Judges Highlight Trends Among the Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Design Mark Winners
Sep 14, 2018

Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Golden Pin Design Award 2018 reveals a grand total of 697 Design Mark winners. Among the winning designs, judges point to trends such as sustainability in product design, and culture thinking in communication design. The winning entries came from designers in ten countries and regions including Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Poland, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Macau.

The Secondary Selection judging concluded in Taipei on September 6, led by a group of sixteen design experts, divided across the four categories according to their individual specialisms. Product design yielded the highest number of Design Mark winners among all the categories, followed by spatial design, then the new communication design and integration design categories. Chinese designers dominated in the product design category, meanwhile Taiwanese designers came out on top in the other three categories, winning 43% of the total Design Mark awards.

All 697 Design Mark winners progress to the Final Selection judging where the 2018 Best Design winners will be chosen. The Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Final Selection judging round will be held on September 20 at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. The Best Design winners will be announced at the Grand Ceremony on November 29.

For the full list of 2018 Design Mark winners, follow this link to the Golden Pin Design Award official website:

Product design

Jury member, LIN PIN-SI, ROGER (Chief Adviser at NOVA Design) observes that the face of this year's award-winning works is quite diverse, and the number of medical, smart, and pet-related products has increased significantly. This partly reflects our aging population and millennial lifestyle demands. Jury member, Gina Hsu (Design Director at Dong Hai Hospital Design Studio) says that there are many great products that aim to transform conventional industries this year. Whether the material of the product emphasizes sustainability is one of the main considerations in her selection.

Communication design

Jury member, Ho chia-hsing (Designer at Timonium Lake Design) feels that the entries reviewed this year are of a high level, which can be seen in the diversity of the works and the variation of values on show. Jury member, Akibo Lee (Curator at akibo works) especially prefers to see designers who express their own cultural characteristics through visual communication. He believes that in the era of globalization, design increases in value when it visualizes culture.

Spatial design

Jury member, Effie Huang (Design Director at EHS ArchiLab) points to a trend in minimal decorative styles, as opposed to an accumulation of objects that was common to see in the past. She reflects this trend on the rise of contemporary individualism. Jury member, Johnny Chiu (Founder of J.C. Architecture) appreciates design that merges interior and exterior space, creating a sense of spatial transparency. He emphasizes the importance of designing around the lifestyle of the real residents in the space, rather than imitating popular styles or filling the space with a lot of expensive furniture and decoration.

Integration design

Jury member, Ping Chu (Founder of Ripplemaker Foundation) hails the new integration design category as a celebration of ephemeral events in design. He notices a number of the designers attempting to breath new life into archaic cultural practices such as funeral services and traditional crafts. These designers are creating a new economy of experience through culture and tradition. In this new category for 2018, he is looking out for the trailblazers who demonstrate disruptive and revolutionary design.


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7 Key Disruptions that Will Change the Way You Work
Sep 09, 2018

"It's been estimated that 57% of all jobs are at risk of being automated within the next 5 years" Here are 7 key disruptions that most likely will change the way people work in the future.

Technological and social forces are transforming how work gets done, who does it, and even what work looks like. And while technology can make workers more productive, there will be significant turbulence as organizations grapple with the complexity and unpredictability of a changing workforce.

Research by Deloitte Consulting shows that there are seven powerful disruptors reshaping work as we know it. In order to address these disruptors, business leaders need to engage in transformative thinking that will not only re-design but re-imagine the way work gets done in their organizations. They need to think big, start small, become more agile, and—ultimately—move faster than the new realities of work.

Are organizations ready for Industry 4.0?

Deloitte’s Readiness Report explores senior executives’ views on the impact of Industry 4.0, that is, the industrial change associated with automation and digital technologies. According to the report, business leaders are uncertain they have the right talent to be successful in this new era of technological advancement. Only 25% are highly confident that their workforce has the skill sets needed for the future. Only 14% are highly confident in their ability to harness the changes associated with Industry 4.0. Yet 86% of business leaders think they are doing all they can to build the right workforce. Even more surprising, less than 20% of business leaders regard talent and HR issues as a high priority. In a nutshell, leaders don’t seem to think radical change is needed to get them where they need to go.

But radical change is needed. Consider the impact of automation. It’s been estimated that 57% of all jobs are at risk of being automated within the next 5 years. Emerging economies in the ASEAN region (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) are the most vulnerable to job automation. But developed economies will be impacted as well. In Singapore, for example, workplace automation is expected to double in the next three years.

