TAIWAN: Taiwan to relax mainland tech investment curbs
Taiwan said recently it would lift restrictions on mainland investments by domestic flat-panel and electronic chip manufacturers, the Wall Street Journal reported. At present, manufacturers from Taiwan are only allowed to carry out final assembly in the mainland, using components made elsewhere. Under the planned reforms, flatpanel makers will be able to set up an […]
March 1, 2010
For more advanced technologies, no more than three plants are permitted. Chip manufacturers are still limited to three plants in the mainland, using lessadvanced technology than in Taiwan, although they can increase investment in mainland companies.
The restrictions were introduced to prevent a hollowing out of TaiwanÃ¢â‚¬™s technology sector, but it has resulted in companies losing the competitive edge to rivals in the US, South Korea and Japan that can leverage the mainlandÃ¢â‚¬™s lower production costs and growing consumer market.