By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
Horng Jou Ceramics Co. is only one of the few domestic tile manufacturers in Taiwan having received the “MIT Smile Logo” moniker, a government-administered certification issued for tiles that pass tests for radiation volume, anti-slipping, and release of lead and cadmium, according to the company’s sales representative Steven Chao during the Taipei Building Show on Sunday.
In the heyday of Taiwan’s tile industry around 20 years ago, more than 100 ceramic-product manufacturers on the island generated NT$20-30 billon (US$689.6 million to US$1.03 billion) in annual revenues. Today, with the encroachment of mainland China-made ceramic products, the number of tile manufacturers in Taiwan has shrunk considerably. [FULL STORY]