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Taiwan is well-known for producing a few different things. Most famous of all are its electronics and their components. These Taiwanese products are not arbitrarily famous - they make up a huge portion of Taiwan's exports and they run the gamut of everything electric, from flat screens to touch screens, microchips to optical drives, etc.
No matter what brand or type of computer you're reading this on, the chances are overwhelming that some part, or most, of what's inside of it was made in Taiwan. The island of Formosa is the world's largest single computer chip producer, and they made tremendous breakthroughs in touch screen technology that has spurred the smartphone revolution.
Popular Electronic Taiwanese Companies
The biggest electronic companies from Taiwan are the computer makers Acer and Asus and the phone manufacturer HTC. A collection of small but recognizable makers of things like USB sticks, hard drives and routers are Gigabyte, D-Link and Trend Micro. A popular software maker is CyberLink.
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Still, Taiwan is not all silicon and conductors. Another of Taiwan's most revered exports is bicycles. It may come as a surprise to some (it was to me when I found out) that Giant bicycles was born and bred in Taiwan, founded in 1972 in Taichung City. Merida bicycles is also a product of Taiwan.
These two Taiwanese companies, as well as a general culture of biking, have made Taiwan a destination of choice for many professional bikers to come here for training. Having lots of gorgeous mountains doesn't hurt, either.
Products of Taiwan - Tires
While we're on the topic of bikes, Taiwan is also a big tire manufacturer. Perhaps this is related to Taiwan's love for bicycles and scooters, but Taiwan has some of the bigger tire producers in the world. Bigger Taiwanese tire companies include Kenda Tires, Federal Tires and Nankang Tire Corporation.
While these companies are both Taiwanese-born, lots of their actual production and operation takes place in mainland China, no doubt because of cheaper labor. More on rubber: Taiwan is also a center for shoemaking in Asia, but that market is more and more being given over to the Chinese.
Taiwan's Natural Resources and Food
Although Taiwan doesn't have any big deposits of natural resources, it has one that is particularly unique - its foods. The variety of fruits here is astounding, and many of Taiwan's shuiguo (Chinese for fruit) are highly sought-after by consumers around Asia. Mangoes, pineapples, lychee and more are extremely potent here, some of the juiciest stuff you can find anywhere.
Another food item that is in high demand is local tea (see our article on Taiwanese tea), even to the point that some Chinese companies have started falsely posing as "Alishan tea growers". Taiwan also grows a small amount of rice and flowers. As it is an island, fish is highly cultivated as well.
Taiwan... Exporting Energy?
Moving on to energy, there's not a lot to talk about. Taiwan exports a big fat zero kilowatts of electricity and natural gas, though some companies are in the business of refining crude oil.
A nice statistic to leave on - Taiwan's annual exports amount to about USD$275 billion, putting it in 17th place globally (and two spots ahead of oil giant Saudi Arabia).
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