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2020/05/25

Taiwan’s High-Performance Computing Technology Contributes to the Fight Against COVID-19

COVID-19 has continued to obstruct the global economy since January 2020. Given the unprecedented severity of the pandemic, Taiwan has poured every resource into curbing the spread of the coronavirus. As one of the world’s major ICT manufacturers and solution providers, Taiwan has incorporated the power of supercomputing in the fight against COVID-19.

Founded in 1991, the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC), a member of the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs), is the country’s only national-level supercomputing center. The NCHC possesses a large computing and networking platform facilities for use by domestic academia and the general public. The NCHC plays a leading role in Taiwan's cloud technology services by integrating high performance computing (HPC), storage, and networking to provide cloud services in storage, big data analysis, and scientific and engineering simulation.

NCHC built and launched its supercomputers Taiwania 1 and Taiwania 2 in 2018. Taiwania 2 was ranked in the top 20 amongst the world’s top 500 supercomputers in terms of speed in that same year. These super machines are now dedicated to the academic and domestic works in multiple fields, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, atmospheric, engineering, life sciences, robotics, and AI related developments.

One of the major operations of the HPC is the Taiwan Computing Cloud (TWCC). Directed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, TWCC is the AI cloud platform implemented by NCHC, along with 3 Taiwan ICT leaders: ASUS, Quanta Computer and Taiwan Mobile. While NCHC planned and supervised the project, ASUS took care of the cloud platform, server and AI application integrations, Quanta was in charge of the computing mainframe and data storage, and Taiwan Mobile was responsible for the operation of the facility, as well as top level information security. In the recent endeavors to defeat COVID-19, the computational power, storage, and big data datasets of Taiwania 2 were made available to the public free of charge based on their applications for anti-pandemic purposes. The NCHC also made several joint efforts with scientists in various fields to develop anti-COVID-19 applications, such as using AI to scan X-rays for pneumonia, collaborating on multiple sequence alignment of genes in the search for precise markers for COVID-19, and training AI with X-rays that have been marked for pneumonia. The outcomes of these works are soon to be shared globally for the fight against COVID-19.

Established in 1989, ASUS is a multinational company known for the world’s best motherboards and high-quality personal computers, monitors, graphics cards, routers, gaming computer and other technology solutions. The company is now designing and building the next-generation smart technologies. The company is highly recognized worldwide, in 2019, it has been named including the No. 1 international brand from Taiwan by Interbrand, Top Regarded Companies by Forbes, and the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine. In the year of 2020, 26 ASUS products have won the Red Dot Design Award. See more at:

Established in 1988, Quanta Computer is one of the world’s leading notebook manufacturers and ranked 365 in the 2019 Fortune Global 500. The company has 4 subsidiaries specialized in areas of telecommunication, automotive electronics, robotics, and datacenter solution. Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) currently accounts for over 50% of the market shares in large scale cloud datacenter worldwide, its ODM direct marketing is number 1 in the world, accounting for 35% of the market according to IDC in 2018. See more at: Quanta Computers: https://www.quantatw.com/quanta/english/Default.aspx QCT: https://www.qct.io/

Founded in 1997, Taiwan Mobile is a leading telecom operator providing mobile, fixed-line, cable TV and broadband services in Taiwan, and the first private telecom company to be listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. It is currently repositioning itself as a next-generation technology company that leads the next revolution in telecommunications, Internet, media and entertainment, and e-commerce. From 2017-2019, Taiwan Mobile has been included in the World Telecom Industry by DJSI World, and was ranked first in 2018. See more at: https://english.taiwanmobile.com/

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

*** AIoT Taiwan- will be held in October 21 to 23, 2020, at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 (TaiNEX 1). AIoT Taiwan is a to showcase the latest AI and the IoT applications for businesses, featuring complete ecosystem that include key components, system integration, security and smart solutions for businesses in a contactless economy. See more at: https://www.aiottaiwan.com

***TAITRA holds world renowned exhibitions such as COMPUTEX, Taipei Cycle, AMPA, Medical TAIWAN, and Food Taipei. For Taiwan International Tradeshows, see: https://www.taiwantradeshows.com.tw/en_US/index.html

***As of today, May 25, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 5,434,035 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 440 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 43 consecutive days of ZERO domestic transmissions, 350 imported cases, 7 deceased cases, 415 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/05/20

National Health Insurance Plays Critical Role in Taiwan’s COVID-19 Prevention

Taiwan’s extensive deployment of digital governance in areas including immigration, customs and national health insurance (NHI) became the critical tools for the nation’s efforts to fend off the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.

First launched in 1995, the NHI is a social medical insurance system that covers everyone in the country, ensuring equal right to healthcare for all. Operated by the government, with a minimum premium of US$25/month, the insured are entitled to all necessary healthcare services, from almost 30,000 medical institutions throughout the country. The high accountability and easy access have earned the system applauses at home and abroad.

In order to keep such a vast network up and running effectively, it was necessary to adopt sophisticated computing systems and the latest technologies as the backbone of the network. For instance, the NHI adopted cloud technology in 2013 and has since been building and perfecting an electronic medical record system called the “PharmaCloud”, which later on developed into the “MediCloud”. It is a patient centered system that allows doctors from different medical institutions to access the complete medical record of the insured seeking medical advice or treatment.

International Integrated Systems, Inc. (IISI), was the creator of the system. Using advanced ICT for system implementation and software development, IISI went beyond healthcare to specialize in various fields including the public sector, financial sector, smart city, and telecom & internet services. Cooperating with global IT service providers, IISI offers worldwide customers competitive and intelligent solutions. In fact, apart from III, IBM and Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecommunication company in Taiwan, are also the major shareholders of IISI. See more at: http://www.iisigroup.com/ 

When a person enrolls in the National Health Insurance program, they have to apply for a National Health Insurance Card as well, which must be presented when visiting a medical institution. The use of NHI cards began in 2004. A chip is embedded in the card that stores basic information, healthcare data and medical data of the insured, as well as information from the health administration. These are imperative when seeking professional medical services in Taiwan. In fact, its great versatility has expanded the scope from pure medical usage to even the annual tax return, and recently the face mask total amount control during the COVID-19 prevention campaign. Taiwan officials also integrated the NHI database with immigration and customs database, which enabled medical facilities including hospitals and pharmacies to access to the travel history for their patients and customers when scanning their NHI cards, and may respond accordingly to prevent transmissions and institutional infections.

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb



Only a handful of Taiwanese businesses have been contracted to implement the NHI IC card system. The current company is TECO Smart Technologies Co., Ltd. (TST). Established in 2002, TST is one of the most experienced IC card makers and solution providers in Taiwan. TST was also one of the contractors for the Taiwan freeway electronic toll collection card. The company also provides IC cards for ATM cards and credit cards. In 2009, TST expanded its business to the Philippines, contracted by the government to issue 12 million Unified Multi-purpose ID cards. See more at: http://www.tecosmart.com.tw/en/index.php

As a major ICT powerhouse in the world, incorporating the latest technologies to reinforce the implementation of policies has long been a feature of the Taiwan government. The NHI Administration introduced a personalized cloud service called “My Health Bank” in 2014. The insured can go online or use a smart phone app to obtain their latest medical information and insurance status. By providing the insured access to their medical records and health information, My Health Bank empowers people to better control and manage their health status. This service balances the information asymmetry between doctors and patients, making medical care safer, better and more transparent.

The NHIA released the software development kits (SDK) for “My Health Bank” in 2019 to encourage the effective usage of all the medical big data collected, anticipating a broader medical information application and management, with the ultimate goal of improving public health. Three application developers have already interfaced with the My Health Bank SDK. Through We Care, an application developed by La Vida Tec Co., Ltd., the insured can download their medical data from My Health Bank and share it with experts recommended by AI to ask questions and acquire feedback; Health2Sync is an application developed by H2 Inc., which provides diabetes management services; H2U Health Bank, developed by H2U Club, is an application that allows businesses to care for the health of their employees. See more at:
La Vida Tec Co., Ltd.: https://www.wacare.live/en/
H2 Inc.: https://www.health2sync.com/?lang=en-us
H2U Club: https://www.h2u.com.tw/site/index_en.html 

*** TAITRONICS & AIoT Taiwan- a complete set of tradeshows to showcase the latest AI and the IoT applications for businesses, featuring complete ecosystem that include key components, system integration, security and smart solutions for businesses in a contactless economy. See more at:
https://www.taitronics.tw
https://www.aiottaiwan.com

***As of today, May 20, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 4,921,252 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 440 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 38 consecutive days of ZERO domestic transmissions, 349 imported cases, 7 deceased cases, 402 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/05/18

TAIWAN’s Technology Industry Continues to Transform and Offer Solutions Amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted the global economy by disrupting the supply chain while freezing the market demand. Taiwan, as a global technology hub, is simultaneously transforming and upgrading its technology industry to adjust to the changes, aiming to work hand in hand with the international community amid and post COVID-19.

According to Gartner, the global semiconductor industry has been significantly affected by COVID-19. The industry’s projected growth rate is expected to change from an increase of 12.5% to a -0.9% this year. While most countries are taking various measures to prevent the spread of the outbreak, the impact unfortunately has taken farther than expected.

With the country’s biggest export and investment market being China, major suppliers for raw materials and key components being Japan and Korea, and largest consumer markets being the US, EU and Southeast Asia, Taiwan’s technology sectors including semiconductor, ICT and TFT LCD panels were significantly affected by COVID-19.

If there is not a second wave of the coronavirus, analysists predict that the global market will gradually recover steadily through the second half of this year, but for the economy to fully recover, the world will have to wait for the arrival of a vaccine.

Meanwhile, there is an emerging trend in working from home, and demands for technology applications are rising from the contactless economy. Taiwan is actively developing and advancing the related technologies to meet the rapid rise in demands in areas such as remote conferences, on-line education, telemedicine, digital solutions for automation, data analysis, cloud & routers, and e-commerce.

TAITRA will continue to organize a series of online marketing events, including variety of virtual exhibitions on Taiwantrade.com, Taiwan’s leading B2B website. Global businesses will be invited to participate in online procurement meetings, new product launch presentations, and webinars featuring major industry players sharing the latest trends in a variety of technology applications.

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

*** COMPUTEX
official website: https://www.computextaipei.com.tw/
COMPUTEX Facebook: www.facebook.com/COMPUTEX.TAITRA/

*** TAITRONICS & AIoT Taiwan- a complete set of tradeshows to showcase the latest AI and the IoT applications for businesses, featuring complete ecosystem that include key components, system integration, security and smart solutions for businesses in a contactless economy. See more at:
https://www.taitronics.tw
https://www.aiottaiwan.com

***As of today, May 18, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 4,749,813 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 440 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 36 consecutive days of ZERO domestic transmissions, 349 imported cases, 7 deceased cases, 398 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/05/14

Taiwan Business Events Industry Rising to the COVID-19 Challenge

The situation of the coronavirus pandemic may have reached a turning point, and Taiwan for certain would want to play its part in the global recovery that is within grasp.

According to the latest Business Environment Risk Intelligence (BERI) report, Taiwan is ranked the third-best in the world, and the best in Asia, as a destination for investment amongst the 50 countries being assessed upon. And one of the significant indices of economic recovery would be the number of international events being held in-country.

According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) statistics, Taiwan held 163 international meetings in 2019, ranking 4th in terms of number of events in Asia. It was a record high ranking in 5 years, and tied with the best record Taiwan achieved previously. The capital city, Taipei, alone held 101 meetings, ranking 5th among all Asian cities.

Though the global business events industry has been widely impacted by COVID-19 in the first half of 2020, the sector is still full of opportunities in the second half. In light of the impressive results of Taiwan’s epidemic control efforts, ICCA has announced that it will go ahead with its planned annual congress, which is set to take place this coming November in Kaohsiung, the harbor city and southern economic center of Taiwan.

The 2019 ICCA Congress in Houston attracted 1,000 attendants from 75 countries. The 2020 ICCA Congress in Kaohsiung is estimated to welcome 1,000+ participants, and will be the association’s first ever hybrid congress, combining both online and onsite agenda, and may become textbook material for a new format of association meetings in the future.

In promoting Taiwan’s business events industry, the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) launched the MEET TAIWAN initiative and entrusted TAITRA to implement the project. MEET TAIWAN positions the country as a destination for business events, and aims to enhance the quality and efficiency of services as well as Taiwan’s brand and image in the global business events market. See more at: https://www.meettaiwan.com/en_US/index.html

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, May 14, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 4,378,046 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 440 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 32 consecutive days of ZERO domestic transmissions, 349 imported cases, 7 deceased cases, 383 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/05/13

Taiwan Helping the Shift Towards Smart Education Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

It has been reported that more than 160 countries have shut down schools and campuses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the coronavirus continues to impact the world, as many as 90 percent of students worldwide have been obstructed from attending classes. Issues of such a magnitude has led to a major shift in the realm of education towards smart education.

With decades of innovation and development backed by a strong ICT industry base, Taiwan’s smart education industry is a mature segment comprised of companies offering a diverse range of advanced solutions.

AVer Information, founded in 2008, is a leading developer and manufacturer of education technology and visual collaboration solutions. Its "Mechanical Arm Wireless Interactive Visualizer" is ultra-lightweight and convenient for teachers to carry. Equipped with a 4K 13-megapixel camera and 60fps imaging, which accurately presents teaching materials without missing any of the fine details. It can also function as a network camera to easily facilitate remote teaching. See more at: https://www.aver.com/default.aspx

Delta, founded in 1971, is a global provider of power and thermal management solutions. It is now working with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and have created an innovative and open platform for Smart Learning, the DeltaKnEW Academy, which has patented learning experience design to equip professionals and enterprises with the latest Industry 4.0 skills. With both a web version and mobile app, DeltaKnEW Academy enables on-the-job, in the moment and on-the-go learning for workers to embark on a versatile and personalized learning journey for reskilling and upskilling. See more at: https://www.deltaww.com/

Based in Taipei, Eyesmedia is a tech company focused on the development of NLP technologies. It implemented a smart campus project with Yunlin County Government at two elementary schools. The project involves establishing a smart parent-teacher communications platform, combining its cloud-based system for students to pay for public transportation, self-service borrow and return books from school library, as well as purchasing from cashless vending machines. See more at: https://www.eyesmedia.com.tw/en/home-copy-2

Innolux, established in 2003, the company has 14 plants in Taiwan possesses a complete production line, making it the world's total display solutions provider offering a full range of large/medium/small LCD panels and touch-control screens. Collaborating with Chromebook, it is now a maker of the 11.6 inches touch screen education notebook. With enhanced power durability and TOD (touch on display) technology adopted, it is considered better for children’s health. See more at: http://www.innolux.com/Pages%2fen%2fIndex_en.html

MiTAC Information Technology, established in 2010, a solution supplier on IoT for cloud system of system integration. Its signature “IDSmart RFID Smart Library Total Solution” accounts for over 75% of the library UHF market in Taiwan. The fully integrated services including assisting with librarian tasks, reader self-service equipment, back-end self-service inventory and sorting equipment. See more at: https://www.mitac.com.tw/index.cfm

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business or collaborating with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***TAITRA holds world renowned exhibitions such as COMPUTEX, Taipei Cycle, AMPA, Medical TAIWAN, and Food Taipei. For Taiwan International Tradeshows, see: https://www.taiwantradeshows.com.tw/en_US/index.html

***As of today, May 13, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 4,293,320 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 440 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 31 consecutive days of ZERO domestic transmissions, 349 imported cases, 7 deceased cases, 375 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/05/12

Taiwan Sports Industry Resilient Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Until May 12, 2020, Taiwan has not seen any domestic COVID-19 transmission for 30 consecutive days. The country has endured more than 2 incubation periods (28 days). Taiwan is not just safe on paper. Compared with pre-COVID times, the daily lives of citizens remain relatively similar, including outdoor sporting activities.

For instance, Taiwan’s professional baseball league CPBL, began its closed-door 2020 Season in early April. For a time, CPBL was the only professional baseball league holding events worldwide. CPBL is now allowing 1,000 fans per game to enter the stadiums, and is the first of its kind to make such a call.

On top of drawing attention from the international sports community and media, by doing so, Taiwan and the CPBL is also making a statement that it is prepared for a post-COVID era and that the island nation is ready to gradually and cautiously lift restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19.

While professional sports are always exciting to watch, personal exercises are also important. According to a WHO research, adults should maintain moderate daily physical activity in order to enhance muscular strength and physical wellness. Doctors also urged that during the epidemic prevention period, regular exercising at home can help boosting immunity.

Taiwan has long been a major global sporting goods and fitness equipment exporter. In 2019 alone, US$2.12 billion worth of sporting goods were shipped to other parts of the globe. A significant amount of the increase was driven by the growing fitness and sporting equipment market. Brands from Taiwan are among the top industry players in the world, including Johnson and Dyaco, both are manufacturers of sporting and fitness goods that are frequent winners of the Taiwan Excellence Award.