To be sure, the likelihood of an entire profession disappearing due to automation is low. It is far more likely that parts of an occupation will be replaced by technology. Human talent will be working alongside artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing—or anything that can replace tasks in a business process and make them quicker, more accurate, and less costly. In this scenario, the most suitable resource, be it technological or human, can now be matched to deliver the most productive outcome.

Naturally, this has implications for the workforce and completely disrupts traditional talent models. Organizations will have to find the right balance of humans and machines to complement each other, re-designing roles to maximize talent and potential.

Augmentation also challenges current talent structures and practices by making them more flexible. Workforces will become more and more contingent, with off-balance sheet workers (freelancers, contractors, and gig workers) increasingly utilized by businesses who want to capitalize on access to the smartest people to solve complex business problems. In fact, in the United States, more than 90% of net new jobs in the past five years were performed by off-balance sheet workers. Respondents to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2018 report indicate that only 42% of their workforce is made up of salaried employees.

From the workers’ perspective, such augmentation through technology means people can now decide where best to work, whether it’s from an office or at home, in a satellite space, or in shared workspace. This fits the Millennial and Gen Z value of flexibility in the workplace—a key finding from the Deloitte Millennial Survey 2018. For these workers, the gig economy’s increased income potential and flexibility hold great appeal. According to the survey, a clear majority have already taken on such roles or would consider doing so.

This is of particular importance in Asia, where almost 60% of the working population is 28 years old, compared to 40% globally. With the vastly different career expectations of this age group, organizations need to adjust talent models to attract and retain the workers that will take their business into the future.

Remaining relevant in the future of work

The half-life of a skill has dropped from 30 years to an average of 6 years. This holds true even for fresh university graduates. This means that the model of “learn at school” and “do at work” is no longer sustainable and constant reskilling and lifelong learning will be a way of life at work. According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report, reskilling is the top priority for organizations looking at their future workforce strategy. And with working lives getting longer, reskilling is important for all workers, not just the young.

Individuals, companies, and educational institutions must find collective and elegant solutions that work for everyone and must push for smart ways to promote fairness and progressive thinking at work. Governments and policy makers can play a role in this new paradigm by showing bolder leadership in education and labor market regulations and by developing standards that enable and accelerate future of work opportunities. A collective response will create the platforms that enable and empower individuals to reinvent themselves to embark on new pathways and progress their careers.

Business leaders can no longer be passive consumers of ready-made human capital. They need to put talent development and workforce strategy front and center in their growth plans. This requires a new mindset to understand the challenges workers face and evolve talent programmes and models that unlock their potential.

By Philip Yuen
Edited by Shawn Chou

Setting Ambitious Standards for Corporate Social Responsibility
Sep 04, 2018

Compared with previous years, Taiwanese enterprises made greater progress on the CSR front this time. In 2017 alone, companies poured NT$8.2 billion into charitable donations. The companies that made it into the top 100 corporate citizens employ a total of 460,000 people, accounting for only four percent of Taiwan’s employed workforce. However, these companies generate annual revenue in excess of NT$14 trillion, or 80 percent of the island’s GDP.

Under cloudy skies, the winners of the CommonWealth Magazine Corporate Citizen Awards, now in their 12th year, were announced the afternoon of August 29. With vast parts of southern Taiwan deluged after weeks of torrential rains, Environment Minister Lee Ying-yuan noted as he addressed the awards ceremony that the flooding is clear evidence of ongoing climate change and bemoaned the fact that the fight against global warming has suffered a setback in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

“The law provides the lowest ethical standards; requirements for corporate citizens must be higher. Enterprises must not only look after themselves but also take care of others,” stated Lee, appealing to companies to take responsibility for their actions.

Delta Electronics Inc. Wins Large Enterprise Crown for Third Year in a Row

Amid the award-winners at the three-hour-long event were many “familiar faces”, enterprises that, inspired by the CommonWealth Magazine Corporate Citizen Awards, have built their corporate social responsibility (CSR) portfolios over the years. Delta Electronics Inc. won the top spot in the large-scale enterprise category for the third year in a row, whereas BASF Taiwan, the local subsidiary of the German chemical giant, managed to make it into the top five foreign enterprises for the fourth successive year. Leading organic haircare maker Hair O’right International Corp. again clinched the crown in the “little giants” category. (Read: Delta Electronics Inc.: 'The Time is Always Right to Do the Right Thing')

As many awardees took the stage, they thanked CommonWealth Magazine for hosting the Corporate Citizen Awards for the past twelve years, and pointed out that this opportunity to compare notes and be evaluated regarding CSR approaches helped them figure out what worked, what didn’t, and how to adjust the direction of their efforts.

