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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.


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...


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 ...


March 31st Machinery Procurement Session Open for Registration</h2>

March 31st Machinery Procurement Session Open for Registration

Mar 09, 2021

Taiwan's government agencies and organizations are slated to host an online global machinery procurement session on March 31 in Taichung. The machinery industry is experiencing a rebound as global pandemic restrictions ease up. As of publication, the procurement session hosted by the Economic Ministry Bureau of Foreign Trade and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) reported 230 b...


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...


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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...


TIMTOS trade fair in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry)

Business normalcy possible due to vaccine rollout in 2021: TAITRA

Feb 17, 2021

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Chairman James C. F. Huang expressed optimism regarding resuming business operations in 2021 due to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. In terms of TAITRA's main area of expertise in trade fairs, Huang said hybrid shows would become the norm, emphasizing digital transformation is still a crucial trend to invest in during the post-pandemic era. TAITR...


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Smart Manufacturing Alliance to Increase R&D for Asia Hub Goal

Feb 09, 2021

Two major industrial association-backed "Taiwan Smart Manufacturing Alliance" reached a consensus through forming a promotional committee on Feb. 8, media reported. The alliance, the brain-child of the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) and the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA), will become the primary platform to promote the "Machinery Cloud," a...


TIMTOS 2021 Physical Exhibition Postponed  While Online Exhibition (TIMTOS Online) Continues as Scheduled</h2>

TIMTOS 2021 Physical Exhibition Postponed While Online Exhibition (TIMTOS Online) Continues as Scheduled

Feb 08, 2021

In response to the surging pandemic at home and abroad, the show organizers have decided to postpone the physical exhibition, but TIMTOS 2021 online exhibition (TIMTOS 2021 Online) will continue as scheduled to serve exhibitors and buyers worldwide. The announcement comes after the Taiwan Center for Diseases Control stressed that if it is impossible to maintain social distancing among attendees, ...