Made in Taiwan is a brand name which still sells in solar thermal systems
Taiwanese solar thermal water heating system manufacturers confirm that flat plate collectors are still used in 90% of all installations. With an estimated 12,000 sqm of national monthly production capacity, the solar water heating industry is dominated by flat plate collector manufacturers. Although mainland Chinese manufacturers try to import cheaper vacuum tube collectors, Taiwanese prefer flat plate technology in industrial and private installations.
One reason for this predilection is the focus of Taiwanese customers and project developers on Taiwan’s own manufactured products, which are publicly promoted due to the island's political situation with its big neighbour. “Although we export to the Pacific region, including New Zealand and Australia, 90% of our market volume remains in Taiwan,” John Lin, Managing Director of Sansung, a major manufacturer of flat plate collectors, says. “’Made in Taiwan’ is a brand name which still sells – we are proud of our products.” Peggy Kuo, Director International Operations at Suncue in Taichung confirms that although there are thoughts about diversifying from a strong home market, which counts for 80% of production output, Taiwan will remain a stronghold and the main focus.
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