Major Power Outage Impacted Taiwan This Week

Supply Chain Matters

A significant power disruption impacted Taiwan this week, one that likely reverberated across multiple consumer electronics supply chains including that of Apple. High-tech and consumer electronics supply chain teams may have dodged a disruption but concerns should linger. Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Disruption Apple iPhone supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

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Earthquake Updates - Hualien, Taiwan


magnitude earthquake that struck Eastern Taiwan on February 6th continues to have aftershocks, with plenty more expected to occur in the days ahead. Most of Taiwan’s geological activity occurs off its Eastern coast, while the overwhelming majority of its industrial and manufacturing base is located in the Western coastal plains. The 6.4 As of writing, there have been 2 fatalities and 200+ injuries mostly in Hualien City.

A Weekend of Tragedy in China and Taiwan

Supply Chain Matters

This weekend provided tragedy and natural disaster for residents and workers in China and Taiwan. Supply Chain Disruption factory explosion in China involving auto parts supplier natural gas explosion in Taiwan Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters On Saturday, a China based Tier Two auto parts factory experienced a severe explosion involving combustible metal dust that killed at least 75 workers and injured 187 other workers.

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Taiwan Earthquake Supply Chain Impact Analysis White Paper


magnitude earthquake rattled southern Taiwan at the start of Lunar New Year, the island’s largest nationwide holiday. Around 4 a.m. on February 6th, a 6.4 With a current death toll of 114, it is the deadliest earthquake to hit the island since the “921 Earthquake” of 1999.

Earthquake Update 2 - What You Need to Know About the Quakes in Taiwan


Taiwan was hit by another 5.7 While not the business center of Taiwan (commerce is concentrated on the country’s west coast) Hualien is a popular tourism hub. According to the Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau, the two earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks (numbering over 100) mark the highest ever recorded in the region, with additional earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 Taiwan Railways and subway networks were temporarily slowed or closed but have returned to normal operations.

How your Supply Chain can Learn from Taiwan’s Earthquake


A 6.4-magnitude quake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday morning local time, killing at least seven and causing widespread structural damage. A TSMC facility in Tainan, southern Taiwan, reported that the quake broke “no more than one percent” of their wafers being manufactured.

Ever Larger Bets in the Next Generation of Semiconductor Technology and the Key Dominance of Product Value Chains

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Automotive Supply Chain High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Internet of Things Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy semiconductor industry supply chain trends Supply chain Matters blog Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company TSMC supply chainAs many of our high tech and consumer electronics supply chain readers are aware, there has been a wave of consolidation occurring across semiconductor industry sectors. The reasons are many.

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Panama Ends Ties with Taiwan, Recognizes New ‘One China’ Relationship

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Panama, one of the few countries to recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty, has cut ties with the island and forged relations with China, adding there there was “only one China” of which Taiwan was a part

Alibaba Group Partners with SEKO Logistics in Hong Kong and Taiwan for Cross-Border Ecommerce

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What You Need to Know About Super Typhoon Nepartak


Super Typhoon Nepartak is set to hit Taiwan on Thursday evening local time. Here's what you need to know in the lead up to landfall: Flights from Songshan Airport, Kaohsiung Airport, and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport have been cancelled. Last year, two large storms hit Taiwan.

Infographic: Typhoon Dujuan's impacts


As Typhoon Dujuan batters Taiwan on its way to China's Southeast coast, transportation faces some disruptions. Learn from Soudelor to understand how you should act. Image courtesy MDAA.

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Trump’s China Policy Threatens U.S. Exports and Supply Networks

Material Handling & Logistics

The nightmare scenario would be a Chinese economic embargo of Taiwan that would reverberate around global supply chains. Bloomberg. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Cyber Threats Loom Large


Similarly, a computer virus attack at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was caused due to a failure in following proper operating procedures for virus scanning. Cyber attacks continued to grow in intensity in 2018, with alarming new trends evident.

Prep Your Supply Chain for Super Typhoon Soudelor


Super Typhoon Soudelor is set to hit Taiwan and China tomorrow, with a huge potential for supply chain disruption. Update 8/6/15, 22:38 PST: Typhoon Soudelor Forces Suspension of Ferry Services in Southeast Taiwan.

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Signs of Structural Shifts in High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply and Demand Networks

Supply Chain Matters

We have often opined that the major dependency for Apple’s smartphone supply networks rests across Taiwan, either in semiconductor chip manufacturing, various electronic components and manufacturing assemblies. Supply networks may be shifting away from Taiwan.

Report of Key Apple Suppliers Skirmishing Over Control of New Chip Packaging Technology

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The Wall Street Journal reports that two major Apple suppliers are locked in a fierce battle for control of Taiwan based Siliconware Precision Industries, known as SPIL. Paid subscription required) This skirmish places Apple as having to be attune to its ongoing relationships among two rather important key suppliers. The battle centers around a new […].

Five Important Supply Chain Events of 2016

Material Handling & Logistics

“The earthquakes that impacted southern Taiwan and Japan in the first half of the year, and the bankruptcy declaration of Hanjin Shipping caused considerable disruptions to global supply chains,” said Shahzaib Khan, director of EventWatch at Resilinc.

