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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.

Taiwanese suppliers to tap into increased global market demand amid tighter conditions</h2>

Taiwanese suppliers to tap into increased global market demand amid tighter conditions

Mar 29, 2022

While many industries in Taiwan experienced a boom in orders, parts of the world saw shortages and repair services unable to meet demand due to disrupted supply chains since the pandemic began in 2020. Overall, research studies and experts expect similar tight conditions going into 2022, and could only ease up in 2023, but also offered a tentative silver lining. For instance, global rating age...

Change on the menu for automotive trends, yet disrupted supply chains pose challenges</h2>

Change on the menu for automotive trends, yet disrupted supply chains pose challenges

Mar 29, 2022

After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the world grappling with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24, supply chain disruptions that have derailed many industries are forecasted to continue well into 2022, amid a myriad of trends and problems. In this section, we discuss industry trends in three main areas. Auto Parts Auto parts, or more specifically, aftermarket (AM)...

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Auto brands and chip makers step up alliances in EV era

Mar 25, 2022

Japanese automotive brand Toyota's recent announcement of reducing production in March due to chip shortages is another setback for the company, as this would not be its first time scaling back capacity in the past two years. Earlier, Toyota had also announced that the chip shortages had slashed the group's production goals from April to June. However, Economic Daily News points out that Toyot...

Financial Events for Upcoming Week (March 14)</h2>

Financial Events for Upcoming Week (March 14)

Mar 14, 2022

1. Foxconn MIH Alliance Sees Over Hundreds of Japanese Suppliers Join Foxconn's foray into the electric vehicle industry is seeing big gains, as The Nikkei reported that notable Japanese brands like Toyota, and auto part supplier Denso, which has invested in TSMC's Kumamoto factory project, are all slated to join Foxconn's MIH Alliance initiative. Other benchmark Japanese suppliers, such as Ho...

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Gov't org signals slight economic index dip for January

Mar 02, 2022

Despite the National Development Council (NDC) announcing a slight drop of the economy's composite index of economic indicators for Taiwan for January on Tuesday, overall signals indicate a strong market and investments performance. The index fell two points from 38 to 36 between December 2021 and January, sitting in the yellow-red range on the council's five-color rating system, with "blue" i...

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Domestic container shipping warns choppy waters in supply chain ahead

Feb 08, 2022

The domestic container shipping industry believes that the container ship market is still experiencing difficulties as Asian countries enter the Year of the Tiger. The current information obtained by domestic companies is that the port congestion situation in the U.S. is still difficult and unlikely to lessen in the short term. Fortunately, shipping prices were able to experience a brief repr...

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Hybrid expos bridge world in post-pandemic expo industry

Feb 07, 2022

In the past two years, the global COVID-19 outbreak has caused major international exhibitions to be canceled one after another, prompting waves of changes needed to overhaul the marketing model of traditional physical exhibitions. In the past, many international buyers mainly sought overseas potential partners and agency brands by participating in major international exhibitions. However, as...

Domestic trade shows ramp up for H1, H2 2022</h2>

Domestic trade shows ramp up for H1, H2 2022

Jan 21, 2022

Trade event promoter Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is gearing up for multiple slots of expos this year, including those scheduled in late spring and early summer. For instance, Taiwan's biggest computer expo COMPUTEX will be hosted in a hybrid capacity, with in-person events kicking off on May 24 to 27 at Taipei's Nangang Exhibition Center, while the virtual expo will las...

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Export growth expected ahead of 2021 report card release on Jan 20

Jan 18, 2022

Hopes are high for Taiwan's export performance for December and the entirety of 2021, reported the Ministry of Economic Affair's Department of Statistics. Export figures are scheduled to be released by the Statistics Department on Jan. 20. Initial estimations show export order value in December at between USD$60.5 billion to USD%62 billion, marking either an annual decrease of 0.1% or an incr...

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Global prices and shortages at a glance

Jan 03, 2022

The new year was ushered in over the weekend; despite new beginnings, trends in 2021 that included shortages and rising prices will continue into 2022, exacerbated by backlogged shipping ports and worsening COVID-19 situations in major manufacturing hubs. Chip Shortages Since the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up in 2020, semiconductor shortages persisted as supply failed to keep up with consumer...