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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.

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All-Around Chip Shortage Impacts Auto and Semiconductor Sectors

Jan 25, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global chip shortage has led to foreign government leaders imploring Taiwan's semiconductor industry's assistance, signifying Taiwan's crucial role in the automotive sector. However, with TSMC's importance in the global production chain, experts indicate that the shortage will continue throughout Q1 and only resume prioritization for auto chips. While there ar...

Smart Lighting Systems Spur on Utilizing New Tech </h2>

Smart Lighting Systems Spur on Utilizing New Tech

Jan 11, 2021

A growing global lighting industry, economy, population, and urbanization are all closely tied to energy consumption demand. For example, stable economic growth and urbanization will prompt office buildings, factories, service industry, and residential buildings. Increasing night-time activity is also correlated to a favorable financial situation, meaning lightning demand will also increase. H...

ITRI-PlayNitride Partnership Furthers Taiwan's MicroLED Advantage</h2>

ITRI-PlayNitride Partnership Furthers Taiwan's MicroLED Advantage

Dec 25, 2020

MicroLED maker PlayNitride and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have signed on a long-term collaboration project to further cement Taiwan's role in the MicroLED-trillion-dollar market. PlayNitride CEO Charles Lee, who had just won this year's SID special contribution award, said the partnership would combine PlayNitride's advanced technology and production capabilities with ...

Taiwan's government representatives and architecture industry leaders pose at the opening ceremony for a healthy building promotion conference on Dec. 18 at Taipei 101. Photo taken by Ting-Yu Chao.

Industry Leaders Rally Behind Taiwan's 2nd Healthy Sustainable Building Movement

Dec 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the public's awareness of clean, quality air and other related health issues, accelerating Taiwan's architecture industry's foray into the latest global trend: "healthy buildings." In response to the government's pandemic-prevention regulations, the Taiwan Architecture & Building Center (TABC), Taiwan Wellness Building Association, SEED, International WELL B...

China-U.S. Trade War Hurts Factory Revenue in 2019 Census: MOEA</h2>

China-U.S. Trade War Hurts Factory Revenue in 2019 Census: MOEA

Dec 15, 2020

The Economic Ministry Department of Statistics released last year's factory census report on Tuesday, reflecting the impact from the China-U.S. trade war, showing a 3.8% YoY decline, and NTD$16.9 trillion in revenue. The report found despite the decline, the semiconductor industry showed strong growth amid increasing investments and Taiwanese businesses returning to the island. The situation ...

Yageo's Capacitor Maker Jamicon to Benefit from Foxconn EV Initiative</h2>

Yageo's Capacitor Maker Jamicon to Benefit from Foxconn EV Initiative

Dec 14, 2020

Media reports Jamicon benefiting the greatest in the Yageo Corporation and Foxconn beginning a strategic collaboration, as the capacitor-maker under Yageo could enjoy a strong growth due to electric vehicle demand. Industry watchers pointed out that while the two firms had no existing partnerships in the past, Foxconn's proactive initiative with Yageo has put the two firms into each others' pa...

Automotive Chips to Grow to $21 billion in 2021, IDM Firms to Benefit from Supply Shortage</h2>

Automotive Chips to Grow to $21 billion in 2021, IDM Firms to Benefit from Supply Shortage

Dec 11, 2020

According to TrendForce's Topology Research Institute data, global auto sales estimates look optimistic in 2021 and could reach 83.5 million units. Auto brands and Tier 1 suppliers have been rebuilding their inventories this Q4, buoying demand for auto semiconductors. The institute estimates the global auto chips industry value could hit USD$18.67 billion; in 2021, that could grow 12.5% to re...

Industries Struggling with Material Shortages Amid Pandemic</h2>

Industries Struggling with Material Shortages Amid Pandemic

Dec 10, 2020

Several industries have enjoyed a market boom amid the COVID-19 pandemic, bolstered by work-from-home demand, including backlight module (BLM) makers and laptop suppliers. BLM maker Coretronic remarked that with the shortage of panel parts and shipping containers unable to meet demand, the firm's tentative combined delivery volume for energy-saving products would decline in December. Coretr...

Global High-End Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Maker Eyes Auto New Energy Market</h2>

Global High-End Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Maker Eyes Auto New Energy Market

Dec 08, 2020

Global high-end lithium iron phosphate battery maker Aleees saw a rebound in YoY growth, as its combined revenue in November hit NTD$15 million, indicating resumed demand and further increasing its investments in new energy solutions for automotive use. Aleees remarked that the firm is currently replacing its automotive lead-acid batteries with the new lithium iron phosphate options, having be...

Warming Economy Bolsters Metal Prices</h2>

Warming Economy Bolsters Metal Prices

Dec 08, 2020

Investors are looking into industrial metals, such as copper and nickel, as the COVID-19 vaccine news and the government's stimulus plans have prompted renewed confidence in the manufacturing industry. The vaccine news and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's win have smoothed out investors' concerns and would serve to bolster the economy. China's increasing procurement of metal products have ...