Johnson is among the top 3 largest fitness equipment manufactures in the world, and number one in Asia. Its brands include Matrix Fitness for commercial clients, Vision Fitness and Horizon Fitness for retail clients. See more at: https://www.johnsonhealthtech.com/us/eng/our-brands

Dyaco is the parent company of various prestige brands including SPIRIT, fuel, XTERRA, SOLE, Spirit Medical Systems Group, and CLUBFIT. See more at: https://www.dyaco.com/en-gb

In 2021, TAITRA will hold the TaiSPO tradeshow on 3-6 March at Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC). It is one of the most complete and innovative platforms in the global sporting and fitness industry. The exhibition will feature Smart Sport, Sports Services, as well as the Taiwan Excellence Award Pavilion and a lot more. For further detail, please see: https://www.taispo.com.tw/en_US/index.html

Together with TaiSPO, TAIPEI CYCLE, will be held by TAITRA on 3-6 March, 2021, at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Halls 1 and 2 (TaiNEX 1&2). It is the second largest professional cycle show worldwide, and will feature a complete ecosystem of the healthy lifestyle and sports industry, and will include many special features, such as enhanced online and offline sourcing services, and outdoor demo riding for bicycles. See more at: https://www.taipeicycle.com.tw/en_US/index.html

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business or collaborating with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, May 12, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 4,212,538 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 440 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 30 consecutive days of ZERO domestic transmissions, 349 imported cases, 7 deceased cases, 372 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/05/11

Taiwan Offering Fishery Solutions Amid and Post COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the way foods are prepared and made available for public consumption around the globe. Taiwan, an island nation surrounded by abundant fishery resources and a reliable trade partner, is offering the international community a variety of fishery solutions amid and post COVID-19.

The pandemic has profoundly disrupted the global food supply chain at every level, and the related economic problems have significantly impacted people’s access to food. In many countries, harvests are currently going to waste due to work and travel bans.

For example, meat processing plants in the U.S. underwent shutdowns, and farmers in other countries were forced to dump dairy and fresh produce as demands fell sharply amid lockdowns. The export bans imposed by various countries have also furthered disruptions in the global food supply chain and world trade.

The vast fishery resources surrounding Taiwan has enabled the country to establish highly developed coastal, offshore and ocean fishery industries. The annual output value of Taiwan's fishery industry is about US$1.3 billion. The country’s ocean fishery is ranked among the top three in the world, with tuna longline fishing ranking first in the world.

Taiwan’s fishery industry is supported by the nation’s strong ICT base and features special advantages in aquaculture technology. Taiwan’s complete and innovative aquaculture technology solutions offer the latest in areas including new variety breeding, cultivation, reproduction and production, aquaculture industry management technology, feed production technology, and fishery processing technology. The commercial value development of gene-transfer aquatic products is also offering promising prospects for global partners.

*** TAITRA will hold the 2020 Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show on Sep 3-5 at TaiNEX2, featuring "Fishery Equipment and Technology," "Aquaculture," Seafood & Value-Added Seafood," "Seafood Processing Equipment and Technology," and "Marine Biotechnology." It is one of the best international fishery industry platforms in Asia. See more at: https://www.taiwanfishery.com/en_US/index.html

***FOOD TAIPEI, to be held by TAITRA as well as local food industry associations from Dec 17 to 20 of 2020, is Asia's largest global platform for quality foods procurement. See more at: https://www.foodtaipei.com.tw/en_US/index.html

****For Quality foods from Taiwan, check out Taiwantrade.com: https://www.taiwantrade.com/products/search?word=Agricultural+Foods&type=product&style=gallery

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business or collaborating with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, May 11, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 4,138,100 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 440 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 349 imported cases, 7 deceased cases, 368 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/05/07

Taiwan Fully Utilizing Biomed Capacity in the Quest for COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious impact in every aspect of daily life for people around the world. All nations are in the fight together. With a long history of being a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan is fully committed to the fight against the disease.

As one of the biomedical leaders in Asia, Taiwan is fully utilizing its biomedical capacity in the quest for the cure for the notorious COVID-19. Apart from the successes in the production of drugs such as Remdisivir and hydroxychloroquine, Taiwan is also one of the spearheads in global vaccine development.

Adimmune (ADIM) Corporation, founded in 1965 and based in central Taiwan, is the only influenza vaccine manufacturer with both EU GMP and US FDA certification in Asia, and also the leading manufacturer of human vaccines in Taiwan. Having worked closely with National Taiwan University (NTU), ADIM announced on May 4 that it has managed to develop a candidate vaccine for the coronavirus.

The candidate vaccine was developed using virus strains acquired from Europe, which are believed to be the most dangerous amongst the ones currently discovered. Mice tests conducted in NTU virology laboratories have shown promising results with the serum antibody in the vaccine not only neutralizing the coronavirus but also further suppressed it.

According to ADIM estimation, the first phase of human clinical trials is likely to begin in the third quarter of 2020 after obtaining approval. The company will collaborate with National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) to ensure the safety of the candidate vaccine. The company is hoping for mass production by the winter of 2021.

Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp (MVC), another prominent Taiwanese vaccine manufacturer based in Taipei, released on May 5 that it has broadened its cooperation with the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), and acquired the complete global authorization on the forth coming COVID-19 vaccine, including marketing and production, which is an important breakthrough for MVC’s future operations.

In fact, MVC and NIH already signed an agreement earlier in February, enabling it to become one of the two partners on NHI’s COVID-19 vaccine development project. Sponsored by NHI, mRNA-1273 was the first candidate vaccine developed in the U.S., and currently the fastest paced in the world, with human clinical trials in the U.S. already being conducted in mid-March. Using a fragment of the genetic code from the coronavirus, mRNA-1273 is expected to trigger the same immune response as traditional vaccines and in effect fight off COVID-19.

MVC stated that its COVID-19 candidate vaccine is on track to complete animal clinical trials in the second quarter of 2020, followed by human clinical trials in the second half of 2020 in Taiwan.

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business or collaborating with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***MEDICAL TAIWAN, scheduled to take place in October 15-17 in 2020, at TaiNEX 2, Taipei, Taiwan, is a complete International Medical, Health and Care tradeshow to showcase Taiwan's medical innovation and technology, featuring healthcare products, medical devices & equipment, assistive products, and smart medical solutions. See more at: https://www.medicaltaiwan.com.tw/

***As of today, May 7, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 3,777,583 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 440 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 349 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 347 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/05/05

TAITRA Online Product Launch Event Introduces Detection Systems for Combating COVID-19

TAITRA, the largest nonprofit trade promoting organization of Taiwan, is using online technology to connect and empower global communities with a wide array of tools and solutions from Taiwanese innovators for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

A major highlight of TAITRA’s online efforts is the series of online product launch events the organization has been hosting since 30 March. The first of the online events attracted 90 companies from 15 European countries. Given the success of the online product launches, many events were held subsequently that enabled buyers from around the world to procure everything from stay-at-home solutions and home entertainment equipment to contactless supplies and products.

The April 27 session was the 8th event. It was joined by 7 prominent Taiwanese biotech firms and research institutes who introduced their latest innovations for rapid COVID-19 testing and detection.

Among them was The AEP Alliance, a group of 3 top biotech companies: AnTaimmu BioMed, EirGenix, and Panion& BF Biotech. The group offered an antigen test kit capable of providing results on earlier-infected individuals within 10 minutes by taking nasal mucus samples without using extra equipment. The group received more than 60 inquiries from companies based in countries including France, India, and Canada.

Leadgene Biomedical, a company that developed a 10-15 minute antigen and antibody testing solution without causing cross-reactivity to MERS and general coronaviruses, also received multiple international inquiries. General Biologicals Corporation introduced its real-time RT-PCR assay and antibody rapid tests. Both featured high level precision and quick response. The RT-PCR test kits were shipped and deployed in France, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

QuarkBio offered its innovative dqPCR (Digital/Quantitative PCR) analysis system for detecting trace amounts of the coronavirus. According to the company, the system is 10 times more sensitive than conventional PCR tests and that it has been designed to test 6 samples in 90 minutes.

KimForest presented its high sensitivity and specificity PCR-based assay. The assay is capable of providing results within 50 minutes, and it is expected to gain FDA certification in the near future.

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) demonstrated its Portable Intelligent Rapid Molecular Diagnostic System featuring various advantages including extra-light weight, high sensitivity, high accuracy, and high efficiency.

TCI Gene presented the world’s first fully automated virus scanner. The scanner is operated by robotic arms, and it is designed for 24/7 workloads to test around 900 specimens daily at high accuracy. The company received multiple international inquiries, including those from several U.S.-based industry heavyweights.

To join a TAITRA online product launch event and connect with suppliers for your market, please contact a TAITRA branch office near you: https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business or collaborating with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***Taiwan companies providing COVID-19 detection solutions:
https://www.pbf.com.tw/
http://www.eirgenix.com/index.aspx
http://www.leadgenebio.com/
https://www.gbc.com.tw/
https://www.quarkbiosciences.com/en/
https://www.kimforest.com/index.php?action=medicine&lang=3
https://www.itri.org.tw/english/index.aspx
https://www.genext.me/pages/abouttcigene?locale=en

***MEDICAL TAIWAN, scheduled to take place in October 15-17 in 2020, at TaiNEX 2, Taipei, Taiwan, is a complete International Medical, Health and Care tradeshow to showcase Taiwan's medical innovation and technology, featuring healthcare products, medical devices & equipment, assistive products, and smart medical solutions. See more at: https://www.medicaltaiwan.com.tw/

***As of today, May 5, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 3,616,309confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 438 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, 347of which are imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 334cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/29

Taiwan ICT Industry in the post-COVID-19 Pandemic World

With the highly infectious COVID-19 continuing to threaten global health and economies, every country is now fighting a battle and looking for ways to prevent further spread. At this time of crisis, Taiwan is committed to help international efforts to overcome challenges, and TAITRA is facilitating the exchange and collaboration between Taiwan’s medical sector and the global community.

TAITRA has been facilitating global companies and organizations to connect with Taiwan’s medical supplies ecosystem, including manufacturers of face masks, medical garment, thermometers and sanitizers. Face masks are amongst the most effective and least costly ways to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The following are three of the Taiwan Excellence Award winning companies that manufacture face masks or face mask related machineries:

CSD, established in 1947, is one of the leading health protective supplies brands in Taiwan. CSD has supplied reliable and quality medical supplies to healthcare experts and facilities over the world for more than 7 decades. CSD takes its expertise and applying it to the consumer homecare market with the vision of “Health in Style”- designed to not only deliver high levels of safety and performance, but to also bring style and character, such as denim, camouflage pattern, and Dutch orange which amazed the Dutch representative to Taiwan when receiving the mask donation from Taiwan.

Feature: CSD alcohol wipes account for 70% of the total market share in Taiwan, and is among the few foreign suppliers certified by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. CSD is also a contractor of the United States Army.
Products: Face mask, wipe, apparel, bandage, cotton gauze, cotton products, professional supplies https://www.csd.com.tw/en


LAITEST is a Taiwan Excellence award winner face mask producer and a brand of the Taiwan Stanch group. The company produces high standard and quality medical face masks. It now has a sales network spanning over 120 countries including those in the USA, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. LAITEST also provides consumer medical products.
Feature: Extremely high level hygiene products made from Class 10,000 cleanroom face mask production lines.
Products: Cold/hot therapy, pain relief products, face mask, disinfectant spray & mosquito spray, medical consumables, instant cooling/ heating products http://www.taiwanstanch.com/index .asp


King Ultrasonic, a Taiwan Excellence award winner founded in 1979, manufactures various ultrasonic equipment for worldwide customers. The company’s new generation ultrasonic systems are synchronized with European and American technology. With strong research and innovation capabilities, King Ultrasonic offers medical and aesthetic products including ultrasonic welders and flat mask machines.
Feature: The largest professional ultrasonic equipment manufacturer in Asia. Its pivotal ultrasonic welding technique allows the face masks to become impenetrable by viruses.
Products: Plastic welding, metal welding, synthetic fabric sewing and sealing, as well as all the way up to fully automatic manufacturing machines https://www.ksonic.com.tw/en/


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***MEDICAL TAIWAN, scheduled to take place in October 15-17m 2020, at TaiNEX 2, Taipei, Taiwan. It is an annual event held by TAITRA, and is a complete International Medical, Health and Care tradeshow to showcase Taiwan's medical innovation and technology, Feature: Extremely high level hygiene products made from Class 10,000 cleanroom face mask production lines. Products: Cold/hot therapy, pain relief products, face mask, disinfectant spray & mosquito spray, medical consumables, instant cooling/ heating products http://www.taiwanstanch.com/index .asp Feature: The largest professional ultrasonic equipment manufacturer in Asia. Its pivotal ultrasonic welding technique allows the face masks to become impenetrable by viruses. Products: Plastic welding, metal welding, synthetic fabric sewing and sealing, as well as all the way up to fully automatic manufacturing machines https://www.csd.com.tw/en featuring healthcare products, medical devices & equipment, assistive products, and smart medical solutions. See more at: https://www.medicaltaiwan.com.tw/

***As of today, April 29, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 3,127,046 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, with 0 addition, a total of 429 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 343 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 311 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En



2020/04/28

Taiwan ICT Industry in the post-COVID-19 Pandemic World

Taiwan ICT companies play essential roles in the global manufacturing and innovation ecosystem. Their capabilities are marked by strong software innovation and hardware productivity, as well as the solutions they provide through the integration of both. As a leading ICT supplier, the innovative and production capabilities of Taiwan are relied upon by businesses around the world. According to Institute for Information Industry (III) research, in order for Taiwan’s ICT companies to serve the world’s needs post COVID-19, there are several changes they can implement, including:

  1. 1.Developing a regional production and supply chain. By doing so, manufacturers can get closer to customers while reducing the chances of supply chain disruptions due to overly relying on overseas supplies.

  2. 2.Introducing smart production. This is a critical step to take to reduce labor cost and to revitalize local production. Smart production enables manufacturers to make personalized products and become even more market-oriented.

  3. 3.Adopt AI and IoT for manufacturing to react faster to shifts in consumer behaviors. The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has also suggested for Taiwan ICT companies to relocate and diversify production in different parts of the world, as well as directing new innovations to meet the needs generated by the “from home” trend. The institute pointed out that the changes in the collective behaviors and habits of people working and studying from home will drive the next generation of ICT applications.

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***As of today, April 28, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 3,072,806 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, with 0 addition, a total of 429 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 343 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 307 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En



2020/04/27

Digital Governance Plays Critical Role in Taiwan’s COVID-19 Prevention

Taiwan’s extensive deployment of digital governance in areas including immigration, customs and national health insurance became the critical tools for the nation’s efforts to fend of the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Drawing on the SARS experience, Taiwan responded swiftly to ration the nation’s limited supply of face masks. Upon first learning about the foreign coronavirus outbreak, the government took actions to control national inventories and production, as well as developing an app named “Face Mask Map” with real-time information on mask store locations and availability. The app not only served to distribute existing stocks of masks, it also became a confidence boost that calmed the public. Face Mask Map had since undergone several iterations and updates. As a vital digital tool, the app helped prevent panic buying while the government continued to ramp up national production capabilities. Taiwan is now the world’s second largest face mask maker and has been donating masks and other vital medical supplies to countries around the world.

Digital governance was also instrumental in Taiwan’s efforts to strengthen border control, which began on December 31, 2019, to screen inbound travelers from high risk areas. Taiwan officials integrated the national health insurance (NHI) database with its immigration and customs database early on, which enabled the government to track travel histories and symptoms. Moreover, medical facilities including hospitals and pharmacies had access to the information for their patients and customers and had the power to respond accordingly to help prevent transmissions and institutional infections.

Furthermore, the government initiated the “Digital Fence” system for locating and monitoring individuals under the 14-day compulsory quarantine. With minimal privacy intrusion, the technology tracks the smartphone locations of those under quarantine. If the phones are detected too far away from the quarantine area, an alarms would be triggered with calls and messages made to re-confirm the individual’s whereabouts.

Digital governance played a significant role in Taiwan’s efforts to curb COVID-19. In addition to NHI and border control, the country’s e-government also covers other areas including household registration, civil services, revenue services and education. As an ICT leader at this time of crisis, Taiwan welcomes opportunities to share and exchange and its digital governance best practices with the global community.

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business or collaborating with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, April 27, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 3,004,956 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, with 0 addition, a total of 429 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 343 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 290 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/24

TAIWAN Excellence Offering Telehealth Solutions Amid COVID-19

With a great majority of the world population currently staying at home or in quarantine, one of the fast-emerging ways for people to receive medical assistance or treatment is through telehealth. Taiwan Excellence, featuring award winning products and services from Taiwanese medical solution providers, is offering some of the most innovative telehealth solutions in the industry.

