TAIPEI -- According to Cens Daily News, Taiwan exported $5.538 billion worth of general machinery in the first five months of 2006, which represents a growth of 3% from the corresponding period of 2005. The Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry compiled these statistics.

Exports for machine tools totaled $1.138 billion, up 7.6% from 2005. The second highest was special-purpose machinery at $372.45 million, up 25%. Plastics and rubber processing machinery, which was third, was down 6%, totaling $366.65 million. Woodworking machinery totaled $233.029 million and was down 17.1% compared to last year.

Hong Kong and mainland China ranked first in importing Taiwan-made machinery, totaling $1.87 billion, up 2.9% from 2005 and accounting for 34.1% of the total exports. The U.S. ranked second with $919.27 million, down 2.6% and accounting for 16.6% of total exports.

 

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