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Taiwanese Companies Gradually Building Presence in Global Market of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Likely the result of the unspoken rule in business "keep up or fall behind" in the wake of the demonstration of various new-generation Advanced Driving Assistant Systems (ADAS) at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas in January by international automakers as Mercedes-Benz, Aud... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/27

KYMCO Aims to Ship 535,000 PTWs Globally in 2015: Chairman Ko

Allen Ko, having taken the helm as chairman of Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd. (KYMCO) in late 2014, recently said the motor scooter maker aims to ship 534,700 powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and other types of vehicles in 2015, with its overseas subsidiaries, such as Changzhou Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd. in... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/24

Relatively Cheaper Yen and Won Hurt Taiwan's Q1 Machinery Exports

Compiled by KEN LIU In the first quarter, Taiwan’s machinery exports rose a moderate 4 percent, contrasting machine-tool exports' drop of 2 percent from the same period of last year mostly due to the continual impact of the relatively steeper devaluation of South Korean won and Japanese yen,... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/24

Cheng Shin of Taiwan to Set Up Tire Factories in Indonesia and India

At a recent shareholder meeting, Taiwanese tire maker Cheng Shin Rubber Ind. Co., Ltd. announced that it will soon kick off plant-construction plans in Indonesia and India, as well as decide a capacity-expansion project by the end of this year for its passenger car radial (PCR) tire factory in Chon... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/24

Excetek Technologies to Diversify Into 3D Printing Equipment

Compiled By KEN LIU Excetek Technologies Co., Ltd., a well-known manufacturer of computer numerical control (CNC) wire cutting machines in Taiwan established in 2006, has decided to diversify into the manufacturing of metal-additive manufacturing equipment, or 3D printing equipment, in the wake ... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/23

AAA Showcases Highly-integrated Automotive Infotainment Platform at 2015 AutoTronics Taipei

Among the many exhibits seen at the 2015 Taipei International Automobile Electronics Show (AutoTronics Taipei), a high-profile international automotive-electronic trade show held in Taiwan yearly April 8-11, the one from Andia Automotive Alliance (AAA) attracted ample attention. The integrated veh... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/23

Goodway Marks 40th Anniversary with "Tri-Pronged Strategy" to Boost 2015 Consolidated Revenue

Compiled By KEN LIU Edward Yang, the founder and chairman of machine-tool maker Goodway Machine Corp., announced the firm's “tri-pronged strategy” to help achieve its goal to boost consolidated revenue 32.9 percent to NT$10 billion (US$322.58 million) this year from last year’s NT$7.81 billi... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/23

CSC of Taiwan Likely to Slash Nominal Steel Prices for June Amid Market Doldrums

Compiled by STEVE CHUANG With the recent collapse in international prices of iron ore causing a domino effect in the global steel market, along with downsizing of U.S.’s shale gas and cruse oil exploration industries due to record-setting low oil prices, Taiwan-based China Steel Corp. (CSC), the... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/17

AUO Debuts UHD 4K Quantum-Dot Curved LCD TV Displays at CITE 2015 in Shenzhen

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), reportedly the second-largest maker of thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels in Taiwan, debuted new products and technologies at the China Information Technology Expo (CITE) 2015 held in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China from April 9 to 11. A ... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/13

MOEA's Ind. Development Bureau Holds Meeting to Show Local EV Industry's Advancement

Despite the very low penetration of electric scooters in Taiwan, where some 19 million motorbikes ply on roads, the Taiwanese authorities continue to help and promote the development of the electric vehicle (EV) industry on the island, also encouraging more local operators to invest to transform th... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/13

Hon Hai to Focus on Connected EV Platform Sans Vehicle Assembly: President Lin

Not long after representing Hon Hai Group, recognized as the largest EMS (electronics manufacturing services) provider based in Taiwan, to participate in a tactical partnership agreement signing with Chinese partners Tencent Inc. and China Harmony Auto Holding Ltd. to see the three parties jointly ... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/08

Gogoro of Taiwan Shows off Smartscooter in Flagship Store for Launch This Summer

Setting the stage to start selling its first electric scooter (e-scooter) dubbed Smartscooter in Taiwan soon, Gogoro Inc., a young and innovative Taiwanese company targeting to transform energy distribution and management in megacities, recently inaugurated the Gogoro Experience Center, its flagshi... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/08

VW Group Targets Raising Sales Volume of its Four Brands in Taiwan

With the recent inauguration of a wholly-owned subsidiary in Taiwan, Volkswagen Group of Germany targets to further boost sales volume of four of its brands on the island, including the eponymous line of cars, Volkswagen commercial vehicles, Audi and Skoda. Ryan Searle, president of Audi Taiwan ... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/07

Some Positive Results Posted by Taiex-listed Auto-parts Makers for Jan.-Feb.

Driven by increasingly stronger demand in traditional high season (snowy winter in North America and Europe typically sees higher rates of road accidents to fuel demand for auto body parts as fenders and bumpers), several Taiwan Stock Exchange (Taiex) -listed auto-parts companies reported encouragi... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/07

Taiex-listed Bike & Parts Makers Report Revenue Gains in Jan.-Feb.

