A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Property tax rates revised to curb speculation The Legislative Yuan on April 9 passed the third and final reading of amendments to the Income Tax Act that aim to revise property tax rates. The amended law will take…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Fubon acquires majority stake in Jih Sun Fubon Financial Holding Co. announced on March 23 that it had successfully completed the public tender to acquire a 53.84% stake in Jih Sun Financial Holding, making it the largest shareholder…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Higher growth forecasts meet concerns of overheating As the first quarter comes to a close, many economic institutions are raising their forecasts for Taiwan’s 2021 economic growth. On March 24, the Yuanta-Polaris Research Institute projected annual GDP growth…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Water Shortage Takes Toll on Industries While Taiwan relies on typhoons for 60% of its water usage needs, the absence of these severe weather events this past year has resulted the island’s worst water shortage in over five…

With over three decades of experience in the chemicals industry across markets in the West and Asia-Pacific, Kraton Formosa Polymers Corp. President Mike Wong knows how to run a successful business in a sometimes controversial sector. From negotiating and overseeing the successful formation of a joint venture, to ensuring the health, safety, and environmental standards…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS PSMC Reports 37% Revenue Growth in 2020 Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp (PSMC) announced last Tuesday that it officially turned a profit in 2020, with revenue of NT$45.68 billion (USD$1.62 billion) and a net profit of NT$3.81 billion (USD$135…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS NCC Approves APT-FET Deal Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) on March 3 approved local telecom operator Far EasTone’s (FET) application to share its 5G bandwidth on the 3.5GHz frequency band with Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT). As a condition of…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Microsoft begins hiring to boost Taiwan R&D Microsoft announced on February 5 that it would work to make Taiwan a global technology research and development hub. The company said it is confident in the island’s strong integration of…