Moscow – The Taiwan Machinery Product Launch and the Taiwan Product Application Demo Show (Booth #74C80) at Metalloobrabotka 2015 will highlight the technological strengths of Taiwan’s metalworking and machine tools industries. The event aims to enhance the local manufacturing sectors’ competitive edge, especially the automotive and aerospace sector in Russia, and showcase the best technologies that have been driving the metalworking market forward in recent years.
Vincent Hsiao, director of Taiwan Trade Center Moscow, stressed that in recent years Russia has been implementing several policies to upgrade the different domestic manufacturing sectors, including aerospace, auto-parts and machine tools industries. Thus, there’s huge demand to cooperate with international machine tool manufacturers. As the world’s fourth largest exporter of machine tools, Taiwan is helping solar energy plants, major semiconductor manufacturers, panel industries, multinational carmakers and other businesses innovate and increase their competitiveness through advanced machine tool products. With its advanced techniques to maximize productivity and efficiency and a global network of real-time services, the Taiwan machine tool industry is an important partner of various industrial sectors in Russia.
Of the total lathes and turning machines rolled out in the January-December period last year, Russia absorbed around US$ 514.59 million worth of such equipment. Taiwan accounted for 10.77% of the total, valuing at US$ 55.42 million. As for machining centers, Russia imported a total of USD$ 281.10 million during the same period, with Taiwan supplying 11.5% of its requirements in this regard, or some US$ 32.32 million. Exports of machining centers from Taiwan to Russia were the 3rd highest last year, whereas exports of lathes and turning machines from Taiwan to Russia ranked 3rd highest in the year. Meanwhile, industry leaders are anticipating a substantial growth this year.
Last year, Taiwan shipped US$ 134.90 million worth of machine tools to Russia, representing an increase of 6.32% compared with that from a year ago. Russia is Taiwan’s 7th biggest export destination. Looking into the future, Taiwan will assume the role of a major supplier of machine tools and parts to the global market, and in meeting the increasing demand in Russia.
Ambassador Antonio Chen, representative of the Taipei-Moscow Economic and Cultural Coordination Commission, mentioned that at present the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has the capacity for overall processing while other domestic body-structure manufacturers are capable of manufacturing aviation components, such as processing and heat treatment.
In terms of the production, price and quality, Taiwan has established a reputation in the world market. International companies such as Spirit Aerosystems, Parker, Aircelle, Goodrich, and HispanoSuiza, have cooperated with Taiwan manufacturers to produce components for body structure. Taiwan has become one of the major suppliers to international aviation engine manufacturers, becoming the largest supplier of engine case to CFM56, the world’s best-selling commercial engine blades with the production volume of more than 20,000 in 2013. Other currently contracted projects in Taiwan include key components such as nozzles, spoilers, auxiliary gearboxes, rings, etc.
As for extra-large double column machine centers, the SD-36080-5F made by Taiwanese suppliers is heavily relied on in the Russian airlifter supply chains. The producer of the SD-36080-5F works with the Russian company Балтийская промышленная компания (Baltiyskaya Promishlennaya Kompaniya) to export the machines into the Russian market and place them in the production lines of airlifters. The extra-large five-axis double-column CNC machine centers made in Taiwan are rather practical for the market and support many machining demands.
Taiwan is helping industries everywhere to innovate and shape their competiveness through its supply of advanced machine tools. Solar energy plants, major semiconductor manufacturers, panel industries, and multinational car makers among other industries rely on Taiwan for supply of advanced machine tools.