Science parks post good news on exports
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
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.
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.