Jimmy Hsiung, supervisor of the CommonWealth Magazine Survey Center, noted that this year’s jury members concurred that, compared with previous years, Taiwanese enterprises made greater progress on the CSR front this time. In 2017 alone, companies poured NT$8.2 billion into charitable donations. The companies that made it into the top 100 corporate citizens employ a total of 460,000 people, accounting for only four percent of Taiwan’s employed workforce. However, these companies generate annual revenue in excess of NT$14 trillion, or 80 percent of the island’s GDP.

“They represent only a small group of people, but the change they bring about for Taiwan is enormous,” remarked Hsiung, pointing out that setting ambitious CSR standards through long-term commitment and by embedding CSR in corporate culture and each employee’s DNA, forms a vital element of corporate competitiveness.

As a longtime champion of the environment and energy conservation, Delta Electronics late last year became the first company in Taiwan or China to have its science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gases validated and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative. Guo Shan-shan, the company’s chief brand officer and executive director of Delta Electronics Foundation, noted that Delta Electronics began to collaborate with the Central Weather Bureau this year, providing architects with the micro climate data of nearly 30 areas across Taiwan as reference so that people would be able to live in comfortable housing that is adapted to the local climate conditions.

The world’s largest chip foundry, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), won second place this year in the large enterprise category, with Chairman Mark Liu accepting the award in the wake of the retirement of longtime Chairman Morris Chang. Liu said that it is TSMC’s vision to become a force that can lead Taiwan’s society to a higher plane. Through volunteer activities, TSMC fosters its employees’ volunteering spirit, encouraging them to not only do good deeds but also contribute to Taiwan’s economic development with integrity.

Jonney Shih, chairman of Asustek Computer Inc. (Asus), stated that Asus successfully used 100 percent recycled parts and components for its recycled computers last year. This March, Asus won Circularity Facts Program Validation status, which means that the company implements the “cradle to cradle” concept for a sustainable economy.

Developing ambitious CSR goals is not just a privilege of companies in the large enterprise category. Transnational consumer goods company Unilever launched a sustainable live agenda in 2010, promoting sustainable lifestyle brands such as Dove, Lipton and Knorr. For the Lipton green tea series, the company cooperates with Taiwanese tea plantations, becoming the first tea bag brand in Taiwan with Rainforest Alliance certification.

Small giant O’right has shown through its plastic and emission reduction measures and development of sustainable green products that a Taiwanese company can be a global leader in CSR. Ko Li-li, O’right’s deputy general manager, noted that the haircare maker promotes a circular economy through innovations such as using coffee husks from Gukeng in Yunlin County and golden goji berry root from Kuanyin in Taoyuan City in its products.

Companies can more fully fulfill their corporate responsibility by enabling every employee to join in CSR efforts. This year’s award-winners attach growing importance to the joint involvement of their employees. Cathay Financial Holding Co. Ltd. Vice Chairman Chen Tsu-pei remarked that within the company’s core business, banking is linked to the Equator Principles, insurance to sustainable insurance, and asset management to responsible investment, so that CSR becomes part of each employee’s tasks and the long-term business strategy.

One new insight from this year’s Corporate Citizen Awards is that companies in Taiwan are more ambitious in the four areas that were evaluated for the ranking – corporate governance, corporate commitments, social engagement and environmental sustainability – than laws and regulations require. This is particularly obvious with regard to social benefits.

“Since everyone is making an effort, we are witnessing forces that contribute to the progress of Taiwanese society,” observed Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun, who sat on the jury panel and attended the awards ceremony. Hsu said that, as Taiwan’s top labor policymaker, she is very happy to see that many enterprises are ready to share their profits with their employees through various benefits such as salary raises and creative schemes such as “emotional leave” or allowing employees to take a day off when their children start school. This shows that corporate Taiwan and the government are making a concerted effort to improve the welfare of workers.

“It’s great that Taiwan has you!” declared CommonWealth Magazine President Yin-Chuen Wu at the ceremony. More and more companies are deepening their CSR agenda, internalizing social responsibility in day-to-day business, and implementing CSR while making money is crucial for taking Taiwan to a higher plane.

About the CommonWealth CSR Corporate Citizen Awards Survey

By Elpis Su

The 2018 CommonWealth Magazine Corporate Citizen Awards Survey picked Taiwan’s best corporate citizen using international benchmarks and evaluation methods in the four areas of corporate governance, corporate commitments,social engagement, and environmental sustainability.

