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Looking in-depth at the latest developments in production, sales, product design innovation, and technology advancements, as well as overall supply capabilities of Taiwan’s major export industries, these reports focus on machinery, auto parts, hardware, furniture, lighting and hardware etc. to keep global buyers and readers informed and better prepared to do business with Taiwan suppliers.

Google to Expand Cloud Data Center in Taiwan

Search engine giant Google Inc. plans to add one more facility to its cloud data center on the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park built on reclaimed land off Changhua County in central Taiwan. With Google declining to elaborate on the planned facility, local industry executives estimate needed inv... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

MediaTek of Taiwan Joins Intel-led IOT Camp

MediaTek Inc. and Acer Inc. have recently announced joining the Internet of Things (IOT) alliance initiated by Intel. The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) competes against the Qualcomm-headed AllSeen Alliance, Google-led Tread Group, and Apple-dominated HomKit for global leadership in setting up ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

China's Handset Makers Fasinated with Japanese-licensed NMT in Taiwan

Industry executives report that China’s branded suppliers of smartphones are fascinated with Taiwan-made consumer-electronics casings using the nano molding technology (NMT), motivating Taiwan’s manufacturers to consider capacity expansion for more orders. Taiwan’s NMT-casing manufacturers inclu... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

TSMC Releases Ultra-Low Power Platform for IOT and Wearables

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has released the silicon-foundry segment’s first and most comprehensive ultra-low power platform for a wide range of applications for the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IOT) and wearable device markets that require a wide spectrum of technologies ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

Hiwin's Q3 Revenue Hits Seven Year High

Hiwin Technologies Corp. recently announced that consolidated Q3 revenue hit a seven-year high of NT$4.2 billion (US$141.7 million), with the September revenue of NT$1.4 billion (US$49 million) reaching a 34-month high. The September result represented a 2.8% increase from the previous month and... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/16

Taiwan's Machine Tool Makers See Improving Q3 Profitability

Taiwan’s leading machine-tool makers estimate Q3 sales of this year to be more profitable than that of last year, with orders booked to keep production lines humming throughout the final quarter and potential orders being tracked for Q1, 2015. Among those manufacturers are Hiwin Technologies Co... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/15

Paper Finds Its Way into the Furniture Market
Taiwanese manufacturers adopt the material of the future

By MICHELLE HSU With the rise of environmental awareness, the concept of "green" is gradually finding its way into works of creation, and paper is being applied ever more widely in furniture design and production as an eco-friendly alternative to solid wood. From the simple cabinets and seati... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/15

LED Packager Unity Opto's Revenue Hits New High in September

LED packager, Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd., announced consolidated revenue of NT$918 million (US$30.6 million) for September, increasing 0.92% from a month earlier and 73.4% year on year to hit a new high for a third month. The September result helped swell the company’s Q3 revenue to NT$2.6 ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/15

Technology Advances Drive Changes in the Design of Workspace Furniture
The increasing use of mobile devices gives rise to "the chair as an office"

By MICHELLE HSU Whatever you call the space where you work at home--studio, workstation, home office--the furniture you use there is undergoing drastic changes along with the evolution of lifestyles and working habits brought on by the use of PCs and mobile devices. Advances in information, c... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/14

China's Furniture Parts Makers Thrive with Booming Furniture Industry
Manufacturers offer innovative products that meet the needs of the global market

By JENNY WU China is the world’s largest furniture manufacturer, accounting for 25% of total global output, and in 2006 became the world's No. 1 furniture exporter. It is now also the world's biggest furniture market, with estimated market value of about 500 billion RMB (approximately US$83.3 bi... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/14

Taiwanese Makers of Bathroom Fittings and Accessories Compete Well Globally with Different Strategies
One central Taiwan maker led peers by adopting CNC machines for production 18 years ago

By STEVE CHUANG Shifting locales of global furniture production to emerging countries over the past few decades has profoundly uprooted market dynamics, with out-migration of Taiwanese furniture makers over the years also having destabilized the erstwhile prosperous furniture industry in Taiwan.... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/13

Largan Raises Investment for New Factory in Central Taiwan

Largan Precision Co., Ltd., a major supplier of lenses for smartphones in Taiwan, has decided to raise investment in a new factory in Taiwan to NT$20.5 billion (US$683.3 million), up from the NT$10 billion (US$333.3 million) originally planned, to boost market share in high-definition lenses, with... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/08

Teco of Taiwan Gains Steam from Wind Turbine and EV Businesses

Teco Electric & Machinery Co., Ltd., Taiwan’s veteran manufacturer of heavy-duty motors and household appliances, is increasingly gaining steam from its wind turbine and electric vehicle businesses, hence expected by institutional investors to finish this year with double-digit revenue growth and E... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/08

China's Coffee Table Manufacturers Optimistic about Market Prospects
Producers use product variety to overcome intense competition in the industry

By CARMEN LO Living room furniture has always been the mainstay of the furniture industry, and items used in the living room change constantly along with market trends. Furniture manufacturers believe, therefore, that to survive they need to be able to provide different kinds of furniture produc... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/08

Hiwin of Taiwan Starts German Factory Construction Plan

Hiwin Technologies Corp., a major maker in Taiwan of precision components for machinery, has set in motion the plan to construct a factory in Offenburg, Germany for €17 million (US$20.4 million). The factory will make high-performance ball screws and linear guide ways once started up in 2015, an... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/07