Supply Chain Matters Q4-2018 Newsletter Has Published

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Of the four major Developed regions that we monitor (United States, Eurozone, Japan, Taiwan) all but the United States and Japan had declined by the end of Q4.

Uninterrupted Cold Chain Management Solution Assists an International Hypermarket

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To strengthen quality control over frozen and refrigerated products, an international hypermarket chain in Taiwan introduced Advantech’s Cold Chain Management Solution at the beginning of 2018

Bristlecone Flash – February 2019


In the past three months alone, we’ve worked with clients in dozens of countries – USA, UK, India, Thailand, Romania, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, UAE, Taiwan, Indonesia and many more. AMERICAN CORPORATE APPAREL COMPANY SELECTS BRISTLECONE.

February 2019 Global PMI Indices Point to Discernable Slowdown in Demand and Supply Activity Levels

Supply Chain Matters

Taiwan continued was its manufacturing deceleration with a February value of 46.3,

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Report Indicates Apple iPad New Product Ramp-up Adding to NPI Pressures

Supply Chain Matters

Besides the next generation of the iPhone, there were additional published reports indicating that Taiwans Quanta Computer would begin mass production of Apples new smartwatch in July, with the planned product launch coming as early as October. Three weeks ago, Supply Chain Matters commented on the effort underway among Apples ecosystem of suppliers and manufacturing partners to prepare for the upcoming product launch and distribution of the new model iPhone.

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Maersk’s Transformation Embraces Digital Forwarding

Logistics Trends and Insights

Twill currently serves full container load, ocean services from port to door, importing from China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan territories), India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia to the UK, Spain, Poland, Mexico, United States, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Germany, India, China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan territories) or the Czech Republic. Traditional Forwarder – 0. Digital Forwarder – 1.

The Quake That Almost Halted the iPhone 7


magnitude earthquake that struck near the city of Tainan—a special municipality in Southern Taiwan—on February 6, 2016.Few people realize how critical Taiwan is in both industrial electronics and modern consumer electronics. TSMC, a bellwether for the Taiwan electronics industry, gave an initial assessment that the impact to wafer shipments would be “less than 1%”. The event that caused the scare?

Three Supply Chain Risks that Will Get You Thinking Bimodal


Resilinc named Typhoon Soudelor, which hit Taiwan in August 2015, the most disruptive supply chain event in this timeframe in terms of lost revenue. by Alexa Cheater In a world where everything is changing, staying in one place is the fastest way to find yourself falling further behind.

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Implications of the Revised CPTPP Trade Agreement Now in Effect Among Asian Nations are Already Becoming Visible

Supply Chain Matters

The list potentially includes China, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The Supply Chain Matters blog provides observations on the new CPTPP trade pact that went into effect in 2019, specifically on its reported negative impact on certain U.S. industry sectors.

Seasoned Leadership in Action™ – An Interview with Tony Giovaniello, President of Shasta EDC

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We very successfully brought assemble back to the US from Hong Kong and Taiwan, then a few years later, Mexico. I hired a team, secured three (3) Asian suppliers, 3 software suppliers ( US, France, and Taiwan). Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

How are you dampening the shocks in your supply chain?


Recently, I experienced an earthquake during my trip to Taiwan. While it caused some excitement (and concern) from us visitors, our Taiwanese colleagues shrugged and one of them even made a comment that this was our welcome to Taiwan.

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ModusLink takes EICC leadership role

ModusLink Corporation

I officially launched the program at the EICC membership meeting in Taiwan last March. I’ve written before on our company’s work with the EICC. Reminder, that’s the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition.)

Cyber Attacks Are Major Risk in New Global Resilience Ranking

Material Handling & Logistics

Its severity varies significantly with geography: For example, inherent cyber risk has climbed in France over the past year while plummeting in Taiwan, two of the biggest changes in cyber risk in the index.

Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

Supply Chain Movement

Taiwan, Province of China. The Netherlands is the best region for a logistics base according to the ‘VerkehrsRundschau Markenstudie ImageRanking’.

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How to Handle Logistics During Chinese New Year

Material Handling & Logistics

Taiwan – CNY – February 15-20. “By implementing a few critical steps in advance of the holiday, shippers can avoid unnecessary bottlenecks and continue business with little or no interruption,” says Frank Guenzerodt, CEO of Dachser USA.

Outsourcing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Lessons from Nortel Networks


The ODM’s in Taiwan have a single tech park where they all started. At the time – it was all in Taiwan, and over time it was moved more to manufacturing locations in China.

Asia, better brace yourself for Usagi! He’s not in a good mood…

Supply Chain View from the Field

The next big disaster of 2013 could be the Category 5 Typhoon Usagi that is set to hit Taiwan, Hong Kong and China Mainland this Sunday. Don’t be surprised if there are supply chain disruptions.

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Hanjin, Hurricanes, Harvests May Boost Truckload Rates

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Shipping containers toppled by strong winds of Typhoon Meranti, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The spot marketplace remains tame despite occasional surges that cause scattered rate hikes.

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