Computex Taipei 2005, the world's second-largest computer show after CeBIT in Germany, will open in Taipei tomorrow, drawing exhibitors, visitors and speakers from Taiwan and abroad.
The annual exhibition, now in its 25th year, will run from tomorrow through Saturday at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall and the adjacent Taipei International Convention Center.
The show features 1,288 exhibitors and 2,853 booths, compared to 1,347 exhibitors and 2,828 booths last year, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA,
The organizers denied Computex Taipei 2005 is smaller than that last year, saying it has cut down the number of exhibitors so that larger exhibitors can have more floor space.
Computex used to be the world's third-largest computer fair after CeBIT in Hanover and Comdex in the US. But as Comdex in Las Vegas has shrunk in recent years, Computex has jumped to number two.
The organizers expect to attract 25,000 foreign buyers and 120,000 local visitors, a similar level to last year. Besides major buyers from the US and Japan, visitors from China, which may exceed 1,000, may place big orders in Taiwan.
Chinese firms that have registered for the show include Lenovo Group Ltd (
"Taiwan manufacturers say foreign buyers saw Taiwan's latest products at CeBIT in March but wait to place orders at Computex in June," TAITRA spokesperson Yen Hsiu-chuan (
Taiwan is the world's leader in computer hardware, especially desktop computers, notebook computers, monitors, motherboards, keyboards and mouses. Most of Taiwan's computer hardware is made on an Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) basis, meaning products are made to be marketed abroad under large international brands such as Apple, Dell or IBM.
Last year, Taiwan produced US$67 billion in computer hardware, up 23 percent from 2003, according to statistics provided by the semi-official Market Intelligence Center (
Besides securing OEM orders, local companies also plan to impress buyers with their brand name products this year.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), for example, plans to showcase its handsets under the brand name "Foxconn," made by its affiliate Foxconn International Holdings Ltd (富士康), while MiTAC International Corp (神達電腦) will also hawk its "Mio" brand products after striking the right note in the global positioning system (GPS) device market with the brand.
‘BIG LOSS’: This year might see the last generation of Huawei’s Kirin chips, as their production would stop next month because they are made using US technology Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co (華為) is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to US sanctions and would be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive has said, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei’s business from US pressure. Huawei, one of the biggest producers of smartphones and network equipment, is at the center of US-Chinese tension over technology and security. Washington last year cut off Huawei’s access to US components and technology, and those penalties were tightened in May, when the White House barred vendors worldwide from using US
’WHITE BOX’: The open platform would give local firms access to Cisco’s cloud-based mobile network to develop 5G telecom equipment and tap into the global market The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday introduced a new 5G “open lab” in collaboration with US-based information technology and networking giant Cisco Systems Inc to address the rapidly growing “white box” 5G networking equipment market. The open lab will be a platform where Taiwanese manufacturers can access Cisco’s cloud-based mobile network to develop their own 5G telecom equipment, such as small-cell base stations, network switches, modems and Internet of things (IoT) devices, a ministry statement said. The open platform would allow Taiwanese manufacturers to tap into the lucrative 5G telecom equipment market, which was previously monopolized by Nokia Oyj, Ericsson AB
CORPORATE SCANDAL: Cathay Life has invested NT$13.3 billion in Bank Mayapada since 2015, but the latest loss of NT$8.8 billion has completely written off its investment Cathay Life Insurance Co (國泰人壽) yesterday said it would recognize an investment loss of NT$8.8 billion (US$298.1 million) in Indonesia’s Bank Mayapada Internasional Tbk PT due to concerns about the lender’s operations amid a corporate scandal. The company said it would revise its earnings result for June, from a net profit of NT$6.52 billion to a net loss of NT$520 million, its first monthly loss over the past 17 months. After booking an investment loss of NT$5.2 billion in Bank Mayapada earlier this year, Cathay Life has so far recognized total investment losses of NT$14 billion in the lender, executive vice president
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) yesterday reported that revenue last month expanded 25 percent annually, but fell 12.8 percent month-on-month to NT$105.96 billion (US$3.59 billion). In the first seven months of this year, the chipmaker’s revenue surged 33.6 percent to NT$727.26 billion, compared with NT$544.46 billion a year earlier. TSMC has said it aims to grow its revenue by more than 20 percent this year. The company has since May 15 stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies Co (華為), its second-biggest customer after Apple Inc, due to the US’ restrictions on exports containing US technologies. TSMC has no plans to