IP violations remain a serious problem in Taiwan’s ultra-competitive chip-making market.    In recent years, trade-secret theft has become increasingly common in Taiwan’s highly competitive semiconductor industry, one of the world’s largest by output value and a bedrock of the island’s economy. The perpetrators have usually been Chinese companies seeking to close the technology gap with…

While Taiwan’s semiconductor industry continues to grow, China poses a formidable long-term challenge.  For years, industry analysts have cautioned that Chinese competitors in the semiconductor sector would steadily erode the technology advantages of Taiwanese chipmakers, ultimately wooing away many of their customers with lower prices. Despite China’s rapid progress in the semiconductor sector in recent…

Taiwan Business TOPICS - Industry Focus: Smart Machinery

The Smart Machinery portion of the 5+2 Innovative Industries plan is an upgraded and expanded version of the Industry 4.0 initiative started under the Ma Ying-jeou administration. It has already seen some success in promoting Taiwan’s machinery sector, which achieved an output value of NT$1.1 trillion (US$36.7 billion) last year and is expected to pass…

Transforming Taiwan into a regional biomedical hub will require some creativity. Taiwan’s biomedicine industry has many of the ingredients for success. The island has strong scientific talent, rich clinical-trial experience, abundant capital, a treasure trove of medical data (from the National Health Insurance system), information-technology expertise, and strong intellectual property rights protection bolstered by the…

Major multinationals are engaging in research and training programs in Taiwan. How can Taiwan’s highly successful – but low margin – contract electronics manufacturing prowess be leveraged to create innovative brand leaders as higher-margin “internet of things” (IoT) businesses? That is the ambitious task given to the government’s Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) as…