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Taiwan Targeting Metalworking Industry In Malaysia

Taiwan Targeting Metalworking Industry In Malaysia

Taiwan has been known for its world-class machine tools with over 1000 precision manufacturers and tens of thousands of suppliers. For industrial resources integration, the Precision Machinery Center (PMC) has established a one-stop portal “Machine Tool Industry Online Resource Center, MTIORC (” to overcome the physical obstacles, focusing on machine tool industries to show Taiwan’s golden ability in precision machinery and smart manufacturing.

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Taiwan Mould And Die Machine Industry Strengthening Capabilities To Address Manufacturing Recovery

Taiwan Mould And Die Machine Industry Strengthening Capabilities To Address Manufacturing Recovery

Mould and die machine manufacturers in Taiwan are firming up their solutions and technologies in preparation for the anticipated strong demand in line with the global manufacturing recovery.

The mould and die industry is a good indicator of the overall health of the global manufacturing sector, as it serves multiple industrial markets—from the aerospace to automotive, to the home appliances, electronics, and food and beverage, to name a few. For example, one of the biggest mould and die markets is the automotive manufacturing industry. Each car requires 1,700 sets of stamping die, 500 sets of plastic injection mould, and 1,000 sets of casting mould.

The global mould and die market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% from 2019 to 2025, according to Infinium Global Research. Mainly driving this growth is the implementation of automation in the die casting process, and the benefits offered by dies and moulds such as increased efficiency, enhanced flexibility and enhanced precision—which are, in turn, propelling the sector’s increasing adoption in the manufacturing industry.

One of the leading providers of machineries for the mould and die industry is Taiwan. Over the past six decades, the country’s mould and die industry has been a key sector that has made a critical impact on the development and expansion of its technology industries.

According to The Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA, the total export value of Taiwan’s machine tools reached US$1.27 billion in the first half of 2021, up by 14.4% compared with the same period last year.

In terms of exports, mainland China continues to be the top destination for Taiwan’s machine tools, with an export value of US$443.85 million, or 34.9% of total exports in the first half of 2021. The United States came in at second, followed by Turkey, Russia, and India. Thailand ranked sixth, with an export value of US$44.83 million. Vietnam ranked seventh, with export value of US$44.68 million, followed by Malaysia, with export value of 32.57 million. Rounding of the top 10 export destinations are Netherlands and Japan.

Taiwan’s machine tool exports is expected to grow by 15–20% yearon-year in 2021 amid the continuing recovery of the automotive industry, the slowdown of the pandemic situation due to continuing vaccination drives, and the opening up of more markets.

To strengthen Taiwan’s position in the global machine tools supply chain, the government is encouraging manufacturers to take advantage of the country’s technology knowhow to support the trend towards automation, smarter manufacturing, and digitalisation, as the global manufacturing industry recovers from the impact of the pandemic over the past year.

The following are some of Taiwan’s key mould and die machine manufacturers that are creating more advanced machineries and solutions to help manufacturers address issues such as fluctuating raw material costs, automation, and ramping up of capacities to address the anticipated demand growth, driven by industries including electric vehicles (EV), electronics, and medical equipment.


Kao Ming Machinery Industrial Co. Ltd (KMC)

Founded in 1968, Kao Ming Machinery Industrial Co. Ltd (KMC) is a leader in gantry type processing centre in Taiwan. With 53 years of experience, KMC provides their services across Asia, Europe and America at over 200 local service centres with more than 40 global agents.

While the ongoing pandemic has impacted the mould and die industry, KMC continues to provide support for its customers through adapting and innovating, bringing hope for its customers. Not only has the company lowered costs by introducing a one-flow manufacturing process, which cuts down processing time by four times, but it also connected with their customers via online social platforms and conducted virtual workshops to help manufacturers in need.

KMC machines are equipped with a wide variety of head attachments for multifunctional manufacturing purposes. “The essence of our machines are diversity and flexibility,” highlights Chiang. They serve a wide range of applications and industries including the aerospace and automotive industries. For example, the KMC-G Series gantry type machining centre is designed and engineered for heavy cutting capacity and high efficiency machining for large workpieces in these industries.

“The key considerations to investing in a machine includes speed of the machine, rigidity, precision, and quality. At KMC, we pride ourselves with prioritising and understanding our customers wants and needs—and providing the best service and experience for them,” concludes Chiang.


Ying-Han Technology (YLM)

Founded in 1987, Ying Han Technology Co. Ltd (YLM) has been one of the leading suppliers of advanced solutions for the metal tube forming industries, as well as in the manufacture of machine tool accessories and CNC machines. The company went public in 2017 and has grown to 400 employees across the world.

