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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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Export growth expected ahead of 2021 report card release on Jan 20

Jan 18, 2022

Hopes are high for Taiwan's export performance for December and the entirety of 2021, reported the Ministry of Economic Affair's Department of Statistics. Export figures are scheduled to be released by the Statistics Department on Jan. 20. Initial estimations show export order value in December at between USD$60.5 billion to USD%62 billion, marking either an annual decrease of 0.1% or an incr...


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Global prices and shortages at a glance

Jan 03, 2022

The new year was ushered in over the weekend; despite new beginnings, trends in 2021 that included shortages and rising prices will continue into 2022, exacerbated by backlogged shipping ports and worsening COVID-19 situations in major manufacturing hubs. Chip Shortages Since the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up in 2020, semiconductor shortages persisted as supply failed to keep up with consumer...


7-in-1 Intelligent Asia Expo launches on 15th with thousands of exhibitors</h2>

7-in-1 Intelligent Asia Expo launches on 15th with thousands of exhibitors

Dec 13, 2021

The "Intelligent Asia" Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing Exhibition kicks off on Dec. 15, combining the seven major industrial exhibitions including Taipei Automation 2021, Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robot Show under the same venue. The event will bring together more than 1,000 exhibitors and use more than 4,000 booths, with attending Taiwanese companies including Shanghai Bank, TEC...


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Growth slows as October PMI sees slight rebound to 58.3: CIER

Nov 01, 2021

Chung-Hua Institution For Economic Research (CIER) announced October's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) of Taiwan's manufacturing industry today, which increased slightly by 0.5 to 58.3 after two months of decline. CIER President Chang Chuan-zhang said that although the PMI index has expanded for 16 consecutive months, port congestion, freight delays, shortage of key components, and delivery ...


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Magnesium shortages could further rock global production chains

Oct 18, 2021

Amid the news of product and raw material shortages due to many issues in the global production chain and export countries, aluminum makers warned about the incoming shortage of magnesium, a crucial component in the production of alloys. International news outlets have pointed to the energy crisis in China as the nexus point that further worsened the snowball effect of shortages of essential r...


Taipower warns of stressed power grid in orange-level capacity</h2>

Taipower warns of stressed power grid in orange-level capacity

Oct 08, 2021

Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) announced that as of Thursday evening, the operating reserve of electricity was reported to be at only 4.32%, with the state power supplier's status index showing an orange light indicating a stressed capacity in the afternoon. The news comes amid heightened awareness regarding energy supply as countries around the world battle with impending power shortages or pow...


Supply chain woes to continue: BofA Global Research</h2>

Supply chain woes to continue: BofA Global Research

Sep 24, 2021

Supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could severely worsen this year to another level, reported BofA Global Research. The industry research report issued on Thursday presented a pessimistic outlook. Analysts at the Bank of America said the many issues seen in the U.S. are only the beginning, such as the lack of workers unloading sea freight containers. "These issues will l...


Rising shipping prices are among the top hurdles for ICT suppliers in Taiwan, as surveyed by the Taipei Computer Association.

Supply, chip shortages and disruption cited as issues in TCA survey

Sep 16, 2021

The three top challenges found by a Taipei Computer Association-led survey of its ICT industry members all pointed to issues tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past six months, suppliers named chip shortages, expensive shipping costs, and the inability to travel overseas for business as the top three major issues. Around 26% of respondents named chip shortages as their biggest hurdle, follo...


Taiwan's top machine tool expos TIMTOS and TMTS to debut together in 2022</h2>

Taiwan's top machine tool expos TIMTOS and TMTS to debut together in 2022

Sep 15, 2021

Taiwan's two largest machinery-related trade expos, TIMTOS and TMTS, will debut together in 2022 in Taipei on February 21 to 26. Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) expects organizers and exhibitors will benefit from the combined events. Booth numbers are expected to exceed over 5,000, making it the biggest in history. Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) hopes that ...


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Potential lifting of expo restrictions uplifting yet worrying due to COVID: TAMI

Sep 14, 2021

With the remarks from Taiwan's executive branch suggesting loosening COVID-19 related restrictions on crowd gatherings and large-scale events, Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry Chairman Wei Tsan-wen has expressed support of the plans, emphasizing that opening up trade events will help bolster the machinery industry's recovery. According to the Economic Ministry's statistics of last yea...