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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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Global prices and shortages at a glance

Jan 03, 2022

The new year was ushered in over the weekend; despite new beginnings, trends in 2021 that included shortages and rising prices will continue into 2022, exacerbated by backlogged shipping ports and worsening COVID-19 situations in major manufacturing hubs. Chip Shortages Since the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up in 2020, semiconductor shortages persisted as supply failed to keep up with consumer...


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Growth slows as October PMI sees slight rebound to 58.3: CIER

Nov 01, 2021

Chung-Hua Institution For Economic Research (CIER) announced October's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) of Taiwan's manufacturing industry today, which increased slightly by 0.5 to 58.3 after two months of decline. CIER President Chang Chuan-zhang said that although the PMI index has expanded for 16 consecutive months, port congestion, freight delays, shortage of key components, and delivery ...


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Magnesium shortages could further rock global production chains

Oct 18, 2021

Amid the news of product and raw material shortages due to many issues in the global production chain and export countries, aluminum makers warned about the incoming shortage of magnesium, a crucial component in the production of alloys. International news outlets have pointed to the energy crisis in China as the nexus point that further worsened the snowball effect of shortages of essential r...


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Taipower warns of stressed power grid in orange-level capacity

Oct 08, 2021

Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) announced that as of Thursday evening, the operating reserve of electricity was reported to be at only 4.32%, with the state power supplier's status index showing an orange light indicating a stressed capacity in the afternoon. The news comes amid heightened awareness regarding energy supply as countries around the world battle with impending power shortages or pow...


Supply chain woes to continue: BofA Global Research</h2>

Supply chain woes to continue: BofA Global Research

Sep 24, 2021

Supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could severely worsen this year to another level, reported BofA Global Research. The industry research report issued on Thursday presented a pessimistic outlook. Analysts at the Bank of America said the many issues seen in the U.S. are only the beginning, such as the lack of workers unloading sea freight containers. "These issues will l...


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SEA's eases strict COVID-19 lockdown as economic issues ripple through supply chain

Sep 13, 2021

Media reports say that prolonged restrictions in Southeast Asian countries have taken a toll on their economies due to the Delta variant-fueled COVID-19 outbreak. Governments have begun reopening their economies despite the surge of COVID-19 cases and lack of containment, largely blamed on the slow vaccine roll-out. The region had quickly overtaken other parts of the world to become the worst...


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Global sea freight rates to see hikes in Oct.

Sep 06, 2021

The global transportation peak season is expected to worsen the port congestion problem, presented in how the global large container carrier's general rate increase (GRI) is slated for an uptick growth again in October, pushing shipping prices between East Asia and North America to an all-time high. Freight companies moving to increase prices include Evergreen, Yangming, COSCO, HMM, Hapag-Lloy...


Expect hybrid events in the future: survey</h2>

Expect hybrid events in the future: survey

Aug 30, 2021

Amid the Delta variant-fueled outbreaks going around the world, event organizers, exhibitors, and marketers hoping for the return of in-person events in the fourth quarter should be According to a SearchEngineLand article, their survey of marketing professionals this summer indicated a 50% chance on average that they would attend an in-person event through the end of 2021. Their latest Eve...


What's In Store for Auto Industries</h2>

What's In Store for Auto Industries

Aug 12, 2021

The global economy has been tentatively opening up amid increasing vaccination rates. However, as of writing, several factors could stem attempts to resume the path towards pre-COVID economic levels. Among them are the previously-mentioned shortages of crucial semiconductors, raw materials, shipping containers, and labor. The other factor that comes hand-in-hand with shipping container shortages,...


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July exports mark 13th consecutive month of growth: Finance Ministry

Aug 10, 2021

The Ministry of Finance announced well-performing figures regarding Taiwan's export numbers for July on Monday, reaching US$37.95 billion, setting a new monthly high in the past year as an annual increase of 34.7%, and marked a positive growth for 13 consecutive months. The export value of the four major categories of goods, including electronic components, information communication and audio...