The severity of COVID-19 has forced governments around the world to take drastic lockdown measures. Governments are also calling for their citizens to only visit hospitals or clinics unless necessary in order to avoid the risk of crowding which may lead to further spread of infections. Consequently, telemedicine has become a preferred option for patients with chronic diseases requiring regular medical attention, and telehealth applications have seen a surge in popularity.

One key benefit of telemedicine is that it helps reduce the risk of infection to patients and medical staff. It also reduces the time and cost of travelling back and forth to hospitals or clinics. According to the latest reports, the global market value of telemedicine will grow from US$38.3 billion in 2019 to US$130.5 billion in 2025.

Supported by Taiwan’s ICT supply chain advantage, the nation’s medical industry has been leveraging its access to extensive ICT resources to develop innovative telehealth and telemedicine solutions.

For example, Taiwan excellence award winner Leadtek, created the amor physical and mental health management platform to monitor personal health data including sleeping habits, fatigue levels, blood circulation, and physical stress index. The comprehensive health data collected enhances the platform’s AI health risk prediction and allows for personalized suggestions for self-health management. It also facilitates O2O clinic/hospital matching. See more at: https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/42077

Another example is the Bluetooth® blood pressure monitor with stroke risk detection from Microlife. The product can detect atrial fibrillation (AF) during blood pressure measurements at home. See more at: https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109172

***For more Taiwan Excellence award winning solutions, see: https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product

***MEDICAL TAIWAN, a one-stop platform that features top quality medical devices and equipment, showcases a complete health ecosystem in the B2B medical and health industry. See more at: https://www.medicaltaiwan.com.tw/en_US/index.html

***AGExpo, making its debut in Malaysia on Aug. 20-23, showcases smart medical devices, rehabilitation equipment, health food and supplement, and long-term care services to enhance the care and well-being of the ASEAN senior populations. See more at: https://agexpo.com.my/

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business or collaborating with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, April 23, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 2,732,708 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 428 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 343 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 264 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/23

TAITRA Launching Integrated Online Exhibition Services Amid COVID-19

Due to the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic, TAITRA has postponed or cancelled its international tradeshows in the first half of 2020, to abide by the government regulation and to care for all participants’ well-being. Meanwhile, to minimize the impact on the change of schedules, TAITRA is to launch a series of Online Exhibition Services (OES) that generate new business opportunities for international and Taiwanese businesses. Focusing on 17 Taiwan International tradeshows, the services launched by TAITRA include:

  1. 1.Online
    Exhibitions TAITRA is launching Online Exhibitions for the tradeshows affected by the pandemic. They are scheduled to be launched on the original opening days of the tradeshows, enabling exhibitors to setup online stores and digital catalogues, and buyers may place orders through Taiwantrade.com or the Taiwan International Tradeshows website. VR showrooms will also be launched for the 2020 Taipei Cycle design & innovation awards, as well as the TaiSPO All Star awards on May 15, where buyers will be able to take detailed looks at product exhibits in a 360 degree virtual environment.

  2. 2.Match-Making Services
    International buyers are invited by TAITRA’s 63 overseas branch offices to participate in Online Match-Making meetings. This branch of the OES provides precise match making services to international buyers. The service began with Taipei AMPA on April 16, and 5 additional sessions are already planned for May and June.

  3. 3.International Webinars
    TAITRA will be holding webinars that focus on the 4 major export industries of Taiwan: auto parts, food products, bicycles, and ICT. Industry experts from Europe, America and Southeast Asia are invited to give in-depth talks analyzing the opportunities and challenges arising from the pandemic. The webinars are schedule to air on the Taiwan International Tradeshows YouTube channel and the official websites of the tradeshows, as well as social media in May and June.

  4. 4.New Product Launch Events
    International buyers are invited to follow the online product launch events featuring the latest products from Taiwan companies participating in Taipei Cycle, TaiSPO, Taipei AMPA, COMPUTEX Taipei, Taiwan International Beauty Show, and MEDICAL Taiwan. Video clips promoting the new products will be uploaded to the Taiwan International Tradeshows YouTube channel and the official websites of the tradeshows, as well as social media.

  5. 5.Taiwan International Tradeshow Reports
    In-depth analysis and reports will be made available online featuring Taiwan’s bicycle, auto parts, machinery, medical, and ICT industries. The reports will be covered by industry experts and focus on analyzing the opportunities and challenges arising from the pandemic, as well as insights into the latest trends at each of the 5 major corresponding Taiwan International Tradeshows.

*** For Taiwan International Tradeshows, see:
https://www.taiwantradeshows.com.tw/en_US/index.html 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC68UpRzrpyaFcUOC0eX69eA/playlists

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***As of today, April 23, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 2,649,697 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 427 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 343 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 253 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En



2020/04/22

TAITRA Facilitates International Online Epidemic Prevention Medical Seminars

With the highly infectious COVID-19 continuing to threaten global health and economies, every country is now fighting an battle and looking for ways to prevent further spread. At this time of crisis, Taiwan is committed to help international efforts to overcome challenges, and TAITRA is facilitating the close exchange and collaboration between Taiwan’s medical sector and the global medical community.

Taiwan, with one the top healthcare systems in the world and comprehensive experience in fighting the SARS epidemic, has prepared in advance and implemented effective measures in the fight against COVID-19. Taiwan is also actively contributing to the international medical community by helping to improve prevention measures that reduce local infections.

Upon learning about the initial outbreak that began overseas, Taiwan acted swiftly to establish a central command center to allocate resources and manage the emergency. Stringent air and sea border control was also implemented immediately. The government then adopted various technologies to facilitate diagnoses and created an online mask-rationing system, while also combating misinformation and educating the public on epidemic prevention.

At the same time, when TAITRA received inquiries from India’s medical community to learn about the experiences of Taiwan’s medical institutions in epidemic prevention, TAITRA swiftly arranged online seminars for the doctors of National Cheng Kung University Hospital to share their knowledge and expertise.

On April 2nd, TAITRA facilitated the online epidemic prevention seminar delivered by National Cheng Kung University Hospital to ALKEM Laboratories India. The discussion included COVID-19 testing methods, drug treatment programs, methods of managing cases, and mask management. The online seminar was attended by 8,962 medical professionals from India.

On April 14th, TAITRA helped arrange another epidemic prevention webinar delivered by Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University Hospital to Indian Veritaz Healthcare Limited which was joined by over 2,100 Indian medical professionals.

In addition to India, medical institutions from the US, Myanmar and other countries are also inquiring about Taiwan's epidemic prevention experience and seeking opportunities for sharing and exchange. TAITRA is standing ready to facilitate more services to connect Taiwan’s medical professionals and the global medical community in the fight against the pandemic.

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As of today, April 22, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 2,570,230 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 426 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 343 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 236 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/20

5G, AIoT Expecting Strong Growth Post COVID-19

As more countries are seeing a slowdown in the spread of COVID-19, it has become a major task for governments and private sectors to get businesses back to normal. Taiwan, as a major supplier and business partner in the 5G and AIoT related global supply chain and innovation ecosystem, stands ready to contribute to a global economic recovery.

The global consumer market is anticipating major growth from the upcoming 5G revolution, which will present robust opportunities for all sectors. The key advantages of 5G are faster transmission and lower latency which will bring huge benefits to AIoT applications, cloud platforms and edge computing.

With the increase of 5G coverage, the related applications will become even more prevalent in sectors including manufacturing, medical care, logistics, mobile and computer communications, smart city, and customized solutions.

Renowned for their expertise, experience, flexible manufacturing capability and innovation, Taiwan's ICT and semiconductor industries can help companies seize new opportunities with essential 5G solutions including various key components, products and services.

For example, Taiwan Excellence award winning brand, Edge-Core has developed a big data backhaul technology to reduce design and deployment costs by referencing future 5G market demand to drive a new generation of mobile network services.
https://www.edge-core.com/
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109676

Another example is the 5G wireless router developed by D-Link Technology. D-Link’s DWR-2010 is a 5G NR Enhanced Gateway that provides 5G internet connectivity through an 802.11ax wireless network, providing users with internet access with speeds 10 times faster than the current LTE standard.
http://www.dlink.com
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109706

***TAITRA will hold the 2020 COMPUTEX on September 28-30, featuring a complete industry ecosystem and the InnoVEX (Startup Innovation) exhibit. For more details, see:
COMPUTEX official website: https://www.computextaipei.com.tw/
COMPUTEX Facebook: www.facebook.com/COMPUTEX.TAITRA/

***TAITRA will also hold the COMTECH shows in Myanmar and India, a brand-new series of trade shows focusing on ICT and related technologies. For more details, see:
COMTECH Myanmar: https://myanmar.comtechexpo.com
COMTECH India: https://india.comtechexpo.com/

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***As of today, April 20, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 2,409,052 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 422 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 343 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 203 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/16

Taiwan Fastener Industry Ready to Facilitate Post-Pandemic Global Economic Recovery

While COVID-19 continues to affect the world economy and global supply chains, new data are suggesting that through efforts such as community isolation, some countries are starting to flatten the curve. Taiwan, as one of the world’s major fastener manufacturers, is ready to facilitate an eventual global economic recovery.

The pandemic has significantly disrupted the global supply chain and forced many manufacturers to halt operations. However, the global effort to overcome COVID-19 has shown encouraging results, and some countries are gradually resuming production. As more countries begin to go back to work, the world economy can and will eventually recover.

Facing challenges created by COVID-19, the Taiwan fastener industry is even more committed to providing high quality goods and services that the world needs to return to a new normal. Taiwan is the third largest screw nut exporter in the world, and the country has some of the world’s most comprehensive industry clusters and supply chains. With strong R&D and manufacturing capabilities, the industry is expecting a steady growth trajectory into the post-pandemic world market.

The 2020 Taiwan International Fastener Show will be held by TAITRA at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Hall on October 14-16. The event is the third largest fastener trade show in the world and the second largest in Asia, and it is one of the best international B2B sourcing and networking platforms in the industry. The show features a complete industry ecosystem with a broad spectrum of nuts, bolts and screws for various industry including ICT, automobile, aerospace, medical equipment, construction, transportation, general machinery and precision instrument. An online version of the exhibition will also be held at the same time.

For more details, see:
Show Homepage: https://www.fastenertaiwan.com.tw/en_US/index.html
Fastener Taiwan FB: www.facebook.com/FastenerTaiwan

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***As of today, April 16, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 2,059,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 393 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 338 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 137 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/14

Taiwan Gearing Up Biomedical Epidemic Prevention Technology to combat COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taiwan government has announced that it will invest 5.46 billion NT dollars (US $181.7 million) for the research and development of biomedical epidemic prevention technologies, hoping to contribute more to the testing, prevention and treatment of the COVID-19.

Taiwan has accumulated significant know-how in epidemic prevention from past experiences, and has been among the most effective countries in curbing domestic spread so far. Taiwan has also continued to integrate domestic production, government and academic resources to form a national level alliance for vaccines, drugs and testing tools.

The government has announced a special budget of 2.16 billion dollars (US $71.8 million) for the Relief and Emergency funds, and 3.3 billion dollars (US $109 million) for the annual budget on Biomedical and Epidemic Prevention Technology Projects. A 4 billion dollar (US $133 million) 2022-2027 budget has also been approved for the Epidemic Prevention Center Construction project.

Currently, a total of 2.16 billion dollars (US $71.8 million) have been invested to improve Taiwan’s testing and treatment of COVID-19, and collaborations with European countries and the US have already taken place. Meanwhile, Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed a rapid diagnostic test capable of getting results in an hour with a 90-percent accuracy rate. The test is scheduled for production in July.

So far, the drugs on the market that are said to show promise for treating COVID-19 include Remdesivir, favipiravir (Avigan), and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Taiwan has successfully synthesized Remdesivir and favipiravir, and domestic manufacturers are capable to produce the drugs. Hydroxychloroquine can be mass-produced in Taiwan, and more than 20 countries have placed orders for the drug. Taiwan will also begin clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines in May, and discussions of international collaborations are already underway with many countries.

Going forward, Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology is planning to set up 3 to 5 epidemic prevention scientific research centers for biomedicine focusing on cloud computing, telemedicine, and artificial intelligence. The national-level AI cloud supercomputer has also begun to receive proposals from private sectors to develop anti-epidemic big data computing services.

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***As of today, April 14, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 1,866,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 393 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 338 imported cases, 6 deceased cases, 124 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/09

How Taiwan Uses Technology for Quarantines Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

To effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19 and enforce quarantine measures for inbound travelers from high risk regions, the Taiwan government has been using an Intelligent Electronic Fences System that enables digital monitoring and tracking of quarantined individuals.

COVID-19 is highly contagious through person to person contact, so one of the most effective ways to stop spread is through quarantine and isolation. However, when individuals who have been asked to engage in self-isolation break their quarantine and go out into the public, they may unknowingly cause further spread and thus pose serious dangers to public health.

How does the Taiwan government utilize technology to manage such risks? Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in late January collaborated with Chunghwa Telecom, HTC, and LINE (the most popular social app in Taiwan) to develop the Intelligent Electronic Fences System. The system is linked up with Customs and Immigration data and Taiwan’s major telecom networks, which enables location monitoring and tracking of individuals asked to quarantine themselves.

An Immigration and Quarantine System was also built first to improve the efficiency of the immigration clearance process. Before entering Taiwan, individuals are requested to scan a QR Code that links to a platform to fill out their health declaration and travel history online. Their information is stored into the 14 day Intelligent Electronic Fences System. Quarantined individuals will have tracking alarms activated in their mobile phones. The CECC can then monitor and track their locations on city heat maps in real-time.

The system will also send reminders about staying inside the quarantine area, and provide access to medical authorities for treatment if symptoms such as coughing or fever occur. In the case of chronic or non COVID-19 medical conditions, medical consultations are provided via videoconferencing.

If quarantined individuals leave their quarantine areas, the system will alert the authorities to take the necessary actions. Fines ranging from US$3,300 (NT$100,000) to US$ 33,300 (NT$1,000,000) may be imposed for leaving quarantine areas without permission or acting in violation of other related quarantine rules.

In the event that quarantined individuals are later found to be COVID-19 positive, the system can retrieve a record of their location and movement data to help identify those they may have been in contact with to screen for infections.

More recently, a bot function was added to the LINE social app to enable quarantined individuals to report their status to the authorities on a daily basis, which further enhances the effectiveness of frontline civil staff carrying out their daily duties. Entertainment features such as LINE Music, LINE TV and other free services are soon to be implemented to help provide additional relief and relaxation during the 14-day quarantine period.

*** The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced starting March 19, travelers coming or returning to Taiwan need to observe a 14-day home quarantine.

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***As of today, April 9, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 1,457,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 380 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 380 imported cases, 5 deceased cases, 80 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/07

Gaming Industry Growing Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing its serious impact on people’s daily lives around the world, more and more people are being requested to stay at home, and online gaming and e-sport are picking up as popular options for stay at home entertainment. Taiwan, one of the worlds’ leading computer hardware and ICT manufacturers, has garnered the reputation as the best gaming hardware and technology provider in the international market.

Confined to their homes amid the lockdown, people across all age groups are turning to gaming for distraction or relaxation. According to the latest statistics, since the implementation of home quarantines, mobile and online game downloads, as well as new membership subscriptions to a variety of gaming platforms have spiked. Players are teaming up with players from around the world for online recreation.

For gamers, gaming hardware is critical. Pro-gamers usually use the very best hardware on the market specially created and designed for gaming. According expert gamers, the specifications of hardware such as graphics card, CPU, RAM, storage, motherboard, power supply, cooling, and monitor are key to gaming performance.

TAITRA has held the Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup since 2014. The annual event is joined by pro-gamers to compete in popular games such as PUBG, DOTA 2 and CS:GO with the best gaming technology, to win the final prize, sponsored by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BoFT).

TEGC has become one of the most popular and competitive gaming tournaments in India, featuring the most advanced gaming technology and gear from brands including Acer, ADATA, Asus, AVerMedia, Cooler Master, D-link, Gigabyte, InWin, MSI, Silicon Power, Team Group, Thermaltake, Transcend, and Zowie.

***TAIWAN Excellence Award Winning Gaming Products: https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/result

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As of today, April 7, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 1,298,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 376 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 324 imported cases, 5 deceased cases, 61 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/06

Taiwan Industries Accelerating Digital Transformation Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic has seriously impacted people’s daily ways of life and the global economy. Taiwan, as a global ICT powerhouse with superb manufacturing experience and innovative technologies, has long been embracing digital transform in a variety of sectors and is committed to working with the global community to advance together through the present challenges.

