New Taipei City has long been a center for industry and commerce, with nearly 270,000 registered businesses and more than 20,000 factories. Many companies have chosen New Taipei City as their base in order to benefit from the city’s operational advantages, policy incentives and infrastructure developments. Close proximity to industry partners has led to industry clustering and economies of scale. The technology sector is well-represented, with biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, information technology, optics and chemical materials being particularly well-developed in New Taipei City.
New Taipei City’s network of crisscrossing highways can put your business in the fast lane. Three “horizontal” freeways (freeways No.1 and No.3 and the elevated section of Expressway No.1) intersect with three “vertical” highways (expressways No. 64 and No. 65, and the Huanhe Expressway), creating a network that links the city’s free trade port, its industrial parks and key business clusters. The concentration of high-technology manufacturing, “knowledge” industries and telecommunications production and services fosters world-class industrial competitiveness.
The network links five industrial parks (New Taipei Industry Park, Linkou Industrial Park, Tucheng Industrial Park, Ruifang Industrial Park, and Shulin Industrial Park) and 17 important industrial clusters in Zhonghe, Xindian, and Tucheng, creating a “golden industrial matrix” in New Taipei City.
Dynamic Investment Enrvironment
All of the island’s key industries are present here, including cloud computing, digital content, cultural creativity, biotechnology, green energy, international logistics, ICT, and technology services. The strong industrial clusters in the city give businesses an edge in production and forging strategic alliances, as well as in planning and adjusting supply chains. Many well-known companies are located in the industrial corridors along the city’s main highways. These include Acer, Wistron, Garmin, Chicony, Nanya, Inventec, Vivotek, Luxgen, Gigabyte, Texas Instruments, Gamania Digital Entertainment, MSI, Foxconn, Foxlink, IKEA, and Costco.
Ideal Testing Ground
New Taipei City’s active commercial, industrial and consumer sectors are the perfect testing ground for new products due to the diversity of its consumers, who possess characteristics of both Eastern and Western consumer behavior and have a high acceptance of traditional style and creative new products. Businesses in the area are able to acquire quick market feedback and suggestions that can help them enter international and domestic markets more efficiently.
Investment in Commercial Development
By investing in commercial development, New Taipei City is constantly creating new opportunities for businesses. Examples include the introduction of shopping, leisure and recreation facilities in the New Banqiao Special District and the development of new business districts in Linkou, Shulin and Tamsui. Crowds drawn to these areas provide businesses with more opportunities to bring their innovative products and services directly to consumers.
Upgrading and Transforming Industries
Since 2009, New Taipei City has organized workshops and exhibitions to help businesses improve their corporate governance and management skills. Professional assistance and advice are also provided, along with subsidies for innovative R&D by small- and medium-sized enterprises and micro-enterprises. In addition, factories with unique production histories and cultures have been encouraged to combine their resources with the creative and tourism industries to become accredited tourism factories, an initiative which has injected new life into old factories.
Creating Specialty Commercial Areas
Clustering effects can be strengthened by creating commercial area which attract consumers and tourists. Historic and cultural centers, such as Ruifang Township’s Jiufen Old Street, Yingge Ceramics Old Street, Sanxia Township’s Minquan Old treet, Luzhou City’s Temple Front, and Xinzhuang City’s Temple Street, are all well-known commercial area in New Taipei City. The city government promotes local commercial development by providing infrastructure and technical assistance, training, and marketing campaigns tailored to the unique needs of each commercial area.
New Taipei City boasts a wealth of travel destinations and resources. Record numbers of local and foreign travelers have visited the area in recent years. With 27.66 million recorded visits in 2010, New Taipei City was the second-most visited city in Taiwan. In the future, natural and cultural tourist attractions will be linked with community and local cultural industries to provide visitors with friendly and quality travel services. New Taipei City is on the way to establishing itself as a most attractive tourist destination.
