Well 'Made-in-Taiwan' for a better tomorrow
By Dimitri Bruyas, Supplement Writer Monday, December 5, 2011, 12:01 pm TWN
Gov't-sponsored MIT Certification
One of the best things about the MIT certification system is that it gives companies a chance to improve their products. Those that do not pass the strict assessments are given guidance by the government.
"With the assurance that the MIT logo offers, consumers can have peace of mind when they purchase MIT-certified products that come in close contact with their skin, especially undergarments and towels," said Y. K. Wang (汪雅康), chairman of the Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI, 紡織產業綜合研究所).
"Weeding out products that do not meet local and international standards eventually helps build a good image for locally made products," he added. "It is important not to confuse the branding with any Taiwan-made products. Only those that pass the strict certification process can use the government's smiley face logo."
Wang also noted that the MIT label has helped protecting the interest of the local textile industry, which consists of clothing, undergarments, swimsuits and sweaters, following the signature of the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA, 兩岸經濟合作架構協議) in June 2010.
"Faced with increased competition from foreign imports after the signing of the agreement, the industry had to increase its competitive edge," he explained. "With more than 100 companies registered, we have successfully appealed to the tertiary and secondary industrial sectors."
With that achieved, Taiwan can enjoy the advantages of ECFA, which allows Taiwan's textile exports to enter mainland China at a favorable tax rate starting this year. In 2013, the exports will be completely duty free.
In the meantime, the IDB director general warmed that up to 41 percent of Taiwan's business takes place in mainland China. Although, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 外貿易發展協會) holds many product fairs and exhibitions each year, Duh stressed that people are "less likely to know where these products come from" without a government-sponsored certification system.
"All MIT products go through the same certification process according to criteria set by the government," he said, adding that the MIT label is embedded with a code that includes the company name. The costs resulting from testing are supported by the government.
"With the success and attention that MIT-certified products have garnered from the public, MIT is preparing to move into the global market," he continued.
In recent years, the country's avant-garde designers and manufacturers have already been showcasing their innovative designs at various FUSE Fashion Textile Week and other promotional events held all year long. In return, these events have helped them expand their market shares all across the island.
With the support of the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF, 紡拓會), the TTRI, the IDB and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工研院), the annual FUSE, which combines fashion and Taiwan's traditional culture, can further help promote Taiwan's textile sector in mainland China and on the international stage. ■
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