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.
By JENNY WU
Statistics compiled by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) show that in 2013, automobile production and sales in China were 22.12 million and 21.98 million units, respectively, up 10.2% and 9.6% from the previous year.
China's annual new-car sales, CAAM foreca... Full Story
By JENNY WU
Along with the rapid advancement of new technologies, automotive electronics--vital to upgrading the powertrain performance, safety, and comfort of modern vehicles--have been drawing intense attention in recent year through the constant development of newer and better products and ap... Full Story
By MICHELLE HSU
In the burgeoning Chinese auto market, safety has joined worsening air pollution as a focus of major concern. With more and more new cars on the road and more and more novice drivers behind the wheel, traffic accidents are soaring and casualty figures skyrocketing.
“How can we... Full Story
To accelerate Taiwan’s development of medical instruments, the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), a government-funded R&D institute, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chirana Group, a Slovakian supplier of medical instruments.
The MOU was already signed in ... Full Story
According to market consultant LEDinside, a subsidiary of TrendForce Corp., average selling price (ASP) of LED light bulbs dropped at least 20% year on year worldwide in January this year, with 40W incandescent-replacement bulbs dropping 21% or so while 60W replacement bulbs down around 28%.
The... Full Story
Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. Chairman Robert Yeh expects the company’s revenue for the first quarter to likely outstrip the second highest of NT$6.7 billion (US$225.2 million) of Q4, 2013 regardless of fewer workdays in the first quarter due to Chinese New Year holidays.
Yeh, whose company is... Full Story
Taiwan’s industry executives say that Samsung has recently placed orders via its contracted LED packagers with Taiwan’s LED chipmakers for flip-chip LEDs for TV backlights.
Samsung began integrating flip-chip LEDs into backlights for its direct back-lit LCD TVs last year, reportedly becoming the... Full Story
Profits hit record highs at most of Taiwan’s leading makers of embedded PCs, or industrial PCs, last year mostly thanks to market recovery in the United States and Europe.
Advantech Co., Ltd., a major player in Taiwan, earned NT$7.26 per share while Ennoconn Corp., a subsidiary of the Foxconn Te... Full Story
Asustek Computer Inc.’s branded operation saw revenue hit record high of NT$421.3 billion (US$14 billion) last year after spinning it off from its contract-manufacturing service in 2011.
Its after-tax net income for 2013 was NT$21.4 billion (US$715 million), or NT$28.9 per diluted share, down 4%... Full Story
Taiwan exported US$1.5 billion worth of machinery in January, down 4.4% from the same month of 2013 due chiefly to a 31.1% decline in exports to mainland China, the biggest overseas market for the island's machinery.
The Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), which represents over 2,50... Full Story
By CARMEN LO
An estimated 1.32 million LED streetlights with a value of around RMB8.6 billion (US$1.4 billion) have been installed in China since the Chinese State Council began pushing an aggressive LED-streetlight demonstration program named “Ten Cities, Million Lights” in 2009.
This progra... Full Story
Kao Fong Machinery Co., Ltd. recently broke ground to construct a factory at the Central Taiwan Science Park to boost revenue to NT$2.4 billion (US$80 million) for 2014 and NT$3 billion (US$100 million) for 2015.
The company budgets an estimated NT$340 million (US$11.3 million) for the new facto... Full Story
By JENNY WU
China has set itself the goal of becoming a world LED powerhouse in 2020 with millions of households using highly efficient LED lighting, and its LED industry aims to snatch 30% of global market for LED functional lighting by 2015. To do that, it will have to overcome outstanding... Full Story
To revive sluggish exports of Taiwan’s tech products, including ICT devices, display panels, optoelectronics and photovoltaic products, LEDs, machinery etc., the Taiwanese government has decided to help enhance cooperation in such industries between Taiwan and China.
