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Looking in-depth at the latest developments in production, sales, product design innovation, and technology advancements, as well as overall supply capabilities of Taiwan’s major export industries, these reports focus on machinery, auto parts, hardware, furniture, lighting and hardware etc. to keep global buyers and readers informed and better prepared to do business with Taiwan suppliers.

Taiwan's Machinery Exports up 8.2% YoY in H1, 2014

According to the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), the island shipped US$10.1 billion of machinery in the first half (H1) of the year, up 8.2% year on year, with such increase to reach a 10.6% year-on-year growth to NT$307 billion (US$10.2 billion) if denominated in the New Taiwan do... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/27

Hiwin Predicts Bright Outlook for H2 Despite Disappointing Q2 Earnings

Regardless of the lower-than-expected earnings for the second quarter (Q2) of 2014, Hiwin Technology Co., Ltd. Chairman Eric Chuo remains sanguine about corporate sales in the second half (H2) of the year. The company, a major Taiwanese maker of precision components for machines and a global mak... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/26

Tawan's Machine Tool Industry Sees Upbeat Q3

Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders’ Association (TMBA) Chairman Eric Chuo expressed his optimism for the island’s machine-tool industry in the the third quarter (Q3) based on the strong growth in the first half (H1) of 2014 of most of the local manufacturers and rising demand for intelligent ... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/26

Three Taiwanese Performance Auto Parts Makers Share Views on Changing Market
Such cut-throat rivalry forces them to develop innovative, functional items for upscale makes and models

By QUINCY LIANG As in many other sectors, Taiwan was once a world-class supply base of auto tuning parts and accessories, offering quality, reasonably-priced products under OEM/ODM basis to international brands, but in recent years, the global auto-accessory market has been overwhelmed by unders... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/26

Taiwan's China Steel Corp. Expands Investments in ASEAN Market

The board of China Steel Corp. (CSC), the largest steelmaker in Taiwan by size, recently approved several new investments, mostly to boost the firm’s presence in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) bloc. Among these new projects, the acquisition of a 5% stake in the China Steel Sum... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/25

Sino-Korean FTA Could Cut Taiwan's Output by NT$650Billion: IEK

After the upcoming China-Korea free trade agreement (FTA) comes into effect, Taiwan will likely see its overall output value decline by up to NT$650 billion (US$21.89 billion) within the next three to five years, according to the Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK), a market research unit... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/25

CSC's July Pretax Profits Up 17% MoM to NT$2.735 Bn.

Mainly driven by price drops in raw materials and profitable reinvestments, China Steel Corp. (CSC), the largest steelmaker in Taiwan by size, posted pretax profits of NT$2.723 billion (US$90.76 million), or NT$0.17 per share, in July, up 17% month-on-month (MoM) or 49.53% year-on-year (YoY) to hit... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/25

EU to Investigate Taiwan's PV Makers in Possible Conspiracy

European Union (EU) has decided to investigate photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers from Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia to see if they had helped China’s solar-panel makers evade price and quantity limits, by supplying solar cells, it imposes on China's exports. Taiwanese manufacturers fear being penaliz... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/25

Hiwin and Fair Friend to Launch Acquisitions in H2, 2014

Taiwanese machine-tool makers Hiwin Technology Co., Ltd. and Fair Friend Group will engage in acquisitions overseas in the second half (H2) of the year to support robotic projects and build global presence. Hiwin, a major maker of ballscrews and precision components for machine tools in Taiwan, ... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/25

Taiwan's Sales of Trade and Food Services Top NT$7tn in H1, 2014

Taiwan’s sales of trade and food services in H1, 2014 hit a new high of NT$7.1 trillion (US$237.1 billion), with the sales for June up 4.1% year on year to NT$1.2 trillion (US$41.1 billion), according to the Department of Statistics of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), which attributes such... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/19

Parts Makers Race to Develop More Efficient Products for Taiwan's Machine-Tool Industry
Manufacturers strive to offer uniquely efficient products that outpace the low-price competition

By KEN LIU At a time when machine-tool makers are rushing to introduce machines that are more durable, more precise, faster, and more energy-efficient, Taiwan’s parts makers are rushing just as fast to offer the improved components they need. Marox Tools Industry Co., Ltd., founded back in 19... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/19

Taiwanese Suppliers Develop High-speed, Versatile Packaging Machines to Tap Promising Markets
One maker's OPP labeling machine has 600 bottle-per-minute capacity

By STEVE CHUANG According to Visiongain, a British market research firm, the global flexible packaging market has reached some US$143.83 billion, mostly driven by growing sales of consumer products in emerging nations. In the next decade, the firm forecasts the global market will likely peak, gi... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/15

Sales of New Energy Cars Surge in China Driven by Official Incentives
Positive results evident especially in Shanghai

By MICHELLE HSU Despite consumers’ concern over high cost, technological bottlenecks, inconvenience of recharging, among other problems of new energy cars, new energy vehicles have found a promising market in China where, according to official statistics, production and sales of new energy cars ... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/15

Taiwanese Extrusion Machinery Makers Meet Demand for High Performance, Energy Efficiency and Low-Cost

By STEVE CHUANG According to insiders there is growing demand globally for high performance, energy-efficient, low labor input and compact machinery. And lots of Taiwanese extrusion machine makers are rising to such challenge to develop top-caliber models that help users to achieve high profit a... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/14

Taiwan's Top-end Blown Film Machine Suppliers Prosper in Turbulent Seas
Local manufacturers beat the competition through R&D and innovation

