Taipei, Taiwan — On the floor at the recent Taipei Plas trade show, the mood regarding the U.S.-China trade war was definitely mixed.
In the short term, the outlook is good, executives say. Last month, Fong Kee International Machinery Co. Ltd. sold three machines worth a total of $1.6 million to U.S. customers, President Larry Wei said in an interview at his company's booth at Taipei's Nangang Exhibition Center.
Tooling and mold makers see positives, too. "The trade war offers us a good opportunity to get into the U.S. market," said Eric Li of mold maker CNN Plastic System Co. Ltd., in what was a typical response at the fair.
But some machinery executives with hard experience trying to sell to skeptical U.S. buyers aren't quite as ebullient.