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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.


Hon Hai's next step to realize EV goals: acquiring Malaysian DNeX </h2>

Hon Hai's next step to realize EV goals: acquiring Malaysian DNeX

Jun 11, 2021

Hon Hai announced on Thursday evening that it had invested MYR$108 million (about NT$780 million) in the Malaysian technology company DNeX, holding 5.03% of the shares, which is equivalent to indirectly investing in the Malaysian 8-inch wafer fab SilTerra. The move is highly regarded as Hon Hai's furthering attempt to cement its status in the electric vehicle industry. Hon Hai announced that ...


King Yuan Electronics workers take rapid screening tests for COVID. Photo courtesy of UDN.

Chip factories brace for COVID amid Miaoli cluster

Jun 07, 2021

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is slated to announce new virus prevention guidelines for domestic companies to follow in light of COVID-19 clusters breaking out in chip factories. The flurry of measures and urgency towards the latest cluster is largely due to the increasing cases linked to migrant workers working at King Yuan Electronics factories in Miaoli County. The new operati...


The photo of King Yuan Electronics Corp. facility workers awaiting to take their COVID-19 tests had ignited concerns over the lack of social distancing, prompting the government health department to step in. Photo courtesy of UDN.

COVID, material shortages impact Taiwan's machinery and electronics

Jun 04, 2021

Material shortages Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders' Association (TMBA) Chairman Hsu Wen-hsien has named shortages in the machine tool industry as the biggest concerns that could impact the sector's revitalizing efforts in the short term, according to media reports on Thursday. The machine tool sector was booming from orders coming in during the latest three quarters, however, Hsu p...


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Manufacturing could see record-breaking growth in 2021: ITRI IEKCQM

Jun 03, 2021

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) IEKCQM, having reviewed the political and economic situations at home and abroad, released its report for Taiwan's manufacturing 2021 forecast on Thursday. ITRI predicted the manufacturing output value this year will hit TWD$20.92 trillion, and the output value growth rate will be 10.03%. All industries are showing positive growth, among the...


Monitor panel exports hit hard by parts shortages and Samsung exit</h2>

Monitor panel exports hit hard by parts shortages and Samsung exit

Jun 02, 2021

Research institute TrendForce's newly released study outlined that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for technology products was consistent since Q2 last year, however, shortages threaten to upend the status quo. Shortages in 2021 are primarily exacerbated by Samsung's (SDC) phasing out its LCD production, as well as continual shortages for parts in the upstream IC supply chain, accordi...


Auto giants' investing in emerging tech an irreversible trend: MIC at COMPUTEXForum</h2>

Auto giants' investing in emerging tech an irreversible trend: MIC at COMPUTEXForum

Jun 01, 2021

With the advent of auto-technology, Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC) emphasized that global traditional car factories are accelerating their investment and R&D capabilities in developing three trends: electrification, smart-capabilities, and service-oriented tech. MIC's senior industry consultant and substitute director Hung Chun-hui made the remarks while speaking at the COMP...


MIT fast-charging E-Bus LTO battery module aims to boost mileage</h2>

MIT fast-charging E-Bus LTO battery module aims to boost mileage

Jun 01, 2021

Electric vehicles (EV) and related technologies were the major highlights at this year's Taipei AMPA show. For instance, the pavilion from the mobility Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (mTARC), an entity under the Economic Ministry Department of Industrial Technology, showcased EV and self-driving vehicle technologies developed by domestic companies and research institutions. Among their...


Used vehicle markets ripe for the picking in the chip shortage-era</h2>

Used vehicle markets ripe for the picking in the chip shortage-era

May 21, 2021

As the global auto market continues its transition into the electric-powered future, the auto parts sector will need to brace itself against not only the new trends but also the next hurdle to overcome. The pandemic has unveiled just how fragile just-in-time production can be: while it's convenient and manageable, it's also vulnerable to disruptions, and the automotive chip industry's unrelenting...


Foxconn and Fisker EV model slated for 2023 Q4 </h2>

Foxconn and Fisker EV model slated for 2023 Q4

May 14, 2021

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology and electric carmaker Fisker Inc. signed a deal on Thursday to develop and manufacture a new electric vehicle slated for mass production in Q4 of 2023. The type of vehicle was not identified, though reports indicated it would be a lightweight platform created by the two companies under the MIH platform framework. The price tag should be pri...


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COVID-19 ushers in flexible corporate office space future: survey

May 05, 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, commercial office spaces are seeing a huge overhaul as teleworking makes its mark in the corporate sector. CBRE Taiwan Consulting and Trade Service manager Chen Song-min analyzed that since work is now not limited to office spaces, flexible office space lease packages are on the rise. Chen emphasized that this new type of flexible office space leasing will...