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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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May exports rebound, signals continued growth into June

Jun 21, 2022

The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced today that export orders for May amounted to USD$55.43 billion, which not only hit a new high for the same month in previous years but was also corrected for the first time after the 25th consecutive month of growth in April. It is expected that export orders will continue to flourish in June. The Statistics Department of the Ministry of Economic Affair...

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Chip shortages continue to hamper automotive imports

May 04, 2022

With chip shortages still hampering the global automotive sector, major car manufacturers expect a shortage of cars, leading to significantly decreasing imported numbers. The total sales volume in the market is currently at 35,200 units, an annual decrease of 7%. The TOYOTA and LEXUS brands under Hotai Motors have reached 12,500 units, the MITSUBISHI and CMC brands of China Motor Corporation ...

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Delayed container ship production could worsen shipping in 2023

May 03, 2022

The new regulations on shipping carbon emissions are set to come into effect next year, and with the number of global container ships over 20 years old will reach 8.2%, experts warn there will be a wave of elimination of old ships starting as early as this year. However, the supply and production of these ships have been hampered by China's strict zero-COVID policy and the Russian-Ukrainian wa...

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Industry giants team up to meet EV charging pile demand

Apr 25, 2022

The demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is seeing a significant boom as EV sales grow. As such, companies across different sectors are teaming up in cooperation to accelerate the EV movement, including TECO and Phihong Technology. Under the two companies' newest initiative, the plan is to expand new production capacity into North America, with the aim to begin test product...

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Rising COVID cases in Taiwan prompt proactive measures in tech

Apr 06, 2022

The rising COVID-19 cases in Taiwan have prompted technology companies to return to remote working or staggered shifts. TSMC was among the first companies to return to staggered, remote, or off-site working, starting April 2. Taiwan's three biggest telecom companies have also resumed remote work. Following the four-day Qingming Festival holidays, many technology companies have stepped up o...

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New March PMI continues to expand for 21 months

Apr 01, 2022

The Chung-Hua Institution Economic Research (CIER) released the March manufacturing PMI on Friday, which has expanded for 21 consecutive months, but the index has fallen back to 57.8%. Concerns were expressed that geopolitics will lead to a decline in the outlook index for the next six months; scholars believe that the Russian-Ukrainian war factor has not fully been factored into the PMI performa...

Taiwan must seize opportunities in 2022 and beyond in auto parts and EV </h2>

Taiwan must seize opportunities in 2022 and beyond in auto parts and EV

Mar 29, 2022

Editor's Notes: As the past two years have shown, the overall discussion of climate change, policies, and improving technologies have spearheaded transformations in the automobile industry, namely by the increasing demand for electric vehicles (EV). In this year’s April edition of the Taiwan Transportation Equipment Guide (TTG), we are formally introducing a section for automotive electronics, a...

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...