The evaluation process, which covers CommonWealth Magazine’s Top 2,000 Enterprises and domestic and foreign-invested companies recommended by experts, is split into four stages. In the first round, companies that have turned a profit for three years in a row are invited to participate in the survey. In round two, an initial evaluation takes place based on the data provided by the responding companies. In the decisive third round, experts from various fields form jury panels that rank the companies in the various categories according to their performance in the four evaluation areas. In round four, Jury head Lin Hsin-yi convenes a grand jury panel that selects the Top 100 Corporate Citizens based on enterprises’ total scores.

This year, companies were grouped into four categories based on annual revenue. Companies with annual revenue above NT$10 billion were categorized as large enterprises, those with annual revenue below NT$10 billion and considerable CSR experience were put in the medium-sized enterprise category, while companies with less than NT$5 billion in annual revenue were designated as “small giants”. Foreign enterprises made up the fourth category.

Survey period: May 3, 2018 to August 9, 2018
Survey execution: Jimmy Hsiung, Elpis Su

Translated by Susanne Ganz
Edited by Sharon Tseng

The 2018 Design Mark Winners - Golden Pin Concept Design Award
Sep 04, 2018

Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 unveils 45 Design Mark winning concepts, created by designers from Taiwan, China, South Korea, and the UK. The judging concluded at Taiwan Design Museum in Taipei on August 24, and the Design Mark winners’ list was revealed on August 27. All of the winning design concepts are now in the running for one of three Best Design trophies, and a cash prize in excess of US$13,000.

The 2018 Design Mark Winners Unveiled

The Design Mark winners comprise the top 1% of the total 4,640 entries in this year’s award. Of the 45 Design Mark winning concepts, 30 are from designers in Taiwan, 13 from China, 1 from South Korea, and 1 from the UK. There are 18 winning concepts in the Product Design category, 19 in the Visual Communication Design category, 2 in the Packaging Design category, and 6 in the Spatial Design category. Follow this link for the Design Mark winners’ list:


Judges’ Remarks on the Secondary Selection

Keng-Ming Liu (Creative Director of Bito) and David Wang (Founder of bod design corp.) both agree that the trend of “localization” is most evident among the Design Mark winners. Many of the design concepts reflect cultural phenomena in the designer’s local area, or convey concerns for workers in the agriculture, forestry, fishery, and farming industries. Shu Chang Kung (President of the Chinese Society of Interior Designers) comments on the changing role of spatial designers over the past two or three years. Spatial designers increasingly highlight the importance of building materials, production models, and the relationship of manmade structures with the environment. Often, he finds that these considerations are becoming more important than the design itself, which he says is reflected in this year's winning design concepts.

As for the judges’ marking criteria, Keng-Ming Liu says the design concept should be honest, unconstrained, and endowed with the designer’s sense of humor. Chi-mei Chang (Honorary President of Taiwan Graphic Design Association) is attracted to the sense of simplification through design, and rejects those that over design in an effort to win the award. Shu Chang Kung believes that the enemy of concept design is kitsch or populism, and like Keng-Ming Liu, he appreciates the designer’s sincerity. Tahan Lin (CEO of Backer-Founder) warns of concept design without purpose. Lin says, whether the designer researches well, and whether the user can experience the designer’s vision, are his most important considerations.

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Taitung county recognized as Star Travel Destination for her natural sceneriesKT Joins Philippines's $1.8 Bln Broadband Project
Aug 19, 2018

Life and leisure in Taitung with wonderful air, land and sea.

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- With her natural sceneries, beautiful mountains and waters, natural pollution-free springs and air, and rich cultural resources, Taitung county, actively promoting various international surfing events, triathlon, Taiwan's international balloon festival and other activities in recent years, has been in line with the world and also recognized by the well-known travel website "Booking.com" as the top 10 "Rising-Star Travel Destination" in 2018. In order to cultivate the Singapore market, Taitung County Government has participated in "NATAS Travel Fair 2018" hosted by "National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS)" for three consecutive years to recommend Taitung's beautiful mountains, waters and delicious food to Singaporeans. This year, Taitung County Government has brought Taitung's leisurely rural landscape and the rich undersea world of Green Island, hoping to attract people in Malaysia and Singapore to visit Taitung for a journey of healing and leisure.

Two idyllic paths in Chihshang Township, Taitung County -- one is straight, one is winding -- are popular after a shooting of commercial film. Visitors can see the vast green paddy fields without electric poles on the roadside, and truly feel boundless. Visitors will not only capture good scenery pictures to take, but also can take visitors mind away from the noise and experience the pureness of relaxation. Chihshang Township, because of the clear water quality and strict labeling system, grows the well-known rice of the island that visitors must have a try.