By STEVE CHUANG Taiwan's makers of plastic and rubber machinery, including blown film machines, have generally experienced a business slump so far this year mainly because of increasing rivalry from emerging competitors as well as sluggish corporate investment in fixed assets over the past few y... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/13

Taiwan's Machine Tool Makers Compete to Develop Smart Machines
Manufacturers race to keep ahead of rivals by developing high-end and robotic models

By KEN LIU Taiwan’s machine-tool makers are rushing to keep up with market trends and address the issues of labor cost, production efficiency, and quality by introducing machines that are ever-more automatic, intelligent, and efficient. Already the world’s No. 4 machine-tool exporter with exp... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/12

CNFI Chairman Urges Taiwan to Speed Negotiations with China on Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement

With the increasingly challenging global market, along with China and S. Korea being close to signing a free trade agreement (FTA), Rock Hsu, chairman of Taiwan’s Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI), urges the Taiwanese government to accelerate negotiations with China on striking a Cr... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/11

O-Ta Likely to See Peak September Season Advance a Month

With its biggest customer, Nike, likely to stock up aggressively in August to better cope with the U.S.’s simmering market for golf clubs, O-Ta Precision Industry Co., Ltd., a Taiwan-based contract manufacturer of golf clubs and heads, is likely to see the traditional September high season advance ... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/11

Taiwan's Machine Tool Export Surges 13.3% YoY in June

In June, Taiwan shipped US$352 million of machine tools, up 13.3% year on year to help boost Taiwan's H1 exports by 4.9% YoY to US$1.8 billion or so, according to the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI). TAMI President J.C. Wang pointed out that the June figure shows the island’s mac... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/11

Taiwan's Taoyuan Int'l Airport's Passsnger Traffic Growth in H1, 2014 Leads Across Asia

Driven by the rise of low-cost carriers (LCCs) as well as aggressive promotions by Taiwan's airlines and travel agencies, the Taoyuan International Airport saw passenger traffic exceed 16.68 million people in the first half (H1) of the year for a 13.1% increase, compared to 14.75 million in the sam... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/11

Chinese Automotive Sensor Makers Eye Exports as Well as Domestic Market
Makers look for better technology to fill the gap in high-end products at home

By JENNY WU Sensors are playing an ever-more-important role in automotive technology along with the rapid advancement of auto electronics systems. Signals emitted by various types of sensors, such as temperature, pressure, location, speed, and vibration, enable vehicle computers to precisely con... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

Hiwin and Advantech Partner to Foster Robotic Industry Cluster

Hiwin Technologies Corp. and Advantech Co., Ltd. have signed an agreement to foster the formation of Taiwan’s robot-industry cluster in order to boost international competitiveness of Taiwan’s robotic and intelligent-automation industry. The first step of the agreement is to set up a venture spe... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

Market Researchers Report Mixed Results for Q2 Global Tablet Shipment Estimates

International Date Corp. (IDC) and Digitimes Research, both global research firms for ICT (information communication technology) markets, have issued the latest reports on estimated global tablet shipments in Q2 of this year, with the mixed results suggesting the market may have neared saturation a... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

TPK Holding CFO: Moderate Q3 Performance Expected

Affected by shipment delays due to customers deferring new product launches, TPK Holding Co., Ltd., a Taiwan-based touch panel maker, is likely to see moderate performance in Q3 of this year, said its chief financial officer, Freddie Liu, at an investor conference held in late July. With Apple I... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

TAMI President Fears Out-migration of Taiwan's Machinery Makers to China

J.C. Wang, president of the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), J.C. Wang, said at a meeting held recently by the National Development Council and Taiwan’s Cabinet that he fears the island’s machinery manufacturers may migrate to China or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASE... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

TSMC Chairman: Strong Revenue to Continue into H2

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang said the company’s consolidated revenue, operating profit, and after-tax net income will continue strengthening into the second half (H2) of the year, judging from the robust demand for silicon foundry service using 20nm and 28nm p... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

Uni-Opto Technology Projects Higher Q3 Revenue

With strong market for LED light bulbs and LED backlights for TVs and mobile phones, Taiwan's LED maker Uni-Opto Technology Co., Ltd. projects Q3 revenue to rise at least 30% from a quarter earlier, with July revenue likely to exceed NT$800 million (US$26.6 million). The company has begun deliv... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

China's Automotive Fuel-pump Sector Set to Take on the World
Manufacturers struggle to catch up with first-world technology

By JENNY WU The rapidly developing automobile market in China is boosting the demand for automotive fuel pumps, a key part in the engine fuel-supply system. The auto fuel-pump industry started later in China than in the industrially advanced nations, however, and it still lacks some core technol... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/07

CSSC to Step Up Exploring ASEAN Market Taiwan's Structural Steel Market Nears Saturation

With Taiwan's domestic market for steel structure showing little growth potential, China Steel Structure Co., Ltd., (CSSC), a Taiwanese manufacturer of structural steel and affiliate of a major steelmaker in Taiwan's China Steel Corp., will step up exploring business opportunities in the ASEAN (As... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/07

CTSP to Challenge Annual Revenue of NT$500 Bn. This Year

With large enterprises continually migrating there, Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), one of Taiwan’s top-3 science parks, is likely to challenge annual revenue of NT$500 billion, an all-time high, said Y.C. Wang, director-general of the CTSP Administration, at the park’s 11th anniversary held la... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/07

 
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