Amid the pandemic, digital transformation is no longer a “nice-to-have” strategy, but an imperative to survive for global corporations. As the unexpected happened so rapidly, traditional business models are shut down and forced to face the new challenges. The outbreak has highlighted the values of digital transformation, and businesses are taking the chance to rethink, embrace, and accelerate the transition.

Digital transformation is the process of incorporating or using digital technology into business, requiring changes in technology, culture, processes, and operations. As digital transformation is inevitable for global businesses, more and more AIoT applications are in high demand. For example, extensive online communication and collaboration for working from home have become standard solutions, while telemedicine is booming, and e-commerce has emerged as the hottest trend amid the pandemic.

Taiwan at these challenging times has served as an example in demonstrating how digital transformation helped the government and businesses deal with the pandemic. Early on during the initial outbreak, Taiwan integrated IT experts to build up system for the health and travel data of citizens, which facilitated doctors to check patient travel histories for more precise diagnosis and treatment.

Taiwan has played a key role in the global supply chain of information technology and semiconductors for years, and has always welcomed global partners to join its efforts in digital transformation. In Recent years, Taiwanese companies have developed high-quality and smart solutions as well as integrated systems in 5G, e- learning, healthcare, biomedical technology, smart machinery & manufacturing, smart city, green energy, smart agriculture & farming, and open government.

According to IDC, an international research agency, the global business opportunities from "AIoT" will reach US$1 trillion in 2020. TAITRA is committed to serving the global communities to connect with Taiwan businesses.

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan partners, suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, April 6, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 1,231,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 373 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 321 imported cases, 5 deceased cases, 57 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/04/01

Taiwan Helping Partners to Combat Global COVID-19 Pandemic

The severity of the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused lots of countries to face shortage of medical supplies and resources, and some medical care systems are on the brinks of collapsing. Taiwan, with strong medical care capabilities and experiences, is standing with the world as an active member of the global community to provide assistance, exchange experiences and conduct further collaborations in the fight against COVID-19.

The global pandemic is affecting every country in the world, and no single country can stop it alone or stand-alone without being affected by their surrounding nations if the pandemic persists. Therefore, Taiwan is committed to working with the global community, and firmly believes that every country must stand together to overcome the challenges we all face, announced today by President Tsai Ing-wen in a press briefing at the Presidential office.

Currently, like every other country, Taiwan has been giving its full strength to curb the spread of COVID-19 domestically, and is also joining global community to combat the global outbreak in three areas: face masks, drugs, and technology application. Taiwan not only can help, but Taiwan is also actively helping.

On mask supplies, by assembling a national mask production team shortly after the outbreak, Taiwan now has become the world’s second largest mask manufacturer. The daily output of masks continues to rise, reaching 13 million pieces per day. Such output can fully meet the needs of domestic and overseas Taiwanese nationals, and enable Taiwan to donate 10 million masks to the medical frontline of the hardest hit countries, as well as continuing to help when more output is available.

In terms of medical research such as drug development, fast-screening testing kits, or vaccines, Taiwan will be collaborating with partners including Czech Republic, EU, Australia, US and international allies. For example, some Taiwanese manufacturers have been increasing their output of specific drugs that are in high international demand.

With respect to technological application, Taiwan shared experience to many countries on how Taiwan developed a big data electronic checking system to track down confirmed cases while conducting surveys to prevent further spread. In addition, doctors from major hospitals are starting to share useful medical tools through video conferences with countries in need.

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, April 1, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 838,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 329 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 283 imported cases, 5 deceased cases, 45 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/03/31

2020 Taipei Cycle and TaiSPO to Go 3D Virtual in May

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and state level lockdowns in place worldwide, most major gatherings and exhibitions have been rescheduled to later dates.

To facilitate businesses in acquiring the latest info and conduct business when social distancing measures are being implemented, the upcoming May 2020 TAIPEI CYCLE and TaiSPO will, for the first time ever, be transformed into 3D virtual exhibitions that will remain open online for one entire year till May 2021.

The highlights of this year’s Taipei Cycle will be the Innovation Design Award Winners (Taipei Cycle d&i awards) online showcase. Meanwhile, TaiSPO will be presenting an All Star Award Winners showcase. In addition to seeing all of the award-winning products in detailed VR 360° view, the visitors can also reach out to the manufacturers or designers directly online.

Across the industries, digital transformations are becoming the mainstream trend. To survive intense competition, almost all industries must find growth where new innovations thrive. Take the MICE industry for example, virtual exhibitions can offer the freedom, time and space that are beyond compare with respect to physical exhibitions.

Since the onset of the pandemic, more and more businesses have been going online or even replacing their offline operations with e-commerce entirely. And more businesses will be embracing new technologies such as AI and IoT, and soon 5G, than ever before. These phenomena are expected to be accelerated in the coming months.

*** For more info, please see:

  1. www.TaipeiCycle.com.tw

  2. www.taispo.com.tw

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, March 31, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 763,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 322 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 276 imported cases, 5 deceased cases, 39 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En



2020/03/31

Taipei, Your MICE Partner, Cares!

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has become a global pandemic. The Taipei City Government, closely adhering to the Taiwan central government's effective curbing policy, reports that the city currently has 40 confirmed cases, of which 37 are imported and only 3 are indigenous. There have been no cases of any community infections.

Taipei City would like to share its COVID-19 prevention measures with the global MICE community:

  1. 1.Public meetings
    1. a.Boost the promotion of hand hygiene (such as washing hands thoroughly and frequently).

    2. b.Encourage preventive etiquette by people with respiratory tract problems or coughs (such as wearing masks and staying home).

    3. c.Organizers of indoor gatherings and activities should keep the air-circulation system and environment clean and tidy.

    4. d.Instruct those who are ill to rest at home and not participate in assembly activities.

  2. 2.Cooperate with government epidemic investigations and implement epidemic prevention measures in accordance with the provisions of home quarantine, home
     isolation, and independent health management.

  3. 3.Keep areas clean: Public environments should be disinfected at least once a day.



2020/03/30

Taiwan Food Industry Sees Stable Growth Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVOID-19 continues to spread globally, people in many countries are requested to shelter in place or stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Ensuring people’s access to food and daily necessities have become top priorities. As one of the worlds’ best food suppliers, Taiwan is continuing to supply high quality foods and fresh produce both domestically and internationally amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With lockdown measures put in place in most major cities around the world, shopping online, ordering takeout, and using food delivery service have become more popular than ever.

While supplies in Taiwan have remained relatively stable, the online shopping of food and necessities have boomed. According to Taiwantrade.com, the official one-stop B2B platform of Taiwan, online sales have grown 24% in February compared to January.

In particular, anti-epidemic products and various foods were among the best sellers and are expected to continue over the course of the coming months. Some of the most popular food choices included: health & nutritional supplements such as probiotics, vitamins and minerals, frozen seafood, beans, juice, jelly, coffee, green tea, instant noodles, dried fruits, baking ingredient, instant drinks, cooking oil, bottled water, cookies, snacks and prepared foods.

Also, Taiwan is a renowned producer of high quality fresh tropical fruits. In recent years, Taiwan’s fresh fruit exports have grown significantly. The tropical tastes and nutritional values of Taiwan grown fruits such as custard apple, guava, bell fruits and dates have received much praise and recognition in global markets.

Both Taiwan’s export and import food markets have continued to grow in recent years. In 2019, Taiwan exported US$5.6 billion of foods, including fresh produce, fruit, plant, seafood, wine, tea, seasoning and processed food, an increase of 1.16 percent compared to the previous year. The continuous growth was attributed to the growing demand from the international markets to source more varieties of quality foods.

***For Quality foods and fruits from Taiwan, check out Taiwantrade.com: https://www.taiwantrade.com/products/search?word=Agricultural+Foods&type=product&style=gallery

***FOOD TAIPEI, to be held by TAITRA as well as local food industry associations from Dec 17 to 20 of 2020, is Asia's largest global platform for quality foods procurement.

***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, March 30, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 700,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 306 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 262 imported cases, 5 deceased cases, 39 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/03/27

Taiwan Machinery Industry Resilient Amid Global Pandemic

Although the COVID-19 pandemic severely interrupted global supply chains and caused a worldwide shortage of goods and materials, Taiwan’s machinery industry remained resilient and committed to offering global customers with flexible solutions that enable them to overcome difficult challenges.

Taiwanese manufacturers are widely recognized for being able to quickly adapt to customers’ needs and offer integrated solutions. For example, facing a shortage of face masks during the initial outbreak, the Taiwan smart machinery and automation sectors quickly collaborated with the government and successfully increased mask production to meet surging demands.

Another major strength of Taiwanese manufacturers is their ability to offer customized solutions, developed from the highly competitive industry clusters in Taiwan. The nation’s key machinery clusters are mostly based in Taichung, with over 1,500 machine tool makers and 10,000 satellite factories nearby. With Such comprehensive and high-density clusters, they can meet customers’ needs with efficient and cost-effective operations.

In recent years, a growing number of Taiwanese machinery manufacturers are transforming, implementing, and offering smart solutions. For example, robotics, IoT, big data analysis, and AI technologies are extensively incorporated into manufacturing processes for productivity and efficiency.

According the latest statistics, the output value of Taiwan's machinery and equipment in the past three years has been steadily growing, with the export value reaching 28 billion to 30 billion U.S. dollars.

***Taipei PLAS, iMTduo, and ShoeTech Taipei are to be jointly held by TAITRA as a mega machinery exhibition to showcase the complete and extensive applications and innovations in the machinery ecosystem. The show will be held in September with a scale of over 3,300 booths to be used.

  1. Taipei PLAS features "Industry 4.0”, "Smart Manufacturing" and "Circular Economy". See more at: www.taipeiplas.com.tw

  2. iMTduo is to showcase smart manufacturing and industry 4.0. applications. See more at: www.imtduo.com.tw

  3. ShoeTech Taipei will exhibit automated shoe-making machinery and equipment, as well as "Shoe Materials Accessories". See more at: www.shoetech.com.tw
***TAITRA, your reliable partner for doing business with Taiwan, has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality Taiwan suppliers, products, and services. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, March 27, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 510,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 267 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 227 imported cases, 2 deceased cases, 30 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En 

2020/03/26

“Taiwantrade.com” Facilitates Business for Global Buyers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

While global business activities have grinded to a halt due to escalating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the e-commerce services such as Meet Suppliers Online provided by Taiwantrade.com have become some of the most popular solutions for global buyers to continue offering products from Taiwan.

Taiwantrade.com, TAITRA’s one-stop B2B e-commerce platform, is widely welcomed and trusted in Taiwan and globally. Due to the plunge of in-person business activities, international inquiries through the website’s Meet Suppliers Online service have increased by as much as 6 fold in recent months.

As anticipated, urgent demand on products such as the raw materials for face masks, protective clothing, temperature sensing devices and other medical appliances turn up frequently. To meet the demands, TAITRA recently launched two special showcases featuring Anti-Epidemic and Stay-At-Home Economy solutions. See more at: https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com/ 

Products such as smart devices, electronic components, bicycle parts, hardware, and agricultural products are also among buyers’ popular lists.

Every procurement session through Meet Suppliers Online is tailored and arranged by TAITRA’s e-commerce specialists. Procedures involving buyer verification, demand confirmation, and supplier recommendation are conducted to ensure fruitful outcomes. The service has proven to have effectively shortened the procurement decision making process, and has received levels of satisfaction at as high as 90% from global buyers. 

***TAITRA has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality suppliers and products from Taiwan. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***Taiwantrade.com, is the foremost B2B site of Taiwan covering 660,000+ products and 70,000+ suppliers from the country’s major industries. See more at: https://www.taiwantrade.com/

***Meet Suppliers Online, Powered by Taiwantrade.com, is connecting buyers around the world with quality Taiwanese suppliers by hosting over 5,000 sessions of one-on-one online business meetings on an annual basis. See more at: https://www.taiwantrade.com/business/MeetSupplierOnline

***You can link your Taiwantrade.com account to Facebook Messenger to get a reply notification right away. https://www.taiwantrade.com/static/howto/en/msg_link.html 

***As of today, March 26, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 475,000 confirmed cases worldwide, distributed in 184 countries/ regions. As of writing, a total of 252 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 212 imported cases, 2 deceased cases, 29 cases released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.
See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En


2020/03/25

Taiwan CECC Bans Foreign Entry and Transfer from Taiwan

In response to the 2019 novel coronavirus(COVID-19) outbreak becoming a global pandemic with the number of imported cases continuing to rise, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that effective March 22 the transit of airline passengers through Taiwan from 00:00 Taipei Standard Time (GMT+8) on March 24 (Tuesday) until April 7 will be suspended to decrease cross-border movement of people and to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Prior to this announcement, the CECC had announced that starting from March 19, entry of all foreign nationals will not be allowed unless documents of granted entry are provided and that inbound travelers will be subject to a 14-day period of home quarantine after entering Taiwan.

Some facts: Since 31 December 2019 and as of 24 March 2020, 375,498 global cases of COVID-19 have been reported, including 16,392 deaths in a total of 195 countries. In Taiwan, 216 cases are confirmed, among them 178 are imported and 38 are indigenous. In Taipei City, cases number 58, of which 55 are imported and only 3 are indigenous. To date, there have been no cases of any community infections in Taiwan. Of the total confirmed cases in Taiwan, there have been 2 deaths, and 29 patients have been released from isolation while the remainder are in stable condition and hospitalized in isolation.

The latest updates are available on the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control official website at www.cdc.gov.tw/En.


2020/03/24

COMPUTEX 2020 Rescheduled to September
Presenting 5G & communications, smart solutions, gaming, and startups

March 24, 2020, Taipei – Unfortunately, the world is affected by severe infectious pneumonia (COVID-19). As of today, more than 300,000 people have been diagnosed across 167 countries worldwide, impacting the economy, trade, transportation, convention, and tourism. COMPUTEX organizers, TAITRA President & CEO, Mr. Walter Yeh, and TCA Secretary General, Mr. Enoch Du jointly announce, for the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors, the effectiveness of the exhibition, and maintaining the COMPUTEX brand image, COMPUTEX scheduled for June 2-6 will be rescheduled to September.

To continue to service exhibitors and visitors around the world while taking into account the health and safety of all participants, COMPUTEX is rescheduled to September 28-30, at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2) and will present 5G and communication, smart solutions, gaming, and InnoVEX (startups). According to McKinsey's latest epidemic report, the epidemic in China and East Asia will be controlled at the beginning of the second quarter, and the epidemic situation in Europe and the United States will slow down in June. TAITRA will enhance inviting global visitors to attend COMPUTEX in September through its 63 overseas offices.

For exhibitors who continue to support COMPUTEX, TAITRA will organize a COMPUTEX online exhibition on the Taiwantrade from June 2-6 and invite global buyers to participate in online procurement meetings. TAITRA will also invite exhibitors to conduct new product launches, as well as invite global ICT companies to share 5G, AIoT, and other smart technology applications through Webinar.

For updated info, please refer to:
COMPUTEX website:www.computextaipei.com.tw/zh_TW/
COMPUTEX Facebook:www.facebook.com/COMPUTEX.TAITRA/
Taiwan Trade Shows:www.taiwantradeshow.com.tw/
For more epidemic prevention information: https://www.cdc.gov.tw//En


2020/03/23

Taiwan Supplies Key Medical Products for Combating COVID-19

Taiwan, in addition to running one of the world’s top medical and health care systems, is also among the world’s leading medical device and health care product suppliers. In the fight against COVID-19, Taiwan is fully committed to providing the global medical front line with life-saving supplies and innovations.

For example, with the number of affected patients of COVID-19 growing at an alarming rate, most hospital are short of respirators. Respirators are critical medical devices in emergency rooms and intensive care units. When patients cannot breathe on their own or they can breathe but cannot reach the required oxygen concentration, a respirator must be installed to maintain life. APEX, a Taiwan Excellence award winner, offers top quality airway pressure and nasal masks. See more at:https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/42081
https://www.apexmedicalcorp.com/

The Humidoflo® transnasal high-flow oxygen therapy system, developed by GGM, utilizes large-bore nasal ventilation to provide high flow delivery of oxygen and increase tracheal humidity while providing better phlegm clearance. https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/35608 https://www.greatgroup.com.tw/

According to Taiwan’s public health experts, the COVID-19 virus is transmitted between people through close contact and droplets with the possibility of aerosol transmission in closed environments. One effective way to avoid getting or spreading the infection is to wear a face mask.

