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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 vehicle production to continue freefall trend: IHS

Sep 17, 2021

Market survey institution IHS Markit revealed its lowest expectations yet for the automotive market in the past nine months. Due to chip shortages and delayed chip packaging, global production will fall below five million units for passenger cars this year. The Malaysian lockdown of the country, which began in early June, was a major contributing factor that worsened supply chain issues, IHS p...

TIER's manufacturing index show growth despite index setback</h2>

TIER's manufacturing index show growth despite index setback

Aug 31, 2021

Leading think tank Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) issued its monthly manufacturing composite indicators for July this week, signaling a decline through its index gauging the sector's climate, though it showed a continued rapid growth phase. TIER's composite manufacturing index declined 1.16 points to 16.52 in July, a small decline from June's score of 17.68. The index remained i...

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Global brands signing long-term shipping contracts to bypass shipping crisis

Aug 30, 2021

An unprecedented situation is brewing in the shipping sector after over a year of supply chain issues. With port congestion, container shortages, and backed-up sea shipping, more and more companies are choosing to charter containerships long-term to bypass the logistics hurdles. The news comes after reports of TSMC chartering its own containership to ensure timely delivery of semiconductor ch...

Southeast Asian COVID-19 outbreak further complicate MLCC shortages</h2>

Southeast Asian COVID-19 outbreak further complicate MLCC shortages

Aug 27, 2021

Southeast Asian-based priority electronic component plants continue to experience a squeeze as the Delta variant-fueled COVID-19 outbreak continues to ravage the region, prompting industry experts to warn of further shortages ahead. Top MLCC supplier Murata Mfg.'s inductor plant in Dong Nai, Vietnam, is slated to reopen for operations next Monday amid the worse COVID-19 outbreak in the country...

EV and peripheral applications see significant boost</h2>

EV and peripheral applications see significant boost

Aug 24, 2021

With third-generation semiconductors primarily using emerging materials such as GaN and SiC, industry experts have pointed out that the most relevant field for SiC will be electric vehicles, while GaN will focus on fast charging capabilities in smart mobile devices. While Taiwanese-based companies are actively investing in third-generation semiconductors, industry watchers also pointed out tha...

Taiwanese suppliers could fall behind in EV market warns Pegatron chairman </h2>

Taiwanese suppliers could fall behind in EV market warns Pegatron chairman

Aug 20, 2021

Several markets pose a great opportunity for Taiwanese suppliers, considering Taiwan's reputation in the information and technology industry, including 5G, EV, and low-Earth orbit satellites. Tung considers investment into these markets will significantly improve the country's competitiveness. In recent years, Pegatron has invested more and more into the EV market. The experience has prompted...

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COVID-19 to hamper freight rates and Q4 shopping season as Chinese ports close

Aug 16, 2021

The ocean freight shipping season is entering its peak in Q3 as European and American businesses have ramped up orders to replenish inventory. However, the Delta variant-fueled COVID-19 outbreak in many parts of the world is set to exacerbate shipping congestion as major ports in China were temporarily closed. Recent news of a port worker testing positive in the Meishan terminal in China's Por...

 How will the chip shortages affect the auto industry?</h2>

How will the chip shortages affect the auto industry?

Aug 12, 2021

As much of the world experienced an unprecedented disruption in 2020, industries alike struggled to readapt to the new reality. A walk around Taiwan's leading auto parts show — Taipei AMPA — would see new emerging, hot technologies in the electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous vehicle sectors a contrast against the traditional auto parts suppliers. With each year, B2B sourcing platforms would incre...

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Domestic-developed tech aims to make ADB accessible for all

Aug 12, 2021

The ongoing trend of the traditional automotive parts getting an upgrade with electrification and smarter capabilities has never been more evident than ever at the Taipei AMPA show, showcasing Taiwan's technological advances for the world to see. For example, the Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC) had been leading development in designing auto lamp adaptive driving beam (ADB) system thro...

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Connected car technology gaining traction amid tech advancements

Aug 12, 2021

Communicating cars, with other vehicles and related infrastructure, sounds like a concept pulled out of a sci-fi movie, however, with 5G communications technology catching up and becoming more popularized, smart transportation and smart city capabilities seem closer to us than ever. Taiwan's government has also shown a similar initiative, seeing how one of the island's most competitive industr...