“Our motto is: provide immediate and reliable sales and technical services to customers,” said Tsai. With branch offices and a service network across the globe, YLM commits to technical developments and reliable services.

During these unprecedented times, YLM’s non-stop 24 hours global service is providing real-time difference, especially for rapidly changing industries. And in the future, YLM’s machines, combined with intelligent components and sensors, will feature capabilities such as self-processing accuracy, automatic parameter adjustment, and maintenance reminders, and help customers eliminate processing problems, reduce manpower maintenance cost, and achieve global uninterrupted operation.

For the medical industry, multi-cavity moulds require high precision accuracy and high dependence on the equipment. YLM ensures that the maximum error is in range to maintain accuracy and quality in mould manufacturing.

The company’s horizontal machining centres are helping automotive part manufacturers in their challenges. For one, the YMH630/800 has dual worktables to make the clamping method more flexible and can be used in unmanned automatic continuous processing.


Jainnher Machine Co. Ltd

Established in 1982, Jainnher Machine Co. Ltd is one of the leading manufacturers of highprecision grinding machines in Taiwan. For almost 40 years, the company has developed a complete machine series to cater to the many different grinding requirements in industries ranging from aerospace, automotive, bicycle, and other transportation industry, cutting tools, and medical parts.

Around half of Jainnher’s clients are automotive parts manufacturers, for which the company provides cost effective and more-advanced automated systems. While the company designs its machines inhouse, it also helps customers build automated equipment for mass production, based on their requirements and budgets. According to Export Manager William Lee, customers’ requirements—in almost every industry—are mostly focused on accuracy and grinding speeds. Either way, the company can provide solutions for both needs.

“It also depends on the workpiece type, as some parts need CNC machining,” said Lee. He noted that the company provides finishing services as a way of adding value to the service.

Jainnher went online to help customers address issues such as machine installation or troubleshooting and repair during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee said they had to develop new ways to address their customers’ problems.

Jainnher usually delivers in just four months. Now, it may need to add two more months because of the delays in parts. Which is why, if customers want a machine, they should book it now. “Raw material and shipping costs increase every day. If customers need a machine, they should order immediately,” Lee concluded.


Sigma CNC Technology Machinery Co. Ltd

Established in 2000, Sigma CNC Technology Machinery Co. Ltd manufactures CNC machining centres and custom grinding machines. It has 16 patents for CNC double column machining centres and eight patents for custom CNC grinding machines. Its products are sold to more than 30 countries through its more than 40 sales locations worldwide.

According to Daniel Chuang, Marketing Director, most machining companies in Southeast Asia lean towards vertical machining centres (VMCs) as compared to double-column machining centres, especially when it comes to motorcycle parts manufacturing in Vietnam and Indonesia. He also noted that some parts makers are moving from Thailand to Vietnam.

One future trend he is seeing is the need for spatial grinding machines, which Sigma has been selling to HIWIN and THK for 10 years now. “Five years ago, some Korean and Chinese manufacturers wanted to buy this machine because they want to manufacture linear guide inhouse to lower the cost,” said Chuang. “We even have customers from the UK who are building linear guides to be sold locally.” He said linear guides are expensive because they are high-precision components.

“We believe machine makers in Southeast Asia will want to manufacture their own linear guides,” Chuang said. “Just like in India, manufacturers are building machines domestically—therefore, this key component is very important for them. Which is why we want to promote spatial grinding machines.”

Because Sigma manufactures double-column machines, delivery to customers require disassembly for the machine to fit the containers, and assembly on the customer side. Amidst the movement restrictions due to the current pandemic, Sigma has been creating video tutorials on how to reassemble the machine to help customers, as well as train them on repairs. Its local agents help customers online or by providing video trainings as well.


Ready for Recovery

The pandemic has significantly upended the global manufacturing industry—and manufacturers now are realising the importance of upgrading their systems to smarter solutions. Answering this need are Taiwan’s machine tool makers who can provide precision components, digitally controlled machine tools, automation equipment, and smart controlling systems.

Taiwan companies have long been supplying machineries to manufacturers in the ASEAN region. The government’s thrust toward developing a much deeper cooperation with the industry in Southeast Asia, and a potentially new global supply chain pattern emerging post-pandemic, are expected to open up more opportunities for manufacturing cooperation between the ASEAN region and Taiwan.