The Anti-Leak Diamond Shape Face Mask, produce by Motex, offers high performing air-seal fitness and filtration efficiency to protect against virus, bacteria or dust. See more at: https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/39207

Furthermore, Taiwan medical experts stated that one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 is to frequently clean your hands with soap. ABLEMAN, an innovative Taiwan company with patented products such as Touch-free Foam Soap Dispenser, offers high quality and reliable sanitation products to ensure public health and hygiene in schools, hospitals, hotels, public facilities. See more at: https://www.ableman-international.com.tw/products-new 

ELECLEAN is the first ever portable, effective and safe sterilizing device that eliminates bacteria and viruses instantly. After adding water in the devise, simply press the button to produce ROS, which is to destroy 99.99% of bacteria and virus once spaying. See more at: https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/41827 https://eleclean.com.tw/en/ 

***MEDICAL TAIWAN, a one stop platform that features top quality medical devices and equipment as well as showcases a complete health ecosystem in the B2B medical and health industry. See more at: https://www.medicaltaiwan.com.tw/en_US/index.html 

***AGExpo, making its debut in Malaysia on Aug. 20-23, showcases smart medical devices, rehabilitation equipment, health food and supplement, and long-term care services to enhance the care and well-being of the ASEAN senior populations. For more info, please visit: https://agexpo.com.my/ 

***As of today, March 23, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 320,000 confirmed cases worldwide, distributed in 167 countries / regions. As of writing, a total of 195 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 2 deceased, 29 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En

***Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will suspend the transit of airline passengers through Taiwan from 00:00 Taipei Standard Time (GMT+8) on March 24 (Tuesday) until April 7, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 


2020/03/19

Contactless Economy and AIoT Spurred by COVID-19 Pandemic

With reduced contact and gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic, the contactless economy is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. As a major supplier in the global ICT sector, Taiwan can offer comprehensive smart AIoT solutions for both businesses and individuals amid the global crisis.

Currently, with over 210,000 people in the world diagnosed with COVID-19, many countries have declared the situation a national emergency and enforced border lockdowns.

Such volatility has shocked global financial and stock markets, and mounting signs of global economic contraction looks to plunge the world into a recession. Analysts have cut global growth forecasts for the year, attributing to the apparent shutdown of global economic activities in the first quarter.

While numerous businesses have been affected, the drastic lockdown measures taken by governments around the world to curb the pandemic have accelerated the growth of tele-business that offer remote and contactless services. Up surges in business have been observed in areas including telemedicine, online courses, video conferencing, remote working applications, e-commerce and smart automated solutions.

In ushering in the contactless economy, it becomes crucial for businesses to deepen their digital transformation and adopt a new tele-business model. Research indicated the global AIoT market will grow from US$5.1 billion in 2019 to US$16.2 billion in 2024.

*** TAITRONICS & AIoT- a complete set of tradeshows to showcase the latest AI and the IoT applications for businesses, featuring complete ecosystem that include key components, system integration, and smart solutions for businesses in a contactless economy. See more at: https://www.taitronics.tw/en_US/index.html 

***As of today, March 19, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 210,000 confirmed cases worldwide, distributed in 146 countries / regions. As of writing, a total of 108 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 26 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. See the latest update: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En

***The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in Taiwan announced that starting from March 19, entry of all foreign nationals will not be allowed unless documents of granted entry are provided and that inbound travelers will be subject to a 14-day period of home quarantine after entering Taiwan.


2020/03/18

Taiwan A Key Player In Global Smart Medical Ecosystem Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Recognized as one of the best medical care providers in the world, Taiwan is also a major supplier in the global ICT sector. With the advanced capabilities in R&D, manufacturing, startup innovations, and smart solutions, Taiwan has become a key player and contributor to the global smart medical ecosystem.

One great example is Heroic Faith. The startup company, also an AWS Best Innovative Tech Award Winner, created the world’s first AI-powered real-time auscultation monitoring system that facilitates healthcare professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in remote locations by using telecommunications and information technology.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, front line doctors and medical care professionals working day and night to treat patients are also the ones most at risk of infection. One effective way to reduce such risk is to wear protective overalls. However, for COVID-19 treatment, frequent lung auscultation is required, thus making it highly inconvenient to do both. This created a need for a medical device for doctors to continuously monitor patients’ lungs without having to remove their own protective overalls.

Heroic Faith’s smart AI raspatory monitor system has proven to be able to correctly monitor and record abnormal lung sounds such as breathing rate, asthma, and sputum in bedridden patients, and providing data for doctor’s diagnosis while reducing unnecessary physical contact with the patients as well as sending out warning signs of the deterioration of the lung.

By using patches combined with professional recording equipment, the real time data for patient’s condition is sent to the care station. The system enables medical practitioners to simultaneously monitor 10 patients in one location, which also helps alleviate personnel shortage issues. https://heroic-faith.com/

Another great example is the Faspro surgical video camera, a Taiwan Excellence Award winner, offering surgeons an innovative medical image recording solution for live broadcasting or seminars. https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109244

***MEDICAL TAIWAN - held by TAITRA every year, is a complete International Medical, Health and Care tradeshow to showcase Taiwan's medical innovation and technology, featuring healthcare products, medical devices & equipment, assistive products, and smart medical solutions.

***See more TAIWAN EXCELLENCE Award winning health and precision instrument solutions at: https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/result 

***As of today, March 18, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 190,000 confirmed cases worldwide, distributed in 140 countries / regions. As of writing, a total of 100 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 22 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.

***See the latest update: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

*** The CECC announced that starting from March 19, entry of all foreign nationals will not be allowed unless documents of granted entry are provided and that inbound travelers will be subject to a 14-day period of home quarantine after entering Taiwan.


2020/03/17

COVID-19 Pandemic Reshaping the Digital Meeting Landscape

According to public health experts, one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19 from spreading is to enforce social distancing or home quarantine. Keeping a safe distance is even more important now as evidence suggest carriers without any symptoms may be unwittingly infecting those who are too close to them.

As a result, there has been a significant rise in remote classes and meetings being conducted by schools and businesses. With more shutdowns expected to take place in the near future, virtual gatherings have become the next practical alternative.

The good news is that there are now more technologies and tools than ever to make virtual interactions not only possible but highly effective. Market data is reflecting strong demands for digital meetings, online interactive classrooms, global video conferencing, livestream presentations and broadcasting.

The following 2020 Taiwan Excellence award winners are among the world’s bestselling digital meeting and presentation solutions, offering excellence in quality, design and innovation:

Aver Mechanical Arm Wireless Interactive Visualizer
A latest smart classroom solution and a perfect visualizer that is extremely compact, with a fully adjustable camera and mechanical arm and easy wireless connectivity to tablets and laptops. https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109316 

BXB Recording & Livestreaming CCU
A multi-purpose professional livestreaming product to record meeting, seminar, training, and product release and then livestream to mainstream platforms like Youtube and Facebook. https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109496

ASUS ZenBeam Portable LED Projector
A portable and light weight projector offering teachers and businesses to deliver an effective presentation with comprehensive set of connectivity. https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109024

***As of today, March 17, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 180,000 confirmed cases worldwide, distributed in 139 countries / regions. As of writing, a total of 77 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 22 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.

***See the latest update: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6


2020/03/16

COVID-19 Pandemic Driving Demand for Information and Communication Technology

With the number of infections from the COVID-19 pandemic increasing exponentially, all sectors around the world are adopting various strategies to curb the spread of the virus.

It is apparent that there are more quarantines measures for international travelers, stringent restrictions on social gatherings, increasing cancellations on scheduled events, and more and more work-from-home policies. Such changes simultaneously made people stay at home more, thus driving up the demand for information and communication technology, including workplace software, online collaboration, cloud solutions, personal computer and mobile phone usage, and the related gadgets.

Prior to the pandemic, the global supply chain was interrupted by a trade conflict, however, demand for information and communication technology continued to grow. To meet the rise in demand, the ICT industry is expected to recover at a faster pace. It is expected that the global ICT market will be affected in the first half of the year, but will bounce back in the peak season of the second half of the year.

Taiwan, being one of the largest suppliers in the ICT industry, is not only just trying to meet the demand, but also always trying to advance the industry. For example, Taiwan is continuing to innovate and progress in areas including semiconductors, 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), smart cloud, and blockchain. The value of Taiwan’s ICT exports in January to February of 2020 grew 17.25% compared to the same period last year.

*** TAIWAN EXCELLENCE Award-Winning Products are renowned in the ICT market for their excellence in quality and innovation. See more at:
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/result

***COMPUTEX is one of the best ICT tradeshows in the world, held every year featuring high tech applications and a complete ICT industry ecosystem.

***As of today, March 16, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 150,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 67 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 40 imported cases, 1 deceased, 20 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table

 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (145)
 and Macau (10)
 81,003 (26)
 Italy 24,747 (9,634)
 Iran 13,938 (3,863)
 Republic of Korea 8,236 (257)
 Spain 7,753 (4,749)
 Germany 5,100 (2,731)
 France 4,500 (1,626)
 U.S.A 3,688 (2,411)
 Switzerland 1,563 (749)
 UK 1,372 (782)
 Sweden 992 (309)
 The Netherlands 959(345)
 Norway 907 (204)
 Belgium 886 (487)
 Denmark 827 (153)
 Japan 818(128)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 712 (16)
 Austria 504 (143)
 Malaysia 428 (270)
 State of Qatar 337 (74)
 Canada 295 (154)
 Australia 272 (143)
 Finland 244(135)
 Greece 228 (111)
 Singapore 226 (39)
 Bahrain 214 (19)
 Israel 195(86)
 Czech Republic 189(93)
 Slovenia 181(92)
 Iceland 156 (47)
 The Philippines 140(88)
 Ireland 129 (59)
 Romania 123 (74)
 Brazil 121(44)
 Indonesia 117(83)
 Thailand 114(44)
 Kuwait 112 (32)
 Iraq 110 (27)
 Egypt 110(30)
 Estonia 109(0)
 India 107(33)
 Poland 104(53)
 Saudi Arabia 103(41)
 Lebanon 93(25)
 UAE 86 (1)
 San Marino 73(4)
 Taiwan 67(8)
 Russia 63(29)
 Chile 61(15)
 Portugal 59(0)
 Luxembourg 59(0)
 Vietnam 54(10)
 Pakistan 53(22)
 South Africa 51(34)



2020/03/13

Startup Island Taiwan Contributing to Global Innovation Ecosystem Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the global economy, technology is simultaneously helping businesses and people to adapt to new modes of working and living. The pandemic and the rapid development of the related technology applications are expected to accelerate the shift in the way we live and work every day.

For example, very early on during the COVID-19 outbreak, to help citizens to acquire facemasks more easily and curb the spread of the virus, Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang gathered a group of engineers to develop an app for locating the nearest available stores with real time facemask inventory numbers.

More recently, the group led by Tang launched a new version of the app which enables citizens to use their national healthcare ID cards to make online purchases. Over 88,000 people pre-ordered their designated quota of masks in the first week.

It is estimated that some 2.33 million people in Taiwan will use the app to purchase facemasks online, which will in turn greatly increase the efficiency in which the scarce resource is rationed to the public.

Technology has been a driving force behind Taiwan’s economy, and the country has long been recognized as a Technology leader and innovator since the 80s. As an international innovation and startup hub, Taiwan offers various key advantages, including:
1. A superb testing ground for a variety of tech applications.
2. A dynamic market to test consumer acceptance of new services, applications or products.
3. A vigilant legal system for IP protection.

***InnoVEX, a major exhibit of COMPUTEX, is one of the most important international startup events in Taiwan, featuring high tech forums, pitch contest, demos, matchmaking, networking and startup tour. Last year, InnoVEX attracted 467 startups from 25 countries to display top innovations.

***In the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2019, Taiwan placed 12th among 141 countries and economies. In the 2018 edition, Taiwan was described as a ‘Super Innovator’ along with Germany, Switzerland and the USA. According to a report by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in 2019, Taiwan is the 13th most digitally competitive out of 63 countries.

***As of today, March 13, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 130,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 50 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 20 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. The current data indicated that, the risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is still considered low to minimal.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table

 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (130)
 and Macau (10)
 80,936 (11)
 Italy 15,113 (2,651)
 Iran 10,075 (2,033)
 Republic of Korea 7,979 (110)
 Spain 3,004 (1,002)
 France 2,874 (1,270)
 Germany 2,369 (1,230)
 U.S.A 1,277 (11)
 Switzerland 814 (503)
 Norway 703 (511)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 696 (0)
 Japan 690(52)
 Sweden 683 (357)
 Denmark 674 (561)
 The Netherlands 614 (232)
 UK 590 (134)
 Belgium 399 (132)
 Austria 361 (204)
 State of Qatar 263 (1)
 Bahrain 195 (86)
 Singapore 187 (21)
 Malaysia 158 (29)
 Canada 141 (66)
 Australia 129 (46)
 Greece 117 (28)
 Israel 109(51)
 Finland 109(79)
 Iceland 109 (49)
 Czech Republic 96(56)
 Slovenia 89(64)
 UAE 85 (11)
 Iraq 83 (16)
 Kuwait 80 (11)
 Egypt 80(21)
 Brazil 77(25)
 India 74(15)
 Thailand 70(17)
 Ireland 70 (46)
 San Marino 69(18)
 Lebanon 68(36)
 Saudi Arabia 62 (0)
 Portugal 59(28)
 The Philippines 52(17)
 Poland 51(0)
 Taiwan 50(1)
 Romania 49 (0)
 Chile 46(33)
 Vietnam 44(10)



2020/03/12

Taiwan Furthers Preventative Efforts Against COVID-19 Pandemic

Facing the global COVID-19 challenge, Taiwan remains fully confident of being able to protect members of the public through rapid government response, medical professional expertise, medical frontline efforts, advanced biomedical research, stringent prevention measures, a transparent system of reporting, and one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. There are now over 120,000 cases of the coronavirus illness in over 110 countries and territories around the world, except Antarctica. And secondary disease hotspots emerged in areas including Italy, Iran and South Korea.

Taiwan has so far been effective in managing the spread of the virus while sharing various preventative strategies with other countries, as well as helping diplomatic allies to boost their coronavirus screening capabilities.

Taiwan has long invested big into biomedical research. Recently, a Taiwanese research team developed antibodies that could identify the key protein associated with COVID-19, and has since been working on rapid screening kits, drugs and vaccines to combat the pandemic. It is estimated that the screening kit could shorten the testing process from 4 hours to 15-20 minutes, a huge improvement in efficiency, and could be available for use by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s research hospitals are using smart medical clinical decision-making systems to improve quarantine efficiency. For instance, the doctors at National Cheng Kung University Hospital used AI technology to assist their interpretation of the chest X-ray film to shorten the diagnostic time from 2.5 hours to 30 minutes, which greatly reduced the pressure of judgment and the risk of cross infection.

***As of today, Wednesday March 12, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more than 120,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 49 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 20 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. The current data indicated that, the risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is still considered low to minimal.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table

 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (129)
 and Macau (10)
 80,932 (44)
 Italy 12,462(2,313)
 Iran 8,042 (0)
 Republic of Korea 7,869 (114)
 Spain 2,002 (354)
 France 1,606 (0)
 U.S.A 1,266 (307)
 Germany 1,139 (0)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 696 (0)
 Japan 638(57)
 UK 456 (74)
 The Netherlands 382 (0)
 Sweden 326 (0)
 Switzerland 311 (0)
 Belgium 267 (27)
 State of Qatar 262 (238)
 Norway 192 (0)
 Singapore 166 (0)
 Austria 157 (0)
 Malaysia 129 (0)
 Denmark 113 (0)
 Bahrain 109 (0)
 Greece 89 (0)
 Australia 83 (0)
 Canada 77 (0)
 UAE 74 (0)
 Kuwait 69 (0)
 Iraq 67 (0)
 Iceland 60 (0)
 Egypt 59(0)
 India 59(0)
 Israel 58(0)
 Thailand 53(0)
 Brazil 52(27)
 San Marino 51(0)
 Taiwan 49(1)
 Czech Republic 40(0)
 The Philippines 35(0)
 Vietnam 34(0)



2020/03/11

Global COVID-19 Outbreak Spurs Cybersecurity Demands

The COVID-19 outbreak has sparked a global surge in remote working to minimize contact and the risk of infection, but along with the convenience of collaborating online, cybersecurity has become a major concern for companies that depend on business data privacy.

According to Global Market Insights, the size of the cyber security market is expected to grow to US$300 billion by 2024, resulting from increasing cyberattacks and unprotected IoT devices and services.

Taiwan has long been a specialist in cybersecurity solutions, including firewalls, UTM and network security hardware platforms, backend and mobile device protection (fingerprint identification chips, TPM modules), IoT security (gateways), and cybersecurity system services (cybersecurity inspection, operation management).

As an ICT powerhouse, Taiwan's cybersecurity output value in 2019 was US$1.64 billion dollars, an increase by 12.3% compared to the previous year. Two major drivers of the increase were cybersecurity network hardware and cybersecurity services.

