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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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Global Orgs Warn of Continual Economic Decline in 2021

Feb 01, 2021

In the latest global economic forecast reports, a number of global organizations have indicated a decline for the majority of global industries in the coming year. Both organizations named the worsened second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, India, Brazil, and Latin America, as the prominent reason behind the downward trend. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Organisation for E...

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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...

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Domestic Machine Tool and Parts See Rejuvenated Q4 Growth

Dec 21, 2020

With the machinery industry slowly seeing renewed growth after the year-long slump due to the coronavirus outbreak, domestic machine tool and parts firms Cheng Tai, AWEA Mechantronic, Tong Tai, He Da, Gao Feng, and Hiwin have all seen significant order increase in Q4. Machinery firms expressed optimism regarding next year’s forecast, indicating a robust upward tick for 2021 revenue compared to...

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...