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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...


Taipower warns of stressed power grid in orange-level capacity</h2>

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...


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...


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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...


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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...


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 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...


Rising prices squeeze Taiwanese manufacturers </h2>

Rising prices squeeze Taiwanese manufacturers

May 10, 2021

From the end of 2020 to Q2 this year, the price of electronic components increased across the board, squeezing electronic end-product-related companies as costs for packaging materials, plastics, and shipping costs rose. For instance, in the mobile phone industry, raw material and transportation quotations have also soared. While the manufacturer’s parts list (BOM) is under pressure, end product ...


CIER: March PMI sees slight decline, marks continuing 5-month growth</h2>

CIER: March PMI sees slight decline, marks continuing 5-month growth

Apr 01, 2021

Chung-Hua Institution Economic Research (CIER) released Taiwan's PMI score for March on April 1, arriving at a 62.7 on its report card, and marking a five-month consecutive expansion momentum above 60.0. Though, March would also signify a two-month consecutive slight decline in terms of expansion, a drop of 0.5 index points. Under CIER's PMI index, all five categories saw uptick trends, includ...