The following are some of the most popular 2020 Taiwan Excellence Award winning cybersecurity solutions:

  1. ZYXEL AiShield, a cloud-based security log retention service. By enabling AiShield, you’ll be able to identify all your connected devices, preventing malware, phishing, hacker attacks/threats. https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109120

  2. VIVOTEK offered the world’s leading end to end Cybersecurity Management Solution. This solution provides a robust shield that starts from the front-end network camera (IT9389-HT), to network video recorder (ND9541P), and to the back-end video management software (VAST 2), allowing users to respond faster to threats and minimize cyber risks in IP surveillance networks.

  3. Edgecore Networks, a leading provider of network solutions for enterprises, data centers, and telecommunication, introduced the latest L2+/Lite L3 10G Ethernet Aggregation switch — the ECS5520-18X, a high-performance 10GbE managed switch with two 40GbE uplink ports and enhanced cyber security features, designed for carrier/enterprise aggregation or small top-of-rack data center.

  4. Advantech launched a Mini UTM (Unified Threat Management) SRP (Solution Ready Package) to help customers counter network security threats. The mini UTM simplifies universal customer premise equipment installations, providing general UTM functionalities like firewall, antivirus, content filtering, and supporting router and switch configurations.

COMPUTEX, one of the global leading ICT shows, to take place in Taiwan, will focus on top ICT trends such as AI & IoT, 5G, Edge Computing, Innovations & Startups, Gaming as well as Cybersecurity. Visitors will see the latest cybersecurity solutions by global exhibitors in addition to those above.

***As of today, Wednesday March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 110,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 48 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 17 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. The current data indicated that, the risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is still considered low to minimal.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table
 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (119)
 and Macau (10)
 80,886 (17)
 Italy 10,149 (2,774)
 Iran 8,042 (881)
 Republic of Korea 7,755 (242)
 Spain 1,648 (602)
 France 1,606 (194)
 Germany 1,139 (0)
 U.S.A 959 (255)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 696 (0)
 Japan 581(62)
 The Netherlands 382 (61)
 UK 382 (63)
 Sweden 326 (66)
 Switzerland 311 (0)
 Belgian 267 (27)
 Norway 192 (23)
 Singapore 166 (6)
 Austria 157 (26)
 Malaysia 129 (12)
 Denmark 113 (54)
 Bahrain 109 (0)
 Greece 89 (5)
 Australia 83 (0)
 Canada 77 (0)
 UAE 74 (14)
 Kuwait 69 (4)
 Iraq 67 (0)
 Iceland 60 (0)
 Egypt 59(0)
 India 59(12)
 Israel 58(16)
 Thailand 53(2)
 San Marino 51(0)
 Taiwan 48(1)
 Czech Republic 40(2)
 The Philippines 35(15)
 Vietnam 34(4)



2020/03/10

Combating Outbreak, Taiwan National Textile Alliance to Deliver Pandemic Grade Protective Suits

As the COVID-19 epidemic spreads worldwide, most countries are facing a shortage of protective supplies for their frontline medical staff who constantly face the risk of infection day and night. Taiwan is no exception.

Taiwan is one of the world’s major manufacturers and exporters of textiles and apparel, and is constantly developing new technologies to advance the industry. Taiwan is a major provider of functional fabrics for well-known international outdoor and sportswear brands, and is supplying over half of the world’s functional fabrics. Taiwan’s non-woven fabrics and synthetic staple fibers are recognized by the international standards to be top quality.

In the case of the COVID-19 outbreak, what is Taiwan doing to make sure frontline medical staff have access to the necessary protective gear and supplies?

To start, the Taiwan government acted swiftly to assemble a national textile alliance. The team consists of major industry players from upstream raw material suppliers to downstream product manufacturers, working day and night to meet the sudden demand surge.

Starting mid-March, 100,000 isolating clothing and 1 million protective clothing supplied by Taiwanese makers will be delivered to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which will then be dispatched to the frontline. Meanwhile, non-woven fabric manufactures are also providing the key materials for face mask production to meet domestic demands.

At the end of the day, the overwhelming level of goodwill from Taiwanese manufacturers have contributed to the exceptional results in the nation’s epidemic prevention efforts.

***As of today, Tuesday March 10, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 110,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 47 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 17 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. The current data indicated that, the risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is still considered low to minimal.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table

 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (115)
 and Macau (10)
 80,879 (20)
 Republic of Korea 7,513 (131)
 Italy 7,375 (1,797)
 Iran 7,161 (595)
 France 1,412 (286)
 Germany 1,139 (902)
 Spain 1,046(433)
 U.S.A 704 (304)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 696 (0)
 Japan 519 (25)
 Holland 321 (56)
 UK 319 (46)
 Switzerland 311 (30)
 Sweden 260 (57)
 Belgian 240 (75)
 Norway 169 (0)
 Singapore 160 (10)
 Austria 131 (29)
 Malaysia 117 (18)
 Bahrain 109 (53)
 Greece 84 (11)
  Australia 83 (0)
 Canada 77(13)
 Iraq 67 (6)
 Kuwait 65 (4)
 UAE 60 (0)
 Iceland 60 (5)
 Egypt 59(4)
 Denmark 59 (23)
 San Marino 59(24)
 Thailand 50 (0)
 Taiwan 47(2)
 India 47(7)



2020/03/9

TAIWAN: A Preferred MICE Partner During COVID-19 Outbreak

With the Taiwan government effectively curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Taiwan is now one of the most preferred destinations in the world for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) business.

With collaborative efforts from the government and business sectors, Taiwan’s MICE industry has been booming in recent years. According to the latest ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Statistics Report, Taiwan hosted 173 international conferences in 2018, ranked 5th in Asia and achieved a new national record with a 23% year-on-year increase.

In addition to the country’s warmth and hospitality, beautiful scenery and unique culture, what are some of the other major factors contributing to Taiwan’s status as a most preferred destination for MICE and travel? The following outlines the major reasons:

  1. 1.Taiwan holds world class tradeshows: Taiwan is a global leader in information and computer technology, medicine, science and industrial sectors. And with strong and diversified industrial clusters, Taiwan is an ideal place for conducting international business and trade events. Taiwan has long achieved success in holding world renowned exhibitions such as COMPUTEX, held every June, the 2nd biggest ICT tradeshow in the world, and many other B2B exhibitions that showcase complete industry ecosystems, including Taipei Cycle, AMPA, Medical TAIWAN, and Food Taipei. For TAITRA International Tradeshows, see:
    https://www.taiwantradeshows.com.tw/en_US/index.html

  2. 2.Renewed and growing exhibition infrastructure for MICE businesses: Taiwan is continuously expanding and renewing its MICE infrastructure. For example, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2) was opened in March 2019 with the most innovate & state of art technology and design, and when combined, the total space of TaiNEX halls 1 and 2 can hold up to 5,000 booths. In addition, more and more cities including Taoyuan, Taichung and Tainan are engaged in hosting international conferences and events. Such growing momentum has turned Taiwan into a vibrant location for MICE business. Moreover, the ICCA Congress, and the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) Annual Congress will be held in Taiwan this year.

  3. 3.A safe, convenient and fun place to visit: Aside from exciting business opportunities and tradeshows, Taiwan is a safe and secure travel destination. Taiwan is a center point for transport in the Asia-Pacific region, offering more than 5,000 flights to 115 different cities weekly. On the island, the metropolitan rapid transit systems in Taipei and Kaohsiung cities as well as Taiwan high-speed rail offer great convenience for businesses. Finally, Taiwan offers abundant tourism resources, including majestic geographic and natural wonders as well as delicious cuisines.

***As of today, Monday March 9, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 45 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 15 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition. There has been no new confirmed case since Mar 7. The current data indicated that, the risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is still considered low to minimal.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table
 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (114)
 and Macau (10)
 80,859 (193)
 Republic of Korea 7,832 (1,548)
 Italy 7,375 (4,286)
 Iran 6,566 (3,053)
 France 1,126 (703)
 Germany 902 (413)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 696 (10)
 Spain 613 (420)
 Japan 494 (124)
 U.S.A 400 (237)
 Switzerland 281 (170)
 UK 273 (157)
 Holland 265 (183)
 Sweden 203 (109)
 Norway 169 (83)
 Belgian 165 (119)
 Singapore 150 (33)
 Austria 102 (61)
 Malaysia 99 (44)
 Australia 83 (24)
 Greece 73 (66)
 Canada 64(17)
 Iraq 61 (23)
 Kuwait 61 (3)
 UAE 60 (33)
 Bahrain 56 (9)
 Egypt 55(53)
 Iceland 55 (21)
 Thailand 50 (3)
 Taiwan 45 (0)
 India 40(37)



2020/03/6

How Taiwan Curbs the COVID-19 Outbreak

Given its proximity to China and the significant number of Taiwanese citizens working and residing there, as well as frequent international flights, Taiwan was expected to be heavily impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet Taiwan has so far managed to prevent the coronavirus from widely infecting its 23 million population.

According to the latest report, as of Friday March 6, there were 45 confirmed cases with 1 fatality with a previous condition. The infection figure is far lower than China and other countries. So, what steps did Taiwan take to achieve this?

Learning from the previous experience of the SARS outbreak, Taiwan was among the first countries to act early to prevent the virus from spreading. Taiwan's medical care system has long been globally recognized for its exceptionally high standards and is always willing to share experiences and contribute to global epidemic prevention. The measures taken by Taiwan to curb COVID-19 included the following:

  1. 1.Establish a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC): Taiwan acted swiftly to establish a centralized operational and communication command center which was authorized to integrate necessary resources across the government and networks of public health experts to work collaboratively on outbreak prevention.

  2. 2.Enforcing stringent visa and immigration control measures: Taiwan implemented onboard quarantine of all direct flights arriving from Wuhan since Dec. 31, 2019, and started visa and immigration controls in Jan. 23, 2020 by restricting visitors’ entries according to where they were traveling from. Visitors were either restricted entry or quarantined. Simultaneously, Taiwan deployed active surveillance and screening systems such as infrared thermal image scanning (ITIS) at all major airports and ports.

  3. 3.Leverage and apply data analytics & information technology: Taiwan fast integrated academic and IT experts to build up management system for the coordination of health and travel data, which facilitated doctors to immediately check the patient's travel history. It helped with more precise diagnosis and treatment for patients with flu-like symptoms and ensured they received proper medical care.

  4. 4.Implement a transparent & timely system reporting: CECC put in place a toll-free Communicable Disease Reporting and Consultation Hotline (1922) for the general public to report anytime and anywhere when there were concerns. The related agencies were also mobilized to enforce reporting procedures and guidance on quarantine measures, as well as prevent the public from spreading fake news on the epidemic.

  5. 5.Educate the public extensively on preventive measures: CECC proactively communicated daily with the public on the latest updates of the outbreak, including details on how new patients might have gotten sick and whether anyone else might be infected as well as issuing clear guidance on what people at schools, the workplace or public areas could do to help prevent the spread via TV, radio, smartphone app and the internet. Now almost every public building offers hand sanitizer and a lot of buildings or schools require that anyone entering submit to a fever check.

  6. 6.Manage face mask production & distribution effectively: The government swiftly collaborated with local industry technology research institutes and smart machinery & automation sectors to increase mask production to meet demands domestically. At the same time, the government rapidly stockpiled all masks in Taiwan and enforced a real-name purchase policy that only allowed people to purchase a limited number of masks per week. Smartphone apps were also quickly developed to inform citizens where masks were available for purchase and how many were left in stock.


***As of today, Friday March 6, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 90,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 45 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 12 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table
 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (104)
 and Macau (10)
 80,666 (29)
 Republic of Korea 6,284 (518)
 Iran 3,513 (591)
 Italy 3,089 (587)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 686 (0)
 Germany 489 (145)
 France 423 (166)
 Japan 370 (40)
 Spain 193 (0)
 U.S.A 163 (4)
 Singapore 117 (5)
 UK 116 (31)
 Switzerland 111 (45)
 Sweden 94 (42)
 Norway 86 (30)
 Holland 82 (58)
 Australia 59 (19)
 Kuwait 58 (2)
 Malaysia 55 (5)
 Belgian 50 (27)
 Bahrain 47 (0)
 Thailand 47 (5)
 Canada 47 (13)
 Taiwan 45 (3)
 Austria 41 (17)
 Iraq 38 (7)
 Iceland 34 (8)
 

2020/03/5

TAIWAN EXPO Connecting Indian and ASEAN Markets amid COVID-19 Outbreak

While economic growth in developed economies has been steady in recent years, India and ASEAN countries continue to show great promises in economic and business development. In fact, the average economic growth rates of these countries are higher than the world average. And with huge demographic dividends, growing consumption and purchasing power, there is indeed great optimism for the long-term growth in the vibrant Indian as well as ASEAN markets.

Taiwan, being a global ICT powerhouse and the world’s 18th largest exporting country (according to 2018 WTO data), aspires to further connect and collaborate with its ASEAN neighbors in trade, cultural exchange and education for an inclusive growth. Taiwan has excelled in various industrial and consumer sectors, which will complement India’s and ASEAN countries’ economic development. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Taiwan continues to be one of the most reliable business partners for global businesses looking for steady, quality, and innovative goods and services.

With strong government support, TAITRA has held TAIWAN EXPOs since 2017 in 6 ASEAN countries and 14 cities. These large tradeshows have attracted nearly 300,000 visitors, with above 90% satisfaction rate for all participants.

TAIWAN EXPOs feature major theme pavilions from TAIWAN’s leading B2B and B2C product and service providers, including award-winning Taiwan Excellence products, Taiwan Bubble Tea & beverage, Healthcare, Digital Commerce, Green and Smart City, tourism, machinery and ICT products, as well as talent exchange programs.

TAIWAN EXPOs are designed to fit different nations’ needs and preferences. Through exciting exhibitions, seminars, and performances, visitors will meet directly with Taiwanese businesses and agencies for further cooperation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fkUon_Sjao 

In 2020, TAITRA will continue to hold Amazing TAIWAN EXPO in India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Come and join us!

***TAITRA has overseas branch offices dedicated to helping you attend TAIWAN EXPO. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb 

***As of today, Thursday March 5, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 90,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 42 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 12 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table

 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (104)
 and Macau (10)
 80,637 (105)
 Republic of Korea 5,766 (438)
 Iran 2,922 (586)
 Italy 2,502 (0)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 706 (0)
 Germany 344 (148)
 Japan 330 (36)
 France 257 (45)
 Spain 193 (28)
 U.S.A 159 (51)
 Singapore 112 (4)
 UK 85 (34)
 Switzerland 66 (20)
 Kuwait 56 (0)
 Norway 56 (23)
 Sweden 52 (22)
 Malaysia 50 (14)
 Bahrain 47 (0)
 Thailand 43 (0)
 Taiwan 42 (0)
 Australia 40 (11)
 Canada 34 (1)
 Iraq 31 (1)
 India 29 (29)
 UAE 28 (1)
 Iceland 26 (12)
 Austria 24 (0)
 Holland 24 (0)

2020/03/4

Sourcing TAIWAN to Feature Key Industry Suppliers

The global COVID-19 outbreak has caused an ongoing disruption in the global trade and supply chains system. Taiwan with its strong industrial clusters has continued to play the role of a reliable partner for global businesses needing to maintain a steady supply of quality products and services.

The World Economic Forum's “Global Competitiveness Report 2019” ranked Taiwan's “State of Cluster Development” third best in the world.

The industrial clusters in Taiwan are located in 3 main regions:
1. Electronics, software and technology in the northern region.
2. Optoelectronics, semiconductors, biotechnology, precision machinery, computers and peripherals, green energy in the central region.
3. Petrochemicals, optoelectronics, green energy and medical equipment industries in the southern region.


  • Their key advantages include:
  • .Complete industrial ecosystems with related suppliers
  • .Quality, timely, dynamic, and customized solutions
TAITRA will be holding Sourcing Taiwan 2020 on 17 June and 15 July featuring major suppliers across various industries in Taiwan.

The 17 June session of Sourcing Taiwan will cover such fields as fasteners, plastic and rubber, machinery, and auto parts. The 15 July session will focus on the machinery, automotive electronics, and hand tools sectors. Attendees to the event will meet directly with Taiwanese companies and be able to request for factory visits.

For buyers who are unable to travel to Taiwan, TAITRA will setup an online meetings area for suppliers to meet with international buyers via videoconferencing.

