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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.

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

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

U.S. Imposes Antidumping Duties on Taiwan's Steel Pipe Exporters

The International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced on July 11 its final decision to impose antidumping duties on Taiwan’s steel pipe exporters along with counterparts from the other seven OCTG (oil country tubular goods) making countries, including S. Korea, I... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/04

ITRI's “Tactical Nozzle Light” Provides Lighter, Safer Headlamps for Firefighters
New product weighs much less while providing far more light than conventional models

By STEVE CHUANG Reducing the physical burden imposed on firefighters by their equipment so as to enhance their efficiency, mobility, and safety during firefighting operations has long been a challenge for fire departments everywhere. Now Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), ... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/31

Stricter Regulations Boost Taiwan's Green Building Materials Industry
Island manufacturers jump onto the green-is-good bandwagon

By KEN LIU Beginning on July 1 this year, nine types of institution—colleges, libraries, medical organizations, social welfare institutes, government offices, railway stations, civilian airports, mass rapid transit stations, and shopping centers—became subject to the provisions of Taiwan's Indoo... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/31

Taiwan Offers All Tools and Equipment Needed to Keep Gardens Blooming
Gardening equipment makers cater to trends toward convenience and efficiency

With consumers in North America and Europe spending increasing amounts of time in their gardens, the outlook for the garden tool and equipment market is bright. The shopping lists of gardeners, as well as for wholesalers and retailers wanting to take advantage of the business opportunities inher... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/30

Formosa Plastics Group to Invest US$500 M. to Expand Steel Mill in Fujian, China

Optimistic about the growth potential of China’s domestic market for steels, Formosa Plastics Group will invest US$500 million into expanding a steel complex in Fujian, southeastern China, which is owned by the group’s affiliate Fujian Fuxin Special Steel Co., Ltd., says the company’s chairman, C.T... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Taiwan Steel Industry's Output Value Declined 5.6% YoY during January-April

Mainly dampened by steadily declining steel exports to China, which remain subject to 3-8% duties, the output value of Taiwan’s steel industry totaled only NT$405.1 billion (US$13.5 billion) for the first four months of this year, down 5.6% year-on-year (YoY), according to the statistics by the Mi... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/07

Yieh Phui's New Steel Sheets Factory in China's Changshu to Come Online at Year-end

Taiwan-based Yieh Phui Enterprise Co., Ltd., a listed coated steel producer affiliated with E United Group, a leading steel conglomerate on the island, will start up its new factory of steel sheets for automobiles in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, central China, at the end of this year to explore the ... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/23

Rexon to Start Up New Manufacturing Base at End of This Year in China

Rexon Industrial Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese contract manufacturer of bench power tools and fitness equipment, will start up its new manufacturing base in China’s Zhejiang at the end of this year, according to its president, Casey Wang. Wang says that the said plant, including a brand new headquarter... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/23

Taiwan's Okuma Grows into World's Top-3 Fishing Tackle Brand

Following 28 years of development, Taiwan-based Okuma Fishing Tackle Co., Ltd. has emerged as the world’s No.3 vendor of branded fishing tackle after Japan’s Shimano and Daiwa, mostly thanks to its dedication to OBM (original brand manufacturing) operation. Established in 1986, Okuma started out... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/18

MIRDC Sends Exhibitors to EFORT Congress 2014 to Promote Taiwan-made Medical Instruments

To promote Taiwan’s high-quality medical and surgical instruments to orthopedic surgeons worldwide, Taiwan's Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), a government-funded R&D institute, organized an exhibitor group to attend the EFORT Congress 2014 (the 15th European Federation of Nat... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/18

Taiwanese OA Furniture Parts Suppliers Share Secrets to Successful Operation
One maker inspired by car seat design to develop lumbar supports for OA chairs

By STEVE CHUANG The year 2013 was a year of mixed performance by Taiwanese OA furniture parts manufacturers, given that gloomy economies weakened global enterprises’ willingness to invest in fixed assets and dampened the sector to some extent. But with economies in the U.S., Japan and Europe sho... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/17

Golf Club Maker Dynamic Precision to See EPS Keep Surging in Q2

Mainly benefiting from sizable inventory clearance by its biggest customer, TaylorMade, a major brand of golf clubs, Dynamic Precision Industry Corp., a Taiwanese contract manufacturer of golf clubs and heads, expects EPS (earnings per share) to keep trending upward to a new high in the second qua... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/09

CSC Likely to Lower Nominal Prices of Steel in Q3 Amid Downtrend of Int'l Iron Ore Prices

With international prices of iron ore recently sinking to below US$100 per tonne and hitting a two-year low, China Steel Corp. (CSC), Taiwan’s largest steelmaker by size, will likely be forced to cut its nominal prices of steels, such as hot and cold-rolled steels, in the third quarter of this year... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/30

Taiwan Hand Tool Industry's Output Value Down 7.2% QoQ in Q1, 2014

Mainly affected by seasonal factors, Taiwanese hand tool industry’s output value dropped 8.2% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) to NT$15.66 billion (US$522 million) in the first quarter of this year, a slight downturn of 0.4%from a year ago, according to the latest report by Arthur Hsu, industry analyst of... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/29

