TAIPEI — Taipei is 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.
Recently, an automotive megashow got under way, six shows, to be exact, from April 24-28, 20198. They were:
•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)
Two other shows — the Taiwan International Motorcycle Industry Show (Motorcycle Taiwan) and Taiwan International Car Tuning & Car Care Show (Taiwan Car Tuning), were held simultaneously.
During the opening ceremony for the show, TAITRA President & CEO Walter Yeh stated that 80 percent of Taiwan’s auto parts suppliers are mainly in the export business. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is a non-profit government co-sponsored trade promotion group in Taiwan that organizes the shows. In 2018, the export value of Taiwan’s auto parts and accessories were pegged at USD$7 billion. This year’s exhibition focused on three main areas: “electronization,” “motorization” and “intelligentization,” show organizers say.
The six exhibitions assembled together at Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 and Hall 2 for the first time. Organizers expected 1,530 exhibiting companies to occupy 4,550 booths, though final numbers will be released soon.
TAITRA representatives took the media on a three-day tour of the show. These are the companies we saw:
Barkerli is a manufacturer specializing in air intake, cold air intake, intercooler pipe kit and stainless pipe parts. The company has 25 years of experience and has customers around the world, making both OE and aftermarket parts.
Ji Yao makes aftermarket rear-view mirrors with running LED blinking lights, sourcing parts from several makers.
NHC (Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co.)
NHC is reportedly Taiwan’s largest friction manufacturer, and supplies both the OE and aftermarket. NHC President Austin Cheng explained the company makes friction for automotive, motorcycles, snowmobiles and agricultural machinery, among other products.
Mitac Digital Technology
Mitac produces a range of dashcams with ADAS capabilities including collision warnings and driver fatigue.
E-Lead produces heads-up displays, ADAS equipment and various other automotive electronics in Taiwan. The company has factories in Taiwan, Thailand and China, and has served the OE market for more than 35 years.
Wieson Automotive manufactures automotive connectors, harnesses, antennas, cameras and Internet of Vehicles (IoV) products and electric vehicle connection components parts. The company also is developing automotive multimedia and ADAS systems.
7StarLake’s driverless shuttle bus was a hit at the AutoTronics show. Show attendees could get inside the bus, which took them through a short course on the show floor. At one point, several journalists and visitors stood in front of the bus in order to test its cameras and automatic braking. As expected, the bus stopped and would not move until people moved out of the way.
7StarLake partners with companies such as EasyMile on a range of driverless shuttles.
DIJIYA exhibited at TAIWAN EVS, and displayed the company’s fully-electric bus, EV integrated power system, charging equipment and energy storage system.
Forum 8 Software
Forum 8 Software began as a civil engineering company but is aiding in the development of autonomous vehicles. The company displayed several software products, one of which aids in driver training at police academies. The company demonstrated simulation software that showed a virtual reality view of one of the busiest intersections in Tokyo. The company can turn on and off and increase and decrease the number of people walking throughout the intersection to help train vehicles and drivers.
D2 Racing manufactures high-performance coilover suspension, brake system, air suspension kits and forged wheels in Taiwan.
Fukuta produces IEC standard induction motors, inverter(duty) motors, servo motors, and spindle servo motors.
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