Companies are relying on designers to help them achieve product differentiation and enhance competitiveness. In an effort to create innovative and more valuable products, Taiwanese companies have been making ever greater investments in industrial design. Spearheaded by some of Taiwan’s top companies and research centers, the effort is already paying off, earning the island accolades…

An example of the new style of covered bust stops in Taipei, especially designed for places with narrow sidewalks. (Photo: Taipei City Government Office of Public Transportation)

As this year’s “World Design Capital,” Taipei aims to forge a new, forward-looking image.   Designated the “2016 World Design Capital” by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID),Taipei has embarked on a comprehensive initiative to mark this year by instilling design elements into numerous aspects of urban life. “The WDC project aims…

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…

Taiwan, long among the top exporting countries, is developing its capability for higher-value products for the auto and aerospace sectors. Nuts, bolts, screws….They may just be small pieces of metal, but collectively they add up to big business for Taiwan manufacturers. Last year companies on the island exported more than US$4 billion worth of fasteners,…

The Taiwan government is recognizing and assisting smaller but high-performance companies to help them reach their potential. As part of its effort to revitalize the economy, the Taiwan government has been seeking to identify – and then encourage and assist – small or midsized companies that have unique, internationally competitive products or services. The aim…