TSMC Announces First Functional 16nm FinFET ARM-based Networking Processor

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) on Sept. 25 announced the silicon foundry industry’s first fully functional ARM-based networking processor using its 16-nanometer FinFET process technology licensed by HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd., a designer of specialty application ICs. Such an... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/07

MediaTek-Google's Android One Smartphone Platform Targets Sub-US$100 Segment

Fabless house MediaTek Inc. recently announced introduction of the brand new smartphone platform "Android One" in cooperation with Google Inc. to boost the market for sub-US$100 smartphones, a rising segment called "Super-mid Market" with potentially one billion consumers. Industry executives s... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/06

Rechi to Attain 2014 Goal with Steady Monthly Shipments in Low Season

Rechi Precision Co., Ltd. executives predict the company to comfortably attain its goal of shipping 13 million air conditioner compressors in 2014 due to steady shipments in the low months. While Q3 is typically a low season, Rechi has been fortunate due to the unusually simmering summer in July... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/06

CSC Posts Pretax Profits of NT$2.871 Bn. for Aug.

China Steel Corp. (CSC), the biggest steelmaker in Taiwan by size, scored pretax profits of NT$2.871 billion (US$95.7 million) in August, up 5% month-on-month for a single-month high of this year, according to the firm’s latest financial report. The report shows CSC’s cumulative pretax profits f... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/02

Hon Hai and Taiwan Mobile in Mutual Investment Deal to Tap Telecom Biz

Hon Hai Group and Taiwan Mobile Corp. recently announced a mutual-investment partnership to tap the telecom market. The partnership enables Taiwan Mobile, Taiwan’s No.2 mobile-service provider by revenue, to acquire 5MHz of bandwidth from the Hon Hai-held 4G service provider, AMBIT Corp., for NT... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/02

China Mobile Chairman Xi Visits Taiwan's IT Industry Heads Over IOT Cooperation

China Mobile Ltd. Chairman Xi Guohua recently visited top brasses of Taiwan’s high-profile information-technology (IT) companies to discuss reportedly cooperation on Internet of Things (IOT). Xi flew to Taiwan to preside over the Global TD LTE Initiative (GTI), a TD LTE 4G wireless technology ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/01

Taiwanese Steel Suppliers Look to Rosy Q4 Amid Upbeat Market Prospects

With international prices of coking coal and iron ore, as well as Japanese, Chinese and Korean steelmakers’ prices of hot and cold-rolled steels gradually stabilizing to indicate increasingly brightening market prospects, Taiwanese steel suppliers are expected to enjoy rosy performance in Q4, the ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/01

IMTS 2014 in Chicago Exceeds Taiwanese Exhibitors' Expectations

The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 (IMTS 2014) of Chicago, held Sept. 8-13, brought Taiwan’s exhibitors some US$50 million of orders on-site, suggesting bright market outlook for the island’s machine-tool makers at least in Q4, 2014 and Q1, 2015. The Taiwanese exhibitors includ... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/30

Quanta Computer's Consolidated Revenue Hits 9-Month High of NT$81.215 Bn. in August

Mainly driven by strong back-to-school demand for notebook PCs, Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc., world’s largest laptop original design manufacturer by shipment, recorded a 9-month high in Aug. consolidated revenue of NT$81.251 billion (US$2.708 billion) since December, up 4.3% month-on-month (M... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/23

Hon Hai's Consolidated Revenue Up 5% to NT$275.084 Bn. in August

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., world’s largest EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm by size, reported consolidated revenue of NT$275.084 billion (US$9.169 billion) for August, up 5% month-on-month but down 1.9% year-on-year (YoY), according to the firm’s latest financial report. H... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/23

Taiwan's Photovoltaic Makers Stay Upbeat Anemic August Revenues

Regardless of steep sales decrease in August, Taiwan’s photovoltaic manufacturers remain upbeat about market outlook in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2014. Most of the island’s solar-cell makers saw revenues drop to nearly one-year low this August due to increased inventory backlogs caused by Ameri... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/22

Precision Parts Maker Hiwin's August Revenue Hit 33-Month High

Hiwin Technology Co., Ltd., a major, Taiwan-based maker of precision components for machines, reported consolidated revenue of NT$1.4 billion (US$47.6 million) for August, up 5% from the previous month and 33.6% year on year to hit a 33-month high. Industry executives ascribe the striking gr... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/22

China Airlines and EVA Air Report Encouraging Sales for August

Due partly to summer travel boom and partly to increased flights, China Airlines Ltd. and EVA Airways Corp. (EVA Air), Taiwan’s two major airlines, both posted rosy sales in August. China Airlines, with the island’s largest fleet, finished August with revenue of NT$13.704 billion (US$456.8 milli... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/22

Unity Opto Technology's August Revenue Hits All-Time High of US$30.4 Million

In August LED packaging house Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd. saw revenue hit fresh all-time high of NT$912 million (US$30.4 million), surging 13.59% from the previous month and 59.45% year on year to set new high for the second month. Company executives ascribe the persistent growth mostly to t... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/19

TSMC Installs EUV Machines for 10nm Chipmaking

According to ASML Taiwan executives, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has outfitted itself with ASML’s extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography machine, which is crucial to the development of 10-nanometer process technology for semiconductor manufacturing. The Taiwan company is a subsi... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/19

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