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Taiwan Machinery Industry's Exports Total US$3.106 B. in First Two Months

2012/05/04
Taipei, May 4, 2012 (CENS)--Taiwan exported US$3.106 billion of machinery in the first two months of 2012, up 4.7% from a year earlier, according to customs-cleared statistics compiled by the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI).

Machine tools led in export value of US$652 million in the first two months, up 24.5% year-on-year, followed by bearings, gears and ball screws with US$198 million, up 10.4%, then plastics and rubber processing machinery with US$195 million, down 11.4%. (See table below)

China and Hong Kong together led as the largest export outlet by absorbing US$830.86 million of Taiwan-made machinery in the first two months, down 17.7% year-on-year and accounting for 26.7% of the total exports, followed by the U.S. with US$493.72 million, up 18.2% and 15.9%, then Japan with US$198.48 million, up 15.7% and accounting for 6.4%.

Other major export outlets, in descending order, were Thailand, Indonesia, Germany, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the Netherlands, Brazil, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and Russia.

The TAMI's tallies also show Taiwan imported US$3.159 billion of machinery in the first two months, down 30.6% year-on-year.

Machinery for ICs and semiconductors led in import value of US$1.325 billion, down 40.7% year-on-year and accounting for 42% of the total imports, followed by engines and parts with US$226.34 million, up 33.1% and commanding 7.2%, then pumps, fans and compressors ranked third with US$181.43 million, down 4.7% and accounting for 5.7%. (See table below)

Japan was the largest import supplier by selling US$1.186 billion of machinery to Taiwan in the first two months, down 30.1% year-on-year and accounting for 37.5% of the total imports, followed by the U.S. with US$525.04 million, down 47.7% and commanding 16.6%, then China and Hong Kong with US$347.3 million, up 1.7% and commanding 11%.

Other major import sources, in descending order, were the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and France.

Exports of Taiwan-made Machinery in Jan.-Feb. 2012 by Product Category

Unit: US$ million

Rank

Product Category

Jan.-Feb. 2011

Jan.-Feb. 2012

Annual Change (%)

1

Machine Tools

524,048

652,540

24.5

2

Bearings, Gears, Ball Screws

179,752

198,431

10.4

3

Plastics & Rubber Machinery

221,094

195,842

-11.4

4

Pumps, Compressors, Fans

166,804

181,906

9.1

5

Valves & Parts

156,972

177,870

13.3

6

Special-purpose Machinery

180,997

166,757

-7.9

7

Machine-tool Parts & Components

141,975

127,466

-10.2

8

Paper Making, Printing Machinery

130,618

125,587

-3.9

9

Textile Machinery

112,230

93,012

-17.1

10

Molds & Dies

86,130

86,149

0

11

Woodworking Machinery

89,072

80,505

-9.6

12

Sewing Machines; Leather & Shoe-making Machines

79,649

76,111

-4.4

13

Food & Packaging Machinery

 63,519

 70,061

10.3

 

Others

833,171

873,970

4.9

 

Total

2,966,031

3,106,207

4.7

Source: Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry

Imports of Machinery into Taiwan in Jan.-Feb. 2012 by Product Category
Unit: US$ million

Rank

Product Category

Jan.-Feb. 2011

Jan.-Feb. 2012

Annual Change (%)

1

Machinery for ICs, Semiconductors

2,237,449

1,325,693

-40.7

2

Engines & Parts

169,994

226,346

33.1

3

Pumps, Fans, Compressors

190,295

 181,437

-4.7

4

Special-purpose Machinery

240,628

 148,427

-38.3

5

Components and Parts

140,720

140,394

-0.2

6

Equipment for Materials Treatment

152,809

102,908

-32.7

7

Valves & Parts

111.906

102,444

-8.5

8

Machine Tools

135,151

89,691

-33.6

9

Textile Machinery

63,062

83,920

33.1

10

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Equipment

82,400

72,163

-12.4

11

Glassware-making Machinery

112,629

58,677

-47.9

12

Handling Equipment

60,791

44,572

-26.7

13

Plastics & Rubber Machinery

41,262

34,746

-15.8

 

Others

815,056

547,927

-32.8

 

Total

4,554,152

3,159,345

-30.6

Source: Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry


(by Ben Shen)
 
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