Must eat in Taitung for gourmand

The mountains and the sea of Taitung, nurturing rich natural ecology and products including quality rice, tea, golden needle flower(orange daylily), custard apples, Chenopodium rubrum (red quinoa), skipjack, and swordfish. Taitung makes the pure and natural flavor become her most plain pride.

The representative of Taitung County Government said that Taitung, in recent years, has actively promoted the concept of "From Farm to Table" and "Eat Locally and Seasonally", therefore gradually carved out the development of "Slow Food Taitung". The "Slow Food community" who pursues the "seasonal food" has gradually formed and realized Taitung's catering culture and the brand of friendly land.

This year's award-winning "Slow Food" restaurants, including "Sinasera 24 French restaurant", "MATA Resort", etc., can be found at  https://goo.gl/5SrSMm, don't miss out if anyone have a chance to visit Taitung. In addition, Taitung's top 10 must-eat delicacies recommended by Taitung netizens include "Blue dragonfly fried chicken", "Under the Banyan tree - thick rice noodle", "Beinan steamed bun", "Lin family stinky tofu" and other delicacies, see http://t.cn/RDuk7rG.

Green Island Pygmy Seahorse Postbox unveiling -- delivering the blessings from deep sea, and leading the trend of exploring the ocean.

The coastline of Taitung is long and its water is clear, which is a world-class diving attraction for diving lovers. This year, visitors can dive into the 11-meter-deep sea to experience the colorful underwater world. By the cutest and most romantic Pygmy Seahorse Postbox, Taitung County will convey the blessing from the bottom of the sea and drive the global diving enthusiasts to explore the wave of the sea world.

Taitung County Government cooperated with Chunghwa Post to build the deepest underwater mailbox in the world, Pygmy Seahorse Postbox, at a depth of 11.5 meters below the seawater in the Shilang snorkeling area of Green Island. Visitors can purchase a waterproof postcard with Green Island scenery at the special store and put it into the postbox. The exclusive underwater postman will help you to "send" this blue blessing and share the beautiful underwater world of Taitung with their friends afar.

2018 Taiwan International Balloon Festival is successfully concluded and is expected to see visitors again next year.

Taitung's natural resources and humanities are rich in content, and the travel itinerary is very diverse, allowing people to enjoy the sea, land and air in an all-round way. The just-concluded 2018 Taiwan International Balloon Festival was selected as the World's 12 most stunning hot air balloon festivals in the Travel Channel. 39 balloons from all over the world this year have been invited to join the festival, with their most numerous and topical record, making Taitung's sky particularly colorful and beautiful. Integrating the hot air balloon experience, music, projection mapping lighting show and other activities, this spectacular international event has attracted more than 890,000 visitors from home and abroad. We sincerely welcome the friends in Malaysia and Singapore to join us in the grand event next year.

There are many interactive activities during the "NATAS Travel Fair 2018" where visitors can eat, play, take, and most importantly have FUN.

"NATAS Travel Fair 2018" hosted by "National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS)" will be continued until August 19th. Taitung pavilion will prepare and share Taitung's specialties such as "Sachima"(Caramel treats), handmade rice Caramel treats, and caramel potatoes to local people. By taking pictures of Taitung's beautiful scenes and uploading to your social networking sites, or clicking "LIKE at Facebook "Amazing Taitung" fan page ( https://www.facebook.com/taitung.tourism/), you can take the beautiful souvenirs home.

Welcome all friends from Singapore to feel the enthusiasm of people from Taitung.

Source: Taitung County Government

2018 Healthcare+ Expo Taiwan Where Tech Meets Medicine
Aug 16, 2018

TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From November 29th to December 2nd 2018, global-leading biomedical and technology institutes will gather in Taipei for the top healthcare and technology event in Asia - The Healthcare+ Expo - Taiwan. In line with the theme “Med X Tech”, a lineup of global leaders in technology will share the latest technology advancements and how technology create better solutions for future medical applications.

This year, the expo gathers 400 + world-class medical institutes and multi-national IT/ICT/electronic giants. The IT giants will showcase medical innovations of AI, IoT and robotic technologies. The medical institutes will demonstrate advanced medical technologies, smart hospital designs, products, and services while bio-pharmaceutical, medical device, and genetic enterprises will provide the most current updates in precision medicine. In all, more than 1,400 booths will cover the entire healthcare ecosystem from prevention to treatment and aftercare.

Furthermore, Taiwan’s leading tech players, including: Foxconn, BenQ, Asus, Wistron, and Quanta, have been actively diversifying their businesses into healthcare; while AI pioneers, including Google, Microsoft, and Nvidia, have all announced the establishment of AI centers to develop projects focusing on medical applications in Taiwan this year. With world-class healthcare system, well-established clinical data resources, an impressive number of tech and medical professionals, Taiwan is now a new hub for digital healthcare in Asia.

