The forum was honored to have three distinguished guests to deliver opening speeches on site and via live webcast, namely Mr. Axel Limberg, Chief Representative and Executive Director, German Trade Office Taipei , Ms. Chen Pei-Li, Deputy Director General, Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Mr. Alexander Hirschle, Director Taiwan and Philippines, Germany Trade and Invest(GTAI).
During his opening remarks, Mr. Limberg, Chief Representative and Executive Director, German Trade Office Taipei, emphasized the growing demand for BEVs in Germany and Taiwan, and that the market size confirms the global trend," with a market size of US$2 trillion, the electric vehicle market has already surpassed the global semiconductor industry (US$85 billion). It is expected to enter a period of explosive growth within a decade, and to double in size within the next two decades.” According to Mr. Limberg, the rising numbers are also rooted in a recognition of environmental protection and the sustainable development of the industry chain.
Mr. Limberg also pointed out that with the strengthening of bilateral policies in Germany and Taiwan, the sales of electric vehicles are already on the rise. In 2021 alone, Germany sold 328,000 all-electric vehicles, thanks in part to government incentives. The Taiwanese government has also set specific figures to promote the development of the electric vehicle market, aiming for a 30% market share by 2030 and 100% by 2040. There are huge opportunities for the German and Taiwanese automotive industries. He said, " since German automakers are one of the largest manufacturers in the world, the importance of Taiwanese suppliers and partners is self-evident as Germany is leading the development of the automotive industry.”
In addition, nine expert speakers were invited to give keynote speeches at this forum from SEMI Taiwan, German Association of the Automotive Industry e.V. (VDA), Bosch Taiwan, LITE-ON Technology Corporation, DEKRA Testing and Certification Co. Ltd., VicOne, Volkswagen Group Taiwan Co. Ltd., AUO Corporation, ProLogium, Technology Co., Ltd. The five themes in order are, “Status Quo Electrical Vehicle Policy and Development in Germany & Taiwan”, “A New Era of Mobility: How AI and Automated Driving Solutions Will Change the Car of the Future”, “The Challenge of Future Vehicle: Vehicle Cybersecurity Certification”, “EV Driving Experience of the Future: Smart Cockpit Solutions” and “Solid-state battery technology breakthrough, commercialization and highlights of ProLogium.”
The expert representatives of the enterprises attending the conference were also deeply impressed by the significance of this forum. DEKRA pointed out, “with international automotive safety regulations, all global automakers and supply chain manufacturers must be compliant in order to obtain the key ticket to the EV market. With VicOne's technical expertise in the field of automotive safety and DEKRA's rich experience in testing and certification services, we will help Taiwan's EV supply partners accelerate the process of international safety certification and seize the global market opportunity.”
The forum ended with a panel discussion moderated by the Executive Director and Chief Delegate of the German Trade Office Taipei , Mr. Limberg, and a panel of four experts on the challenges of BEVs and the trend of self-driving for industry transformation.”