November 2018 Taiwan International Machine Tool Show (TMTS) to highlight island nation’s capabilities in aerospace machining.

TMTS 2018

Elisa Li, vice president of the Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders Association (TMBA) discusses the Nov. 7-11, 2018 TMTS2018 trade show at a press conference in Taichung, Taiwan. Li says the show will be significantly larger than the 2016 outing with more exhibitors from North America and Europe reserving booth space.

Taiwan Chevalier Machine

Falcon Machine Tools Co. Ltd. employees build a Chevalier double column vertical machining center (VMC) at the company’s Taichung, Taiwan, plant. Sales Manager Brian Chen says the company’s largest machines are most popular with aerospace companies producing large, monolithic components.

With machine tool sales increasing, especially to targeted aerospace and automotive customers, Taiwan’s machine tool makers are eager to gain more attention for their systems on a global stage. Following a big presence at Hannover Messe in Germany in April, and with several exhibitors expected to display in Chicago from Sept. 10-15, 2018, at IMTS 2018 – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, tool builders are hoping to draw even more international attention to the Taiwan International Machine Tool Show – TMTS2018, set for Nov. 7-11, 2018 in Taichung.


“TMTS will hold a series of purchasing conferences during the show to provide a communication platform for exhibitors and buyers,” says Elisa Li, executive secretary general of TMTS2018 organizer the Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders’ Association (TMBA). “The number of overseas visitors continues to increase and further raise the exposure rate [for the show held on even-numbered years]. According to the 2016 after-show report, more than 95% of exhibitors were satisfied with the effects of TMTS, and 99% of them considered participating in TMTS2018.”

Taiwan Chevalier Spindle

A technician at Chevalier’s Taichung factory builds a high-speed spindle in a temperature-controlled room. While some machine tool companies in Taiwan buy spindles from European and Japanese manufacturers, Chevalier and others build their own.

The TMBA recently invited editors from several international manufacturing publications to tour Taichung manufacturers prior to TMTS2018. With 90% of the island nation’s tool builders concentrated within a 40-mile radius of Taichung, manufacturers say the tooling cluster offers huge advantages.


Brad Wang, marketing director for Ching Hung Machinery & Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (CHMER), calls Taichung “the supermarket of the machinery industry. Any component or accessory we need, there’s a supplier within a few kilometers that can supply it to us.”


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