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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.


7-in-1 Intelligent Asia Expo launches on 15th with thousands of exhibitors</h2>

7-in-1 Intelligent Asia Expo launches on 15th with thousands of exhibitors

Dec 13, 2021

The "Intelligent Asia" Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing Exhibition kicks off on Dec. 15, combining the seven major industrial exhibitions including Taipei Automation 2021, Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robot Show under the same venue. The event will bring together more than 1,000 exhibitors and use more than 4,000 booths, with attending Taiwanese companies including Shanghai Bank, TEC...


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Magnesium shortages could further rock global production chains

Oct 18, 2021

Amid the news of product and raw material shortages due to many issues in the global production chain and export countries, aluminum makers warned about the incoming shortage of magnesium, a crucial component in the production of alloys. International news outlets have pointed to the energy crisis in China as the nexus point that further worsened the snowball effect of shortages of essential r...


Taipower warns of stressed power grid in orange-level capacity</h2>

Taipower warns of stressed power grid in orange-level capacity

Oct 08, 2021

Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) announced that as of Thursday evening, the operating reserve of electricity was reported to be at only 4.32%, with the state power supplier's status index showing an orange light indicating a stressed capacity in the afternoon. The news comes amid heightened awareness regarding energy supply as countries around the world battle with impending power shortages or pow...


Supply chain woes to continue: BofA Global Research</h2>

Supply chain woes to continue: BofA Global Research

Sep 24, 2021

Supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could severely worsen this year to another level, reported BofA Global Research. The industry research report issued on Thursday presented a pessimistic outlook. Analysts at the Bank of America said the many issues seen in the U.S. are only the beginning, such as the lack of workers unloading sea freight containers. "These issues will l...


Rising shipping prices are among the top hurdles for ICT suppliers in Taiwan, as surveyed by the Taipei Computer Association.

Supply, chip shortages and disruption cited as issues in TCA survey

Sep 16, 2021

The three top challenges found by a Taipei Computer Association-led survey of its ICT industry members all pointed to issues tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past six months, suppliers named chip shortages, expensive shipping costs, and the inability to travel overseas for business as the top three major issues. Around 26% of respondents named chip shortages as their biggest hurdle, follo...


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SEA's eases strict COVID-19 lockdown as economic issues ripple through supply chain

Sep 13, 2021

Media reports say that prolonged restrictions in Southeast Asian countries have taken a toll on their economies due to the Delta variant-fueled COVID-19 outbreak. Governments have begun reopening their economies despite the surge of COVID-19 cases and lack of containment, largely blamed on the slow vaccine roll-out. The region had quickly overtaken other parts of the world to become the worst...


Taiwan's Machinery Industry Hindered by Supply Chain and Pandemic Issues</h2>

Taiwan's Machinery Industry Hindered by Supply Chain and Pandemic Issues

Sep 09, 2021

The machinery industry in Taiwan has been experiencing a five-month consecutive growth in the double-digits as of Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry's (TAMI) statistics released in June, rounding up the export value at USD$13.167 billion, a 27.5% annual growth. Figures indicate that the growth would continue despite the local COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan. As of writing, Taiwan is still a...


Global and local trends fueling the machinery sector</h2>

Global and local trends fueling the machinery sector

Sep 09, 2021

The current global situation has made it incredibly challenging for industries and businesses to maintain a competitive edge when prices are soaring and delivery times are unpredictable. In an interview with Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center (ISTI) deputy head Harrison Hsiung, he touched on evolving trends observed in pr...


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Global sea freight rates to see hikes in Oct.

Sep 06, 2021

The global transportation peak season is expected to worsen the port congestion problem, presented in how the global large container carrier's general rate increase (GRI) is slated for an uptick growth again in October, pushing shipping prices between East Asia and North America to an all-time high. Freight companies moving to increase prices include Evergreen, Yangming, COSCO, HMM, Hapag-Lloy...


Expect hybrid events in the future: survey</h2>

Expect hybrid events in the future: survey

Aug 30, 2021

Amid the Delta variant-fueled outbreaks going around the world, event organizers, exhibitors, and marketers hoping for the return of in-person events in the fourth quarter should be According to a SearchEngineLand article, their survey of marketing professionals this summer indicated a 50% chance on average that they would attend an in-person event through the end of 2021. Their latest Eve...