David Chien, the newly appointed director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami officially started his duties by addressing the attendees of NPE2018 in Orlando on May 8.

Chien addressed the NPE crowd with a press conference on Taiwan Smart Machinery 4.0.

“Chien’s speech will be closely watched as this is his first public appearance in the United States since he was tapped to serve in this position through an appointment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan),” according to a statement from the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

Before taking on the role of director general, Chien held two other U.S. assignments––one in San Francisco in 2000 and one in New York in 2009.

During the press conference, Chien discussed initiatives to promote more economic partnerships with the U.S. and manufacturing industries.

Taiwan is the fifth-largest exporter of machinery made for plastics to the U.S. with annual sales of over $64 million. In 2017, Taiwan generated more than $1.9 billion in revenue from the rubber and plastics industries alone.

“I am excited to start my diplomatic duties in Orlando,” Chien said ahead of the press conference. “I am pleased that Taiwan technology will be showcased at the Plastics convention and in front of our governmental leaders. I am honored to continue building upon strong relationships throughout the United States and in Florida.”

Other guest speakers presenting at the international press conference were John Chen, vice president of the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry; Dustin Chang of Foxnum Technology Co.; Ryan Hsiao of Huarong Group; Chen-Yu Liao of Sun Lung Gear; and Hank Wu of Fu Chun Shin Machinery.