According to industry experts, a spate of factors such as AI and big data driven integrations, US economic incentives and Taiwan's New Southbound Policy will combine to greatly fuel mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities by Taiwan enterprises in 2018.
With cross-domain integrations driven by AI and big data technologies, incentives offered by the Trump administration to attract manufacturing investments in the US, and the Taiwan government's New Southbound Policy to strengthen trade and investment exchanges with Southeast Asia, M&A volumes and values are expected to surge further on the back of an already high comparison base registered in 2017.
Also, many Taiwan tech firms have already been moving to build cooperative partnerships with foreign enterprises to counter growing challenges from competitors.
Some tech players have been seeking M&A targets or investment opportunities in Japan, Europe, and the US, with Foxconn Group being the most active of them. After acquiring the majority of stakes in Japan's Sharp in mid-August 2016, Foxconn has also made aggressive deployments in the fields of smart medicine, AI, big data and FinTech in Southeast Asia.
Blake Lin (firstname.lastname@example.org)