An unexpected surge in demand left car manufacturers in some major markets scrambling to make up for a shortage of automotive chips, which are produced mostly in Taiwan. Now governments are exploring how to reduce dependence on the island’s chipmakers. Taiwan’s key foreign policy catchphrase “Taiwan can help” has become a lot more relevant lately,…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS TSMC raises capital expenditures to increase capacity Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s leading contract manufacturer, said at a investor conference on April 15 that it would again raise its capital expenditures for 2021 to NT$30 billion,…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Semiconductor and automotive chips updates The global supply shortage of automotive chips has forced German automakers Volkswagen and Audi to halt production, prompting the German Economics Minister to look to Taiwan for help. Taiwan’s Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua…

Local companies are betting that e-scooters and the sharing economy represent the future of mobility. Imagine pedestrians walking down spacious sidewalks in Taipei, free of motorbikes. The only sounds heard are from their conversations, the whir of electric vehicles, and the chirping of birds. Cars and public transport are self-driving, but for the “last mile”…

Formosa Plastics founder Wang Yung-ching failed at building a car business, but his failure laid the groundwork for the country’s successful Tesla supply chain. What are Taiwan’s advantages in the electric vehicle age? The global automotive industry is experiencing a paradigm shift, sending Tesla’s stock price soaring and big Taiwanese manufacturers scrambling to expand their…

With a focus on driverless public transportation, the government and local industries have been collaborating to put more AVs on the road, using extensive testing to ensure safety. Driverless cars have proven harder to make than many people initially thought. Fully autonomous vehicles (AVs), which require zero human attention and don’t even have steering wheels,…

While global auto markets faced significant setbacks and weak sales growth this year, Taiwan appears to have fared relatively well. However, challenges for domestic automakers continue to intensify as consumers increasingly choose imported vehicles. 2019 was a tough year for global auto markets. A combination of factors – declining demand, increasingly strict emissions and fuel-consumption…