Despite its well-developed wood
machinery manufacturing industry,
Taiwan is not really a player in wood
products. Following the rapid decimation of its domestic forests a few
decades back, the government banned
commercial logging. Now more than
90 percent of its lumber and panel is
imported, and so Taiwain emphasizes
machine manufacturing over machining wood.
It faces tough competition, though,
as mainland China expands its manufacturing might. Until last year, Taiwan
was the third largest exporter of machinery globally (it remains third for
overall machinery exports globally).
To meet the challenge, the 300 or
so wood machinery manufacturers in
Taiwan are building smarter machines,
and working together to sell integrated
More than 80 percent of Taiwan
wood machinery manufacturers are
located in the central part of the country, near the city of Taichung. ✚
Anderson Group’s first CNC, built in 1985, can still run.
Michael Chang, CEO of Leadermac, heads a global machine business.
Gears on Gootdek double-sided planer.
Taiwan machinery is known for quality.
Leadermac sorting (above) and moulding machinery is widely used in hardwood flooring
operations around he world.