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Taiwan Top 2000

Taiwan Top 2000
Top 2000 Survey: Financial Industry

Investment Losses Bode Ill for Economy

The financial industry, which caught a profit tailwind 2014, found itself sailing against strong headwinds in 2015. As the Chinese economy slows down and financial markets remain volatile, making money is getting harder.

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Hi-Lai Harbour Restaurant

High-class Seafood at Reasonable Prices

Hi-Lai Harbour, a buffet restaurant chain founded in Kaohsiung, has established outlets in department stores in all of Taiwan's five major cities. The group's revenue growth tops the list of hospitality businesses in our 2016 Top 2000 Survey.

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Poya International

From Country Boy to Adult

Poya is the dominant player in the cosmetics/drugstore sector in central and southern Taiwan and is now turning its attention to Taipei, wondering if the same formula that turned it into a NT$10 billion business can conquer new challenges.

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2016 Top 2000 Survey

30 Years Later, Who’s on Top?

The CommonWealth Magazine Top 2000 Survey has tracked the evolution of Taiwan’s industrial history over the past 30 years, often identifying paradigm shifts in business trends before they were obvious. Here’s a look back and forward.

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Top 2000 Survey: Service Industry

‘Consumer Experience’ the New Battlefield

A generally sluggish economy saw service industry revenues decline last year, with a slight uptick in profitability for some as e-commerce continued to surge and retail engaging in cross-industry cooperation to forge new opportunities. On line or on the high street, customers always respond to a good "consumer experience.

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Top 2000 Survey: Manufacturing

Bust Cycle the New Normal in Post-Apple Era

While conventional industries struggle to transform themselves, emerging industries face great uncertainty. Despite a short-lived recovery, the manufacturing industry registered a 3.4 percent decline in revenue growth in 2015. However, a select few have been able to disperse the clouds in favor of sunny skies.

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Top 2000 Survey: Financial Industry

Recovery, Deregulation Lead to Boon

The global economic recovery brought higher stocks and bonds profits, while relaxed regulations have encouraged financial interests to get off the island and embrace the greater Pacific region.

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Top 2000 Survey: Manufacturing

Profits High Due to Apple and Oil

Taiwan's high-tech manufacturers benefitted from the success of Apple's iPhone 6 in 2014, while the 50% drop in oil prices was a boon to conventional industries.

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Top 2000 Survey: Service Industry

Merging Real and Virtual Worlds

Of the 27 service industries covered by the Top 2000 Survey, the telecom industry is the only sector that suffered shrinking revenue in 2014. The ability to precisely predict demand is crucial if companies want to win consumer support in the Internet era.

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Top 2000 Survey: Manufacturing

Identifying Trends, Seizing Niches

In 2013, Taiwanese manufacturers saw their sales fall but their profits rise. Was that a warning or good news? What are the secrets to coping with mounting external challenges?

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Top 2000 Survey: Service Industry

Rise of Food Industry Darlings

In 2013, the keys to growth in Taiwan's service industry were innovation and refinement. Most notable was a select group of stars in the food services industry.

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Top 2000 Survey: Financial Industry

Dawn of the Golden Era

On the back of financial deregulation and regional integration, the future has never looked rosier for Taiwanese banking, as financial institutions move to conquer new markets and take on the challenges of electronic finance and globalization.

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2014 Top 2000 Survey

Dynamism Gets the Edge on Size

CommonWealth Magazine's 2014 survey of Taiwan's top 2,000 enterprises revealed a clear trend: instead of trying to get bigger, companies are now determined to get better.

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Taiwan's Top 50 Performers

Niche Markets, Little Giants

Taiwan's top-performing enterprises of 2013 came from a wide spectrum of industries. What sets these hidden champions apart from the pack is unique key technologies and niche dominance.

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2013 Top 2000 Survey

Taiwan's Top 50 Performers

Several relatively obscure companies serving Taiwan's domestic consumers defied the economic malaise of 2012 to join high-tech enterprises among the year's top performers.

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Fubon Financial Chairman Daniel Tsai

Aiming to Be Financial 'Pride of Taiwan'

Fubon Financial has led Taiwan's financial holding companies in net profit four years running and has gained the deepest foothold in China. In an exclusive interview Daniel Tsai reveals his personal goals and aspirations for the company.

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2013 Top 2000 Survey

Hidden Champions Transcend Gloom

CommonWealth Magazine's traditional Top 1000 Survey has been changed to the Top 2000 this year to recognize the under-the-radar medium-sized companies that are doing well despite a difficult economy.

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2013 Top Financial Institutions

Overseas Shift Leads to Record Profits

Bucking trends, Taiwan's financial sector has surged to its highest profitability since the global financial crisis, largely driven by opportunities farther afield, in China and Asean.

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Top Manufacturing Enterprises 2013

Riding Technology, Flexibility to Success

In 2012 Taiwan's manufacturing sector saw revenues and profits fall, but some companies are fighting back and reversing the tide with technology and innovation.

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Top 500 Service Enterprises

Domestic Demand Heats Up

Taiwan's domestic demand-driven industries are flourishing, but people's complaints about rising prices are growing louder too. How can the service industry respond to these trends and continue to attract customers?

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Top 100 Financial Institutions

Winds of Change Rattle the Top

In 2011 Cathay Financial Holdings regained its throne as Taiwan's top financial holdings group, and Bank of Taiwan fell from the Top 10 for the first time, as state-run banks lost their competitive edge.

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2012 Top 1000 Survey

Deciphering the New World of Ecosystems

Globalization has intensified competition everywhere. To survive, companies need to cooperate with potential rivals to thrive in common ecosystems and grab a share of mainstream markets.

