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CIER Edges up Taiwan's 2014 GDP Growth Forecast to 3.15%

In response to better-than-expected performance in private spending, private investment, and external trade in the first half, the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), a major Taiwanese think tank, recently raised its forecast for Taiwan’s economic growth this year to 3.15%, up 0.1 o... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/01

Acer and Asus to Launch Multifunctional NBs to Take on Microsoft's US$99 Models

Microsoft Inc. of the U.S. plans to launch several new mobile devices at competitive prices by the year-end, including a tablet PC with Microsoft operating system (OS), and notebook PCs priced only US$99, and a notebook PC for US$199, according to foreign news wire. To evade underselling competitio... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/01

Large-sized TFT-LCD Prices Continue to Rise in July: WitsView

The prices for large-sized (larger than 10-inch) thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels have risen in the past four months since April, and will continue to surge in July, including on average US$1 to US$3 for TV panels and US$0.2 to US$1 for information technology (IT) panels... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/01

Taiwan's Three Major Footwear Makers Report Promising H1 Results

Driven by better global business climate, Taiwan’s three leading footwear manufacturers, namely Pou Chen Corp., Feng Tay Enterprise Co., and Fulgent Sun International Holding Co., all reported promising results for the first half (H1) of the year and expect rosy performance in H2. In June alone ... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/01

Asus' Q1 Lead in Business Desktop PC Continues in Taiwan

Asustek Computer Inc., the vendor of "Asus" branded personal computers (PCs), had 30%-plus share in Taiwan's business desktop PC market in Q1, 2014, maintaining its lead in the segment, according to IDC Taiwan. Asus has been the leading brand in Taiwan's business desktop PC market in the past fi... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/31

Tablet PC Quarterly Shipments Fall for First Time in Q1, 2014: NPD DisplaySearch

Global shipments of tablet PCs declined year-on-year (YoY) for the first time in the first quarter of 2014 to 56 million units; many brands reported weak tablet PC shipment results in the period due in part to delayed launches of new products, according to a new report from NPD DisplaySearch, which... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/31

Stricter Regulations Boost Taiwan's Green Building Materials Industry
Island manufacturers jump onto the green-is-good bandwagon

By KEN LIU Beginning on July 1 this year, nine types of institution—colleges, libraries, medical organizations, social welfare institutes, government offices, railway stations, civilian airports, mass rapid transit stations, and shopping centers—became subject to the provisions of Taiwan's Indoo... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/31

Taiwan Yields Global Lead in 4K2K TV Panels to S. Korea in Q2, 2014: WitsView

Taiwan's lead as thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panel supplier in 4K2K, or UHD (Ultra High Definition), TV panels was taken over by South Korean rivals in Q1, 2014, according to a recent market report released by the LCD market research firm WitsView Technology Corp. J... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/31

Taiwan's Jobless Rate Hits 14-year Low of 3.92% in June, 2014

Taiwan’s unemployment rate edged up 0.07 of a percentage point from a month earlier to 3.92% in June, the lowest for June in 14 years with the unemployed reaching 451,000 persons, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS). C. S. Huang, director of the DGBA... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/31

Taiwan's Forex Income from Tourism Hits Record High of US$12.3B. in 2013

Taiwan recorded a total of 8.02 million visitor arrivals in 2013, up 9.7% from the year before. During their stays on the island the visitors spent a total of US$12.322 billion, or about NT$369.66 billion, an increase of 4.7% and the highest amount ever recorded, according to statistics released by... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/30

3MEN's MeNbike Pedal-assisted E-bikes Eases Uphill Riding

3MEN Technology Co., Ltd. of Taiwan, an electronics company with expertise in automation who refocused on e-vehicle drive systems, recently debuted its MeNbike e-bicycles, equipped with power-assistance to ease uphill riding. The company says its self-developed, innovative pedal-assisted e-bikes... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/30

Taiwan's Assembled-bike Exports Drop 2.5% YoY in H1, 2014

The Taiwan Bicycle Exporters' Association (TBEA) recently said that weaker demand from the European Union (EU), the U.S. and China sapped Taiwan's assembled-bicycle exports in the first half (H1) of the year by 7.87% year-on-year (YoY), to about 1.74 million units, with the export value also plungi... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/30

Taiwan's Auto-parts Maker TYG Reports H1 EPS of NT$1.45

Tong Yang Industrial Co., Ltd. (TYG), a major auto-parts maker in Taiwan, recently announced self-audited pretax earnings of NT$89.96 million (US$3 million) for June, as well as cumulative pretax earnings of NT$881 million (US$29.4 million) for H1, down 4% year-on-year (YoY) and translating into e... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/30

Taiwan's Export Order Value Hits Record High of US$220.46B. in H1

The value of export orders received by Taiwan’s manufacturers and traders totaled US$38.82 billion in June for a sizable annual growth of 10.6%, a fifth consecutive monthly rise, with the H1 value reaching US$220.46 billion, the highest of its kind on record, according to the statistics released by... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/30

All Taiwan-listed Auto Makers and Vendors Post Revenue Growths in H1, 2014

Several factors have been fueling new car sales in Taiwan in the past few months, resulting in promising operational results for the Taiwan-listed auto vendors on the island in June and the first half (H1) of the year. Such factors, say industry sources, include launchings of new models by loca... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/29

