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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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Gov't business climate monitor signals fifth booming month

Jul 28, 2021

The National Development Council's business climate monitor signaled a fifth consecutive red light in June, with its index just one point less than in May, an optimistic outlook of Taiwan's economic situation. Council director Wu Ming-hui said the current domestic economy is continuing to warm up. Despite the localized COVID-19 outbreak throughout May and June, the manufacturing industry was n...


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E-commerce giants turn to chartering shipping containers ahead of peak Q4

Jul 26, 2021

The U.S. consumer market is preparing for peak season in Q4, and this has led to a situation where global entities are charting shipping containers to ensure delivery. International e-commerce giant Alibaba recently announced that it would begin operating a chartered shipping route initiative between East Asia and the U.S. western coast. Each week would see around 3,000 TEU and a monthly 12,00...


U.S. Union Pacific pauses service to resolve congestion for a week</h2>

U.S. Union Pacific pauses service to resolve congestion for a week

Jul 19, 2021

With port traffic at an all-time high, causing shipping congestion in the U.S., foreign media reported that the Union Pacific Railroad would be pausing its harbor transportation services last Friday, effective as of July 19. The affected regions include Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Washington, and Tacoma. The suspension is slated to last for a week in hopes of easing inventory backing up ...


Petrochemicals perform unexpectedly well in Q1-Q2 ahead of peak season</h2>

Petrochemicals perform unexpectedly well in Q1-Q2 ahead of peak season

Jul 05, 2021

Four petrochemical firms Formosa Plastics, Nanya Plastics, Formosa Chemicals and Fibre, and Formosa Petrochemical - often referred to as the "Four Treasures of Formosa Plastics" - performed and profited in Q2, according to reports released on Sunday. As the traditional peak season and seeing reopened European and American economies, the third quarter is expected to enjoy considerable growth as...


Tight power supply in first half of July: Taipower</h2>

Tight power supply in first half of July: Taipower

Jun 30, 2021

With Taiwan entering the summer, the state-owned power company Taipower expects to see electricity consumption rise significantly, raising concerns regarding power supply as a unit in a power plant is scheduled to shut down. The No.1 unit of New Taipei-based Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant is slated to be shut down half a year earlier than scheduled, highlighting concerns over a possible power ou...


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...


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...


COVID, water shortages test Taiwan and unveil vulnerabilities</h2>

COVID, water shortages test Taiwan and unveil vulnerabilities

May 26, 2021

As Taiwanese chip manufacturers are struggling to buoy the global semiconductor supply shortage, Taiwan is taking blows from all sides: the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic and the year-long drought that has hit multiple sectors: agriculture, commercial, and energy supply. While the government is working hard to contain the epidemic, the shortage of water and electricity has highlighted Tai...