MIRDC Completes Grey Cast Iron FC250 Properties Database to Help Machine Tool Makers Improve Turret Precision and Lifespan

To help Taiwanese machine tool suppliers better compete against rivals from Europe and Japan, the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), a government-funded R&D institute, has just finished constructing a grey cast iron FC250 properties database for insiders to improve turret dimen... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/28

Formosa Plastics: Start-up of First Furnace in Vietnam Steel Mill to be Delayed Due to Anti-China Riots

With the recent mob protests due to territorial disputes between Vietnam and China severely damaging foreign-owned factories in the former, Formosa Plastics Group of Taiwan confirmed that its steel mill in Ha Tinh Province will be forced to postpone start-up of the first furnace. Owned by Vietna... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/27

Taiwan Hon Chuan Expected to Double Profits in Q2

Mainly driven by seasonal boom, Taiwan Hon Chuan Enterprise Co., Ltd., a major manufacturer of beverage packaging materials in Taiwan, is expected to double profits in the second quarter of 2014 from the first quarter. Taiwan Hon Chuan finished the first quarter with consolidated revenue of NT$... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/26

Dynamic Precision Expects Better Sales of Golf Club Heads This Year Than Last

With efforts on restructuring orders and downsizing gradually paying off, Dynamic Precision Industry Corporation, a sizable Taiwanese contract manufacturer of golf club heads, expects better sales this year than last year, according to the president, C.C. Tsai. After several quarters of losses, ... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/23

CSC Scores NT$7.167 Bn. in Pretax Profits for Jan.-Apr.

Benefiting from the gradually stabilized international market for steel, Taiwan-based China Steel Corp. (CSC), the island’s larges steelmaker by size, reported cumulative pretax profits of NT$7.167 billion (US$238.9 million), or NT$0.47 per share, for the first four months of this year. The firm... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/16

Inaugural TIBS May Push Taiwan from Maker to Asia's Yacht Exhibition and Recreation Hub

With the inaugural Taiwan International Boat Show (TIBS), held May 8-11 in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, to further boost the local yacht industry’s global profile, the island may also accelerate transformation from a yacht production base into an exhibition and recreation hub in Asia. Organi... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/12

Taiwan Fastener Makers Seek to Fix Supply Chain Following Forced Closure of Surface Treatment Plants

With some local surface treatment factories officially ordered to shut down due to the violation of environmental protection laws in Taiwan’s southern metropolis of Kaohsiung, where more than 80% of Taiwan's fasteners are made, domestic fastener manufacturers are doing everything they can to repair... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/02

Taiwan Levies Antidumping Duties Retroactively on Korean and Chinese SS Suppliers

Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced earlier that its definitive antidumping duties on imports of stainless steel from China and South Korea will be levied for five years retroactively from August 15, 2013, when the imposition of provisional duties in the same case began. According to th... Full Story

Published: 2014/03/13

Taiwan's MIRDC and Slovakia's Chirana Group Signs MOU on Medical Instrument Development

To accelerate Taiwan’s development of medical instruments, the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), a government-funded R&D institute, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chirana Group, a Slovakian supplier of medical instruments. The MOU was already signed in ... Full Story

Published: 2014/03/05

Taiwan's China Steel Reports Pretax Profits of NT$23.207 Bn. for 2013

With the global steel market gradually on the mend, Taiwan-based China Steel Corp. (CSC), the largest steelmaker on the island by size, scored pretax profits of NT$23.207 billion, or about NT$1.5 per share, for 2013 to meet market expectations, according to the firm’s latest financial statement. ... Full Story

Published: 2014/02/14

Taiwan's Metal Industry Continues to Meet Market Trends

Taiwan’s Metal Industry Continues to Meet Market Trends With markets demanding eco-friendly, energy-saving, lightweight metal products, Taiwan’s metal industry has been increasingly working on value-added, non-ferrous metals and alloys as aluminum, magnesium and titanium to go upmarket and boost... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/23

Taiwanese Pneumatic Tool Suppliers See Brighter Prospects in 2014
Sector expects boost from new product launches and recovering export demand

By STEVE CHUANG Pneumatic tools—a category covering air-powered hammers, impact wrenches, spray guns, socket wrenches, grinders, sanders and screwdrivers—account for a major part of Taiwan's power tool production. Local products in this segment have also established a strong presence in the global... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/22

Taiwan Government Creates Bigger Market for Green Building Materials

Growing numbers of companies jump on the eco-bandwagon By KEN LIU Beginning on the first day of this year, all new government construction projects in Taiwan costing less than NT$50 million (US$1.6 million at US$1:NT$30) are required to meet the Ministry of the Interior’s (MOI’s) Green Bu... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/07

Taiwan's CSC Sees Jan.-Nov. Consolidated Revenue Decline by 3.42% to NT$318.716 Bn.

Affected by oversupply amid slow market demand worldwide, Taiwan-based China Steel Corp. (CSC), the largest steelmaker by both output and revenue on the island, reported consolidated revenue of NT$318.716 billion for the first 11 months, down 3.42% year-on-year (YoY), according to the firm’s latest... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/11

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