A glimpse of Taiwan’s best

Models Joey Tan (left), 22, trying on the wearable electric scarf while Venice Khoo, 24, holds the powerbank that supplies the electricity at the press conference to announce the Taiwan Expo 2019 at G Hotel Gurney.

PREPARE to drool over the best technologies Taiwan has to offer.

Over 140 manufacturers and service providers from the island republic are coming to Penang for the first time on July 5 and 6 for the Taiwan Expo 2019 and they are bringing some of the latest tech they have.

Admission is free and the expo opens from 10am to 6pm on both days at Setia SPICE Convention Centre.

Besides powerhouses such as the 6,000-member strong Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei, which has been driving the economy since 1947, an awesome lineup of other companies specialising in smart city and green technology, healthcare, halal food, lifestyle products and services and Taiwanese tourism will also share how they can contribute to Penang.

They will array themselves in 12 pavilions, themed after e-commerce, agriculture, beauty, export processing, halal food and bubble tea, to name a few.

Of particular interest to Penang’s medical tourism players will be the healthcare pavilion, which will showcase the latest Taiwanese medical hardware and software such as proton therapy cancer treatment, bone marrow transplant and cell treatment; and medical glasses that reduce complications in orthopaedic surgery.

At a recent press conference announcing the expo, 10 products were showcased and among them were Vampire Shield, a solar film for the windows of cars and buildings capable of repelling solar heat without sacrificing visible light, and the Wearable Electric Scarf (WES).

A Taiwanese ingenuity, WES looks like a visor but it is worn around the neck.

Special plates that touch the wearer’s jugular veins on both sides of the neck can be as cold as 11 degrees Celcius or as balmy as 35 degrees, helping the wearer stay cool or warm as needed.

Among the green technology revealed at the preview included a machine called iTrash, which dispenses payments to people as they insert aluminium cans or bottles for recycling.

“Taiwan Expo is the biggest platform for Taiwanese companies to interact with businesses in Asean and South Asia since 2017.

“We have already held nine expos in six cities including Jakarta, New Delhi, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and we are now eager to be in Penang, the second largest metropolis in Malaysia,” said Taiwan External Trade Development Council executive vice-president Leonor F.M. Lin.

The council is the organiser. Present were Penang domestic and international trade committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain, Kebun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong, Taipei economic and cultural office representative Anne Hung and Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation northern region director Sharifah Nazreen Farhana Syed Marzuki.

Abdul Halim said he looked forward to seeing how Taiwanese innovation could benefit the state’s push for its Penang 2030 vision and the creation of a smart city that embraces Industry 4.0.

Hung pointed out that Malaysia’s exports to Taiwan last year soared to new historical heights, increasing by 35.7% to USD8.04bil (RM33.55bil), while Taiwan sent over USD15.73bil (RM65.6bil) in goods to Malaysia at the same time, an increase of 16.1%.

Sharifah Nazreen said Taiwan is Malaysia’s sixth largest trade partner, valued at RM96.09bil and in just the first four months this year, bilateral trade swelled by an extra 9%.

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