Volkswagen will recall nearly 18,000 cars in Taiwan affected by the company’s diesel emissions scandal from January 1, the German automaker’s Taiwan branch announced in November. News of the scandal broke in September when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that diesel-powered Volkswagen cars sold in the United States were equipped with illegal software…

The island enjoys a number of potential competitive advantages in the sector, including strong manufacturing and supply chain expertise.   At a ceremony on November 24, Taiwanese airline EVA Airways announced a major expansion to its fleet through an agreement to purchase 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with the package valued at…

New domestically developed technologies are opening the way for new business opportunities. Once known for high pollution levels stemming from its rapid industrialization, Taiwan since the 1980s and 1990s has embarked on numerous campaigns to reduce the impact on the environment. Taiwan’s Green Mark Program, for example, certifies nearly 6,000 products and services in over…

The sector has been assisted by government seed money and the emergence of e-commerce promotional platforms. When the government included cultural and creative enterprises among the “emerging industries” announced in 2009 as worthy of promotion, it was the first time many in Taiwan had even thought of the sector as an industry. But with government…