TAITRA has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality suppliers and products from Taiwan. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, Wednesday March 4, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 90,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 42 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 12 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table
 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (100)
 and Macau (10)
 80,532 (120)
 Republic of Korea 5,328 (516)
 Italy 2,502 (196)
 Iran 2,336 (1,358)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 706 (0)
 Japan 294 (20)
 France 212 (21)
 Germany 196 (39)
 Spain 165 (41)
 Singapore 108 (6)
 U.S.A 108 (12)
 Kuwait 56 (0)
 UK 51 (15)
 Bahrain 47(0)
 Switzerland 46 (8)
 Thailand 43 (0)
 Taiwan 42 (0)
 Australia 40 (11)
 Malaysia 36 (7)
 Norway 33 (8)
 Canada 33 (6)
 Iraq 31 (5)
 UAE 27 (6)
 Austria 24 (8)
 Holland 24 (14)



2020/03/3

Digital Commerce Prevails During Global COVID-19 Outbreak

While the new coronavirus is affecting trade and supply chains on a global scale, two areas of the economy have shown a significant growth: one is digital commerce and the other is epidemic prevention products and services.

According to the data form Taiwantrade.com, online sourcing inquiries for epidemic prevention products and home supplies have increased by as much as 170 percent in February as buyers everywhere look to Taiwan for a steadfast supply of goods and services.

TAITRA recently launched two special showcases featuring Anti-Epidemic and Stay-At-Home Economy solutions via Taiwantrade.com, Taiwan’s largest B2B platform.

  • .The Anti-Epidemic Showcase features high quality supplies to ensure health and hygiene, including medical consumables, hospital & ward nursing equipment, clinical & general diagnostics, medicines & pharmaceutical, and health supplement. See more at: https://anti-epidemic.taiwantrade.com/
  • .The Stay-at-Home Economy Showcase features products including audio, video & accessories, computer components & parts, video games, mobile phone & tablet PC, fitness & gym equipment, kitchen appliances, tabletop games, DIY handicraft material, and prepared food. See more at: https://stayathome.taiwantrade.com/
In addition, Taiwantrade.com also offers customized services:
.Meet Supplier Online
https://www.taiwantrade.com/mp/mso-steps
.Trade Inquiry
https://www.taiwantrade.com/business/TradeInquiry
.Meet Supplier in Taiwan 
https://www.taiwantrade.com/business/MeetSupplierInTaiwan 

TAITRA has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality suppliers and products from Taiwan. Contact an office near you:
https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***About Taiwantrade.com: Home to over 70,000 excellent Taiwanese suppliers and 660,000 product catalogs, Taiwantrade.com provides customized sourcing services that enable global users to connect with Taiwan's leading industries. You can link your Taiwantrade.com account to Facebook Messenger to get a reply notification right away. https://www.taiwantrade.com/static/howto/en/msg_link.html

***As of today, Tuesday March 3, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in more than 90,000 confirmed cases worldwide. As of writing, a total of 42 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 12 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table
 Nations Confirmed cases
 (newly acquired cases today)
 China, including Hong Kong (98)
 and Macau (10)
 80,412(125)
 Republic of Korea 4,812 (477)
 Italy 2,036 (342)
 Iran 978 (523)
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 706 (0)
 Japan 274 (17)
 France 191 (61)
 Germany 157 (7)
 Spain 124 (50)
 Singapore 108 (6)
 U.S.A 96 (22)
 Kuwait 56 (0)
 Bahrain 47(0)
 Thailand 43 (0)
 Taiwan 42 (1)
 Switzerland 38 (11)
 UK 36 (0)
 Malaysia 29 (0)
 Australia 29 (4)
 Canada 27 (7)
 Iraq 26 (7)
 Norway 25 (0)
 UAE 21(0)
 Vietnam 16(0)



2020/03/2

Taiwan offers Industry 4.0 advantage amid COVID-19 outbreak

A continuous investment into the latest and emerging technologies has enabled Taiwan to become an industrial and innovation powerhouse. In the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2019, Taiwan was placed 12th among 141 countries and economies. In the 2018 edition, Taiwan was described as a ‘Super Innovator’ along with Germany, Switzerland and the USA.

With strong government support, Taiwan not only developed high-tech manufacturing capabilities but also a highly educated high-tech talent pool and an innovative culture. The country is now a key player in the Industry 4.0 revolution.

Industry 4.0 is how industrial processes leverage smart technologies such as AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), and big data. The integration and application of all these technologies result in its ecosystem. Industry 4.0 aims to enable companies to react to changing environment and markets. According to the MPI Group, the global manufacturing sector will invest US$267 billion for AIoT-related technologies in 2020.

International companies such as Google, IBM and Microsoft are also continuing to invest in Taiwan, especially in the AI sector. The robust technology ecosystem of Taiwan has helps develop technologies that drive the Industry 4.0 revolution.

Taiwan is well-positioned to excel in the world’s Industry 4.0 future. For business in smart manufacturing solutions, contact a TAITRA branch offices near you.

***TAITRA overseas offices: https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

***As of today, Monday March 2, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in 88,909 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 41 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 deceased, 12 released from isolation, and the remainder hospitalized in stable condition.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table

 Nations Confirmed cases
 China, including Hong Kong (98)
and Macau (10)
 80,134
 Republic of Korea 4,335
 Italy 1,694
 Iran 978
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 706
 Japan 257
 Germany 150
 France 130
 Singapore 102
 Spain 74
 United States of America 74
 Kuwait 56
 Bahrain 47
 Thailand 43
 Taiwan 41
 UK 36
 Malaysia 29
 Switzerland 27
 Australia 25
 UAE 21
 Canada 20
 Iraq 19
 Vietnam 16



2020/02/27

EUROPEAN Innovation Week to be held in Taiwan for technology and business collaboration

The European Commission, the Bureau of Foreign Trade in Taiwan (BOFT), and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) will jointly host European Innovation Week on 1-5 June, 2020 at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) and Taipei Nangang Exibition Center, Hall 1 (TaiNEX 1).

The European Innovation Week is held biannually to facilitate and expand Taiwan-European collaboration in technology and business. This year, the event is expected to attract over 100 attendees from European governments, industries and academia, including the leaders, experts, and ICT industry associations from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland and other European countries.

There will be seminars covering various trending topics, including smart manufacturing, smart transportation, robotics, energy, medical equipment, space technology and 5G, as well as discussions on EU's 2020 outlook.

Don’t miss the biggest event in Taiwan-EU technology and business. Register for the matchmaking event at: https://eu-taiwan-2020.b2match.io/. Additional information will be made available in April.

Innovation is among the many competitive advantages of Taiwan and Europe. Technological innovation has driven the Taiwan economy and transformed the country into one of the world’s leading innovation hubs, while Europe has long been an international leader in research and innovation.  

***TAITRA overseas offices in Europe: https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US#EUROPE

***As of today, Thursday Feb 27, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 82,171 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 32 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 case deceased, 6 cases fully recovered, and the remaining in a stable condition and on the way to recovery.

In addition, there will be matchmaking and networking events to facilitate collaborations between EU and Taiwan companies and research institutes. A business matchmaking event will be held on 3 June during COMPUTEX TAIPEI.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table

NationsConfirmed cases
China, including Hong Kong (91)
and Macau (10)
78,598
Republic of Korea1,595
2 cruise ships in international conveyance706
Italy470
Japan189
Iran139
Singapore93
United States of America60
Thailand40
Taiwan32
Bahrain23
Malaysia22
Australia22
France18
Germany17
Vietnam16
UAE13
UK13
Canada11



2020/02/25

TAITRA committed to safeguard event and exhibition participants at all venues

In response to the global covid-19 outbreak, Taiwan took comprehensive and effective measures to protect the health of the public. Taiwan was among the first countries to take early measures to prevent the virus from spreading. In curbing the virus early on, so far a total of 31 cases have been identified, all of which were imported or close contact cases. The risk of infection to international travelers on the island is considered low to minimal.

TAITRA is conducting all events in full and stringent compliance with health and safety regulations. Full measures to ensure the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors are being enforced at all TAITRA venues, including Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall 1 & Hall 2 (TaiNEX 1&2), and Taipei International Conference Center (TICC).

The specific measures include:
Visitors body temperature control

  • .All visitors (including exhibition workers to the loading docks or parking areas) entering the venues, will have their temperature checked for signs of fever, with infrared thermometer or be guided to go through fully-automatic infrared thermal imaging sensors.
  • .Those who have fevers are not allowed to enter the venues.
At the venues
  • .Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are available at every entry as well as needed areas.
  • .Elevators and escalators are sanitized daily, and floor, toilets, corridors, public areas, and air-conditioned rooms are disinfected with diluted bleach or alcohol water every week.
  • .Forced air circulation three times a day to increase indoor air ventilation and accelerate air circulation inside the venues.
  • .Epidemic prevention information or notice board is placed or broadcasted on the display panels for visitors.
Organizer staff
  • .All staff encountering visitors must implement self -health management and have their temperature taken every day, and wear facemasks while working.
  • .During large events, extra staff are sent for checkpoints at the entrances, exits, and needed areas for anti-epidemic prevention services.
Participant and visitor health
  • .When attending events, all are advised to wear masks and wash their hands or disinfect their hands frequently with hand sanitizer. If a visitor’s temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius, they can receive on-site assistance immediately.
  • .At large tradeshows, medical staff are stationed nearby.
  • .Anyone displaying symptoms of the novel coronavirus – or any other disease or illness – can expect the highest standards of medical assistance from Taiwan’s world leading healthcare and medical system.
TAITRA is actively implementing all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors. International visitors can rest assured when visiting Taiwan for events. TAITRA’s overseas offices are ready to assist with all related inquiries.
Infrared thermometer monitor at every gate

Cleaning & disinfecting regularly

Hand sanitizers and prevention signs

Staff at epidemic prevention checkpoints


*** For the latest regulations for international visitors, please reach out to TAITRA overseas offices or see the following website:
https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5081-c06dc-2.html

For info on TAITRA overseas offices:
https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

***As of today, Tuesday Feb 25, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 80,139 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 31 confirmed cases were reported in Taiwan, with 1 case deceased, 5 cases fully recovered, and the remaining in a stable condition and on the way to recovery.

*** The latest reports as shown in the following table
 Nations Confirmed cases
 China, including Hong Kong (81)
and Macau (10)
 77,749
 Republic of Korea 893
 2 cruise ships in international conveyance 702
 Italy 229
 Japan 155
 Singapore 90
 Iran 61
 United States of America 53
 Thailand 35
 Taiwan 31
 Malaysia 22
 Germany 16
 Vietnam 16
 France 12



2020/02/24

Taiwan’s cultural and creative industries continue to flourish during the COVID-19 outbreak

While the COVID-19 epidemic has continued to spread globally, the delay in the start days of many business operations and schools after the winter break and holidays, in conjunction with various quarantine measures taken internationally, have led to a new wave of business opportunities in the cultural and creative industries.

Specifically, with the fast development of internet and communication technologies, the popularity of physical stores and public areas of entertainment and leisure have reduced and been increasingly replaced by the " digital home economy, " including a growing number of online and mobile applications of products and services in the fields of entertainment, gaming, streaming media, custom-design, home shopping, and a variety of digital content.

Taiwan, while being a global ICT powerhouse, has also continued to flourish in the cultural and creative industries. The total number of innovative companies in these sectors in 2018 was 64,401, a 1.82% increase compared with the previous year. The total sales revenue was NT$879.82 billion, an increase of 5.22%, growing at almost twice the rate of Taiwan's GDP, and accounting for 4.80% of GDP in 2018.

TAITRA will hold a Taiwan Cultural and Creative Industry Matchmaking Event on April 22 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1.

This is a great business opportunity to meet one-on-one with Taiwan’s most interesting product and service providers in the cultural and creative fields, and will cover the following domains:

.Online video game products and services
.Digital content – animation products and services
.Intellectual Property (IP) licensing
.Printing design products and services
.Fine arts and crafts products

Giftionery & Culture Creative, Taipei (Taipei International gift, stationary & culture creative show) will also be held on April 23 – 26 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1. For more information:
https://www.giftionery.net/en_US/index.html

***Our overseas branch offices will help you with any enquiries. For information on overseas branch offices:
https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

***As of today, Monday Feb 24, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 79,440 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 30 confirmed cases were found in Taiwan, with 1 of the confirmed cases deceased, 2 cases fully recovered and released from hospital, and the remaining cases in a stable condition and on the way to a full recovery. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

***The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases in China, including Hong Kong (74) and Macau (10), is 77,234 , followed by 2 cruise ships currently in international conveyance (692), Republic of Korea (763), Italy (152), Japan (147), Singapore (89), Iran (43), Thailand (35), United States of America (35), Taiwan (28), Malaysia (22), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), France (12).


2020/02/21

Taiwan’s top smart fitness solutions for boosting energy and well-being
 
Given the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, it has become even more important to keep one’s immune system up and healthy.

According to the World Health Organization, adults should maintain moderate daily physical activity in order to enhance muscular strength and physical wellness. Doctors also urged that during the epidemic prevention period, regular exercising at home can help increase immunity and resist getting sick.

Taiwan exported US$2.12 billion worth of sporting goods in 2019, up 9.29% from 2018. A significant amount of the increase was driven by the growing fitness and sporting equipment market. Brands from Taiwan are among the top industry players in the world, including Johnson, Dyaco, and SportsArt Fitness, Inc.

This year, TAITRA will hold the TaiSPO tradeshow (together with TAIPEI CYCLE) on 14-16 May at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2). It is one of the most complete and innovative platforms in the global sporting and fitness industry. The 3-day exhibition will feature A Smart Sport Pavilion to showcase the most innovative sports technologies, as well as the Taiwan Excellence Award Pavilion.

See more info: https://www.taispo.com.tw/en_US/index.html

Among the most popular and innovative 2020 TAIWAN Excellence award winners are:
***TAITRA overseas branch offices will help you with your enquiries.
Our global offices: https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

***As of today, Friday Feb. 21, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 76,795 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 26 confirmed cases were found in Taiwan, with 1 of the confirmed cases deceased, 2 cases fully recovered and released from hospital, and the remaining in a stable condition and on the way to a full recovery. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

***The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases in China, including Hong Kong (67) and Macau (10), is 75,619, followed by 2 cruise ships currently in international conveyance (635), Republic of Korea (156), Japan (97), Singapore (84), Thailand (35), Taiwan (26), Malaysia (22), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), United States of America (15), France (12).



2020/02/20

Taiwan offers automobile industry solution during COVID-19 outbreak

The global COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the global automobile industry supply chain, causing auto makers and their suppliers to curtail or cease production due to a lack of parts.

Taiwan plays a crucial role in producing high-quality and diversified auto parts, and Taiwanese suppliers specialize in offering customized solutions to fit different needs. In 2019, Taiwan exported US$7 billion worth of auto products globally.

TAITRA will hold the Taipei AMPA 3-in-1 tradeshow on April 15-18. The 3-in-1 event includes Taipei AMPA, Autotronics Taipei, and Motorcycle Taiwan. Ranked as one of the top 2 shows in Asia for automobile, motorcycle parts and accessories, it is one of the best business platforms in the global automobile supply chain.

This year, Taipei AMPA will also introduce a new “Automobile Lighting” area where more than 100 exhibitors are to showcase their latest automobile lighting products. Visitors can meet Taiwanese suppliers in 1-on-1 Procurement Meetings and attend a variety of forums. See more info:
https://www.taipeiampa.com.tw/en_US/index.html.

All events and activities held by TAITRA for international visitors are conducted in full and stringent compliance with health and safety regulations and there is no danger posed to exhibitions venues in Taiwan.

TAIPEI AMPA exhibition venues, including Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall 1 & Hall 2, will enforce full measures to ensure hygiene and sanitation. Measures taken to control spread of the coronavirus include the following:

  • .All exhibition areas are disinfected regularly, and personnel and visitors are suggested to wear masks and checked for signs of fever with infrared temperature sensors and forehead thermometers.
  • .Medical staff are stationed on each floor of the exhibition hall and hand sanitizers are available in public areas.
***Our overseas branch offices will help you with any enquiries. For info on overseas branch offices:
https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

***As of today, Thursday Feb 20, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 75,823 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 24 confirmed cases were found in Taiwan, with 1 of the confirmed cases deceased, 2 cases fully recovered and released from hospital, and the remaining in a stable condition and on the way to a full recovery. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

***The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases in China, including Hong Kong (65) and Macau (10), is 74,727, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (621), Republic of Korea (104), Singapore (84), Japan (84), Thailand (35), Taiwan (24), Malaysia (22), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), United States of America (15), France (12).



2020/02/19

Taiwan to be the 2nd largest surgical mask producer

Facing a worldwide supply shortage of surgical masks during the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Taiwan government, fast collaborating with local industry technology research institutes as well as smart-machinery & automation sectors, will increase mask production to meet the demand domestically, and in the process turn Taiwan into the 2nd largest surgical mask producer in the world.

The collaboration with industry sectors has effectively reduced the production cycle of mask equipment from 2 months to 1 week and completed 60 production lines from six months to just one month, ready to produce 10 million pieces per day by the end of February to early March.