TIMTOS 2021 Physical Exhibition Postponed While Online Exhibition Continues As Scheduled

TIMTOS 2021 Physical Exhibition Postponed While Online Exhibition Continues as Scheduled

In response to the surging pandemic at home and abroad, the show organizers have decided to postpone the physical exhibition, but TIMTOS 2021 online exhibition (TIMTOS 2021 Online) will continue as scheduled to serve exhibitors and buyers worldwide. The announcement comes after the Taiwan Center for Diseases Control stressed that if it is impossible to maintain social distancing among attendees, it is strongly recommended that event organizers should cancel or postpone large gatherings. The physical show is therefore postponed for protecting the health of exhibitors and visitors in compliance with government guidance.

Nearly 1,000 exhibitors will still participate in the TIMTOS 2021 Online. Top machine tool manufacturers will present their latest products. The organizers have held seminars, workshops and recorded tutorials to actively promote this new type of exhibition since last year. Exhibitors can use 3D, VR and videos to display the latest products, and connect with global buyers through online procurement conferences, online real-time matching, video conferences, etc. Industry forums and Factory tour will be held to extend beyond time and space restrictions and expand exhibition benefits!

As scheduled, TIMTOS 2021 Online ( will be launched from March 15th to March 20th with display and browse functions remained effective from March 21st to April 15th. The official website of TIMTOS will continue the online service throughout the year. The new schedule for TIMTOS physical exhibition will be released soon. Please follow the official website announcement. With the accumulated industrial energy exploded, next TIMTOS will definitely show global buyers the strong strength and energy of Taiwan’s premier machine tool industry and exhibition.

The physical “Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS 2021)” organized by TAITRA and TAMI was originally scheduled to be held at TWTC Hall 1 and Nangang Exhibition Hall 1&2 from March 15 to 20, 2021 attracting 1,000 domestic and foreign exhibitors using up to 6,000 booths.

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TIMTOS Hybrid 2021 To Bring Light In Taiwan Machine Tool Industry

TIMTOS Hybrid 2021 To Bring Light In Taiwan Machine Tool Industry

The world’s first hybrid machine tool show after the pandemic outbreak, Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS 2021), March 15 – 20, has reached its final countdown. To let people know more about the show, the organizers Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) held a global press conference highlighted with CEO Panel on January 20.

Top executives from the machine tool industry, chairmen of Fair Friend, Hiwin, and Chin Fong, talked online in the CEO Panel on “Restructuring for Smart Machine Industry in Post Pandemic Era” with TAITRA Chairman James Huang and TAMI Chairman Pa-Hsi Ko. All of them have affirmed that the launch of TIMTOS will ultimately bring a positive significance to the global machine tool industry, particularly it can boost confidence in Taiwan machine tool industry, which suffered a slump in the first half and recovered somehow in the second half of last year.

TAITRA Chairman James Huang said that Taiwan’s performance in pandemic prevention has attracted worldwide attention, especially the resilience and flexibility manifested by the Taiwan manufacturing industry during the pandemic, which is proven to be a crisis and a turning point as well. Chairman Huang added that in TIMTOS, the unprecedented changes in the market and the increasing demand for technological development contributed to industrial transformation will be seen in a variety of new products developed by TIMTOS exhibitors.

TAMI Chairman Pa-Hsi Ko also pointed out that the capability of Taiwan’s pandemic prevention is the key to attracting leading manufacturers from home and abroad to join TIMTOS. Included this year are not only domestic makers such as Fair Friend, Victor Taichung, YCM, Dah Lih, Hiwin, Syntec, and LNC, but also foreign high profile makers, DMG MORI, FANUC, MAZAK, TRUMPF and Siemens. The exhibition is definitely an important platform to showcase the achievements of Taiwan’s smart machinery and smart manufacturing.

Chairman Huang and Chairman Ko, both of whom have learned of this year’s online and offline trade show so much that they seem to have become the best spokespersons for TIMTOS 2021 Hybrid.

In addition, the organizers detailed how TIMTOS Hybrid can provide visitors with an experience beyond the constraints of time and space, and how the On-site Guide for Online Visitors as a featured platform that help exhibitors and buyers grasp business opportunities by connecting each other online.

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Remote Technology Enabling New Model Of Smart Manufacturing

Remote Technology Enabling New Model of Smart Manufacturing

Smart manufacturing not only depends on an unmanned environment. Instead, it requires various intelligent tools and equipment, software, and human-machine interfaces, and needs to enhance the integration of personnel and automated devices to meet business requirements. Article by Taiwan Machine Tool and Accessory Builder’s Association (TMBA).

