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This week, I’m in amazing Taipei, a bustling city that is probably one of the best-kept secrets in the automotive aftermarket. Why? Because so much of what is made here in auto parts comes to the United States. Many companies worldwide use Taiwan’s high-tech facilities under contract to create their own products.

And this week, an automotive megashow is under way. There are six shows, to be exact. They are:

•Taipei International Auto Parts & Accessories Show (Taipei AMPA)

•Taipei Automobile Electronics Show (AutoTronics Taipei)

•Taiwan International Intelligent Transportation Show (Taiwan ITS)

• Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show (Taiwan EVS)

These shows began Wednesday and conclude Saturday.

TAITRA President & CEO Walter Yeh stands at a podium in front of a flower display during the show's opening ceremonies.
TAITRA President & CEO Walter Yeh

Two other shows — the Taiwan International Motorcycle Industry Show (Motorcycle Taiwan) and Taiwan International Car Tuning & Car Care Show (Taiwan Car Tuning), began today and run through Sunday.

This image shows an aerial view of the new Nangang Exhibition Center 2 in Taipei. The photo is taken from a corner of the center and shows several mid-rise buildings in the background.
An aerial view of the new Nangang Exhibition Center 2 in Taipei. Photo courtesy TAITRA.

The six exhibitions will assemble together at Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 and Hall 2 for the first time. Expecting 1,530 exhibiting companies to occupy 4,550 booths, the event will be larger than ever, show organizers say. Hall 2 seems to have been under construction ever since I began coming to this city in 2013 and now it’s complete. And what a show hall it is!

TAITRA President & CEO Walter Yeh stated that 80 percent of Taiwan’s auto parts suppliers are mainly in the export business. In 2018, the export value of Taiwan’s auto parts and accessories were pegged at USD$7 billion. This year’s exhibition is focused on three main areas: “electronization,” “motorization” and “intelligentization,” show organizers say.  

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