Healthcare+ Expo Taiwan is a signature expo in Asia Pacific that bridges interdisciplinary collaborations between medicine, IT/electronics, and bio-pharmaceuticals. Aligning with the latest healthcare trends to foster collaborations between tech and healthcare, the expo will feature the following events:

Med X Tech Summit Asia: Foresee the future of healthcare

This international summit gathers global leaders to discuss the future trends of the healthcare industry. Topics include AI, IoT, Blockchain, precision medicine, regenerative medicine and more. Attendees will be exposed to the latest technological breakthroughs in healthcare.

Bio Innovation Stadium: A spotlight on disruptive innovations

This event features presentations by biomedical innovators from Israel, Australia, the U.S., France, Korea, and Singapore on topics from technologies that disrupt current care models to innovations that accelerate the advancement of the health industry. Join us to explore opportunities and strategies for biomedical innovations and investments.

Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry
Research Center for Biotechnology and Medicine Policy
Gordon Shen, PhD, +886-2-2655-7888
David Yang, PhD, +886-2-2655-8168

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328 Designers from China win the Golden Pin Design Award & Concept Design Award 2018 Design Mark
Aug 15, 2018

Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- For a fifth year, the Golden Pin Design Award has completed the Secondary Selection judging in China, and as for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, this is the third year that Second Selection judging has successfully taken place in Shanghai. The Secondary Selection juries have awarded the 2018 Design Mark to 328 entrants from China; 316 entrants in the Golden Pin Design Award, and 12 entrants in the Golden Pin Concept Design Award.

Taiwan Design Center partnered with three organizations - Shenzhen Industrial Design Profession Association, Hebei Industrial Design Innovation Center, and Shanghai Creative Industry Center - to organize the Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Secondary Selection judging events. Additionally, Taiwan Design Center partnered with Shanghai Creative Industry Center for a third year to organize the Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 Secondary Selection judging event.

Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Secondary Selection in China
Several jury members travelled from Taiwan to China, and joined the local judges at Secondary Selection events in all three cities. The jury members from Taiwan include Grace Wang (President of QUE SERA SERA), Lin Pin-Si, Roger (Chief Advisor at Nova Design), Johnny Chiu (Founder of J.C. Architecture), and Chan Wing Kei (Creative Director of Leslie Chan Design Co.,Ltd.). In Shenzhen, the local jury members were Enya (General Manager of Tencent), and HANJIAYING (Founder of HAN JAIYING DESIGN & ASSOCIATES). In Shijiazhuang, the local jury members included Xiaohui Xi (ECD, Cac110 Design Co., LTD Beijing), and Yichao Li (President of LKK Innovation Design Group). In Shanghai, the local jury members were Jody Xiong (Founder & Creative Director of The Nine), and Yang Wenqing (Founder of LOE DESIGN). The jury lineup brings together professionals from various design sectors to give comprehensive advice based on each of their specialisms.

Compared with last year, the biggest change to the judging format is the division of jury members into categories according to their specialisms. In the past, the jury members reviewed all entrants from all categories regardless of their specialisms. The advantage of the new judging format is that jury members bring their own specialist knowledge and experience to judging their corresponding category. This year there were a total of 977 entries from China in the Secondary Selection, and 316 passed through to the Final Selection, winning the 2018 Design Mark. Those 316 Mark winners will participate in the final judging event in Taipei in September for the prestigious 2018 Best Design award.

Of the entries from China, the judges say that smart technologies are incorporated in a lot of products, and while quality varies from entrant to entrant, the standard of this year’s entrants is generally very high. Although the judges were initially impressed by the extravagant design on display, on closer inspection they found many details that needed to be refined. The judging event in Shanghai presented the most diversity and the highest quality. They found the entrants from Shenzhen to be more commercial, meanwhile the Spatial Design entries from Shijiazhuang were exceptional. The jury members are amazed by the level of Spatial Design work in northern China. The judges’ main concern is about attention to detail. They feel that the entrants sometimes try to bring too many features together in one design, which results in a lack coordination.

The jury praised and affirmed the Book Design entries in the Communication Design category. They also proposed that integration design, as well as furniture design, show immense potential for future years. They recommend that designers can stand out by considering human interaction, and by taking a human-centered approach to design. Another trend they anticipate for the future of the Golden Pin Design Award is design focused on environmental and social impact. Entrants are advised to consider the perspectives of consumers in order to optimize their design in terms of content and experience, rather than simply catering to their clients’ demands.

Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 Secondary Selection in China
The Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 Secondary Selection judging event took place in Shanghai, on August 11. The jury members included Lin Pin-Si, Roger (Chief Advisor at Nova Design), Johnny Chiu (Founder of J.C. Architecture), Chan Wing Kei (Creative Director of Leslie Chan Design Co.,Ltd.), Grace Wang (President of QUE SERA SERA), Hongjie Ruan (Creative Director of C_Futures), and FAN SHIZHONG (Chairman & Creative Director of Hunan Fanshizhong Industrial Design Co., Ltd.).

This year, a total of 107 entrants from China participated in the Secondary Selection. Among them, 71 entries were submitted for judging. Finally, 12 entries passed to the Final Selection, winning the prestigious 2018 Design Mark. Those 12 entrants will compete with designers from all around the globe for the prestigious 2018 Best Design and NT$400,000 cash prize.

The jury members all agree that entries in the Product Design category are the most impressive. They feel that entries in the Spatial Design, Visual Communication Design, and Packaging Design categories generally lack innovation. Compared with the Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award is mostly concerned with discovering problems and presenting solutions by means of design. This requires designers to complete their own design concepts in a creative, implementable, low-cost, novel, and smart manner. This demands careful, consistent observation, and consideration of environmental impact, as well as new interactive relationships. The Golden Pin Concept Design Award celebrates design that both reflects and guides the future of humanity, heralding new possibilities for the future through innovative design concepts.

2018 Secondary Selection, Final Selection, and Grand Ceremony in Taipei
The overseas judging events are now complete. The Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 Secondary Selection will take place in Taipei on August 24, and the Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Secondary Selection will take place in Taipei on September 6. The Final Selection judging events will take place in Taipei on September 20 and 21, and the Best Design winners will be revealed at the Grand Ceremony on November 29.

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Hypertherm Appoints Shin Han Yi as Exclusive Master Distributor in Taiwan for Powermax Handheld Plasma Systems
Aug 13, 2018

SINGAPORE, August 13, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shin Han Yi Co., Ltd. as the exclusive master distributor in Taiwan for its Powermax handheld plasma systems with immediate effect. This partnership is part of Hypertherm’s strategic move to provide better support for customers in Taiwan, and to expand its reach across the Taiwan market.

With over twenty years of experience in the Taiwan market, Shin Han Yi specializes in the manufacturing and sale of welding and cutting equipment. Shin Han Yi will tap on its extensive sales network to expand the market share of Hypertherm’s Powermax handheld systems in Taiwan. This includes the representation of Powermax systems at trade shows and open houses that Shin Han Yi’s sub-distributors participate in. Shin Han Yi will also provide dedicated support to customers in the areas of installation and servicing.

LU Han Wei, Geographical Sales Manager of Hypertherm, said, “Through this partnership, Hypertherm will be able to leverage on Shin Han Yi’s established network and presence, and keen understanding of customer needs to further enhance Hypertherm’s brand visibility in handheld cutting applications. We share a common emphasis on value-selling, and we firmly believe that there is a need for high quality and efficient cutting products like the Powermax in Taiwan’s manufacturing sector.

CHANG Wei Shing, General Manager of Shin Han Yi, shared, “We have enjoyed working with Hypertherm over the last three years, and are delighted for this opportunity to continue to grow and support Hypertherm’s brand throughout Taiwan. With our efforts, Hypertherm will attain top of mind awareness in the industry.”

As part of Shin Han Yi’s key strategy, CHANG highlighted that they will focus on helping the market understand the comparative value that the Powermax handheld systems offers, in order to strengthen Hypertherm’s position as one of the world’s leading cutting solutions provider.

Hypertherm has also actively supported Shin Han Yi in providing the necessary training for its sales representatives and dealers, reflecting the close partnership the two companies enjoy.

LU concluded, “We are confident that this partnership with Shin Han Yi will allow us to work together to take the Hypertherm brand to the next level and make a significant impact on the manufacturing industry in Taiwan.”

For more information, please contact Hypertherm at marketing.asia@hypertherm.com.


About Shin Han Yi Co., Ltd.

Established in 2003, Shin Han Yi places a strong emphasis on offering quality products and services to its clients. Through the implementation of its quality and excellent service concept, Shin Han Yi has reaped positive business results every year, and has expanded its factory to the current site in 2008, maximizing its capabilities to serve a wider customer base in the manufacturing industry. The company is also well-positioned to introduce more of the latest and high-precision welding and cutting equipment to help its clients create more efficient processes to enhance their economic competitiveness.

