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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.

Italian PTW brands are still

ANCMA in Italy Pleads for Official Action Amid PTW Market Woes

Director general encourages younger people to use PTWs as daily transport

Sep 26, 2012

Besides the often reported financial woes besetting Italy, the largest powered two-wheeler (PTW) market in Europe has also been suffering steadily dropping sales that are threatening its long-established PTW industry, one that may have given the world the iconic Vespa and blueprints for the show-stopping Ducati, with enough gravity to motivate many operators and trade associations to devise way...

Wise Center is a well-known maker of gardening shears in Taiwan's central county of Taichung.

Gardening Product Makers Shed Light on Strategies for Sustainable Development

One maker plans to launch electromechanical agricultural items to stay ahead

Aug 30, 2012

Makers of gardening tools along with accessories generate export revenue of around US$95 million on average yearly help to drive hand tool exports in Taiwan. Besides being popular with professionals and DIY gardeners in the U.S. and Europe, and despite global economic uncertainty that have occasionally sapped demand for gardening tools, such products have sold comparatively well in global mar...

Gary Lin, Eagle Eyes' assistant VP, announces an expansion of one of the company's two factories in Taiwan.

Auto-Parts Makers Talk About Plans at 2012 Taipei AMPA and Autotronics Taipei

One maker offers wide ranging lamps to Korean makes and models

Aug 29, 2012

At the 2012 Taipei Int'l Auto Parts & Accessories Show (Taipei AMPA) and Taipei International Automobile Electronics Show (AutoTronics Taipei), held April 11-14 in Taipei and the largest automotive parts show in Asia, global visitors generally expect and do find a host of suppliers capable of meeting buyers’ various demands, and it wasn’t an exception this year as over 1,000 exhibitors were on ha...

Sans Chuan specializes in making bathroom fittings of stainless steel with  integrated in-house production.

Bathroom Fitting Makers Talk About Plans and Strategies in Slow Market

One maker targets SE Asia amid weak EU and American economies

Jul 10, 2012

Amid an uncertain global economy, weakened by the still limping peripheral economies in the EU and relatively high unemployment, slow housing starts in the U.S., most Taiwanese bathroom fitting makers have struggled with flat growths over the past few years. While the industry is not likely to turn around for many years, many undaunted operators are using different strategies, depending on core ...

As TFPA chairman, Lu regularly leads to review the evolution of Taiwan's furniture industry.

TFPA Chairman Talks About Essence of Taiwanese Furniture Trade

Maintaining tradition is how an industry finds faith and confidence

Jun 21, 2012

After undergoing transition in the late 1990s, the Taiwan furniture industry has awakened to a strategy taken for granted in the West and often practiced with considerable success, with an increasing number of companies learning the art of and investing in branding. This new trend started at the beginning of the 21st century and is marked by two mainstream styles—innovation and craftsmanship...

Jan W. Denneman

An Interview with Jan W. Denneman, Head of GLA and Zhaga

“If light engines are not interchangeable, LED lighting will be very diverse and grow very slowly. Most of all,

May 23, 2012

Jan W. Denneman, president of the Global Lighting Association (GLA) and chairman of the Zhaga Consortium, as well as a VP with Philips Lighting, announced at the opening ceremony of the Taiwan International Lighting Show 2012, which took place on March 13-16, that the Global Lighting Forum (GLF) had changed its name to the Global Lighting Association (GLA) and that the Zhaga Consortium would prod...

Bryan Douglas, CEO of Lighting Council Australia

An Interview with Lighting Council Australia CEO Bryan Douglas “Australia Needs Standards in Place for LED Lighting”

May 23, 2012

Bryan Douglas, chief executive officer of Lighting Council Australia, stresses that Australia needs standards to weed out underperforming LED lighting products from the Australian market. Standards are needed, he believes, to boost Australian consumer confidence in the nascent, but quickly evolving, LED lighting technology. He visited Taiwan for the first time to attend the annual meeting...

Hendrik von Kuenheim, ACEM President, addressed the 8th ACEM Conference.

ACEM's 8th Conference Focuses on

Mar 22, 2012

The European Union’s (EU) powered two-wheeler (PTW) market in 2011 saw the worst performance of the decade, with new-PTW registrations falling by another 9.5%, or about 170,000 units, to only 1.7 million units sold, according to statistics released by the ACEM (Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers in Europe). At the yearly industry meeting held late January 2012 in Brussels, ACEM's presi...

Most of Taiwan's yacht builders cluster in the southern city of Kaohsiung and are globally known.

Taiwan's Top-2 Yacht & Marine Hardware Suppliers Talk Shop

Yacht-as-status-symbol mindset blocks suppliers in Taiwan from Chinese market

Mar 06, 2012

The global financial tsunami, albeit sparing the designer goods sector, has caused Taiwan’s yacht-building industry to list over the past few years, with the ripple-effect washing over downstream suppliers of yacht and marine hardware, including the top-2 in Taiwan—Man Ship Machinery & Hardware Co., Ltd. and Aritex Products Co., Ltd., who have stepped up adjusting corporate strategies to stay a...

The “Cookie Stool” takes viewers down a sweet memory lane.

A Former Prof's Silent Revolution for Taiwan's Furniture Industry

T.Y. Lin believes the local furniture industry needs fundamental change

Mar 01, 2012

In a secluded hilly area of suburban Taipei, a retired professor has been staging his own version of upgrading and enlightenment of the furniture industry, with the Furniture Bibliotheca HDG, a private library in an isolated, decades-old traditional Chinese residence amid sylvan woods that is perhaps a 30-minute walk from its nearest neighbor. The abbreviation HDG is the Romanized acronym of thre...