Date: JUNE 9, 2016
By: Chris Griffith, Technology reporter
Taiwan is not only home to global technology brands such as Asus, Acer, D-Link, Gigabyte, HTC,
Synology and QNAP. It also is the semiconductor manufacturing king, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company alone raking in $35.4 billion in net revenue last year.
And Taiwan’s Quanta Computers has been the largest manufacturer of notebooks in the world, usually made under other company’s names. Apple, BlackBerry, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba have been among its clients. Despite changes in that industry, consolidated revenue for Quanta last year was a healthy $42.35bn.
So it is apt that Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, is home to Computex, a global computer fair that this year was held under changing conditions. The coming to power of Taiwan’s pro-independence President, Tsai Ing-wen, just 10 days before Computex is food for thought for Taiwan’s tech firms, particularly those trading heavily with China. Taiwan, of course, is where in 1949 Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang fled after their defeat on the mainland by Mao Zedong’s communists. [FULL STORY]