Taiwanese Airlines See Revenue Peak in June

With summer travel driving up passenger loading, Taiwan’s major airlines, China Airlines Ltd., EVA Airways Corp. and Transasia Airways Corp., all saw revenue take off in June. China Airlines, the one with the largest fleet on the island, scored revenue of NT$12.529 billion (US$417.63 million) in... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/29

Taiwanese Banks Plan to Set up Subsidiaries in China

Cathay United Bank will soon become the third Taiwanese bank to run a subsidiary in China after having been approved recently by the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) to establish a subsidiary in Shanghai. Over 10 Taiwanese banks have branches in China but only two operate subsidiaries ther... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/29

Global Notebook PC Shipments to Grow by 10% in 2nd-half: Digitimes Reserach

In the first quarter of 2014, global shipments of notebook PCs hit the highest quarterly record since the second quarter of 2012, and demand is generally expected to remain strong in the second half of the year thanks to the traditional high-season effect and a foreseeable replacement peak followin... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/29

ITRI Wins 2014 R&D 100 Awards for 7th Consecutive Year

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a technology innovation and invention body in Taiwan, once again proves its prowess by winning two of the 2014 R&D 100 Awards, given to the 100 most technologically-significant products introduced to market over the past year. The ITRI is the onl... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/29

TTRI Develops Mobile Energy Pack with Fully-foldable Fabric Ultra-capacitor Technology

The Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI), a textile technology R&D body on the island, recently showcased an innovative weather-proof bicycle energy pack enabled by its fully-foldable fabric ultra-capacitor technology, the winner of the 2011 R&D 100 Awards presented by the prestigious American ... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/29

Academia Sinica Slightly Raises Taiwan's 2014 GDP Growth to 3.3%

Seeing better-than-expected economic performance in the first half (H1) of the year, the Institute of Economics of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's highest academic body, lately raised its prediction on Taiwan’s GDP growth this year to 3.31%, up 0.42 of a percentage point from that at the end of 2013. ... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Giant and Merida Report Promising Results for H1, 2014

Driven by rising demand from consumers in the U.S. and Europe, both of the major bicycle manufacturers in Taiwan posted double-digit growths in June revenues. Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd., reportedly the world's largest maker of bicycles, registered revenue of NT$4.73 billion (US$157.6 million)... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

H1 Profits of Taiwanese Banks in China Double

Profits generated by the 10 Taiwanese banks in China reached US$52 million in the first half (H1) of the year, almost double that in 2013, with the Shanghai branch of Cathay United Bank leading with over US$10 million, for almost 20% of the total. Last year the Taiwanese banks in China enjoyed a... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

IST Reports Record Highs of Monthly Revenue in Last Two Months

Integrated Service Technology Inc. (IST) of Taiwan, a testing-service provider in Taiwan, recently reported record highs in monthly revenue in the past two months, with registered revenue of NT$168 million (US$5.6 million), up 9% month-on-month (MoM), and H1 cumulative revenue of NT$875 million (US... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Tainan Enterprises Expand Operations to Fill Orders from New Clients

With additional orders from new clients, Tainan Enterprises Co., a major garment maker in Taiwan, is expanding operations in Southeast Asia. Last year Tainan Enterprises started to receive orders from a new Canadian client, Reitmans, and has landed orders this year from H&M, a new European clie... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Mazda Opens New Subsidiary in Taiwan, Aims for 5% Share by 2018

Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Corp. recently announced the launch of a newly-established auto sales company in Taiwan, Mazda Motor Taiwan (MMT), a 100%-owned subsidiary. MMT will plan and implement branding and sales strategies aimed at increasing sales in Taiwan, Mazda's Japanese headquarters sai... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Taiwan's 15 FHCs Post Profits Exceeding NT$160B in H1

Taiwan’s 15 financial holding companies (FHCs) posted after-tax profits of NT$161 billion (US$5.37 billion) in H1 for a sizable annual growth of 47% or NT$52 billion (US$1.73 billion), with 2014 profits expected to reach NT$300 billion (US$10 billion). Fubon Financial Holding Co. remained the mo... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Taiwan's Tax Revenues Hit Record High of NT$1.088 Trillion in H1, 2014

Taiwan’s tax revenues reached NT$1.0878 trillion (US$36.26 billion) in the first half (H1) of the year, up 5.5% year on year to be the highest of its kind on record, according to the statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF). Business tax revenues increased 5.8% or NT$8.2 billion (US$... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Taiwanese Banks Target Vietnam and Myanmar to Expand Operations in Southeast Asia

Driven by a rising number of Taiwanese enterprises in Southeast Asia, Taiwanese banks are tapping such opportunity by setting up operations particularly in Vietnam and Myanmar. With many Taiwanese banks already doing business in Vietnam, others plan to follow suit despite the anti-China riots th... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

TSE-listed Auto-parts Makers Report Encouraging Results in June

Driven by increasing new-car sales worldwide, listed auto-parts makers in Taiwan reported encouraging results for June and H1. Hota Industrial Manufacturing Co., Ltd., an Original Equipment (OE) transmission gearbox and parts suppliers to international automakers and tier-1s, registered consolid... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

 
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