Taiwanese Companies in the U.S.

Taiwanese companies have a strong history of investment in the United States. Cumulative FDI from Taiwan in the U.S. from 1952 through February 2013 reached $13.16 billion. Taiwanese companies support American jobs and exports in the financial services, biotechnology, agricultural and food manufacturing, and chemicals sectors, among many others. Currently, over 600 Taiwan companies have set up operations in the United States. Many of these companies are based in the innovation centers of Silicon Valley and the Research Triangle, reflecting the Taiwan government’s plans to establish stronger links to international industrial clusters. Home to many of the top IT companies in Asia, Taiwan seeks to effectively integrate R&D operations and supply chains that stretch from Hsinchu Science Park to high-tech clusters in the U.S., and now into Mainland China as well.

Leading Taiwanese companies invest in the U.S. to draw on established U.S. management expertise, capable U.S. engineers, and cutting-edge U.S. innovation. With operations all over the U.S. — from the West Coast industrial clusters to the Mid-Atlantic R&D hubs — major Taiwan companies continue to invest in the U.S. and contribute to the growth the American economy.

Major Taiwanese companies invest in the U.S.

  • ICT industry: TSMC, UMC, Foxconn, Acer, ASUS, First International Computer, MiTAC Information Technology, Chunghwa Telecom, Transcend
  • Transportation industry: China Airlines, EVA Airways, Evergreen Marine, Yang Ming Marine, Wan Hai Lines
  • Finance industry: Bank of Taiwan, First Bank, Hua Nan Bank, LandBank, E. Sun Bank, Mega International Commercial Bank
  • Chemical Industry: Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, Grand Pacific Petrochemical Corporation, Eternal Chemical Corporation
  • Food Industry´╝ÜUni-President Group, Ten-Ren Group, Wei Chuan Corporation, 85°C Bakery Cafe, Lianhwa Foods Corporation

Spotlight on Acer



Taiwan-based Acer Group, which produces the Acer, gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachine brands, was the second largest notebook PC manufacturer in the world with $15.7 billion in revenues in 2011. Acer employees 8,000 people across the globe, including close to 800 in the United States and Canada.

The company has a strong history of investment in the U.S. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Acer America Corporation oversees the R&D, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing operations in North America. In 2011 Acer purchased Silicon Valley-based iGware, a leading cloud technology company. Taiwan is actively becoming a leader in cloud computing with plans to inject $834 million in this emerging sector over 5 years.

Investment in Numbers

  • $21.9 billion: U.S. accumulative investment in Taiwan as of February 2013
  • $13.5 billion: Taiwan accumulative direct investment in the U.S. as of February 2013.
  • 4th: U.S. ranking as a foreign investor in Taiwan in first quarter of 2013, totaling $96.85 million.

Top Sectors for U.S. Investment in Taiwan in 2011

  • Manufacturing ($5.5 billion)
  • wholesale trade ($3.5 billion)
  • Finance and Insurance ($2.2 billion)