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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.


Taipei AMPA to kick off this Wednesday </h2>

Taipei AMPA to kick off this Wednesday

Apr 12, 2021

One of the world's biggest auto parts shows -- Taipei AMPA is kicking off on April 14 to April 17 concurrently with Autotronics Taipei at the Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. There are around 400 exhibitors showcasing in 11 exhibition areas, with over thousands of OEM and aftermarket parts, auto electronics, electric vehicles, and vehicle IoT solutions. These trends reflect the "ACES" moveme...


CIER: March PMI sees slight decline, marks continuing 5-month growth</h2>

CIER: March PMI sees slight decline, marks continuing 5-month growth

Apr 01, 2021

Chung-Hua Institution Economic Research (CIER) released Taiwan's PMI score for March on April 1, arriving at a 62.7 on its report card, and marking a five-month consecutive expansion momentum above 60.0. Though, March would also signify a two-month consecutive slight decline in terms of expansion, a drop of 0.5 index points. Under CIER's PMI index, all five categories saw uptick trends, includ...


Booming display panel industry preps for 2021 Touch Taiwan</h2>

Booming display panel industry preps for 2021 Touch Taiwan

Mar 29, 2021

The display panel industry is not only looking optimistic in recent months, but suppliers are also gearing up for 2021 Touch Taiwan, the only UFI-certified touch panel and optical film exhibition in the world, slated for opening on April 21 to 23 at the Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. AUO Chairman Paul Peng recently revealed that their newest product launch would be much different from what ...


A virtual function on the TIMTOS Online virtual tour helps viewers tour the online expo. (Photo courtesy of TAITRA)

TIMTOS Online sees approx. 60,000 visits in first two days despite going virtual

Mar 18, 2021

TIMTOS 2021 Online has accumulated 57,535 visits in the first two days since its opening on March 15. Many online and offline events were hosted concurrently, bolstering viewership and visitation. Organizer Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) says aside from the two-day virtual procurement sessions, this year's edition also featured live streaming events called "TIMTOS Factory ...


Taiwan is experiencing a record-breaking drought that has the world concerned over water shortages in water-intensive sectors, such as the semiconductor industry. (Photo courtesy of UDN)

Economic Ministry eases concerns over water shortages

Mar 09, 2021

The Economic Ministry has prepared three measures in the face of a record-breaking drought to ensure water usage until the end of May. The concern comes as the globe grapples with chip shortages. According to Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua on Monday, the drought so far has not impacted chipmaker TSMC. Other water-intensive sectors such as textile factories and agriculture farming are feeling t...


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PMI reports slight decline though expects confidence in future: CIER

Mar 08, 2021

Chung-Hua Institution Economic Research (CIER) announced February's PMI index, signaling a slight decline of 1.9 percentage points from last month to 63.2. on Monday. February would mark the fourth consecutive month in which Taiwan's PMI index maintained an expansion above 60%. NMI index reported a 52.1 score, a 2.8-percentage point drop compared to January. While both figures saw a slight de...


Innolux and Kymeta's New-Gen Antenna </h2>

Innolux and Kymeta's New-Gen Antenna

Mar 08, 2021

The new-generation offering called the LC Meta-Surface Antenna co-developed by Innolux and Kymeta boasts zero dead angles in terms of reception and will be used in Toyota's upcoming hydrogen-powered Mirai model. The collaboration would mark the latest trend in the automotive connectivity sector as automotive firms move to obtain and apply the latest technology to give them a leg-up in this eme...


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Taiwan's Record-High Exports Reveal Troubling Unbalanced Industry

Feb 23, 2021

Industry analysis organization CRIF China Credit Information Service (CCIS) warned three issues unbalancing Taiwan's economy and industry despite last year's export value breaking record highs at US$345.28 billion. CRIF CCIS factored that Taiwan's exports were too concentrated in intermediate goods, the electronics industry, and high reliance on exporting to China as the top three warning sig...


The ongoing drought in Taiwan has led to only 16.3% capacity of a reservoir located in Hsinchu, primarily supplying the Hsinchu Science Park. (Photo courtesy of EDN)

Local drought and US winter storm could worsen chip shortage

Feb 18, 2021

Weather issues and natural disasters are expected to impact automotive chip supply even further, experts say this week. The water shortage has worsened in Taiwan, necessitating further restrictions, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced on Wednesday. Starting from February 25, industrial areas in Hsinchu, Miaoli, and Taichung will see mandatory water restrictions imposed, upping restricti...


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Global Orgs Warn of Continual Economic Decline in 2021

Feb 01, 2021

In the latest global economic forecast reports, a number of global organizations have indicated a decline for the majority of global industries in the coming year. Both organizations named the worsened second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, India, Brazil, and Latin America, as the prominent reason behind the downward trend. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Organisation for E...