Taiwan's mold and die industry gradually developed following the World War II. However, in 1960, the implementation of Taiwan government's policy of Encouraging Investment led to the industry’s development. This had a critical impact upon the development of technology-based industries and the expansion of private enterprise in the years ahead.
In order to support manufacturing industries, the state run Metal Industries Research and Development Center was formed in 1963 to assist private enterprises developing technology and establish a solid base. It was at this time that private investment in mold and die factories first began, leading to the number of mold and die production and maintenance shops increasing year by year. The main focus of the industry at the time was the production of mold and die for electrical home appliances, glass and ceramics, casting molds, wooden patterns, and plastic molds.
To enhance the mold and die industry, the government designated the mold and die industry a "strategic industry" in 1982. This gave further impetus to the development of the industry and in turn to the development of the Taiwan economy.
The eighties were a boom period of Taiwan's mold and die industry. During this time, punching dies and plastic molds became the two main product lines in the industry. Mold and die used in stamp casting and powder metallurgy also became increasingly used in line with the development of the auto industry and the sewing machine industry.
At the time, a wide range of mold and die were supplied, including plastic molds and punching dies used for producing electrical home appliances, dies used in powder metallurgy and pressure casting, as well as punching dies and plastic molds used by auto and motorcycle parts producers.
Over the same period,the Taiwan government implernented "The incentives for the Establishment or the Expansion of Industrial and mineral Enterprises"to help domestic manufacturers of mold and die and related products achieve more success through improved technology and increased productivity.
With mold and die production growing at a yearly rate of 10 to 20 percent and production capacity steadily increasing, it already became an important part of the machinery industry's production. As a result, in 1990 the Ministry of Economic Affairs decided to give the mold and die industry separate categorization and to include it in a group of industries targeted for further development.
As the industry had already reached maturity, some more experienced produces established the mold and die association, aiming at uniting the industry and further development and prosperity. The Taiwan Mold and Die Industry Association (TMDIA) was formally created on October 19, 1990. Its principle objectives were to assist the industry upgrading technology, increase cooperation with leading producers worldwide, assist members expand sales, improve production techniques, provide training programs, exchange trainees and manage special projects, make appropriate use of government and private resources, and become the industry's core organization promoting development.
By the joint efforts of all the association's chairmen, and staff members over the past thirteen years, the number of members increased from 180 to approximately 1,000 today.
The product categories offered by its member manufacturers now range from mold and die used in making traditional consumer items ,telecommunication and optical products, as well as heavy duty punching dies and large size plastic molds used in the auto and
motorcycle industries, and precision forged items.It is proved that upgrading mold and die production techniques have resulted in large increases in production value.
The TMDIA became a founding member of the Federation of Asian Die and Mould Associations (FADMA) in 1992 and has actively participated in all events to expand international exchanges and business opportunities. In September, 1995, the FADMA Forum held in Taipei, also sponsored the 3rd International Mold and Die Industry Exhibition and conferences. William H. Chi, TMDIA's former chairman, was elected chairman of FADMA in June 1997.
In reviewing Taiwan's economic achievements over the past decades, the mold and die industry's contribution to the local manufacturing sector cannot be ignored. As Taiwan's economy continues to liberalize and globalize, the association and all of the producers consider it a common responsibility to increase competitiveness and expand sales by utilizing their collective strength and government resources, and by implementing effective strategies to ally with major producers worldwide, spread market risk and develop precision products.