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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

Yulon Nissan to Launch New X-Trail SUV Ahead of Schedule in May

Tsai Wen-rong, president of Yulon Nissan Motor Co., agent in Taiwan of Nissan and Infiniti and 2014's No.2 auto vendor in Taiwan by sales volume, recently announced the advanced launch of its Taiwan-assembled Nissan X-Trail sport utility vehicle (SUV) in May, a quarter earlier than the original sch... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/10

Total Shipments of Embedded Car OEM Telematics to Reached 54.5 M. in 2020: Berg Insight

Berg Insight estimates that total shipments of embedded car OEM telematics systems reached 8.4 million units worldwide in 2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.6%, the shipments are expected to reach 54.5 million units in 2020. The global automotive industry has been underg... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/10

2014 Global New-car Sales Up 4% to Reach 82.5 M. Units: ARTC

Continuing a growth trend from 2013, when about 80 million units were sold, sales of new cars worldwide increased by about 4% to reach some 85 million units in 2014, though regional markets showed ups and downs, according to the Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC), Taiwan's leading transpor... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/10

Newly-named Sanyang Motor Announces Biz Policies and Plans

The new management team of Sanyang Motor Co., Ltd. (maker of SYM branded motor scooters in Taiwan and formerly Sanyang Industry Co., Ltd.) recently announced several developments at a press conference, including its new English corporate title and new policies. The press conference was the first si... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/09

Sales of New PTWs in Taiwan Drop 15% YoY in Feb.

Sales of new powered two-wheeler (PTW) in Taiwan declined 19.5 percent year-on-year (YoY) to about 41,700 units, according to statistics compiled by Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), to show a relative-weak start for this year's PTW market. The top-three PTW vendors ... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/09

Vehicle Cameras Market Expected to Reach US$ 1.26 B. by 2020: Transparency Market Research

With road safety often compromised due to inclement weather, erratic driver behavior, drunk driving etc. that can result in sizable compensation handed out by courts after lawyers, defendants and prosecutors show proof, especially in rule-of-law nations, coupled with rapid development of various ty... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/06

Automotive HUDs to Exhibit CAGR of 27.3% by 2024: ABI Research

Head-up displays or HUDs in private or personal vehicles have long been exclusive to upscale cars, having been adopted from military aircrafts to easily display instrumentation on windshields without interrupting a driver's focus on road. Gradually carmakers are introducing HUDs in more popularly-p... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/05

Smartphone, Automotive Display Revenue Swelled in 2014 As Demand for Others Stalled: IHS

As smartphones cannibalized product sales in other small/medium flat-panel-display (FPD) categories in 2014, automotive display revenues rose to become the second-highest growth category, according to IHS. Based on the latest information from the IHS Technology Quarterly Small/Medium Shipmen... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/05

Industry Execs Predict 10% Rise in Taiwan's Machinery and Machine Tool Exports in 2015

Compiled By KEN LIU Industry executives predict both Taiwan’s exports of machinery and machine tools to rise 10 percent this year from last year based on strong exports in January 2015 due to sustained growth in demand from global automakers and aircraft builders. According to Chairman S.... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/04

Major Auto Vendors in Taiwan Continue Tapping Used Car Biz Amid Upbeat Sales

Sales of new cars in Taiwan continued to increase in 2014 to some 424,000 units, a 9-year high, with total number of used cars sold on the island exceeding that of new ones. Eyeing the growing used car market in Taiwan, two major auto vendors, Hotai Motor Co. Ltd. and China Motor Corp. (CMC)... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/02

Projector Sales in Taiwan Up 2.2% YoY in Q4, 2014: IDC Taiwan

Some 21,898 projectors were sold in Taiwan in Q4, 2014, up 2.2 percent year-on-year (YoY) and 3.0 percent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), according to statistics released by IDC Taiwan, local subsidiary of the global provider of market intelligence. Ray Lin, associate market analyst, PC & Peripher... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/02

Taiwan-made Controllers to Debut as Theme in Booth at TIMTOS 2015

For the first time, Taiwan-made controllers will be the theme at the Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS) 2015, to be staged March 3-8, as the island’s machine-tool industry attempts to enhance product value when the market increasingly becomes more challenging globally. Backed by the... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/02

New Tech and Retro Chic in the Spotlight at EICMA

Global buyers and media descended on EICMA to see the latest and greatest from the powered two-wheeler (PTW) industry during the annual show's 2014 run from November 4 to 9 in Milan, Italy The show brought together all of the PTW majors at a 280,000-square-meter venue with both outside and insid... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/02

Taiwan's 2014 Fastener Production Again Sets Record High Volume
Production volume in 2014 exceeds new high of 1.812 million tonnes for second straight year

Compiled by STEVE CHUANG With TV news reports that certain parts of the USA have seen home prices rise sizably since last year, in particular those in San Francisco, and the Greek debt deal tentatively extended, and car sales stateside increase due to falling gas prices, some say the global econ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/25

CPC and Taiwanese Partners to Set up JV to Produce Lubricants in Vietnam

CPC Corp., reportedly Taiwan's largest petrochem and fossil energy company, recently announced a partnership with local petrochem company Excel Corp. and petrochem logistic firm Uni-Shine Chemical Corp. to produce lubricants and solvents in Vietnam. With total investment of NT$1.58 billion (US$52.6... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/17

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