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Collision Warning and Mitigation System Sales to Reach US$29.5B. by 2020: ABI Research

Active automotive safety systems have become standard equipment on an increasing number of new cars, and their penetration is expected to continue rising as more and more national governments issue new regulations to protect driver and pedestrian safety. ABI Research, a market intelligence c... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

Foreign Forecast Institutions Optimistic about Taiwan's 2014 Economic Growth

Although Taiwan may postpone or shelf the Cross-Strait Trade in Service Agreement with China after severe student-led protests, some foreign forecast institutions still feel optimistic about Taiwan’s economic growth this year. Standard & Poor’s, a U.S.-based rating agency, predicts Taiwan’s econ... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

Innolux to Ship 1 M. 39.5-inch TV Panels in April

Hiwin Technologies Corp. has announced Q1 consolidated revenue of NT$3.01 billion (US$100.4 million), increasing 26.9% from NT$2.37 billion (US$79.1 million) year on year, including NT$1.08 billion (US$36.1 million) for March, up 23.53% from the previous month and 30.98% year on year. Company ch... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

Makalot Ind.'s February Profits Rise Sizably

Makalot Industrial Co., Ltd., Taiwan’s leading garment maker, scored pretax profits of NT$158 million (US$5.27 million) in February for a considerable annual rise of 55.8% despite falling a monthly 22.9%, with combined revenues of NT$1.836 billion (US$61.2 million), up 6% from a month earlier. I... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

Taiwan's Foreign-Currency Deposits Hit Record High of NT$3.54 Trillion as of February

Taiwan's banks held foreign currency deposits totaling a record high of NT$3.54 trillion (US$118 billion) in February, surging NT$90.1 billion (US$3 billion) from a month earlier, according to the statistics released by the central bank. Y. T. Chen, deputy director general of Economic Research D... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

Taiwan's Jobless Rate Edges up to 4.09% in February

With the usual trend to look for better jobs after Chinese New Year, Taiwan’s jobless rate rose 0.7 of a percentage point from a month earlier to 4.09% in February, yet down 0.15 of a percentage point from a year earlier, a new low for the month since the global financial tsunami in 2009, accordin... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

Wearable Shipments to Hit 19.2 M. in 2014, Nearly 112 Million by 2018: IDC

The worldwide wearable computing market is finally expanding beyond early adopter status to more functional and stylish lifestyle accessories. According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC), wearables took a huge step forward over the past year and shipments are forecast to exc... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/18

Taiwan's Market Access Ranking Drops to Second-worst in the World: WEF

Taiwan ranks 137th in the “market access” sub-index of the "enabling trade" index of the "Global Enabling Trade Report 2014" published recently by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Among the 138 economies covered in the report, Taiwan’s ranking in “market access” is second from the bottom, down six p... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/17

TSE-listed Auto Parts Makers Report Lucrative Results for 2013

Thanks to recovering demand from China and North America, most Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE)-listed auto-parts suppliers in Taiwan have reported rich results, including record earnings, for 2013. For example, Hota Industrial Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a major supplier of transmission systems and gea... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/16

CPT to Ship 10-plus M. Automotive-application Panels This Year: President Lin

Thanks to increasing shipments of automotive-, cellphone- and tablet-application thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd. (CPT) successfully turned profitable in the second half of 2013. This year the firm projects shipments of smartphone panels to ... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/16

Curved TV Screens Gain Share in the Global Market: NPD DisplaySearch

Global curved-TV display shipments are forecast to reach nearly 800,000 units in 2014 and to exceed 6 million units in 2017, according to NPD DisplaySearch, a display-market research firm. After almost two decades of efforts to make TV screens flatter, curved TVs emerged again last year and will... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/16

Kuozui Aims for 200,000 Locally-assembled Toyotas in 2014

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Kuozui Motors Ltd., assembler of Toyotas and trucks in Taiwan, aims for annual production volume of some 200,000 cars, which, if met, will make Kuozui the first local automaker to surpass the 200,000-unit threshold. Kuozui is a joint venture between To... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/16

Overseas Taiwanese Banks Post Sizable Profits

Most of Taiwan’s domestic banks posted promising profits last year and are confident of improving performance this year. Last year the Bank of Taiwan’s eight overseas branches raked in profits of over NT$100 million (US$3.33 million) each, with the Hong Kong branch gaining a record high of NT$80... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/16

Taiwan's Domestic Banks Focus on Southeast Asia for Overseas Expansion

Attracted by wider interest gaps, Taiwan’s domestic banks are expanding into Southeast Asia, particularly Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos where the interest gap currently exceeds 5%-6%. First Bank is quite aggressive and has a branch and two sub-branches in Cambodia, two branches in Vietnam... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/16

Per-employee Contribution of Domestic Banks Averages at NT$1.63M in 2013

Taiwan’s domestic banks scored combined pre-tax profits of NT$258.214 billion (US$8.607 billion) in 2013, another record high, and the per-employee contribution averaged at NT$1.6286 million (US$54,286.7), down NT$35,400 (US$1,180) from NT$1.664 million (US$55,467) in the first three quarters of ... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/16

