Taiwan's tech industry needs version 2.0

In some respects the doyen of global IT manufacturing, Taiwan faces a big challenge to renew itself as the relentless pace of new technology alters our hardware needs.

Responsible for nearly 90% of the world’s notebooks and about half of its personal computers, Taiwanese companies have for years been at the epicentre of IT manufacturing even if the bulk of the actual making has increasingly occurred on the Chinese mainland. 

But big changes are afoot and Taiwan faces big challenges if it is to stay in lockstep with those changes. 

The catalyst is the rapidly shrinking PC market and a slowdown in global smartphone sales, both crucial to the island’s hardware manufacturing industry.

According to US research agency International Data Corporation, worldwide PC shipments in 2015 declined 8% year-on-year to...

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