Taiwan plays a crucial role in global machine tool industry. Taiwan is the 7th largest machine tool maker, with 80% of products exported to 138 countries. The exported value stood at 3.06 billion U.S dollar in 2019, making Taiwan the 5th largest machine tool exporter in the world.

Taiwan’s machinery clusters are based in Taichung, with over 1,500 machine tool makers and 10,000 satellite firms nearby, enabling flexible production, specialties sharing, and short lead times. Such comprehensive and high-density clusters also made Taiwan’s machine tools industries highly competitive and customer-oriented, offering high quality products through efficient and cost-effective operations.

In recent years, a growing number of machinery manufacturers are making the leap to smart machinery production, utilizing a combination of automation technology, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI).

TAITRA will hold SOURCING TAIWAN 2020- a sourcing event featuring quality suppliers of Machinery x Hand tool x Bicycle x Automotive electronics on July 15th (Wednesday) in Taichung where important industry clusters are based.

Our overseas branch offices will help you with any enquiries. For info on overseas branch offices:
https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

***As of today, Wednesday Feb 19, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 75,277 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 23 confirmed cases were found in Taiwan, with 1 of the confirmed cases deceased, 2 cases fully recovered and released from hospital, and the remaining in a stable condition and on the way to a full recovery. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

**The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases in China, including Hong Kong (62) and Macau (10), is 74,329, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (542), Singapore (81), Japan (74), Republic of Korea (51), Thailand (35), Taiwan (23), Malaysia (22), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), United States of America (15), France (12).


2020/02/18

TAITRA announces modified schedule on events due to global COVID-19 outbreak

TAITRA, the benchmark for sourcing quality and innovation in Taiwan, has worked closely with industries and government to implement any necessary contingency plans to ensure the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors to all events.

Following are the latest schedule of trade shows:

NO.

Event

Planned Date

Status

1

TAIPEI CYCLE

March 4-7

Rescheduled to May 14-16

2

TaiSPO

March 5-7

Rescheduled to May 14-16

3

Taiwan Int'l Boat Show

March 12-15

Rescheduled. Event date is yet to be confirmed.

4

TAIPEI AMPA

April 15-18

To be held on schedule

5

AutoTronics Taipei

April 15-18

As Above

6

MOTORCYCLE TAIWAN

April 15-18

As Above

7

AGExpo

April 16-19

To be held on schedule

8

FASTENER TAIWAN

April 21-23

Rescheduled to Oct. 14-16

9

Giftionery & Culture Creative, Taipei

April 23-26

To be held on schedule


For those who not able to travel to Taiwan in March or April but seeking to find potential suppliers, TAITRA has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality suppliers and products. Specifically, our branch offices provide “Free & Customized Sourcing Services,” which can be set up to fit your sourcing requirements with 1 on 1 meetings via the Skype platform, before you can travel to Taiwan at a later time.

Taiwan has been effective in the protection of the public through the stringent measures that have been implemented, and TAITRA will continue to closely monitor all situations and keep international visitors to Taiwan well-informed. Our overseas branch offices will help with any enquiries. For info on overseas branch offices:
https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

***As of today, Tuesday Feb 18, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 73,380 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 22 confirmed cases were found in Taiwan, with 1 of the confirmed cases deceased, 2 cases fully recovered and released from hospital, and the remaining in a stable condition and on the way to a full recovery. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

**The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases in China, including Hong Kong (58) and Macau (10), is 72,555, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (454), Singapore (77), Japan (66), Thailand (35), Republic of Korea (29), Malaysia (22), Taiwan (22), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), United States of American (15), France (12), UK (9), UAE (9), and Canada (8).



2020/02/17

Taiwan Excellence award-winning anti-epidemic products to fight global COVID-19 outbreak

Taiwan's medical care system has been widely recognized globally for its exceptionally high standards of public health and epidemic prevention networks, and also for its medical products. Exports from Taiwan’s medical device industry reached approximately US$3.3 billion in 2019, and is expected to be in the top 20th in export value in the world.

In 1993, Taiwan’s government established the Taiwan Excellence Awards, and award-winning products represent the very best of Taiwan’s most outstanding products, selected through a vigorous competition process that focuses on products which offer quality, design and innovation for customers.

This year, there are 37 winners for Taiwan Excellence Awards in the medical related category. The following are among the most popular and bestselling epidemic prevention products in Taiwan:
Infrared non-contact forehead temperature thermometer The Microlife non-contact thermometer NC 200 enables taking an accurate measurement automatically within 5 cm.
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109296

Smallest, filterless, personal air purifier LUFT Cube filterless SPP nanotech neutralizes pollutants, viruses and bacteria around you.
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/109580 

Eleclean disinfectant sprayer A portable sterilizing device that eliminates bacteria and viruses.
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/41827

254 UVC disinfection robot system A robot that applies ultra violet light for sterilization
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/27480

For more quality Taiwan health & precision products from Taiwan Excellence, please see:
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/en/award/product/result 

Additionally, Medical Taiwan, a medical, health & care expo, is to be held on Jun 21-23 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2.

***As of today, Monday Feb 17, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 71, 405 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 20 confirmed cases were found in Taiwan, with 1 of the confirmed cases deceased, 2 cases fully recovered and released from hospital, and the remaining 17 in a stable condition and on the way to a full recovery. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

**The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases in China, including Hong Kong (57) and Macau (10), is 70,683, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (355), Singapore (75), Japan (66), Thailand (35), Republic of Korea (29), Malaysia (22), Taiwan (20), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), United States of American (15), France (12), UK (9), UAE (9), and Canada (8).


2020/02/14

Taiwan’s high-tech safeguards protect the public from the global Covid-19 outbreak

Amid the growing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infections globally, Taiwan has been effective in curbing the outbreak by moving swiftly to deploy necessary precautions to ensure public health and safety.

A recent example of how Taiwan has leveraged its IT expertise involves the coordination of health and travel data. In an effort to identify citizens with or at risk of having the Coronavirus, Taiwan has pioneered and implemented a cloud system to connect its citizens’ health insurance or identity cards with customs data on travel histories. By accessing this data via health insurance cards, Taiwanese doctors can immediately check the patient's travel contact history to help the doctors to more precisely diagnose and treat patients with flu-like symptoms and offer them the best medical care.

Another example of the proactive effort involves measures to prevent the hoarding of surgical masks. To help all citizens acquire facial masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the government rapidly stockpiled all masks in Taiwan and enforced a real-name purchase policy that only allows people to purchase a limited number of masks in one week. Mobile phone apps have also been quickly developed to let citizens know where masks are available for purchase and how many are left in stock.

Taiwan’s government wasted no time to work closely with health and immigration services as well as the domestic IT industry to effectively control and limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

***As of today, Friday Feb 14, the outbreak has reached a total of 64,437 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, Taiwan has a total of 18 confirmed cases, none of which were community-acquired cases, and no new confirmed cases have been reported since Feb 9. Moreover, one of the confirmed cases has fully recovered, and the remaining 17 are on the way to a full recovery and are in stable condition. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

**The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases in China, including Hong Kong (53) and Macau (10), is 63,962, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (218), Singapore (58), Thailand (33), Japan (33), Republic of Korea (28), Malaysia (19), Taiwan (18), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), United States of American (15), and France (11), UK (9), UAE (8), and Canada (7).


2020/02/13

TAITRA enhances online sourcing services during global COVID-19 outbreak

Amid the global COVID-19 outbreak, TAITRA is stepping up efforts to provide various online sourcing services that are available on Taiwan’s official B2B website, Taiwantrade.com.

Taiwantrade.com is home to 660,000+ product catalogs and 70,000+ suppliers from the nation’s leading export industries. The website enables you to easily connect with high quality Taiwanese suppliers and source the products you’re looking for.

In helping you connect with suppliers, Taiwantrade.com also offers a range of Customized Sourcing Services, including:


You can also link your Taiwantrade.com account to Facebook Messenger to get supplier reply notifications right away. https://www.taiwantrade.com/static/howto/en/msg_link.html

TAITRA has a global network of 63 branch offices dedicated to helping you connect with quality suppliers and products. Contact an office near you: https://lnkd.in/eRfrjzb

***As of today, Wednesday Feb 13, the outbreak has a total of 60,331 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 18 confirmed cases were found in Taiwan with no community-acquired cases, nor any new confirmed case since Feb 9. Moreover, one of the confirmed cases has fully recovered, with the rest in stable conditions on the way to recovery. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

**The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases in China, including Hong Kong (50) and Macau (10), is 59,867, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (218), Singapore (50), Thailand (33), Japan (29), Republic of Korea (28), Malaysia (18), Taiwan (18), Germany (16), Australia (15), Vietnam (15), United States of American (14), and France (11), UK (9), UAE (8), and Canada (7).



2020/02/12

Taiwan acts effectively in combating COVID-19

Amid the growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections globally, Taiwan has been effective in curbing the outbreak by moving swiftly to deploy the necessary actions that ensure public health and safety.

As of today, Wednesday Feb 12, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 45,183 confirmed cases reported worldwide. As of writing, a total of 18 confirmed cases were found in Taiwan, all of which were imported or close contact cases. There have been no community-acquired cases, nor any new confirmed case since Feb 9. Moreover, one of the confirmed cases has already fully recovered, with the rest on the way to recovery and are in stable conditions. The risk of infection to international travelers within Taiwan is considered low to minimal.

TAIPEI CYCLE+& TaiSPO+ trade show, originally scheduled for Mar 4-7, will be postponed until May 14-16, and will be held as a 3-day special edition at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall 2. The show will feature a Complete Ecosystem of the Healthy Lifestyle and Sports Industry, and will include many special features, including enhanced online and offline sourcing services and outdoor demo riding for bicycles.

**The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in China, including Hong Kong (49) and Macau (10), is 44,724, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (175), Singapore (47), Thailand (33), Republic of Korea (28), Japan (28), Malaysia (18), Taiwan (18), Germany (16), Australia (15), Vietnam (15), United States of American (13), and France (11), UAE (8), UK (8), and Canada (7).


2020/02/11

TAITRA implements contingency plans during global COVID-19 outbreak

The growing restrictions on international travel due to the COVID-19 outbreak and general public unease have resulted in a significant number of cancelled flights and hotel bookings.

With this in mind, TAITRA announced today that the TAIPEI CYCLE and TaiSPO trade show, originally scheduled for Mar 4-7, will be postponed until May 14-16, and will be held as a 3-day special edition at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2. The show will feature a Complete Ecosystem of the Healthy Lifestyle and Sports Industry, and will include many special features, such as enhanced online and offline sourcing services, and outdoor demo riding for bicycles.

International visitors can be reassured that TAITRA conducts all events in full and stringent compliance with health and safety regulations, and will continue to update and implement any necessary contingency plans to ensure the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors to all events.

As of today, Tuesday Feb 11, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a total of 43,108 confirmed cases across 28 countries globally. The latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in China, including Hong Kong (42) and Macau (10), is 42,748, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (135), Singapore (45), Thailand (33), Republic of Korea (28), Japan (28), Malaysia (18), Taiwan (18), Australia (15), Germany (14), Vietnam (15), United States of American (13), and France (11), UAE (8), UK (8), and Canada (7).

As of writing, a total of 18 confirmed cases have been reported in Taiwan, and there has been no new case since Feb 9. One of these cases has already been released from hospital having fully recovered and the rest are recovering well and are in a stable condition.

As part of efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, travel has been prohibited for visitors from China to Taiwan since Jan 23. As of Feb 10, this prohibition has been expanded to also include visitors from Hong Kong and Macau.

Moreover, all other travelers to Taiwan who transit through China, Hong Kong or Macau are required to be under home quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Taiwan. This initiative also took affect from Feb 10.


2020/02/10

TAIWAN confident about safeguarding the public from the COVID-19 outbreak

As of today, Monday Feb 10, the latest reports state that the number of total confirmed cases of the COVID-19 infection in China (including Hong Kong SAR at 29 and Macau SAR at 10) is 40,250, followed by a cruise ship currently in international conveyance (130), Singapore (43), Thailand (32), Republic of Korea (27), Japan (25), Malaysia (18), Taiwan (18), Australia (15), Germany (14), Vietnam (14), United States of America (12), France (11), and Canada (7).

On Feb 9 Taiwan reported one more case of infection by the COVID-19, involving the country's first asymptomatic patient, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 18. One patient has already been discharged from hospital having fully recovered. The rest are recovering well and are in a stable condition.

Despite its close geographical proximity to China (including Hong Kong and Macao), the most extreme areas of infection in the COVID-19 outbreak, Taiwan remains fully confident of being able to protect members of the public through the stringent measures that have been implemented, a transparent system of reporting, and one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

Given that exhibitors and visitors from quarantined countries will be unable to travel in the upcoming months, TAITRA is closely monitoring the situation and will implement any and all necessary contingency plans to ensure the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors to all events being held in Taiwan.


2020/02/06

New entry regulation for international visitors to enter Taiwan

Starting February 7, 2020, Taiwan will implement entry restrictions and visa control measures on foreign nationals who have visited or resided in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the previous 14 days.
For more info: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5066-f6991-2.html

International visitors seeking to enter Taiwan may apply for an entry visa as long as they have not visited or resided in areas in China severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. TAITRA’s overseas branch offices will be help with any enquiries regarding visa application. For info on overseas branch offices: https://officeportal.taiwantrade.com/flash/big/unitList.jsp?lang=en_US

As of today, Feb 5, the latest report states that the number of total confirmed cases in China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR) is 23,646, followed by Thailand (25), Singapore (24), Japan (23), Republic of Korea (18), Australia (12), Germany (12) United States of American (11), Taiwan (11), Malaysia (10), and Vietnam (10).


Taiwan Assures Health and Safety to Global Visitors During Global COVID-19 Outbreak
 
Greetings from Taiwantrade.com, Taiwan and TAITRA.

In response to the global outbreak of the COVID-19(2019-nCoV or Wuhan Pneumonia), the Taiwan government has taken comprehensive measures to protect the health of the public from the global outbreak.

All events and activities held by TAITRA for international visitors are conducted in full and stringent compliance with health and safety regulations and there is no danger posed to exhibitions and meeting venues in Taiwan.  

From the airport to the hotel to the venue and back, visitors can rest assured that they will be safe to visit Taiwan.

In the extremely unlikely event that anyone displays symptoms of the COVID-19 – or any other disease or illness – visitors can be reassured that Taiwan’s healthcare system and medical sector is continually ranked as one of the top healthcare systems in the world.

Visitors can expect the highest standards for medical assistance, including multiple treatment rooms on hand with the most advanced medical equipment available anywhere in the world.

Taiwan reacted swiftly to news of the COVID-19 outbreak and the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (TCDC) immediately activated the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in order to integrate resources across the government and networks of public health experts.

Measures being taken to effectively control any spread of the COVID-19 within Taiwan include the following:
•     Operating active surveillance and screening systems for disease control, such as Infrared Thermal Image Scanning (ITIS), at all major airports and ports to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors to Taiwan.
•     Visitors who experience symptoms such as fever or cough upon arriving in Taiwan must notify an officer at the quarantine station in the airport or port.
•     If the aforementioned symptoms develop within 14 days after arriving in Taiwan, sufferers must immediately wear a surgical mask and call the Epidemic Prevention Line 1922 to seek immediate medical attention. Failing to report truthfully will be fined in accordance with Article 69 of the Law on Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Disease.
•     Within 24 hours, Taiwan’s medical institutions must report and isolate patients with a fever above 38 degrees, patients with respiratory symptoms like coughs and signs of pneumonia, and patients who have been to Wuhan, China in the preceding 14 days before the onset of illness. Failing to comply with the regulation will result in maximum penalty of 2 million TWD.
•     Infection control drills are being conducted locally in Taiwan at healthcare facilities to minimize the impact of the outbreak, and guidance for public transportation, public gatherings and educational institutions on prevention measures have been issued to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19.
•     Severe restrictions have been placed on visitors to Taiwan from China, the source of the COVID-19, including prohibiting, postponing and suspending tourist, student and business travel applications. More detailed information can be found via this link:
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/AbXx37glDFCRtGihlDGOmA?typeid=158 

For more general information, please visit the Taiwan CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov.tw, or call the toll-free Communicable Disease Reporting and Consultation Hotline, 1922 (or 0800-001922).

The WHO has warned that the COVID-19 is spreading throughout China and across the world. However, as of January 31,2020, Taiwan has only 9 confirmed cases of the virus with 0 deaths, and those with the illness are in a stable and non-life threatening condition.

The most up-to-date report can be found on the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

In 2019, CEOWORLD magazine Health Care Index ranked Taiwan as having “the best healthcare system in the world”:
https://ceoworld.biz/2019/08/05/revealed-countries-with-the-best-health-care-systems-2019/