Taiwan Business in Brief – August 2019

Bid for 3rd Terminal Fails Once Again

In June, a tender for the contract to construct a third terminal for the Taoyuan International Airport failed to attract any bidders for the third time, despite efforts by the airport corporation to offer improved conditions. As a result, Taiwan’s CECI Engineering Consultants Inc. and its partner in designing the terminal, the British architectural firm of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, have reluctantly indicated their willingness to simplify the design, replacing the building’s signature wavy “cloud” ceiling. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je in July sharply criticized the central government for underfunding the project, which is viewed as necessary to accommodate increasing passenger traffic at the airport.

Taisun Announces Production Upgrades

Food and beverage maker Taisun Enterprise Co. announced plans to invest US$9.65 million to upgrade production lines at its Changhua plant this year to expand its product portfolio, including cold beverages. The expansion will also involve the introduction of new cleaning and soap products made with mesona, an herb in the mint family that is used to make grass jelly.