Science parks post good news on ex­ports

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ENRU LIN

Amid a poor cli­mate for ex­ports, Tai­wan’s ma­jor science parks recorded a slight gain in ex­port value in the first half of the year, the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (MOST, ) said yesterday.

The value of out­bound tech goods from the gov­ern­ment-man­aged parks amounted to NT$666.5 bil­lion from Jan­uary to the end of June, up 1.15 per­cent from the same pe­riod last year.

The slight gain comes at a time when Tai­wan’s tech ti­tans like HTC Corp. are see­ing their ship­ments plum­met on weak­en­ing global de­mand.

MOST, the main gov­ern­ment body for pro­mot­ing tech and science re­search, said that the parks’ main ex­port mar­ket was Hong Kong and main­land China while top im­port sources were Ja­pan fol­lowed by the United States.

Im­ports in the first half of the year de­clined to NT$367.5 bil­lion, down 7.31 per­cent year-on-year, the min­istry said.

To­tal Rev­enue Ris­ing

From Jan­uary to June, to­tal rev­enue from the parks reached NT$1.134 tril­lion, a 6.47-per­cent gain from the same pe­riod last year that was led by the in­te­grated cir­cuits in­dus­try.

All three ma­jor science parks posted an­nual gains in the first half of the year: Hs­inchu Science Park ( ) earned rev­enue of NT$547.1 bil­lion — a 2.79 per­cent an­nual gain — while Cen­tral Tai­wan Science Park ( ) recorded NT$241.7 bil­lion or an­nual growth of 0.99 per­cent.

Among the three, South­ern Tai­wan Science Park ( ) saw the great­est growth — of 17.64 per­cent year- on- year — to

NT$ 347.7 bil­lion.

Com­puter and Pe­riph­er­als

Un­der­per­form

Com­pa­nies in the three parks are con­cen­trated in six main in­dus­tries: in­te­grated cir­cuits, op­to­elec­tron­ics, com­put­ers and pe­riph­er­als, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ery and biotech­nol­ogy.

Four of the six in­dus­tries — in­te­grated cir­cuits, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ery and biotech­nol­ogy — en­joyed dou­bledigit growth in the first six months of the year.

Rev­enue plunged in the op­to­elec­tron­ics in­dus­try, as well as in com­put­ers and pe­riph­er­als, with the lat­ter fall­ing by 32.82 per­cent year-on-year.

“The com­puter and pe­riph­er­als in­dus­try saw the sharpest de­cline, mostly on re­duced notebook ship­ments,” said Lin Hui-hung ( ), head of the In­vest­ment Di­vi­sion at Hs­inchu Science Park.

“The re­lease of Win­dows 10 had been ex­pected to stim­u­late de­mand but re­sults were lim­ited.”

Also yesterday, MOST said the parks had added 998 jobs since last De­cem­ber to reach 264,647 in

all, to set a fresh record.

Look­ing Ahead

The science min­istry said rev­enue may see con­tin­ued growth in the sec­ond half of the year, typ­i­cally peak sea­son for Tai­wan’s tech prod­ucts.

Ex­ports could be helped by man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­pan­sion in the U.S.; bur­geon­ing com­mer­cial op­por­tu­nity from the In­ter­net of Things and big data; and ad­di­tional in­vest­ment in the semi­con­duc­tor-re­lated in­dus­try.

But over­seas com­pe­ti­tion, no­tably the ma­tur­ing Chi­nese sup­ply chain, will still be a se­ri­ous risk fac­tor for prod­uct sales, of­fi­cials said.

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