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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.

Chen Chang-hsiu, chairman of Formosa Design center, assumed the chairmanship of Taiwan Furniture Manufacturers' Association (TFMA) at the beginning of this year.

TFMA Seeks to Revitalize Taiwan's Furniture Industry

Industry association is forming a cross-business strategic alliance to create a platform for resource integration

Feb 09, 2015

By Michelle Hsu Founded in 1973, the Taiwan Furniture Manufacturers Association (TFMA) has witnessed Taiwan's furniture industry through its ups and downs. Today, the association faces new challenges in its mission to help local furniture makers adapt to changing business conditions and stay competitive. "With the furniture industry starting to revive from the downturn that started with...

Shake Shake Duck transforms into a rocking chair, making it no longer only a static chair.

Cultural Exposition Showcases Creativity of Furniture Design

This expo aimed to boost cultural/creative vitality by highlighting localization and infusing energy into cultural enterprises

Jan 21, 2014

By MICHELLE HSU The Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo, organized by the Ministry of Culture since 2010, is now in its 4th iteration. During its short life the expo has strived to turn “creative ideas” into “commercial value” and play the role of a platform for communication between original creators and industry, making the abstract nature of culture more concrete and ex...

Welltrust's metal furniture comes in a colorful array of light and bright colors.

Taiwan-made Metal Furniture Shapes to New Lifestyles

Manufacturers adapt to the mobile generation

Dec 17, 2013

Exports of metal furniture from Taiwan have held steady despite market fluctuations, underscoring the global competitiveness of the domestic industry. Metal is more flexible than many other furniture materials, such as wood, rattan, glass, and plastics, making it well-suited to making furniture a variety of shapes. Metal parts are also commonly used to complement other materials in furniture....

Higold is highly promoting its uniquely-designed Shenzhou X outdoor furniture series.

Outlook Bright for China's Outdoor Furniture Industry

Market demand set to grow as consumers pursue more leisurely lifestyles

Dec 17, 2013

While the global economic climate has improved a bit in 2013, China’s growth has remained sluggish. This weakness, coupled with the short-term impact of the government’s revision of regulations to cool off the overheated real estate market, has confronted China’s furniture manufacturers with declining sales and profits. The industry seems destined to either stagnate or shrink, and the result will...

Outdoor dining sets from Shanghai Violet are made mainly of cast aluminum and woven wicker.

Dining Set Makers in China Optimistic about Prospects, but More Efforts Needed

China's furniture manufacturers expected to prosper as domestic market grows

Dec 17, 2013

China’s dining set industry has been developing smoothly in recent years, with most makers of outdoor furniture joining the line and adopting integrated manufacturing processes. Competition among manufacturers is now extremely fierce, and to remain in the global market suppliers need to find their own unique advantages. With improved living standard, people today demand higher quality in their...

K.C. Weng started up Tai Cheer in Taiwan's central county of Yulin and built its third plant later in Changhua.

Four Furniture Parts Makers Talk About Survival Strategies

One maker boasts high self-manufacturing ratio to secure production flexibility

Sep 11, 2013

Mostly clustered in Taiwan’s central counties of Taichung and Changhua, Taiwanese furniture parts makers saw their heyday as the island’s export-driven economy took off in the 1960s, with the prosperity being relatively fleeting as labor, land costs rose on the island, coupled with rivalry from emerging nations as China and SE Asia, to force many downstream suppliers to seek greener pasture offsh...

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...

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...

TWMA Chairman C.L. Tu.

TWMA Chairman C.L. Tu Sees Turnkey Plants as Key to Survival

Jun 01, 2011

Taiwan sorely lacks know-how to develop woodworking turnkey plants C.L. Tu, chairman of the Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA) and Cheng Kuang Wood Machinery Works Co., Ltd., gazes a video clip on his laptop of a German-made woodworking equipment that makes futuristic robotic machinery a reality, with the intelligent tool humming effortlessly to turn green logs into finished ...

Shen Shan's wide product range has been built over 30 years.

Furniture Hardware Makers in Taiwan Share Insights

Jan 05, 2011

Keeping an eye on stylish design helps one maker to be competitive Taiwan’s furniture industry was also shaken by the global downturn in 2009, turning out only US$1.359 billion of furniture and related products, compared with US$1.680 billion posted in 2008, according to statistics from the Taiwan Furniture Manufacturers’ Association. Despite the global economic recovery, the furniture hard...