Infobrief Taiwan, 19.09.2016

GTO Events

Business Forum Baden-Württemberg – Taiwan
September 20
In BW-Bank, Kleiner Schloßplatz, Stuttgart

International Taiwan Business Circle
September 22
Marshall Haus (Kinosaal) Messe Berlin

16th Germany - Taiwan Joint Business Council
September 22
Haus der Commerzbank, Berlin

Außenwirtschaftstag NRW
September 29
Stadthalle Bielefeld

The First German – Taiwanese Offshore Wind Summit
October 6
The Sherwood Taipei – Han Room

Seminar: Suitable insurance for Germans in Taiwan
October 12
German Trade Office Taipei

Taipei as the World Design Capital 2016
October 13-30, 2016
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

Hofbräu Oktoberfest
October 14-23, 2016
Expo Park Taipei

German Excellence Days & Networking Brunch
November 23 - 25, 2016
Taipei, Taichung and Kaoshiung

Business Delegation to Taipei and Hong Kong
November 28 - December 3, 2016
Taipei and Hong Kong

Messe Frankfurt

GTO News

First German-Taiwanese Green Building Design Forum on September 13th in Taipei
The First German-Taiwanese Green Building Design Forum brought together experts, government and industry representatives to discuss green and sustainable building materials and practices. The participants discussed sustainable building standards and certifications and the effects an enforceable legal frame can have in reducing energy consumption. Industry leaders also introduced their newest and innovative products for building insulation, energy retainment and energy generation. Mayor of Taipei, Mr. Ko Wen-Je joined us for a special event, the BASF Ice Cube Challenge. The same amount of ice had been placed in two cases, one insulated with modern insulation materials and the other without insulation, to showcase the effect good insulation has on keeping the cold inside and the heat outside in modern buildings. For photos of the event or the official press release in English and Chinese, please visit our event website.

16th Germany - Taiwan Joint Business Council: Mobility and Digitalization

We cordially invite you to take part in the 16th Taiwan – Germany Joint Business Council on the September 22nd, 2016 at the “Haus der Commerzbank”, Pariser Platz 1, 10117 Berlin.

This year’s conference will focus on the topics of Mobility and Digitalization and is organized by the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) in cooperation with its Taiwanese partner the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA), the German Trade Office Taipei and supported by China Airlines.

Under the joint chairmanship of Dirk Sänger, managing Partner, C. Melchers GmbH & Co. KG and Jimmy Chu, Chairman of Fair Friend Group, the main topics of this year’s event will be Mobility 4.0 and ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) in the context of supply chains in addition to the German – Taiwanese business relations. We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Wolfgang Scheremet, Director General for Industry and Policy (BMWi), Niko Warbanoff CEO at DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH and Allen Hu, Director General at the Bureau of High Speed Rail, as well as high-profile representatives from SAP, Delta Electronics and Bosch Rexroth.

Außenwirtschaftstag NRW
The Außenwirtschaftstag NRW will take place on September 29, 2016, in Bielefeld. Our Executive Director Andreas Hergenröther will participate in a panel discussion on Greater China. What are the current conditions for German companies in Greater China? How do they assess current perspectives? These topics and many more will be discussed.

At the NRW Außenwirtschaftstag companies also have the chance to discuss their interests with AHK market experts. Our Executive Director Andreas Hergenröther will be available for a consultation. Visit our website for more information.

The First German – Taiwanese Offshore Wind Summit
The first German – Taiwanese Offshore Wind Summit brings experts together to facilitate cooperation with leading wind energy companies in future and to gain a deeper insight into state of the art developments in the respective wind energy markets.

The delegation from the German federal state of Bremen is formed by delegates from the areas of economic promotion, on- and offshore project development, financing and is led by the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Ports of the German Federal State of Bremen, Senator Martin Günthner.

Wind energy became one of the most important resources for sustainable energy in Germany and the most important and dynamic sector for Bremen’s economy as one of the largest clusters for offshore wind energy in Europe with a strong focus on the deep integration and collaboration of production, services and research in this field.
In future Bremen’s main goal is to develop and extend its competencies in this field and become the leading technological centre in Europe.

For more information, please contact Mr. Robert Herzner, herzner.robert(at) / Tel: +886-2-8758-5827.

Seminar: Suitable insurance for Germans in Taiwan
The German trade office Taipei, in cooperation with the Expatriate Care Consult GmbH organizes a seminar covering the topics of social insurance and personal precaution for Germans in Taiwan against the background of the creation of employment contracts. Mr. Klaus-Peter Eltz, who has many years of experience in the insurance sector, will explain insurances for German expatraites in more detail and answer questions on the topic. It will take place on Wednesday, October 12th, at German Trade Office.

For further information, please visit the website or contact Mr. Klaus-Peter von der Eltz, k.eltz(at)

Cluster Marketing Silicon Saxony
From October 30th to November 3rd , the Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States and Parliamentary State Secretary Ms. Iris Gleicke will be leading a delegation of 16 representatives from government, research and business sector to Hsinchu and Tainan.

Highlights of the visits will be an Investor Conference addressing the business opportunities in the field of Microelectronics & ICT in Saxony and Taiwan on Tuesday, 1st November, in the Ambassador Hotel in Hsinchu. Further, at two cooperation forums on  November 1st in Hsinchu and  November 3rd individual business matchmaking will be organized for companies to explore cooperation between Silicon Saxony and Taiwan. The German companies’ expertise is in the field of IoT and implementation of Industrie 4.0 in the manufacturing process. 

