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Taiwan will become the 2nd largest producer of surgical masks

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 13 March 2020

Taiwan will become the 2nd largest producer of surgical masks 

Taiwan's government organized a surgical mask national team in just one week 

Facing a worldwide supply shortage of surgical masks during the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Taiwanese government, is fast collaborating with 30 brilliant Taiwanese smart-machinery and automation companies as a " national team." The national team has effectively reduced the production cycle of mask equipment from two months to one week and will increase mask production to meet demand domestically. In the process, Taiwan will become the second largest producer of surgical masks in the world.

Taiwan is the seventh largest machine tool manufacturer and the fourth largest machine tool exporter in the world. Taiwan's machine tool industry has effectively scaled up, creating 60 production lines from six months to a single month, and it is poised to boost daily mask production from 4 million to 10 million pieces by the end of February to early March.

With Taiwan's machinery clusters, Taiwan could organize this national team efficiently and accomplish an almost impossible task by shortening the mask equipment production cycle to just a week. The team comprises about 30 top companies in the machinery sector in Taiwan, including AWEA, YCM, SEYI, KAO MING, CAMPRO, CHMER, HABOR, HIWIN, TONGTAI and more, which collaborated with Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builder's Association, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Metal Industries Research and Development Center (MIRDC) and Precision Machinery Research and Development Center (PMC).

With its crucial role in the global machine tool industry, Taiwan's machinery clusters are a key factor. Based in Taichung, with over 1,500 machine tool makers and 10,000 satellite firms nearby, clusters enable flexible production, expertise sharing and shot lead times. Such comprehensive and high-density clusters also make 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 machine manufacturers are making the leap to smart machinery production. Using a combination of automation technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial in intelligence (AI)., Taiwan's extensive experience and expertise in these sectors are in the of aerospace, car manufacturing and automotive component industries. As Taiwan-based machine tool makers continue to offer even greater value in terms of quality, efficiency and cost control, it gives Taiwan a formidable edge in this new era.

TAITRA will host SOURCING TAIWAN 2020 – a sourcing event featuring quality suppliers of Machinery x Hand tool x Automotive electronics – on July 15 (Wednesday) in Taichung, where important industry clusters are based. The event promises to bring more opportunities for buyers worldwide to source, buy and do business with Taiwan. For more information: www.sourcingtaiwan.com

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