cens logo

Hardware, hand tools industries accelerate modernized factories

Apr 27, 2021 | By CENS


Many traditional manufacturing sectors are experiencing the squeeze as the global industry accelerates towards a smarter, digitalized production process. This includes the hand tools and plumbing sectors, both as traditional as industries can be. In Taiwan, companies in these industries tend to be small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), maintaining a smaller budget than their bigger counterparts, which also meant that they were more conservative in introducing costly, more expensive overhauls of their entire production equipment.

As a result, companies in these industries must contend with strategic upgrades. For many, this included technological upgrades, while for others, product development was their main focus.

The Taiwanese government launched an initiative with machinery maker Hiwin Technology and Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robotics Association (TAIROA), helping four local SMEs in the hand tools and plumbing industries implement smart manufacturing capabilities.

The Economic Ministry's Industrial Development Bureau, heading the initiative, told the media that with smart manufacturing becoming the most prominent trend, suppliers must consider how the global supply chain was upended in the light of the coronavirus outbreak, and to respond accordingly. The supply disruption prompted urgency in the industry, as more and more suppliers saw the need to adjust to small-volume, high-mix capabilities, it meant that fully automated production was in hot demand.

The initiative, dubbed as the "Sailor's Project," aimed to help four companies implement MES control equipment for on-time data, manufacturing data, and production scheduling. Also, equipment upgrades, including smart robots handling material loading and off-loading, grinding, and polishing work, were added as it helped improve production flexibility.

Examples of strategic upgrades consisting of product R&D, are Chang Pu Enterprise and Steel Mark Enterprise. Read on to learn more about Chang Pu Enterprise and Steel Mark Enterprise


Industry In-Focus

Chinaplas 2021 to Kick Off Amid Industry Breakthroughs</h2>

Chinaplas 2021 to Kick Off Amid Industry Breakthroughs

Apr 12, 2021

Taiwan's industrial production has maintained a steady growth since it rebounded last year, as the world had gradually opened up after almost a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, the island's Ministry of Economic Affairs had reported that industrial production growth in February rose almost 3 percent from a year earlier, and also saw an increase of sales for plastics/rubber products...


Taiwanese EV parts suppliers eye critical parts amid accelerating industry pace</h2>

Taiwanese EV parts suppliers eye critical parts amid accelerating industry pace

Apr 12, 2021

With the electric vehicle (EV) trend sweeping across the globe, Taiwanese suppliers are focusing on certain key components as potential business opportunities, including Hon Hai, Hota Precision, Tong Yang Industrial, TECO Electric & Machinery, Hiwin, ASE Technology Holding, and passive component suppliers. Many suppliers in the industry are leveraging the current climate as a result, with Hon...


Photo credit: UDN

Electric and traditional bicycle sectors expect continual growth post-COVID

Apr 08, 2021

Taiwan's electric and traditional bicycle exports in February saw significant YoY growth, marking a 7% uptick in the first two months of 2021, and signifying that international demand is returning. Market expectations regard Q2 favorably, expecting the container shortage that led to rising costs to ease up, and bolstering performance outlook among Taiwan's bicycle suppliers: Giant, Merida, an...



Industry Reports

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 ...



Supplier News

Kung Hsing Plastic Machinery's New Plant to Bolster Production</h2>

Kung Hsing Plastic Machinery's New Plant to Bolster Production

Apr 12, 2021

Addressing a number of industry trends, namely, film blowing machinery progressing into more advanced equipment and ultra-large sized machinery, Kung Hsing Plastic Machinery is future-proofing its business to ensure that they meet domestic and international clients' demands for better quality and improving product reliability. The company continues to be dedicated to manufacturing high-performing...


Photo credit: Microtest Corporation

The Go-To Supplier in the 5G and EV Industries

Apr 09, 2021

Trend-Setting Microtest to Offer New Total Testing Solutions Microtest Corporation., founded in 1993, is a professional maker and developer of high precision and automatic testing and measurement instrument and equipment. Considered one of the top leading firms globally in the measurement instrument field, Microtest has increased its value in spades, as the company can keep up with new and f...


Photo courtesy of OmniEyes

OmniEyes' AI Technology Paves the Way for Traditional Industries' Digital Transition

Mar 26, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the industries' timeline for implementing digital transformation. However, the how's and what's of applying new technologies and improving the added value to existing products and services can be daunting. Three professors from the National Taiwan University College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science founded the startup company "OmniEyes," basi...



Insiders' Views

OmniEyes CEO and Co-Founder Chun-Ting Chou. (Photo courtesy of OmniEyes)

OmniEyes' AI Technology Paves the Way for Traditional Industries' Digital Transition

Dec 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the industries' timeline for implementing digital transformation. However, the how's and what's of applying new technologies and improving the added value to existing products and services can be daunting. Three professors from the National Taiwan University College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science founded the startup company "OmniEyes," basi...


Caption: Pictured from front row, third right, Changhua County Government Economic Affairs Department Director Liu Yu-ping, County Magistrate Wang Huei-mei, Secretary Chen Bo-tsun pose in front of the exhibition booth. (Photo provided by CHCIA)

Changhua County Government Shores up Biz-Matching to Global Buyers

Nov 18, 2019

■Yang Feng-Chun In a bid to assist manufacturers in Changhua County to expand their market reach overseas against severe competition in the globalized market, Changhua County Government has been an active player in pushing for a makeover and innovation of its local small and medium-sized enterprises. This is done in hopes of establishing stronger connection with international markets. An ex...


Paul Master offers high-quality chassis and engines parts for passenger cars, trucks, and industrial trucks. (Photo courtesy of Paul Master)

Paul Master Auto Parts Co.

Paul Master Builds Reputation with Auto Chassis and Engine Parts

Nov 18, 2019

Paul Master Auto Parts Co. is a professional manufacturer of chassis and engine parts for passenger cars, trucks, and industrial trucks (including forklifts) with about 40 years of experience. The company is currently expanding worldwide marketplace, which gains support from global buyers. General Manager Terry Liang said the company has its own professional design department, which provides ...

PAUL MASTER AUTO PARTS CO.



Exhibition Highlights

2021 INTERMACH presents an important platform for business opportunities.</h2>

2021 INTERMACH presents an important platform for business opportunities.

Apr 08, 2021

The 38th edition of INTERMACH presents an important platform for business opportunities. The show features the latest industrial machinery and technology that meet industry's needs today including Automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Robotic Arm technology. There will be advanced machinery technologies that enhance production potential and effectively reduce costs; along with meetings, s...


AMPA 2021 to take place virtually and physically</h2>

AMPA 2021 to take place virtually and physically

Apr 01, 2021

The Taipei International Automobile & Motorcycle Parts & Accessories Show (AMPA) will be held on April 14-17, 2021 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall 1. Supported by the automobile aftermarket industry, the show will take place both virtually and physically, where worldwide industry peers can still meet and get business done from afar. Keeping up with the latest global trend while maintaining t...


Smart City Summit and Expo kicks off, hybrid show boasts pre-covid numbers</h2>

Smart City Summit and Expo kicks off, hybrid show boasts pre-covid numbers

Mar 24, 2021

Taipei Computer Association Chairman Paul Peng said the 2021 Smart City Summit and Expo could reach buyers in over 150 countries through offline and virtual exhibitions. Foreign buyers could make up over 70% of total visitors and bring in 600,000 online viewership. During the show's opening ceremony, Peng said in his remarks that even if the upper half of 2021 is still uncertain due to COVID-1...