Over the past 10 years, with the joint efforts of the government and the industry, Taiwan-made  machine tools have earned a place in international markets through their outstanding quality and performance. Taiwan’s machine tools serve as a brand and express the spirit of “High-tech, precision, innovation, global service, advancement and flexibility” in international markets. 

The supply-chain evolution and the U.S.–China trade war have caused manufacturing industries to migrate. The previously expected economic recovery was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced global manufacturing industries to move towards digitalization.

Taiwan’s machine tool manufacturers, such as YCM, Goodway and Campro, utilize Internet of Things (IoT) technology to transfer real-time information in the workshop, including data such as production progress and machine operation status, while employing advanced applications such as monitoring dashboard and mobile devices to achieve remote control and management (RCM). This enables personnel to solve real-time problems without frequently entering the workshop. Moreover, by browsing split-screen, more machines can be managed with less manpower.

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TAIWAN: Your High-End Partner For Your Smart Manufacturing Journey

TAIWAN: Your High-End Partner For Your Smart Manufacturing Journey

Taiwan companies have long been supplying machineries to manufacturers in the ASEAN region. The government’s thrust toward developing a much deeper cooperation with the industry in Southeast Asia through its digital media campaign for Taiwan machine tools, and a potentially new global supply chain pattern emerging post-pandemic, are expected to open up more opportunities for manufacturing cooperation between the ASEAN region and Taiwan.

In line with this, the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), in cooperation with Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News (APMEN), held a webinar on November 12 that highlighted the latest smart technology solutions from Taiwanese companies aimed at helping manufacturers on their journey towards smarter manufacturing. With the theme Taiwan: Your High-End Partner For Your Smart Manufacturing Journey, the webinar puts into spotlight Taiwan’s reliable, smart solutions for automated production, and why ASEAN manufacturers should consider Taiwan technologies for their manufacturing strategies.

High Precision Smart Manufacturing In SEA

James Kao, Project Manager at HIWIN Technologies Corp. opened the session by sharing their smart manufacturing solutions and successes in Southeast Asia (SEA). Automation and adoption of smart manufacturing is growing in the SEA, and HIWIN covers major industries across the region including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

James highlights HIWIN’s smart manufacturing applications, which includes automotive and auto parts manufacturing where 6-axis robots and hybrid robots are deployed from loading & unloading, to product inspection.

Staying Competitive

Next, we hear from Randi Tsai, International Sales Representative at Yeong Chin Machinery Industries co., ltd. (YCM) about how the company is helping its customers stay competitive ahead of the pandemic against industry challenges such as resource & environmental issues and labour shortage.

Randi showcases the company’s total machine solutions and how it tackles pandemic challenges, as well as the benefit of each solution. To find out about the new 5 axes machines which ensures efficiency, quality and cost competitiveness, watch this clip:

Precision Spring Manufacturing

Eric Cheng, Sales Representative of Ciangshuo Machinery Co. Ltd, presented on reducing cost and increasing efficiency in precision spring manufacturing. He discussed the company’s CNC spring formers, hook stations, servo spinners, and servo cutters, aimed at helping customers achieve automatic production for torsion springs, extension springs, wave springs, wire forming parts, strip forming parts, and air coil parts.

Hydraulic Press Outlook

Established in 1976, DEES Hydraulic Industrial Co. Ltd is one of the leading hydraulic press machine manufacturers in Taiwan for sheet metal forming in automotive and home appliance industries. More than 90 percent of its products, ranging from straight-sided, 4-post, and gap type systems with capacities from 30 tons to 6,000 tons, are exported.

Ale Lee, sales manager of DEES, discussed the outlook for hydraulic presses in Southeast Asia, key demand drivers, and markets where he sees growth.

Enhancing Cooperation in Southeast Asia

Founded in 1945 and with more than 2,900 members, TAMI is one of the most representative association for Taiwan’s machinery industry, and the organizer of international machinery exhibitions such as TIMTOS, TaipeiPLAS, and ShoeTech Taipei.

Jason Liu, product manager at TAMI, talked about key statistics from Taiwan’s machine manufacturing in 2019, key trade partners, and new strategies to further enhance Taiwan manufacturers’ cooperation with the ASEAN metalworking and machine tools industry.

Reducing Labour Costs and Downtime

Olivia Chen, sales representative of Gentiger Machinery Industrial Co. Ltd, gave a presentation on automation strategies to reduce labour cost and production downtime. She also discussed Gentiger’s latest machine, the GT-H2517F, and its applications and target markets; as well as their Smart Machine Industry 4.0, which was presented at TIMTOS 2019 and features status monitoring, production history, and mail notification, among others.

