First Commercial Geothermal Plant Goes Online The Cingshuei Geothermal Power Plant, Taiwan’s first commercial geothermal power-producing facility, began operations on November 23. The plant’s most significant feature is its ability to produce a 24-hour supply of renewable energy. The 4.2MW plant is capable of meeting the energy demands of around 10,000 small households. Fabulous Power…

TSMC and Sony to Build Japan Chip Plant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp. (SSS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Group, announced on November 9 the joint establishment of Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc. (JASM) in Kumamoto, Japan. Construction of JASM’s first fab is scheduled to commence next year, with…

China Airlines and EVA Air quarterly profits surge, plan to resume Taipei-London flights in December  Rising air cargo prices and volumes drove China Airlines Ltd.’s (CAL) third-quarter revenue to skyrocket, reaching NT$34.474 billion – an annual increase of 30% – and a net profit of NT$2.917 billion. In terms of operating income and profit, this…

U.S. Request Rattles Taiwan Chipmakers The U.S. Department of Commerce on September 24 requested that semiconductor companies from around the world submit “information about inventories, demand, and delivery dynamics.” Information requested included the companies’ “book-to-bill” ratio – the ratio of orders received to units shipped and billed for during a specified time – and “an…

Inflation Hits Taiwan’s Restaurant Industry   Taiwanese restaurant group Wowprime Corp. has announced that, starting from October 25, it will raise prices at its 15 restaurant establishments by around 5%. Wowprime, whose brands in Taiwan include popular spots like Tasty, Wang Steak, 12MINI, and Wagyu Shabu, cited the COVID-19 pandemic, surging prices internationally, and Taiwan’s…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS TSMC plans to build new plant in Japan On October 14, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced plans to construct a specialized wafer fabrication plant in Japan. During a Q3 earnings call, TSMC Chief Executive Officer C….

Taiwan Applies to Join Regional Trade Pact On September 22, the Executive Yuan announced that Taiwan had formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Taiwan submitted its application documents to New Zealand, which acts as the depositary for the trade bloc and whose government circulated the application among the…

MOF Reports NT$2 trillion in Tax Revenue for First Eight Months The Ministry of Finance (MOF) on September 9 reported that net tax revenue for August totaled NT$132.4 billion (US$4.8 billion), 3.8% greater than the same month last year. Net tax revenue for the first eight months of 2021 was NT$1.9 trillion (US$68.7 billion), an…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Manufacturing Activity Continues to Flourish The Chung-Hwa Institution for Economic Research (CIER) announced on September 1 that its Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) had fallen 3.1 points in August to 62.1. Although the PMI has maintained a score of…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Technology Parks Report Record Gains According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA), the acceleration of emerging technology applications and strong demand for chips brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the revenue…