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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.


TFTA chairman Jim Chen (left) and advisor William Liao (right) play key roles in putting together pre-show plans for the first International Fastener Show, Tainan, TAIWAN.

New Fastener Show to Boost Fastener Industry's Global Presence: TFTA

Tainan fair to complement similar event held in Kaohsiung

Apr 16, 2013

Fastener production is one of the landmark industries of southern Taiwan, where 1,000 manufacturers, related upstream suppliers, and processing service providers clustered in Tainan and Kaohsiung cities form a highly efficient supply chain. To boost the industry’s global presence by exploiting this advantage, the Taiwan Fastener Trading Association (TFTA) is organizing a new trade fair, the Inter...


Wise Center is a well-known maker of gardening shears in Taiwan's central county of Taichung.

Gardening Product Makers Shed Light on Strategies for Sustainable Development

One maker plans to launch electromechanical agricultural items to stay ahead

Aug 30, 2012

Makers of gardening tools along with accessories generate export revenue of around US$95 million on average yearly help to drive hand tool exports in Taiwan. Besides being popular with professionals and DIY gardeners in the U.S. and Europe, and despite global economic uncertainty that have occasionally sapped demand for gardening tools, such products have sold comparatively well in global mar...


Sans Chuan specializes in making bathroom fittings of stainless steel with  integrated in-house production.

Bathroom Fitting Makers Talk About Plans and Strategies in Slow Market

One maker targets SE Asia amid weak EU and American economies

Jul 10, 2012

Amid an uncertain global economy, weakened by the still limping peripheral economies in the EU and relatively high unemployment, slow housing starts in the U.S., most Taiwanese bathroom fitting makers have struggled with flat growths over the past few years. While the industry is not likely to turn around for many years, many undaunted operators are using different strategies, depending on core ...


Most of Taiwan's yacht builders cluster in the southern city of Kaohsiung and are globally known.

Taiwan's Top-2 Yacht & Marine Hardware Suppliers Talk Shop

Yacht-as-status-symbol mindset blocks suppliers in Taiwan from Chinese market

Mar 06, 2012

The global financial tsunami, albeit sparing the designer goods sector, has caused Taiwan’s yacht-building industry to list over the past few years, with the ripple-effect washing over downstream suppliers of yacht and marine hardware, including the top-2 in Taiwan—Man Ship Machinery & Hardware Co., Ltd. and Aritex Products Co., Ltd., who have stepped up adjusting corporate strategies to stay a...


The 12th THTMA annual general meeting, held on October 7, 2011 in the Hotel National Taichung, drew hundreds of company owners and managers.

THTMA Chairman Hails Hand Tool Industry's Future Development at AGM

Jan 09, 2012

With hundreds of business owners and corporate managers taking part, the 12th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Taiwan Hand Tool Manufacturers’ Association (THTMA) was held on Oct. 7, 2011, in central Taiwan’s Taichung City. Despite the sagging global economy, the meeting was upbeat about the industry’s future prospects. In addition to hand-tool industry insiders, the AGM also drew ...


Dr, Yukin Kure, CEO of Blue Ribbon Global Co., Ltd., said that Taiwanese and Japanese hand tool industries can develop the Chinese market jointly by complementing each other.

Dr. Kure: Taiwan's Hand Tool Makers Should Team Up with Japan in Global Marketing

Jan 09, 2012

One of the consequences of the global financial tsunamis is that Taiwanese hand tool manufacturers have prepared themselves to explore new overseas markets to reduce their overdependence on the U.S. and European countries in the past few years. One of the top overseas markets on Tawain’s list is Japan, which was the world’s second-largest economy until 2010 when China moved into that position. J...


Organized by DoIT, THTMA, and MIRDC, the forum in Taichung attracted many managers from Taiwan's famous hand tool companies.

MIRDC's Message: Taiwan Hand Tool Manufacturers Must Work Together in Facing Market Challenges

Jan 09, 2012

For several reasons Taiwanese manufacturers of hand tools face increasing global competition. Among them are the mounting debt crisis in Europe, a slowdown in global economic growth, and the upcoming FTA (free trade agreement) between EU and South Korea. In addressing this situation, MIRDC (Metal Industries Research & Development Centre), a leading R&D body on the island, held a forum on October ...


Wise Center explores the Chinese market by focusing on professional garden tools.

Taiwan's Hand Tool Makers Share Notes on Doing Business in China

Feb 24, 2011

As China’s GDP surged 10.3% to US$6.04 trillion to outpace Japan (US$5.4 trillion) as the world’s second-largest economy in 2010, few now question the country as one of the fastest markets globally, also seen as an opportunity for Taiwanese hand tool makers to promote own-brand products for sustainable development. The new chairman of the Taiwan Hand Tool Manufacturers’ Association (THTMA), Ma...


TIFI chairman Joe Chen talks about the Fastener Museum.

New TIFI Chairman Boosts Global Image of Taiwan's Fastener Industry

Output recovers to pre-recessio

Feb 24, 2011

Since fasteners have become essential for many industrial and residential applications, there is every reason for Taiwanese manufacturers to be optimistic about the fastener industry’s outlook in the years following the global meltdown, said chairman Joe Chen of the Taiwan Industrial Fastener Institute (TIFI) in an interview with CENS. This optimism is, to some degree, a reflection of the indu...


The invited panelists (from left): James Soames, owner of Subcarma International Associates; Lee Tsong-li, professor of Nan Kai University of Technology; M.H. Lin, director of the manufacturing department at Central Motor; H.C. Fu, head  of MIRDC; H.S. Hsiao, chairman of Stand Tools; Mark Wu, representative of  THTMA; M.Y. Lee, MIRDC's ITIS Project analyst; and C.L. Kuo, the forum host.

Forum Sheds Light on Taiwan's Hand Tool Industry's Prospects

Feb 23, 2011

After several decades of development, Taiwan’s hand tool industry has grown and achieved varying degrees of success in quite a few segments, including tools for DIY, auto repair, medical care, gardening, construction and even digitized versions. Perhaps driven by the automotive market that continues to simmer in China, India and elsewhere, the auto repair tool sector is seen as the most promisin...