Taking Your Production to the Next Level

Stanley Yeh, Director for ASEAN Markets at TOYO Automation Co. Ltd, talked about how smarter manufacturing solutions can help take your production to the next level. He showcased the company’s solutions integrated in a COVID-19 RT-PCR test machine; in a USB assembly line; and the AGV application in an electric motorcycle production environment.

Forming Technologies for Lightweight Materials and Composites

Michael Wang is the vice president of Lien Chieh Hydraulic Industrial Co. Ltd (LCH). Established in 1947, LCH is said to be the most famous hydraulic press manufacturer with the longest history in Taiwan.

Wang discussed forming technologies to address the unique requirements of lightweight materials and composites. He talked about their tandem, deep drawing, trimming, hemming, die spotting, tryout, forging, and hydroforming presses, for applications in bicycle, automotive, home appliance, motorcycle, and aerospace manufacturing, to name a few.

Wang also highlighted LCH’s focus on reducing energy consumption through its innovative technologies, as well as how they are helping handle composites.

Smarter Bar Feeding

The last presenter was Edward Tsai, Overseas Sales Manager of GIMCO Giuliani Iemca Machinery Co. Ltd (IEMCA). Established in 1961, IEMCA is one of the leading manufacturer of bar feeders. It has four production plants—in Italy, Taiwan, China, and the United States—and has over 100,000 installations in more than 90 countries.

In his presentation, Tsai talked about smarter strategies to bar feeding for next-generation automotive manufacturing, and how bar feeders help manufacturers in their production.

Tsai also presented their first Industry 4.0 Bar Feeder, and its key features, including remote monitoring, control, and assistance; backup and restoration of machine parameters; and telecontrol by OPC-UA clients, among others.


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Machine Tool Industry Propels Taiwan To Become World’s Second Largest Masks Manufacturer In Just 40 Days

Machine Tool Industry Propels Taiwan To Become World’s Second Largest Masks Manufacturer In Just 40 Days

The machine tool makers were instrumental in Taiwan’s race to supply the mounting demand for masks in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Article by TAITRA.

Machine Tool Industry Propels Taiwan to Become World’s Second Largest Masks Manufacturer In Just 40

With COVID-19 devastating world manufacturing now, most factories have either paused work or are slowly recovering. Contrary to most countries worldwide, Taiwan was able to maintain full staff levels in its offices. A part of this result can be attributed to the massive increase in mask production capacity, which now has made Taiwan rank the world’s second largest mask supplier. Such capacity expansion was at first estimated to take six months—much too slow compared to the speed at which COVID-19 spreads. But it ended up taking only 40 days to build up all the 92 sets of automated mask production lines with support from the machine tool industry.

From 2.24 Million to 13 Million Masks Daily

In late January, COVID-19 had begun to spread globally, and Taiwan was at the front line of the strike. Knowing little about the virus, the government decided to expand the country’s mask production capacity so that it would be capable of supplying enough masks for domestic demand. It needed 92 sets of automated lines that required six months for assembly.

“As long as we are provided with the built-up layout, we can assemble it.”

“If there’s demand for robotics in combating COVID-19, we will make it our priority to support.”

“We can help handle the electrical circuits.”

These were the replies when the Taiwan machine tools manufacturers heard about the difficulties faced with mask production. Over 80 manufacturers immediately organised to volunteer and send out staff to join in the mask machine assembly. Given that masks were not a common household necessity as they are now, the lack of manpower made the assembly of the 92 sets a hard task. The volunteers came in to fill in for the needed workforce, and they also self-produced parts that were lacking for mask assembly. They even assisted in troubleshooting during the test runs. Up to 100 workers were volunteering on site during the busiest time, and an average of 60 workers were there every day.

Taiwan’s mask production was at 2.24 million masks per day in January. It increased fivefold within 40 days to 13 million in March. At present, 17 million masks are being produced per day.


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[WATCH] APMEN Speaks On The Impact Of COVID-19 On ASEAN’s Metalworking Industries

[WATCH] APMEN Speaks On The Impact Of COVID-19 On ASEAN’s Metalworking Industries

In a webinar hosted by Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS), Kenneth Tan, Publisher of Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News (APMEN) speaks about the impacts of the pandemic on ASEAN’s metalworking industries, including the automotive, and aerospace & MRO sectors and what we can expect in the post COVID-19 era.

Besides the ASEAN region, the webinar, organised by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), also addresses the impact of COVID-19 in the European and US markets. Other speakers include Gabriel Pankow, Head of Digital Editorial Office of mi connect and Michael Vaughn, Chief Consultant of Indiana Research Institute.

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