Culture and Creativity
Culture and Creativity
As New Taipei City modernizes, it is also seeking to preserve its cultural heritage. Yingge’s ceramic crafts, Jiufen’s “old town” atmosphere, Tamsui’s historic buildings, Pingxi’s Sky Lantern tradition and Pinglin’s tea culture are all part of the city’s cultural roots. By protecting these irreplaceable resources, New Taipei City honors its past and enriches its future. This respect for tradition also contributes to the city’s creativity and business innovation, and helps sustain its economic development.
Encouraging Diversity in the Arts
The New Taipei City government is an enthusiastic supporter of the local art scene, providing funding and other assistance to performing arts groups and other creative activities. It helps organize international exhibitions and local festivals, and these efforts serve to enrich our cultural environment and increase the visibility of the local arts sector. Renowned cultural and artistic groups, such as the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Ju Percussion Group, Performance Workshop Theatre and craft glassware maker Liuligongfang have all made their home base in New Taipei City.
Cultural Facilities and Activities
There are over 5,000 art and cultural activities in New Taipei City each year, attracting more than 20 million people. Municipal museums, such as the Gold Museum and the Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology, attract some 4 million visitors a year. New Taipei City’s spectrum of activities serves to delight tourists and provide the city’s residents with a rich cultural life.
Abundant Human Resources
New Taipei City’s population is approaching 4 million, and 76% of these residents are of working age. People are our most valuable assets. In 2010, the city’s workforce reached 1.895 million, making up one-sixth of the national total. Over 43% of the workforce has at least a university-level education. New Taipei City’s young and well-educated workforce provides businesses with the ideal human resources for growth and future development.
Wealth of Educational Resources
New Taipei City is a very open and international city that boasts pioneering industries and a diverse marketplace. This dynamic environment helps keep businesses and the academic community on the cutting edge of new trends, thereby fostering sustained business growth. At the same time, convenient amenities and transport make New Taipei City an attractive place for work and leisure. This is the place where talented people from all over Taiwan and the world at large come together.
Integraton of Industry and Universities
There are several innovation incubator centers in New Taipei City’s universities. These centers bring together cutting-edge academic research and practical business experience to formulate strategies for industrial development in fields such as information technology, biotechnology, medicine, management, arts and culture as well as tourism. Cooperation programs between industry and higher education create new strengths for local businesses, and enhance their competitiveness.
Quality Workers and Employment Opportunities
New Taipei City has the largest workforce in Taiwan. High quality workers and clear avenues of employment are essential for stabilizing manpower and industry development. To this end, New Taipei City offers numerous professional training programs and skill certification examinations to improve the quality and capability of the workforce. The city also provides employment services and recruiting activities to boost employment, and helps businesses find the right people for their specific needs.
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Assisting Industry with Cleaner Production Plan
To help businesses adapt to the efforts to promote green industries, New Taipei City implemented its plan to “Assist Industries with Cleaner Production.” The plan helps industries improve their environmental protection practices, reduce carbon emissions and lower production costs. This has been matched with a separate “Teaming Up With Vocational High Schools to Help Industry Save Energy” which brings in students to learn about business and provide a future workforce. For industry, the plan helps them examine energy consumption of machinery as well as cut carbon emissions, lower production costs and improve environmental protection practices.
At the same time, the New Taipei City government is also actively promoting green energy industries. Solar and other renewable energy facilities have been installed in over 277 locations.
Leader in Green Industry Clustering
Green industry will be a key development focus for New Taipei City in the future. Currently, the city has the highest concentration of green companies in Taiwan. Some 650 companies, including Everlight Electronics, Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd, Nan Ya Photonics Inc., and Top Energy Saving System Corp. are producing green products, such as hydrogen and fuel cell batteries, electric vehicles, biofuels, LED lighting, solar paneling and wind turbines. Green industry clustering is already under way, and will be the focus of New Taipei City’s future economic development.
Developing Renewable Energy
In an effort to promote the greater use of green energy resources and speed the development of the green energy sector, the New Taipei City Government supports the use of solar photovoltaic systems by making use of available roof tops. The government hopes to make New Taipei City a good environment for green energy development and achieve an “energy transformation.” The city government is encouraging the use of solar systems in industrial and residential buildings by providing financial incentives of NT$ 16,000 -20,000 per KW.