If you would like some more information, please contact Mr Robert Herzner, herzner.robert(at)

Business Delegation to Taipei and Hong Kong
Representatives of NRW’s creative industry, particularly CEOs of industrial design agencies as well as self-employed industrial designers are cordially invited to join a business delegation to the renowned Business Design Week in Hong Kong and this year’s World Design Capital Taipei. It will take place from November 28th to December 3th.
The trip will include roundtables with numerous design companies in Taiwan and Hong Kong, a visit to the center of Taipei as a World Design Capital, the Songshan Culture and Creative Park as well as a visit to Hong Kongs Business of Design Week.

For more information about the business delegation, please visit our website.

Economic News

TIER expects growth to remain tepid through 2018
Taiwan´s economic growth is expected to remain tepid until 2018 amid prolonged weakness in the world’s major economies, the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) said last week. The think tank forecasts the nation’s GDP to grow about 0.77% annually this year with little change over the next two years. Even though exports grew in July compared to last year, those gains were mainly made by the semiconductor sector, which alone cannot sustain the momentum required for an economy-wide recovery. (Taipei Times, 13.09.2016)

Number of SMEs reached high of 1.38 million in 2015
In a White Paper released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is said to have reached an all-time high of 1.38 million last year, up by 2.29% from last year and accounting for almost 98% of companies nationwide. 98,000 new SMEs were established in 2015, an increase of 4.43%, mainly wholesale and retail businesses. SMEs also account for 78% of overall employment. The MOEA attributes the increases to the government’s efforts to promote innovative startups and integration of traditional and virtual business models, and to make starting a new business easier. (China Post, 14.09.2016)

Companies and Industries

MediaTek grabbing bigger share of the IoT market: Gartner
Handset chip designer MediaTek is increasing its presence in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market due to its earlier entry than its rivals, research and advisory firm Gartner said last week. “MediaTek has an advantage over its rivals due to its strong presence in the Asian market, primarily China, but that is also a weakness as MediaTek will take a longer time to expand beyond Asia,” Gartner analysts stated. By 2018, 80% of IoT endpoint design would be prototyped on development boards and worldwide shipments of IoT devices are set to soar to 20.8 bn. units in 2020, from 6.39 bn. units this year, the market researcher forecast. MediaTek had stated in June that the firm’s chips used in IoT applications would double their revenue contribution to about 10% in the next three to five years. IoT chips used in “smart” homes, wearable devices and the automotive sector would be the major revenue sources and China would be the major market. (Taipei Times, 14.09.2016)

Acer founder proposes concept for ‘smart’ cities

Acer founder Stan Shih last week proposed that Taiwan should promote the development of “smart” cities through a public-private-people cooperation mechanism. At a seminar hosted by the Industrial Technology Research Institute, Shih argued that Taiwan is in an ideal position to become the ‘silicon valley’ of Asia. Taiwan is in an ideal position to transform into a hub for global innovation by taking advantage of the world’s largest Chinese-speaking market, its advanced information and communications technology sector and software and service architecture and the fact that it is home to the world’s largest contract manufacturing firms. (Taipei Times, 13.09.2016)

Declining number of business travelers hurting local hotels
Business travelers have declined 20% over the past decade as major trade fairs increasingly lose importance on the world stage, a trend that could persist and pose a challenge to hotels targeting them, Taiwanese hotel operators said yesterday. Taipei hotels used to run at full occupancy rates during Computex, one of the world’s largest computer and technology trade shows held in Taipei annually, but turnout proved disappointing this year because China organized a consumer electronics show at the same time, Leofoo Tourism Group stated. According to the Gloria Hotel Group, the government and the tourism industry should work together to make foreign travelers stay longer and boost tourism revenue rather than focus on the number of tourists. (Taipei, Times, 14.09.2016)

Environment and Green Technologies

Taiwan sets short-term PV installation capacity target of 1.52GWp
The Taiwanese government approved a 2-year photovoltaic (PV) power generation development project, proposed by the Bureau of Energy (BOE), with a target total PV generation of 1.52 GWp. This includes 910MWp rooftop PV systems and 610MWp ground-mounted PV power-generating stations. The project is expected to bring an estimated USD 2.91 bn. in investment and create 9,120 jobs until 2018. The project will also start off a long-term PV power generation development plan which aims at reaching cumulative PV installation capacity of 20 GWp and power generation of 25 bn. kWh in 2025. (DigiTimes, 08.09.2016)

Bilateral Business News

TAITRA to promote Taiwan at Berlin Marathon
TAITRA will use the globally broadcasted Berlin Marathon 2016 to advertise Taiwan´s high-quality exports. The Taiwan Excellence logo will be visible at the starting line as well as the arches that runners have to pass. The marathon is widely watched around the world, attracting one million spectators every year and about 50 million people watching on TV. Taiwan Excellence products will also be showcased at Berlin Sports and Health Fair on September 22nd – 24th, which all athletes will have to pass through to reach the starting line. There will also be a Taiwan Excellence team running the Marathon, showcasing Singtex’s eco-friendly sporting apparel.  (China Post, 14.09.2016)

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