Lin has also started researching ways of lowering production costs of PP-foam products.
“The price of raw materials two years ago was twice the current cost. I expect that when new markets open up, and we increase production capacity, we can trim the cost of the products,” he said.
Lin visited many countries while researching styrofoam-producing equipment.
He said that the traditional manufacturing sector in Taiwan has a strong base and develops many high-quality products.
“Some Taiwanese products are even better than those made in Germany. The only difference is the brand value of ‘MIT’ [Made in Taiwan],” he said.
As head of a small enterprise in the manufacturing sector, Lin has committed significant funds to R&D to compete with larger firms and says that more assistance from the government would be welcome.
“The government’s resources are mostly spent on larger firms. We have had to rely on ourselves,” he said.
Lin believes the government should implement policies to gradually ban the use of styrofoam products, so that environmentally-friendly alternatives can become more popular, protecting both the environment and the health of consumers.