Taiwan`s Machinery Exports Surge 47.1% in First Five Months

Taiwan exported US$6.363 billion worth of machinery products in the first five months of this year, representing a 47.1% year-on-year growth, according to customs statistics compiled by the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI).

Of individual export items, the category of machine tools ranked first with export value reaching US$1.029 billion in the first five months of this year, up 45% from a year earlier. The second place went to plastics and rubber processing machinery with US$429.93 million, up 59.4%. The third place went to special-purpose machines with US$415.45 million, up 74%.

Other export machinery categories, in descending order, were the category of pumps, compressors and fans, the category of valves and parts, the category of bearings, gears and ball screws, the category of machine-tool parts and components, the category of paper making and printing machinery, the category of textile machinery, the category of woodworking machinery, the category of sewing machines and leather and shoes making machines, the category of molds and dies, and the category of food and packaging machinery.

In terms of major export outlets, China ranked first by absorbing US$2.079 billion worth of Taiwan-made machinery in the first five months of this year, up 102% year-on-year and accounting for 327% of the total exports. The second place went to the U.S. with US$984.65 million, up 20.9% and commanding 15.5%. Japan ranked third with US$337.81 million, down 0.8% and accounting for 5.3%.

Other major export outlets, in descending order, were Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Germany, Brazil, the Philippines, Singapore, Turkey, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Canada, France, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Finland.

The TAMI`s tallies also showed Taiwan imported US$10.095 billion worth of machinery from abroad in the first five months of this year, up 111% year-on-year.

The machines for IC and semiconductors was the largest import item, followed by the special-purpose machines, the category of pumps, fans and compressors, the category of engines and parts, the category of machinery components and parts, the category of equipment for treatment of materials, the category of valves and parts, the category of machine tools, the category of air conditioning and refrigerators, the category of glassware-making machines, the category of handling equipment, the category of textile machinery, and the category of plastics and rubber processing machinery.

TAMI said Taiwan still relied on Japan, the U.S., China and Germany for the supply of advanced machinery in the first five months of this year. Japan ranked first by supplying US$4.121 billion worth of machinery to Taiwan during the period, up 76.6% year-on-year and accounting for 40.8% of the total imports. The second place went to the U.S. with US$2.23 billion, up 242% and commanding 22.1%. China ranked third with US$896.08 million, up 75% and accounting for 8.9%.

Other major import sources, in descending order, included Germany, South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, and France.

Exports of Taiwan-made Machinery in Jan.-May 2010 by ProductsUnit: US$1,000
Rank Product Category Jan.-Sept. 2009 Jan.-Sept. 2010 Annual Change (%)
1 Machine Tools 710,000 1,029,158 45
2 Plastics & Rubber Machinery 269,698 429,937 59.4
3 Special-purpose Machinery 238,739 415,457 74
4 Pumps, Compressors, Fans 252,006 369,475 46.6
5 Valves & Parts 265,332 345,276 30.1
6 Bearings, Gears, Ball Screws 183,964 335,378 82.3
7 Machine-tool Parts & Components 135,424 277,636 105
8 Paper Making, Printing Machinery 155,101 259,037 67
9 Textile Machinery 134,758 226,158 67.8
10 Woodworking Machinery 124,079 213,716 72.2
11 Sewing Machines, Leather & Shoes Making Machines 109,601 188,285 71.8
12 Molds & Dies 175,107 186,417 6.5
13 Food & Packaging Machinery 119,747 155,117 29.5
Others 1,453,197 1,932,111 33
Total 4,326,753 6,363,158 47.1
Source: Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry
Imports of Machinery by Taiwan in Jan.-May 2010 by ProductsUnit: US$1,000
Rank Products Jan.-May 2009 Jan.-May 2010 Annual Change (%)
1 Machinery for IC, Semiconductor 1,238,920 5,016,129 304.9
2 Special-purpose Machinery 567,205 835,187 47.2
3 Pumps, Fans, Compressors 268,512 479,847 78.7
4 Engines & Parts 269,432 316,56 17.5
5 Components and Parts 188,205 286,812 52.4
6 Equipment for Treatment of Materials 329,267 246,439 -25.2
7 Valves & Parts 146,466 231,413 58
8 Machine Tools 130,558 215,188 64.8
9 Air Conditioning & Refrigerators 150,629 189,587 25.9
10 Glassware-making Machinery 123,879 172,890 39.6
11 Handling Equipment 138,350 135,608 -2
12 Textile Machinery 61,759 119,215 93
13 Plastics & Rubber Processing Machinery 63,535 109,637 72.6
Others 1,096,743 1,740,633 58.7
Total 4,773,460 10,095,152 111.5
Source: Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry

by Ben Shen

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