30 Dec '13, 1pm

Taiwan's Future Offers Challenge & Opportunity to OEMs | | #supplychain

The famous Washington, D.C., think tank Brookings recently put out a report noting that Taiwan's economy has shifted to a virtual dependency on IT supply chain businesses. The briefing paper, which can be found here , has some pretty serious implications for OEMs and for the greater East Asian electronics supply market. At least if you buy the argument, which goes like this: For most of the second half of the 20th century, Taiwan built an economy on basic manufacturing. That's long over -- the textiles and plastics with "Made in Taiwan" labels, a l970s cliché in the rest of the world, no longer fit the island's highly evolved economy. The numbers are starting to reflect that. Exports to the European Union, Japan, and US are down broadly, and more than half of Taiwan's exports go to neighbors in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Southeast Asian trade body....

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