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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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Manufacturing index signals flat growth amid Omicron wave for November

Dec 30, 2021

Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) announced the November manufacturing index on Thursday, signaling that the overall index rose by 0.14 points from 15.14 points revised last month to 15.28 points in November. The index signal, representing the state of the manufacturing index, has remained in the green index for two consecutive months now. The application of emerging technologies an...


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Omicron variant spooks markets: Taiwan's shipping giants pledge space for domestic demand

Nov 29, 2021

As the newest highlighted COVID-19 variant of concern, Omicron has the European region and the U.S. on high alert. In response to potential worsened snags in the global ports, the media has reported Taiwan's top four major container carriers and shipping companies -- Evergreen Marine, Yangming, Wan Hai, and T.S. Lines -- pledging to do their best in prioritizing shipping space of domestic indust...


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October exports mark 20-month consecutive growth

Nov 22, 2021

The Statistics Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced today (22) that the value of export orders in October closed at US$59.10 billion, a record high in the same month of the previous year, an annual increase of 14.6%, and marked a 20-month consecutive run. The department estimates that the value of export orders in November would be between USD$59 billion and USD$60.5 billio...


SEMICON Taiwan 2021 virtual seminar on smart healthcare to kick off Oct. 13 </h2>

SEMICON Taiwan 2021 virtual seminar on smart healthcare to kick off Oct. 13

Oct 12, 2021

SEMI is slated to host the SEMICON Taiwan 2021 on Oct. 13, with a focus on smart healthcare. Notable speakers from Medtronic, and onsemi, a globally-renowned medical device company that was featured two consecutive years on Fortune, and three Taiwanese smart healthcare startups JelloX Biotech, Singular Wings, and Neurobit. Topics will revolve around the market and technologies trends in the globa...


Future manufacturing plants must consider green design in light of long-term power cuts</h2>

Future manufacturing plants must consider green design in light of long-term power cuts

Oct 05, 2021

The increasing risks of China's power outages have impacted Taiwanese business operations. Chenbro Micom, a server housing manufacturer based in Dongyuan and Kunshan, Chairman Chen Mei-chi warned that companies should brace themselves, as the shortages of power and workers will become long-term issues. Chen pointed out that factories will need to consider operation designs to be as power-effic...


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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...


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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...


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2022 Taipei Cycle and TaiSPO sporting goods trade shows could resume in-person

Aug 02, 2021

The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) stated on Monday with European and American countries continuing to lessen restrictions and increase vaccination rates, it is highly likely that the 2022 Taipei Cycle and TaiSPO trade shows will debut in both virtual and in-person. The physical show is slated for March 9th to 12th, while the online version will be hosted throughout the en...


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Auto parts, machine tools, textiles hit hard in continued global container shortages

Jul 14, 2021

Global shipping shortages, capacity shortages, and port congestion issues are expected to continue until the second half of this year. Industries including machine tools, auto parts, and garments impacted by port congestion have reported full production capacity yet unable to ship at all due to the shipping shortages. Auto parts supplier Tong Yang Group (TYG) reported that their storage has be...


State-owned steel maker encourages tariff talks amid resumed TIFA</h2>

State-owned steel maker encourages tariff talks amid resumed TIFA

Jul 01, 2021

The resumed Taiwan-US TIFA talks have been invigorating domestic industries. Under this backdrop, Wong Chao-tung, chairman of the Taiwan Iron and Steel Association and China Steel Corporation (CSC), said with the steel industry as a part of the restructuring of the global supply chain, and with the U.S. promoting green energy infrastructure, Wong sees potential cooperation. Among the products ...