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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.


Strong growth buoys Taiwan hand tool industry in Q1</h2>

Strong growth buoys Taiwan hand tool industry in Q1

May 04, 2021

Taiwan's hand tools industry reported strong performances in 2021 Q1, with export value reaching USD$1.114 billion, marking a 26.87% growth. Exports to the U.S. ranked the highest in terms of the destination country, around 38.21%, putting confidence in the region. The Biden administration is continuing the China policy from the Trump era, which has been viewed to be generally favorable for Ta...


Hardware, hand tools industries accelerate modernized factories</h2>

Hardware, hand tools industries accelerate modernized factories

Apr 27, 2021

Many traditional manufacturing sectors are experiencing the squeeze as the global industry accelerates towards a smarter, digitalized production process. This includes the hand tools and plumbing sectors, both as traditional as industries can be. In Taiwan, companies in these industries tend to be small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), maintaining a smaller budget than their bigger counterpar...


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...


The Plumbing Association of Taiwan teams up with local Changhua companies to donate plumbing hardware for schools. (Photo courtesy of the Plumbing Association.)

Global Uncertainty Impacts Hardware and Hand Tool Events

Feb 01, 2021

▓Stephanie Chao and Plumbing Association of Taiwan Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many global hardware shows faced the inevitable result of either being canceled or postponed to a later date. Yet, institutions in Taiwan were able to carry on, as usual, seeking new ways to assist and consult the industry. When the Taiwanese government postponed school openings at the high school and lower leve...


TMTS Virtual Undeterred by Distance and Timezone</h2>

TMTS Virtual Undeterred by Distance and Timezone

Dec 16, 2020

The virtual Taiwan International Machine Tool Show (TMTS Virtual) kicked off on Nov. 10 after organizers canceled the 6th edition offline version (TMTS2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TMTS Virtual would be the world's first machine tool expo hosted in a digital 3D virtual format. Organized by the Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders' Association (TMBA), TMTS 2020 has 719 exhibitors on d...


Fastener Taiwan is postponed to September 2021. (Photo courtesy of CENS)

Fastener Taiwan Postponed to Sept. 2021

Dec 07, 2020

Taiwan's only professional fastener expo is slated to return to Kaohsiung on Sept. 1 to 3 in 2021. The show aims to showcase its most comprehensive fastener production chain, spanning across central and southern Taiwan, to entice international buyers. Show organizer implementer Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) expects to see 20,000 domestic and international buyers at Fastener T...


Innovation‌ ‌and‌ ‌Digitalization‌ ‌in Taiwan's Fasteners Industry</h2>

Innovation‌ ‌and‌ ‌Digitalization‌ ‌in Taiwan's Fasteners Industry

Dec 07, 2020

In an unprecedented event in modern history, the COVID-19 crisis has ignited firms to pursue new approaches to overcome restricted mobility, teleworking challenges, and disrupted production chains. In keeping with the theme of innovation and digitalization, the following two fastener firms are examples of what companies can achieve when they prioritize innovation and forward-looking planning. ...


Photo Credits: UDN/THSR

Localized Railway Parts and Maintenance Sees Results Under THSR

Dec 01, 2020

The Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corporation (THSR) has sought to localize rail parts production, reporting substantial results in recent years, according to local media on Tuesday. Much of Taiwan's railroad industry has relied on importing parts. THSR's initiative would help lower procurement and import costs by keeping production and procurement within Taiwan. THSR reported a successful collabo...


THTMA Joins Hands with EDN to Host 2021 Taiwan International Hardware Show</h2>

THTMA Joins Hands with EDN to Host 2021 Taiwan International Hardware Show

Oct 07, 2020

Taiwan Hand Tool Manufacturers' Association(THTMA) is slated to organize the 2021 Taiwan International Hardware Show after decades of outsourcing to local organizers, with Economic Daily News (EDN) in charge of implementation, and Taiwan External Trade Development Council handling invitations for international buyers. Current dates are scheduled for July 15 to July 17, 2021, at the Taichung In...