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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.


Digital Transformation: what should companies look for in AI platforms?</h2>

Digital Transformation: what should companies look for in AI platforms?

Feb 10, 2022

Digital transformation is one of the most trending keywords in recent years, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has accelerated the digital transformation among enterprise operations. What is the definition of digital transformation? Taiwan's top research and technology development organization ITRI AI collaborative platform Aldea considers a company that is embracing digital transformat...


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Prolonged parts shortages while pandemic in Europe eases

Jan 26, 2022

The Omicron variant's fast spread has World Health Organization experts looking towards the COVID-19 pandemic transition into the endemic stage, where high rates of vaccination and widespread infection could lead to global immunity. However, Pegatron Chairman T.H. Tung pointed out that despite the waning health emergency, shortages of crucial components will continue to persist beyond the pandemi...


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Manufacturing index signals flat growth amid Omicron wave for November

Dec 30, 2021

Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) announced the November manufacturing index on Thursday, signaling that the overall index rose by 0.14 points from 15.14 points revised last month to 15.28 points in November. The index signal, representing the state of the manufacturing index, has remained in the green index for two consecutive months now. The application of emerging technologies an...


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Chip industry expresses concern over long-term policies at SEMICON

Dec 29, 2021

SEMICON Taiwan 2021 International Semiconductor Exhibition kicked off on Dec. 28, focusing on various issues, including information security, hydropower, and declining birthrate. Industry figures pointed out that long-term supporting policies are needed to ensure that Taiwan's semiconductor industry maintains its leading status. Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and TSMC Chairma...


Metal price rally to continue into 2022, pressures EV penetration</h2>

Metal price rally to continue into 2022, pressures EV penetration

Dec 27, 2021

With batteries used to power electric vehicles becoming an absolute necessity, raw metal materials in 2021 have seen a sharp rise in demand, and the trend is expected to continue in 2022. However, this will result in higher costs for automotive brands, prolonging the adoption of EVs, commonly touted as a crucial tool in fighting climate change. Just as the world is quickly adapting to the gree...


EV's cathode materials see explosive growth, est 2.15 million ton-demand by 2025</h2>

EV's cathode materials see explosive growth, est 2.15 million ton-demand by 2025

Dec 24, 2021

The demand for cathode materials used in electric vehicle batteries has increased sharply, according to TrendForce's estimates, largely due to the explosion of new energy vehicle production and sales. As the most demanded type of raw material for EV batteries, the shipments of cathode materials benefited from the rapid growth of new energy vehicles. It is estimated that the global demand for c...


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Industry, manufacturing index hits 22-consecutive-month growth

Dec 24, 2021

The Statistics Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced on Thursday that the industrial production index for November was marked at 137.86, a year-on-year increase of 12.1%; the manufacturing production index for November was 141.16, a single-month high in the past year, with a year-on-year increase of 13.1%, and both marked a 22 consecutive-month expansion. The department estimat...


IKKA-KY to focus on EV products in future, predicts growth for 2022</h2>

IKKA-KY to focus on EV products in future, predicts growth for 2022

Dec 03, 2021

The new product development of IKKA-KY, a subsidiary of Abico Group, is reported to be focusing on electric vehicles. The company is currently developing the cooling system modules and will introduce the electrified systems into mid-level new car models, and it is expected to return to an optimistic growth track next year. The latest news came from IKKA-KY's corporate briefing at the Taiwan St...


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Omicron variant spooks markets: Taiwan's shipping giants pledge space for domestic demand

Nov 29, 2021

As the newest highlighted COVID-19 variant of concern, Omicron has the European region and the U.S. on high alert. In response to potential worsened snags in the global ports, the media has reported Taiwan's top four major container carriers and shipping companies -- Evergreen Marine, Yangming, Wan Hai, and T.S. Lines -- pledging to do their best in prioritizing shipping space of domestic indust...


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October exports mark 20-month consecutive growth

Nov 22, 2021

The Statistics Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced today (22) that the value of export orders in October closed at US$59.10 billion, a record high in the same month of the previous year, an annual increase of 14.6%, and marked a 20-month consecutive run. The department estimates that the value of export orders in November would be between USD$59 billion and USD$60.5 billio...