Taiwan and Mongolia Sign Cooperation Deal on Renewable Energy

Taiwan and Mongolia have recently signed a cooperation deal on renewable-energy development and energy management, with Taiwan pledging to help Mongolia set up wind-power and solar-power systems, as well as boost energy-management and manage-review efficiency. The deal, according to Taiwan’s Min... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/16

AUO Inaugurates New Operating Model for Solar Power Plants

In view of the positive outlook for renewable energy and its commitment to build a low-carbon homeland, Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) recently announced the establishment of Star River Energy Corp. in cooperation with several insurance companies on the island. The new firm will will focus on in... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/15

Rising New-car Sales in China to Benefit Taiwanese OE Auto-parts Suppliers

Sales of new cars in China, which replaced the United States to become the world's largest automobile market for several years, are forecast to continue to increase by at least 10% in 2014, with booming demand for quality auto parts expected to benefit some Taiwanese auto-parts makers who now suppl... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/15

BOT Tops Peers as Lead Bank in Taiwan's Syndicated Loan Market in Q1, 2014

The Bank of Taiwan (BOT) led in syndicated loans among Taiwan’s domestic banks in the first quarter with loans of US$741 million for a market share of 12.87%, and Taiwan Cooperative Bank topped with US$1.048 billion as a management bank with a market share of 18.3%, according to Basis Point Publish... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/15

Global Mobile Ad Spending to Reach US$18 Bn. in 2014 : Gartner

With the popularity of mobile Internet devices, including smartphones and tablet PCs, driving mobile advertising, global mobile advertising spending is forecast to significantly soar to US$18 billion this year from US$13.1 billion last year, and then surge to US$41.9 billion by 2017, according to G... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/15

Over Half of New Light Vehicles Will Have Stop-Start Capability by 2021: Navigant Research

A common feature of displays set up by international tier-1 auto-parts suppliers at major trade shows in recent years is stop-start, or stop-and-go, systems, which all have a simple yet valuable function: they eliminate idling by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, and then rest... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/15

Taiwan's Domestic Bank Deposits Hit Record High NT$30.9 Trillion as of February

Taiwan’s 39 domestic banks held deposits of a record high NT$30.93 trillion (US$1.031 trillion) as of the end of February, indicative of caution among depositors toward wealth management. The statistics released by the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) show the said banks held deposits of N... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/15

Taiwan to Test Voluntary Green Electricity Program in July

A common feature of displays set up by international tier-1 auto-parts suppliers at major trade shows in recent years is stop-start, or stop-and-go, systems, which all have a simple yet valuable function: they eliminate idling by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, and then rest... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/15

TYC Wins "Famous Brand in China" Certification to Eye Better Sales in China

TYC Brothers Industrial Co., Ltd., a major auto-lamp maker in Taiwan, recently led local counterparts to win the "Famous Brand in China" certification, which should pave an even-smoother way for the company to develop sales in China, the world's largest automobile market. TYC also announced th... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/14

CMC Partners with Macau Parking and Distributor Association to Sell e-Scooters

Taiwan-based automaker China Motor Corp. (CMC), the local assembler of Mitsubishis and developer and maker of its own line of GreenTrans electric scooters, recently announced tying up with the Macau Parking Co., Ltd. and an e-scooter distributor association in Macau to jointly sell e-scooters to t... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/14

Profits of Taiwan's FHCs Hit New High of NT$70B in Q1

Taiwan’s 15 financial holding companies (FHCs) raked in profits of over NT$70 billion (US$2.33 billion) in the first quarter of the year, a new high and up nearly 20% year on year. Fubon Financial Holding Co., Cathay Financial Holding Co. and Mega Financial Holding Co., were the top-3 profit gai... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/14

Sram Inaugurates Asia Development Center in Central Taiwan

Sram Corp. of Ireland, a major global maker of bicycle derailleurs, recently inaugurated its Asia Development Center (ADC) in Taichung, central Taiwan, during which it also announced that it will invest further on the island. Hank Kao, general manager of Sram Asia, pointed out at the ceremony t... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/14

TECO Plans Motor Assembly Plant in Japan to Drive Local Sales

After landing a big order for commercial large-sized air conditioners from a Japanese customer to mark its entry into the market, TECO Electric & Machinery Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese leading supplier of motors, plans to set up an assembly plant in the country to enhance service quality and local sales,... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/14

Taiwan's Exports Slightly Up 2% in March

Taiwan’s exports rose a slight annual 2% to US$27.76 billion in March, the third highest monthly record; and in the first quarter the exports edged up 1%, a little lower than the 1.32% estimated by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting & Statistics (DGBAS), according to the Ministry of Fina... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/11

Mitac Wins In-vehicle GPS System Order From Mercedes-Benz

Driven by aggressive business deployments in the past few years, Mitac International Corp., originally a major personal computer (PC) manufacturer and now focusing on cloud computing, GPS navigation products, and wearable devices, recently reported having won an order from German maker Mercedes-Ben... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/11

 
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