TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — No other country can match Taiwan for the quality of its machine tools, according to a longtime Canadian customer whose business relationship with the country spans 16 years.
Ken Cenaiko, owner of Croatia Industries, which has provided machining services in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan for 45 years, did not realize Taiwan’s strength in machinery manufacturing until he discovered that Much of the equipment he purchased in the United States used components from Taiwan. The discovery convinced him to make several trips to the country for the Taiwan International Machine Tool Show, per CNA.
According to Cenaiko, it is the value of Taiwanese machines for their price that defines its competitive advantage. The country also has a well-connected machinery industry, encompassing all related products and techniques one might seek, he noted.
In addition to placing orders, Cebaiko’s biannual business trips have expanded to include talking with local suppliers about the latest technology trends, he said, describing his time in Taiwan as a “treasure hunt.” “. Compared with similar machinery exhibitions in China, South Korea and other places, Taiwan provides the most enjoyable experience with convenient transportation, clear English instructions and professional sales service at the event, a he declared.
Vancouver’s Taiwan Trade Center pointed out that the country has built a reputation in the machinery sector, boasting a comprehensive industrial cluster and recently shifting to smart manufacturing to cater to the high-end market. This has made it a supplier of choice not only for the developing world but also for the developed world including the United States and European countries.
Taiwan exported $2.78 billion worth of machine tools in 2021, up 29.1 percent from a year earlier, according to the Taiwan Machinery Industry Association (TAMI).