To that end, the Ministry of... Full Story
In January, the United Kingdom-headquartered lighting manufacturer, the Aurora Group, started up production in its new 440,000-square-foot factory in Ji’an City, Jiangxi province, China, where the plant, four times the size of the group’s current manufacturing sites combined, will drive the group’s... Full Story
With the global steel market gradually on the mend, Taiwan-based China Steel Corp. (CSC), the largest steelmaker on the island by size, scored pretax profits of NT$23.207 billion, or about NT$1.5 per share, for 2013 to meet market expectations, according to the firm’s latest financial statement.
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By MICHELLE HSU
The market for new-generation "green" lighting has grown steadily over the past few years, though the rate of growth has been slower than expected. The global market for LED lighting, the dominant green-lighting category, was worth an estimated US$7 billion in 2013 and is expecte... Full Story
By KEN LIU
“Plant factory” has emerged as a theme at the LED Lighting Taiwan trade show during the past two years, and Wei Fang, director of National Taiwan University’s Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering and a specialist in greenhouse horticulture, believes that Taiwan is wel... Full Story
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) targets this year to inspire the island’s handset and emerging telecom-industry supply chains to invest over NT$12 billion (US$4 billion) in crucial 4G technologies, so as to sharpen manufacturers’ competitiveness to vie for the estimated NT$750 billion (US$... Full Story
Memory-module maker Adata Technology Co., Ltd. has recently launched a series of LED desk lamps named Tulip, to zero in on Taiwan’s household reading lamp market, which is another LED lighting item after the firm ventured into the sector 2009, after which it had rolled out retrofit types of LED lig... Full Story
Epistar Corp. Vice President S.H. Chang recently said that the world’s No.1 LED chipmaker by production capacity may raise its stake in packager Edison Opto Corp. to boost its share of the LED lighting market, which has just begun picking up.
Epistar has bought for around NT$300 million (US$10 m... Full Story
By CARMEN LO
With its stunning economic performance over the past decades, China is today a huge and much-coveted market for global manufacturers in the furniture industry. Nearly 200 European furniture brands have reportedly heeded the call of China, hoping to tap demand there, along with other... Full Story
Hiwin Technologies Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Chuo announced at the company’s Jan. 17 yearend banquet that the manufacturer of ballscrews will see sales of intelligent robots more than double this year over 2013 and soon see revenue reach the US$1 billion benchmark.
C... Full Story
Flooded by orders in the first quarter of 2014 and upbeat about business for the second quarter, Taiwan’s leading machine-tool makers will inaugurate expansion plans earlier than originally scheduled.
Industry executives point out that the recovering economies in the Europe Union, United States ... Full Story
By STEVE CHUANG
Despite a sluggish 2013, most of Taiwanese furniture parts makers have not slackened their efforts to continue developing through improved production capability and better.
The three manufacturers described below are noted for their consistent efforts to sharpen their competit... Full Story
Last year, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) earned NT$188.1 billion (US$6.2 billion), or NT$7.26 per diluted share in after-tax net income on consolidated revenue of NT$597 billion (US$19.9 billion), with net income rising 13.1% from the previous year to hit a new high along with the t... Full Story
By JENNY WU
China’s furniture industry generated a production value of 1,130 billion renminbi (RMB) in 2012, keeping that country in first place in the world in terms of both production and market value for the fifth year in a row, according to Zhu Changling, chairman of the China National Furnitu... Full Story
Taiwan’s Metal Industry Continues to Meet Market Trends
With markets demanding eco-friendly, energy-saving, lightweight metal products, Taiwan’s metal industry has been increasingly working on value-added, non-ferrous metals and alloys as aluminum, magnesium and titanium to go upmarket and boost... Full Story
While Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. saw its revenue increase to 29% of the total by Taiwan’s top-10 LED packagers in 2013 from 2012’s 24%, Epistar Corp. meanwhile racked up 53% of total revenue by the island’s top-10 LED chipmakers from around 46%, according to the nonprofit Photonics Industry &... Full Story
ADATA Lighting, the LED lighting arm of memory-module maker ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., predicts its 2014 revenue to quadruple or quintuple from 2013 to above NT$1 billion (US$33.3 million) mostly thanks to sharp increase in orders from overseas and Taiwan.
According to ADATA Technology Chairman... Full Story