wellness Building Association, SEED, International WELL B...

Industries Struggling with Material Shortages Amid Pandemic</h2>

Industries Struggling with Material Shortages Amid Pandemic

Dec 10, 2020

Several industries have enjoyed a market boom amid the COVID-19 pandemic, bolstered by work-from-home demand, including backlight module (BLM) makers and laptop suppliers. BLM maker Coretronic remarked that with the shortage of panel parts and shipping containers unable to meet demand, the firm's tentative combined delivery volume for energy-saving products would decline in December. Coretr...

Global High-End Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Maker Eyes Auto New Energy Market</h2>

Global High-End Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Maker Eyes Auto New Energy Market

Dec 08, 2020

Global high-end lithium iron phosphate battery maker Aleees saw a rebound in YoY growth, as its combined revenue in November hit NTD$15 million, indicating resumed demand and further increasing its investments in new energy solutions for automotive use. Aleees remarked that the firm is currently replacing its automotive lead-acid batteries with the new lithium iron phosphate options, having be...

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Global Production Chain Could Prioritize Safety Over Profits

Nov 25, 2020

The current global supply chain trends would move towards safety-orientation over profits, National Taiwan University Honorary Professor Chen Po-chih said. Chen's remarks come before the "Economic Investment Outlook Seminar" on Dec. 17, hosted by the Economic Daily News, where he is slated as among the keynote speakers. The forum will invite domestic and foreign academics and speakers to analy...

Manufacturing Industry Lessens Decline Amid COVID Outbreak: Economic Ministry</h2>

Manufacturing Industry Lessens Decline Amid COVID Outbreak: Economic Ministry

Nov 20, 2020

The Economic Ministry released the manufacturing industry value data for Q3 on Thursday, reporting NTD$3.24 trillion, a 4.56% decline compared to last year's same period, marking a seven-quarter consecutive negative growth. Compared to the decline, as shown in Q2's negative 11.39%-decrease, the Economic Ministry suggested that the economic recession shows recovery signs. The ministry continues...

RCEP Deal Impact on Certain Taiwanese Industries: Gov't</h2>

RCEP Deal Impact on Certain Taiwanese Industries: Gov't

Nov 16, 2020

With the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) — the world's largest free trade area, several of Taiwan's industries could see increased competition, reported the Economic Ministry. RCEP consists of the 10 ASEAN states, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and China. Even without the U.S. and India, the trade zone will cover about 2.2 billion people or 30 per...

Oct. Export Data Continues Positive Growth Trend: Finance Ministry</h2>

Oct. Export Data Continues Positive Growth Trend: Finance Ministry

Nov 10, 2020

October's export figures made monthly records, reaching a yearly 11.2%-growth at USD$32.23 billion, reported statistics from the Finance Ministry. The Finance Ministry named three factors buoying October's good performance: digitalization of individual businesses, Apple's new iPhone launch, the nearing year-end shopping season, and businesses re-stocking inventory as the global economy begins ...

Manufacturing Industry to Grow 4.75% in 2021: ITRI IEK</h2>

Manufacturing Industry to Grow 4.75% in 2021: ITRI IEK

Nov 05, 2020

Taiwan's 2021 manufacturing forecast suggests next year's industry value hit NTD$19.68 trillion, according to the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) ​​Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK). IEK reported an industry growth rate at 4.75%, with sectors like metal electromechanical, information electronics, chemical industry, and livelihood industry indicating positive growt...