For more information, please visit www.shinhanyi.com.tw

About Hypertherm

Hypertherm designs and manufactures industrial cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software, and consumables. Hypertherm systems are trusted for performance and reliability that result in increased productivity and profitability for hundreds of thousands of businesses. The New Hampshire based company’s reputation for cutting innovation dates back nearly 50 years to 1968, with Hypertherm’s invention of water injection plasma cutting. The 100 percent associate owned company, consistently named a best place to work, has more than 1,400 associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide. Learn more at www.hypertherm.com.

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Taiwan International Beauty Show 2018 returns in September
Aug 11, 2018

As Taiwan's only B2B beauty and cosmetics show, the Taiwan International Beauty Show 2018 will be held at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 from September 13 to 15. Organized by TAITRA, this is the third year for the event.

For the first time, the show will feature a Startups pavilion. Startup companies launched after January 2014 are eligible to attend the show. TAITRA hopes to connect Taiwanese startup brands with overseas business opportunities. One of these startups is AGE D'OR, a skin-care brand which has received the Gold and Silver awards of the world-renowned quality evaluation "Monde Selection 2018".

International cosmetic manufacturers from Korea, Italy and Israel are also to showcase some of the world's latest, most trendy products. Among them are Italian manufacturer EyRA, whose product, Blue Venom, was highlighted among the COSMOPROF Trends this year.

Other remarkable brands include the aesthetic medicine cosmetics brands Jourdeness; Cellina, a best-seller classic for over 40 years; and Ching Seng Tong, the lip gloss expert in Asia, and more.

Major categories of exhibited products include

  • Makeup Kits
  • Makeup Preparations
  • Skin Care Products
  • Hair Care
  • Nail Supplies
  • Eyelash products
  • SPA
  • Perfume & Deodorant
  • Cosmetics and Beauty Supplies
  • Cosmetics Container/ packaging
  • Cosmetics making machines/ equipment
  • Beauty Supplements

    Major future trends for beauty products and cosmetics are

  • a good market prospect for organic products,
  • male skin-care products and cosmetics,
  • personalized cosmetics and skin-care products, and
  • products that can adapt to the faster pace of modern life.

    Renowned speakers from overseas have been invited to share their views about the aforementioned trends, and they will also discuss topics such as brand marketing and management, organic and natural cosmetics, international cosmetic regulations and technology, etc.

    In addition, attendees will be able to attend a variety of forums seminars, and benefit from One-on-One Procurement Meeting with potential buyers, and conduct onsite product launch and showcases.

    Media Contact
    Show Manager:
    Ms. Tingyu Hsieh
    Tel: 886-2-2725-5200 Ext.2859
    Fax: 886-2-2729-1089
    Email: tingyu@taitra.org.tw

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    ShoeTech Taipei - The Purchasing Festival for Global Footwear Industry
    Aug 11, 2018

    Organized by TAITRA, the 1st Taipei International Shoe Making Technology Show (2018 ShoeTech Taipe) will open on August 15 through 19 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1, 4F Skydome.

    2018 ShoeTech Taipei features advanced automated shoemaking equipments, and various solutions for automation using intelligent systems and robots. The show has attracted the attention of leading global shoe brands, footwear manufacturers, dealers and agents around the world.

    2018 ShoeTech Taipei is the ideal platform for footwear manufacturers and designers to source, network, share technological achievements, and keep up with major trends.

    Major exhibitions at the show cover the following categories:

  • Shoe Machinery
  • Machinery for the Leather Processing
  • Testing Instrument
  • Shoe Molds & Dies
  • CAD/CAM Software and CNC Engraver
  • Automated Equipment & Machinery
  • Shoe Material, Leather, Parts, Components & Accessories, Adhesives
  • Machining & Treatment Services
  • International Association, Media

    Well-known footwear manufacturer such as Pou Chen, Grabit, Inc. from the U.S. (invested by Nike), automation equipment provider Panasonic, top collaborative robot Taiwan manufacturer Techman Robot, and Japanese company OMRON will participate.

    The App for ShoeTech Taipei is available online, which makes information including exhibitor list, product list, floor map, and event dates easy to find, and also it also includes badge scanning function. Visitors are encouraged to use the App to obtain the latest info for ShoeTech Taipei 2018.

    For more information, please go to the official website: https://www.shoetech.com.tw/en_US/index.html.

    Show Manager → Mr. Wolfgang Tang ext. 2619
    Publicity Manager → Ms. Lea Chou ext. 2616
    Exhibition Department, TAITRA
    Tel: 886-2-2725-5200, Fax: 886-2-2725-1959

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