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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.

Toyota's new energy vehicle model. Photo credit: UDN/Reuters

Auto brands and chip makers step up alliances in EV era

Mar 25, 2022

Japanese automotive brand Toyota's recent announcement of reducing production in March due to chip shortages is another setback for the company, as this would not be its first time scaling back capacity in the past two years. Earlier, Toyota had also announced that the chip shortages had slashed the group's production goals from April to June. However, Economic Daily News points out that Toyot...

ARTC and industry supplier representatives show the signed MOU, signifying the alliance's creation. (Photo courtesy of ARTC)

ARTC and Automotive Electronic Industry Reps Ink AI Imagery Chip and Smart Cockpit Alliance

Mar 18, 2022

Top automotive electronic suppliers and Taiwan's leading R&D center in autonomous technology and testing, Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC), collectively announced the formation of the “Automotive AI Imagery Chip and Smart Cockpit Display Module Industry Alliance" on March 18. Representatives from Elan Microelectronics, AU Optronics, Chimei Motor, China Motor, RAC Electric Vehicles...

Financial Events for Upcoming Week (March 14)</h2>

Financial Events for Upcoming Week (March 14)

Mar 14, 2022

1. Foxconn MIH Alliance Sees Over Hundreds of Japanese Suppliers Join Foxconn's foray into the electric vehicle industry is seeing big gains, as The Nikkei reported that notable Japanese brands like Toyota, and auto part supplier Denso, which has invested in TSMC's Kumamoto factory project, are all slated to join Foxconn's MIH Alliance initiative. Other benchmark Japanese suppliers, such as Ho...

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Gov't org signals slight economic index dip for January

Mar 02, 2022

Despite the National Development Council (NDC) announcing a slight drop of the economy's composite index of economic indicators for Taiwan for January on Tuesday, overall signals indicate a strong market and investments performance. The index fell two points from 38 to 36 between December 2021 and January, sitting in the yellow-red range on the council's five-color rating system, with "blue" i...

Taiwan's SME notes trends shaping the hand tools industry for next decade</h2>

Taiwan's SME notes trends shaping the hand tools industry for next decade

Feb 16, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption on the economy has propelled the lesser-known aspects of the global supply chain into mainstream awareness, such as the focus on Taiwan as semiconductor chip demands soared. While Taiwan is more widely known as the semiconductor hub of the world, equally crucial to keeping the world's economy running are hand tools. The island's hand tools sector is a centralize...

Expect hybrid events, restricted travel, but hope for the best</h2>

Expect hybrid events, restricted travel, but hope for the best

Feb 16, 2022

The global trade exhibition industry has seen its most turbulent period in the past two years, brought to an abrupt halt by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, seen further setbacks in 2021, and it's expected to continue into 2022, though to a lesser degree, as the industry expects in-person events to open gradually. In an early December press release from 2021, globally-renowned event organizer Me...

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Domestic container shipping warns choppy waters in supply chain ahead

Feb 08, 2022

The domestic container shipping industry believes that the container ship market is still experiencing difficulties as Asian countries enter the Year of the Tiger. The current information obtained by domestic companies is that the port congestion situation in the U.S. is still difficult and unlikely to lessen in the short term. Fortunately, shipping prices were able to experience a brief repr...

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Hybrid expos bridge world in post-pandemic expo industry

Feb 07, 2022

In the past two years, the global COVID-19 outbreak has caused major international exhibitions to be canceled one after another, prompting waves of changes needed to overhaul the marketing model of traditional physical exhibitions. In the past, many international buyers mainly sought overseas potential partners and agency brands by participating in major international exhibitions. However, as...

Global nickel prices, photo credit: UDN file photo.

Nickle prices at all-time high amid stainless steel price hike for Feb.

Jan 24, 2022

Walsin Lihwa announced significant price hikes measures going into February for 300 series stainless steel; for domestic sales, prices per ton would be increased NTD$6,000, while outbound stainless steel would see a USD$200 per ton increase. 400 series stainless steel prices will remain at the threshold. With basic metal prices surging, specifically for copper and nickel, the latter saw the bi...

Domestic trade shows ramp up for H1, H2 2022</h2>

Domestic trade shows ramp up for H1, H2 2022

Jan 21, 2022

Trade event promoter Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is gearing up for multiple slots of expos this year, including those scheduled in late spring and early summer. For instance, Taiwan's biggest computer expo COMPUTEX will be hosted in a hybrid capacity, with in-person events kicking off on May 24 to 27 at Taipei's Nangang Exhibition Center, while the virtual expo will las...