Both of the high-profile Taiwan Stock Exchange (Taiex)-listed bicycle manufacturers in Taiwan, Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Merida Industry Co., Ltd., as well as the reportedly world's largest bicycle chain supplier KMC Chain Industrial Co., posted year-on-year (YoY) revenue growths in the fir... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/07

Connected Embedded Navigation Shipments to Grow at CAGR 31.6% in 2015-2020: ABI Research

Embedded navigation shipments will receive a much-needed boost with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.6% between 2016 and 2020 as more and more consumer vehicles are sold with some form of embedded connectivity or smartphone integration systems, according to a recent report by ABI Research... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/31

Quanta of Taiwan to Contract Assemble New VAIO Phone

Quanta Computer Inc. of Taiwan, recognized as the top notebook PC contract assembler globally, has reportedly won a contract assembly order from Japanese personal computer (PC) vendor Vaio Corp. for its first smartphone "VAIO Phone". Quanta has been for some time the contract assembler for VAIO not... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/31

TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2015 Presents Innovations in Cycling Designs

A total of 209 product innovations from 15 countries competed for the jury's favor at the the Fourth Taipei Cycle d&i Awards at the 28th Taipei International Cycle Show (Taipei Cycle 2015), held from March 18 to 21 in Taiwan. The six-member jury of international experts acknowledged 57 of the en... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/31

Locally Developed CNC Controllers Brighten Taiwan's Machine Tool Industry

Compiled By KEN LIU Taiwan-made controllers stole the spotlight at the Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS) this year, underscoring efforts by the island's machine-tool industry to enhance product value to fend off global challengers. In their drive to tap international markets... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/27

Only 20 Winners Among 331 Entries at 2015 Int'l Bicycle Design Competition Held in Taipei
Event recognized as key platform to promote young designers

Compiled by QUINCY LIANG The International Bicycle Design Competition (IBDC) is recognized as the launching pad that uses motivation-breeding competition to promote young talent in the international bicycle industry, with its prominence enhanced by its being staged in Taiwan, home to Giant and M... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/27

Hiwin Buys Stake in Luren to Strengthen Robot Manufacturing Muscle

Compiled by KEN LIU Hiwin Technologies Co., Ltd., reportedly Taiwan’s No.1 manufacturer of key components for precision machinery, announced to take over a 41.93 percent stake in Luren Precision Co., Ltd. from Luren’s largest shareholder, Princo Corp., to strengthen its robotic-arm manufacturing... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/27

Volkswagen Inaugurates Fully-owned Taiwanese Subsidiary and Postpones Production in Taiwan

Volkswagen Group of Germany, selling 10.14 million vehicles in 2014 to follow Toyota's 10.23 million to rank second globally according to, recently held a press conference in Taiwan to announce the inauguration of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Volkswagen Taiwan, to be the 28th overseas ... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/27

Giant of Taiwan Targets to Sell 7 M. Bikes in 2015

Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd. of Taiwan, one of the world's largest manufacturers of bicycles, recently said it will raise the annual production capacity at its factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province of China from 1.5 million to two million units this year. With an eye on expanding demand in Europe d... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/25

TIMTOS 2015 in Taipei Creates US$2.1 Bn. in Potential Business Opportunities

Compiled by KEN LIU The biennial 2015 Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS), held March 3 through 8 in the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 and Nangang Exhibition Hall, drew a total of 7,130 foreign buyers and created US$2.1 billion in potential business opportunities. The buyers so... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/20

Global EV Sales up 25% to 300,000 Units in 2014: ARTC

Global sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has been on an uptrend since 2013, during which some 225,000 units were sold, having rocketed sizably from only 6,000 in 2009. Sales of EVs last year continued to rise, with the volume sold in the first three quarters of 2014 increasing 25 percent from the sa... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/18

Taikoo Inaugurates Premium Used Car Sales Center in Taipei

With an eye on the booming and lucrative used-car market in Taiwan, Taikoo Group, agent of various imported car brands, recently inaugurated a new used-car sales center in Taipei's Neihu District. The approximately 10,000-sq-m center aims to sell more than 2,000 used cars in the first year by ... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/16

TAMI's Hsu: Era of Smart Machinery is Arriving

Chairman S.C. Hsu of the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), having been impressed by smart manufacturing technologies at top machine-tool shows as IMTS of the United States and JIMTOF of Japan held in 2014, says the era of smart machinery is arriving and smart technology is the center... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/13

Promising Growth of Telematics Brings Bountiful Outlook for Taiwanese Electronic Firms

The Mobile World Congress (MWC), held March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain, underscored a new focus--telematics--in addition to different cellphone vendors' new top-end models and telecom technologies. Telematics has emerged as one of the most important development trend in global automobile indust... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/13

Asus Launches New ZenFone 2, Aims to Sell 25 M. Smartphones in 2015

Asustek Computer Inc. (Asus), a major vendor of motherboards, PCs and smartphones based in Taiwan, recently announced to start selling its new smartphone ZenFone 2, with a 5.5-inch model to retail from about US$199, and the the 5-inch entry-level one from about US$160. Industry analysts say such... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/13

CPT of Taiwan Ships Over 10 M. Automotive Panels in 2014

After years of business development, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. (CPT), major supplier of thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels in Taiwan, recently announced having shipped more than 10 million automotive-application panels in 2014. In addition to panels for automotive na... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/13

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