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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.

Self-driving car types to evolve with incoming trends: expert (EDN Opinion)</h2>

Self-driving car types to evolve with incoming trends: expert (EDN Opinion)

Mar 10, 2021

Tesla's declining prices indicate that the autonomous vehicle sector is entering the second stage in terms of product development, in which companies would roll out less expensive products to increase market share, writes distinguished professor Lu Hsi-peng in this week's opinion commentary published on Economic Daily News. He is teaching at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technolog...

TrendForce: NEV 2021 Sales Could Hit 3.9 Million Units</h2>

TrendForce: NEV 2021 Sales Could Hit 3.9 Million Units

Mar 03, 2021

NEV saw record-high sales in the final two months of 2020, TrendForce reported, signaling a yearly growth of 4.3% with 2.9 million units sold. Judging the current trends, TrendForce expects to see sales figures hit 3.9 million units this year. However, such forecasts are still up in the air as the shortage of automotive chips has made producing vehicles difficult. For the BEV market, Tesla...

Taiwan's AM Auto Parts Enjoy Bounce-back Amid Thriving EV Market</h2>

Taiwan's AM Auto Parts Enjoy Bounce-back Amid Thriving EV Market

Mar 02, 2021

Media reports indicate that the traditional AM auto parts market is seeing a bounceback despite the global trend of developing electric cars. AM companies have said many global auto suppliers have been moving towards the electric vehicle sector, though the market for repairs in the "old-school" auto market still exists. A change in auto parts clients' product demand shows that auto companies ...

Tatung teamed up with ITRI to roll out Taiwan's first indigenous-made EV bus power supply. The company has now announced its first order in collaboration with two domestic EV bus makers.

Tatung grasps cross-industry biz with first EV bus power supply order

Feb 26, 2021

Tatung Co. has obtained its first order for the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), going to Tangeng Advanced Vehicles and SF Ebus. The three companies will be setting off a vertical ecosystem integration by rolling out commercial vehicles, core power systems, and an electric bus pilot demo. A signing ceremony of an MOU between the three companies is slated for March 2, reports say. Tatu...

MSI's vehicle computing system FUNTORO geared for electric bus application. (Photo credit: UDN/MSI)

MSI to work with Taiwan-based electric bus maker

Feb 19, 2021

Taiwan-based world-leading motherboard brand Micro-Star International (MSI) announced a cross-industry collaboration with Master Transportation Bus Manufacturing on February 18, signaling goals to enter the electric vehicle industry. MSI will aim to integrate their vehicle computing systems with Master Transporation Bus Manufacturing's electric buses, which will become the first Transportation...

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Hon Hai Stakes Future in EV Industry Through Software-Oriented Approach

Feb 08, 2021

Whether Hon Hai Precision can successfully transition its business model will depend on its move into the electric vehicle (EV) sector, media reported. The alliance between Hon Hai and Taiwanese car maker Yulon will offer the former much-needed automaking experience. Coupled with Hon Hai's aim to redefine the EV market into a software-oriented ecosystem, the Taiwanese multinational electronics co...

Lighting Solutions in a Post-COVID World</h2>

Lighting Solutions in a Post-COVID World

Feb 04, 2021

When COVID-19 first broke out last year, some were forced into lockdown at home and would continue to work from home, or in other cases, carry on as an essential worker at the office. Regardless of where one worked, the demand for lighting fixtures, solutions, and technologies grew according to the application in demand. More so in the future where remote working at home could become the norm. ...

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Display panel prices to continue uptick trend with key material shortages: IDC

Feb 03, 2021

International Data Corporation (IDC) analysts say display panel prices will remain at a high level after news of an upstream glass substrate manufacturing plant's furnace exploded made the headlines. However, IDC analyst Chen Chien-chu pointed to driver IC shortages to significantly impact display panel delivery more than glass substrate shortages. While impacted companies have already sought ...

Hand Tools and Related Industries Tentatively Optimistic Heading into 2021</h2>

Hand Tools and Related Industries Tentatively Optimistic Heading into 2021

Feb 01, 2021

▓Stephanie Chao With the industry undergoing development for over half a century, Taiwan's hand tools industry has grown into the world's second-largest export country, and one of Taiwan's most critical outbound-oriented industries by housing the entire production chain, from upstream to downstream and handling operations ranging from molding, heat treatment, forging, electroplating, and assem...

Emerging Trends and Technologies in the Hand Tools Industry to Watch Out For</h2>

Emerging Trends and Technologies in the Hand Tools Industry to Watch Out For

Feb 01, 2021

▓ Stephanie Chao The COVID-19 pandemic that upended the global economy, production chains and society has brought forth or accelerated irreversible change. Among the latest trends, digital transformation and new related technologies in automation and AI are the hottest topics and in the most urgent demand among companies in the hand tools and hardware industries. How would a traditional sector...