Gov’t wants Volkswagen factory in south: official


TAIPEI–The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said yesterday that it would like to see Volkswagen set up a plant in Southern Taiwan, an economics official said yesterday.

Shen Wei-cheng, chief of the ministry’s Metal and Mechanical Industries Division, said the German car manufacturer has wanted to set up a plant in Taiwan for some time and has inquired about investment incentives.

Company executives came to Taiwan in February and called on Minister without Portfolio Yang Chiu-hsing and Vice President Wu Den-yih, both of whom introduced to them Taiwan’s feature industries in Southern Taiwan, including China Steel, the petrochemical sector, and the screw and fastener industries, according to Shen.

He noted that Southern Taiwan has a competitive edge and said the government will be happy should Volkswagen decide to set up a plant there.