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Taiwan tackles rising China costs with smart tech platform

Apple suppliers like Advantech's plan to improve efficiency and cut costs

Advantech will set up a joint venture with the Taipei-backed Institute for Information Industry to offer a cloud platform that companies can use to monitor their equipment. (Photo by Debby Wu)

TAIPEI -- Leading Taiwanese industrial computer maker Advantech is setting up a joint venture with a government-backed research agency to offer a cloud platform that can be used for smart manufacturing and equipment monitoring, at a time when the local industry -- including Apple suppliers -- is feeling the heat of competition from Chinese rivals and amid rising costs in China.

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