■ IBM Taiwan has new GM
IBM Taiwan Corp has appointed Sophia Tong (童至祥) as its new country general manager, the company said in a statement yesterday. Tong will oversee sales, procurement as well as research and development. Before her new post, Tong was the director for China banking clusters at IBM Greater China Group, according to the statement. After joining IBM Taiwan in 1981, Tong has had experience working in China and Taiwan and managing business segments including hardware, public sector and financial services. Outgoing country general manager Jason Hsu (許朱勝) will be stationed in Beijing as vice president of banking transformation services, the statement said.
■ Kaohsiung port cargo slipping
Kaohsiung's port handled 9,471,056 TEUs (20 feet equivalent unit) of cargo last year, down 2.5 percent from 9,710,411 TEUs in 2004, marking the first drop in 14 years, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday.
The Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau noted that the volume of cargo handled by the harbor grew annually between 1991 and 2004, but after ports in China began to attract customers, growth had begun to slip, although there was still modest growth in certain sections.
Ministry officials expressed concern over the fact that Xiamen Harbor, which has established offshore transshipping links with Kaohsiung, is constructing three deep-water wharves.
After the wharves open next year, containers will no longer have to detour to Kaohsiung. The harbor will then face an annual loss of 600,000 TEUs in cargo.