Made in Taiwan
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The Made in Taiwan (M.I.T; 台灣製造; sometimes Made in Taiwan, R.O.C) is the country of origin label affixed to products to indicate that the said product is made in Taiwan. As Taiwanese exports increased in the 1990s, the Made in Taiwan label has become well known for the wide variety of products, ranging from textiles, plastic toys, and bikes from the 1980s to laptops and computer chips in the 1990s. Recently, there has been a push by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to promote certified made-in-Taiwan products in Taiwan, including stocking participating items at major chain stores.
JP Morgan analyst Alvin Kwock noted that, "Over 80 percent of the world's notebook computer design is outsourced to Taiwan now."
Taiwan has been leading the computer industry for a long time, designing and manufacturing chips to laptops.
Representative brands of the Made in Taiwan label in the computer industry include Acer, Asus and HTC. Lesser known brands such as Quanta Computer have also proven to be highly competitive and successful, such as manufacturing the millions of computers for the One Laptop Per Child project.
In popular culture
In the 1998 film Armageddon, while Lev Andropov attempts repairs to the shuttles engines, he gets into an argument with the Co-Pilot Jennifer about knowledge of components and shouts "Russian Components, American Components, all made in Taiwan!" Made in Taiwan was also referred to in shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Three's Company and Rugrats. In the movie Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear, after watching a TV commercial of him, found out that he is a toy made in Taiwan.
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- "Innovation, design freshen "Made in Taiwan" tech label". Boston World News. Retrieved 2008-10-14.[dead link]