Hidden Champions of Taiwanese Industry
2021 / March
In today’s unpredictable world, Taiwan is home to some enterprises which, though not household names, nonetheless play an indispensable role as genuine “hidden champions.”
Among these firms, there is one with a product range of over 100,000 abrasive wheels and other machining tools, and another that makes micro-geared motors and servomotors that drive important devices like emergency bone drills used by the US military and door locks on Tesla electric cars. Still another, which started out making resin materials, has developed a dry-film photoresist product with the largest market share in the world. And there is also one whose ecofriendly polyolefin foams rank third in global market share. Our cover story this month explores the stories behind these hidden champions and tells how they have “formed” cohesive teams, “stormed” boundless possibilities, and “performed” with a level of skill that is crucial for bringing innovation to fruition.
Taiwan’s Grinding King
A grinding wheel—or “sand wheel” in Chinese—is neither a wheel made from sand nor a big-wheeled steamship that transports sand, but rather a tool that grinds or cuts a variety of materials such as plastic, wood, and steel. And Kinik Company (formerly China Grinding Wheel Corp.) is not a state-......
Tiny Gears to Drive the World
Sha Yang Ye Industrial
“The smaller things are, the more crucial they are to keeping the world turning.” Sha Yang Ye Industrial Corporation’s micro-geared motors power bone drills for the US military, door locks in Tesla electric cars, and sunroofs in BMW vehicles. In recent years, Sha Yang Ye has also moved into t......
Mega Master Technology
Putting the Environment First
The burning of waste materials continues to release dioxins, which are persistent pollutants, into the environment. Many everyday products still contain formaldehyde, a Group 1 carcinogen. Increasing demand for and use of plastics and other polymer-based materials, which are both inexpensive ......
Blending Traditional Industry and Modern Tech
Founded 57 years ago as a producer of synthetic resins, Eternal Materials Co., Ltd. has transformed itself from contract manufacturer to innovator. As a leading producer of synthetic resins for the Asian market, the company went on to develop UV curing technologies that turned it into the worl......