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2012 Top 1000 Survey

Four Golden Markets Keeping Consumers Happy

Which four mainstream markets have firmly caught the Taiwanese consumer's eye and shown greater than 30-percent growth in operating revenue over the past five years?

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Top 1000 Manufacturing Enterprises

Focus amid Volatility

Growth in Taiwan's manufacturing industry has slowed, but some companies still boast revenues worth one fifth of GDP. With the law of the jungle ruling the market, how do they manage to join the ranks of the fittest?

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Top 100 Financial Enterprises

SME Borrowing Drives Bank Earnings

In 2010, Taiwan's financial sector was back on a roll, as SME lending became the new big thing, for the first time accounting for more than half of all business lending among Taiwan's domestic banks.

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Top 1000 Manufacturers

High Profits, Wild Growth

Taiwan's manufacturing sector had combined sales of NT$24 trillion in 2010 and net profits rose 78 percent. How did it deliver such scintillating results?

The Age of Value Marketing Has Arrived

The sales and profits of Taiwan's top 1,000 companies hit three-year highs in 2010. The secret to their success? Winning customers' hearts in an age when consumers are pricklier than ever.

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Taiwan's 50 Fastest Growing Enterprises

The New 'Mixed Blood' Company

The number of start-up enterprises in Taiwan has plummeted by more than half over the past 20 years, but in its latest survey CommonWealth Magazine discovered three keys that can still deliver success.

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2010 Top 1000 Enterprises

Thriving through Flexibility

The global financial crisis claimed plenty of casualties in Taiwan, but its top enterprises brandished one critical asset that helped many of them thrive: flexibility.

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Formosa International Hotels Corporation

Buying Regent, Going Global

At long last, Taiwan's FIHC has acquired the Regent brand. Chairman Steven Pan reveals the strategy he used to close the US$56 million deal, and his company's global ambitions.

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Tightening Belts, Squeezing Out Profits

Top 100 Financial Enterprises

In 2009, Taiwanese insurers reaped windfall profits from booming investment markets fueled by low interest rates, while banks squeezed meager profit out of "savings." In 2010, challenges continue to loom large.

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Shrinking Consumption Reshuffles Winning Industries

Top 500 Service Enterprises

Feeling the pinch of a straitened economy, Taiwan's service industry suffered a decline in overall revenue in 2009. Yet not all sectors were equally impacted. Flexibility is the key as companies fight for survival under trying conditions.

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2010 Top 1000 Enterprises

2010 Top 1000 Manufacturers

The global financial crisis claimed plenty of casualties in Taiwan, but its top enterprises brandished one critical asset that helped many of them thrive: flexibility.

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Hon Hai Group

Terry Gou Joins the ‘Bandits'

The Hon Hai Group was Taiwan's biggest manufacturer in 2008, but revenue growth sagged and opportunities were missed. After toying with retirement, Chairman Terry Gou is back, hoping to restore his company's aura of invincibility.

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2009 Top 1000 Enterprises

The Next Wave: Knowing How People Live

2009 spells the end of manufacturing as we know it. Being able to make products is no longer enough – the path to wealth lies in knowing what consumers really want.

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2009 Top 100 Financial Enterprises

Hit by the Tsunami, Half in the Red

Taiwan's financial industry posted its highest revenues since 2000, yet profits were lower than companies can afford. Battered by the financial tsunami, the financial industry has hit rock bottom and is fighting hard for its survival.

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2009 Top 500 Service Enterprises

Soaring Revenues, Concentrated Growth

Glittering in the face of a lackluster economy, Taiwan's service sector remains remarkably vital. Yet some industries are booming more than others.

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2009 Top 1000 Manufacturers

A Shift in Priorities

Battered by the global economic slump in 2008, Taiwan's top manufacturers focused on improving from within, putting a premium on flexibility and responding to consumers' needs.

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Quanta Computer's Barry Lam

The Search for the Next Twenty-year Heyday

With notebook computers ever more commonplace, leading notebook maker Quanta faces a future growth ceiling, but despite the pressure, its leader Barry Lam is calmly in pursuit of the next killer app.

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Acer Unseats Taipower at the Top

Top 500 Service Enterprises

In 2007, Taiwan's service sector finally exceeded NT$6 trillion in revenues. But all was not well, as profitability declined. How did Acer buck the trend and vault pass Taiwan Power Company at the top?

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A Bumper Year Goes Bust

Top 1000 Manufacturing Enterprises

In 2007 Taiwanese manufacturing rocketed with record revenues and profits, but plummeted in the final quarter, hit by the U.S. mortgage crisis and global inflation. How will it steel itself against a continuing string of challenges?

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A Storm Weathered, a Showdown Awaits

Top 100 Financial Enterprises

After enduring a consumer debt crisis, Taiwan's financial sector enjoyed broadly higher profits last year. Looking ahead, the China market poses even greater risks and challenges.

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Taiwan's Top 500 Service Companies

Shifting Markets, Going Global

In 2006, Taiwan’s service sector suffered negative revenue growth for the first time in five years. Yet a market shift has begun to favor those enterprises with global reach.

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Top 100 Financial Enterprises

The Struggle to Stand Out

For Taiwan's financial industry, 2006 was a year for post-disaster reconstruction. In this highly competitive market, Taiwanese businesses must now seek to break free from the existing herd mentality and create new value.

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2007 Top 1,000 Enterprises

Manufacturing Matures, Looks Inward

As new products and new emerging markets fuel profit margins, Taiwan's manufacturing sector refocuses on internal management, and continues to consolidate.

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Taiwan's Top 1000 Enterprises

Metamorphosing to Overcome Micro Margins

While revenues rise, profits are flagging. Yet some companies are transforming themselves, with strategies that transcend the high-volume, low-margin modus operandi of conventional Taiwanese industry.