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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.


Taiwan-US TIFA talks to resume on June 30, could pave way for BTA</h2>

Taiwan-US TIFA talks to resume on June 30, could pave way for BTA

Jun 28, 2021

The 11th Taiwan-U.S. TIFA will resume talks on June 30 after a four-year hiatus, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The statement issued on Friday indicated that the meeting will be held via digital video conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes after a steady improvement of Taiwan-U.S. relations. Talks will revolve around trade and other methods of imp...


Taiwan's late COVID outbreak at odds with global economy resurgence</h2>

Taiwan's late COVID outbreak at odds with global economy resurgence

Jun 23, 2021

The Appacus Foundation Chairman Chen Chun warned possible challenges for Taiwan's economic trade future, citing how global economies' bounceback after the pandemic would serve as a stark contrast with Taiwan's internal struggle with the COVID-19 outbreak. Chen used the U.K.'s Brexit as an example; contrary to most analysts' grim perspectives regarding the British government's untimely exit fr...


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TSMC's vaccine procurement a win-win for all: top financial analyst

Jun 21, 2021

With the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines and players mobilizing capacity on all fronts, chip-maker TSMC announced on the 19th that it will purchase 5 million doses of the BNT vaccine. Taiwan's top financial analyst Kirkland Capital Chairman Kirk Yang said that TSMC’s chip-making capabilities are the best bargaining chip, enabling them to negotiate with the German government for chip and vaccine...


Hon Hai reported to further EV ambitions with Formosa Plastics</h2>

Hon Hai reported to further EV ambitions with Formosa Plastics

May 31, 2021

Hon Hai and Formosa Plastics Group were reported to be going through discussions over electric vehicle (EV) cooperation, specifically over the most critical technology in the emerging EV industry that's also gaining popularity in its field: solid-state batteries. For solid-state batteries, Hon Hai has developed a market standing through its subsidiary Guangyu, and through it, has also investe...


Taiwan's economy showed third-straight month of growth in April: NDC</h2>

Taiwan's economy showed third-straight month of growth in April: NDC

May 28, 2021

Taiwan's economic fundamentals remained strong in April, according to the National Development Council's (NDC) index gauging the economic climate, which flashed a "red light" for the third consecutive month. The index's monitoring indicators reflect the existing economic situation. It moved up a point to 41 in April, reported the government's top economic planning agency on Thursday. It would...


Gov't to work with semiconductor industry in ensuring stable chip supply</h2>

Gov't to work with semiconductor industry in ensuring stable chip supply

May 19, 2021

Amid Taiwan's COVID-19 outbreak, the Economic Ministry addressed concerns over whether the current situation would impact the semiconductor industry, stating that the government will assist companies in ensuring protocols are in place in the case of employees contracting the virus. The Economic Ministry stated that protocols are in place to ensure a smoother transition for the global supply cha...


Taipei AMPA to kick off this Wednesday </h2>

Taipei AMPA to kick off this Wednesday

Apr 12, 2021

One of the world's biggest auto parts shows -- Taipei AMPA is kicking off on April 14 to April 17 concurrently with Autotronics Taipei at the Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. There are around 400 exhibitors showcasing in 11 exhibition areas, with over thousands of OEM and aftermarket parts, auto electronics, electric vehicles, and vehicle IoT solutions. These trends reflect the "ACES" moveme...


Taiwan is experiencing a record-breaking drought that has the world concerned over water shortages in water-intensive sectors, such as the semiconductor industry. (Photo courtesy of UDN)

Economic Ministry eases concerns over water shortages

Mar 09, 2021

The Economic Ministry has prepared three measures in the face of a record-breaking drought to ensure water usage until the end of May. The concern comes as the globe grapples with chip shortages. According to Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua on Monday, the drought so far has not impacted chipmaker TSMC. Other water-intensive sectors such as textile factories and agriculture farming are feeling t...


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PMI reports slight decline though expects confidence in future: CIER

Mar 08, 2021

Chung-Hua Institution Economic Research (CIER) announced February's PMI index, signaling a slight decline of 1.9 percentage points from last month to 63.2. on Monday. February would mark the fourth consecutive month in which Taiwan's PMI index maintained an expansion above 60%. NMI index reported a 52.1 score, a 2.8-percentage point drop compared to January. While both figures saw a slight de...


Innolux and Kymeta's New-Gen Antenna </h2>

Innolux and Kymeta's New-Gen Antenna

Mar 08, 2021

The new-generation offering called the LC Meta-Surface Antenna co-developed by Innolux and Kymeta boasts zero dead angles in terms of reception and will be used in Toyota's upcoming hydrogen-powered Mirai model. The collaboration would mark the latest trend in the automotive connectivity sector as automotive firms move to obtain and apply the latest technology to give them a leg-up in this eme...