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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.

Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Revenue Estimated at NT$150bn-plus in 2014

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) estimates Taiwan’s photovoltaic industry generated revenue of NT$150 billion (US$4.68 billion) as of the end of 2014, up from 2013’s NT$135.6 billion (US$4.23 billion), due chiefly to accelerating demand from China and Japan driven by sustained governmen... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/28

HTC Turns Profitable in 2014 After Rise in Q4, 2014 Revenue

After scoring encouraging results in Q4, 2014, HTC Corp., a Taiwan-based maker of smartphones, finished the whole year with EPS (earnings per share) of NT$1.81 (US$0.057) to go from red to black, according to its latest financial statement published on January 6. In Q4, the firm posted NT$47.87... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/28

Epistar of Taiwan Acquires Struggling TSMC SSL

pistar Corp., a major manufacturer and solutions provider for LED epitaxial wafers and dies based in Taiwan, announced the acquisition of the shares held by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and its subsidiary, TSMC Guang Neng Investment Ltd., in LED maker TSMC SSL for NT$825 million (U... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/28

AUO and Innolux to Tap Market for Wearable Electronic Display Panels

To capture considerable business opportunities from the wearable electronic boom, AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) and Innolux Corp., Taiwan’s biggest two suppliers of such displays by shipments, are both eying the higher-margin applications to secure strong growth momentum. DisplaySearch, a global disp... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/21

Largan Precision Has a Lucrative 2014

Largan Precision Co., Ltd., a world leading manufacturer of optical lenses for mobile computing devices, posted revenue of NT$5.75 billion (US$185.48 million at US$1:NT$31) in December, up 2% from the previous month and up 80% from the same month of 2013. The December result helped swell the com... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/19

TSMC Expansion Plan Fails Environmental Assessment

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC's) expansion plan at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) failed to pass environmental assessments at a meeting recently held by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Executive Yuan due to fierce opposition from local environmentalists. ... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/06

Taiwan Government Maps Out 5G Plan

The Taiwan government plans to work with the European Union (EU) on the development of high-frequency, small cell-tower, and front-haul transmission, software-defined networking (SDN) technologies for fifth-generation (5G) mobile connectivity. The government-backed Industrial Technology Research... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/06

Epistar Reportedly to Acquire TSMC SSL

Epistar Corp., the world's top LED chipmaker by production capacity, reported will wholly acquire TSMC Solid State Lighting Ltd. (TSMC SSL), founded by silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), in an all-paper deal. Both companies have declined to confirm the reports. ... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/06

Foxconn Said to Partner with Ericsson on 5G Projects

Foxconn Technology Group reportedly plans to work with Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson to develop fifth-generation (5G) mobile connection technologies as part of its plan to invest NT$4 billion (US$129.03 million at US$1:NT$31) to build its global 5G R&D teams. Informed sources say that detai... Full Story

Published: 2015/01/05

PHS Provider FITEL in Taiwan Announces Bankruptcy on Dec. 26

FITEL, Taiwan’s only provider of personal-handy-phone service (PHS), has racked up debts of around NT$5 billion (US$161.29 million) due to being less competitive relative to the popular third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) mobile services. Founded in 1997 and having begun PHS servic... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/30

Motech and Topcell to Merge to Create World No.1 Solar Cell Maker

Motech Industries Co., Ltd. announced the acquisition of Topcell Solar International Co., Ltd. for an estimated NT$2.05 billion (US$66.29 million) to create the world’s biggest solar-cell maker with three-gigawatt yearly capacity. Motech, a major solar cell maker alongside Neo Solar Power Corp.,... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/30

Foxconn Sets up R&D Teams in North America and Europe to Develop 5G Equipment

Foxconn Technology Group has set up R&D teams in North Europe and America to develop smart computing devices as smartphones and tablet PCs, and cell towers for fifth-generation (5G) mobile-phone service to target releasing such wares in 2016 or 2017, with as many as 200 specialists to be hired soon... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/30

Taiwan's Females Lead Males in Mobile Online Connection and Shopping

Taiwan’s female smartphone users outnumber male counterparts both in mobile online connection and online shopping, according to a survey released by Taiwan's National Development Council (NDC). In July and August 2014, the NDC polled 13,000 people aged above 12 on the island on online usage. ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/29

Taiwan Mobile Retains Crown as Taiwan's Most Profitable Telecom Provider

Taiwan Mobile Corp. made NT$5.18 per share in after-tax net income in the Jan.-Nov. period, again topping all of its industry peers in Taiwan. In the same period, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Taiwan’s No.1 telecom service provider by revenue, cleared NT$4.68 per share, outstripping the NT$4.62 it... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/26

China to Beef up "Firewall" by Localizing IT Gear in Government Organizations

According to news reports, Chinese President Xi Jinping is moving to "strengthen firewall" in the nation's computer gear, having ordered government organizations, the military, banks and state-run businesses in China to replace all foreign-made networking gear, computers and software in use with lo... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/25

TSMC's Chang Confident to Prevail Over Super IDMs

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang expressed confidence in his company, a major pure silicon foundry, and its strategic partners to prevail over mega integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) Intel Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in global silicon foundry marke... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/24

IC Insights: IC Sales for IoT to Surge Past US$10 Bn. by 2018

Market consultant IC Insights’ study shows sales of semiconductors related to Internet of Things (IoT) will rise by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.3% in 2013-2018 to US$11.5 billion in the final year of the forecast, with the sales projected to increase 9% to US$5.6 billion by 2015. ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/19

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Diversifies into Online Shopping

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. has started setting up online stores for 2015, with Taiwan’s online shopping market projected to exceed NT$1 trillion (US$33.3 billion) in revenue from 2014’s NT$764.5 billion (US$25.4 billion). Chunghwa's e-store will sell organic vegetables, foods and cooki... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/19

IDC: Taiwan's 4G Subscribers May Hit 10 Million by 2015

Market consultant IDC forecasts the number of Taiwan’s 4G telecom service subscriber to reach 8.45 million and maybe even 10 million by 2015, a goal mostly hinging on duration of provision of unlimited data usage. Market researchers at IDC estimate the subscriber number to surge past 3.3 milli... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/16

PowerChip's Huang: Grave Supply Shortage to Hit DRAM Market by 2015

Frank Huang, chairman of memory chipmaker PowerChip Semiconductor Corp. (PSC), forecasts grave supply shortage in global dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market by 2015 when demand for such memory chips from servers and the Internet of Things (IOT) catch up to that of other applications. Huan... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/16

TSMC's December Revenue Down 10% MoM, Up 63% YoY

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) saw its consolidated revenues for November drop 10.47% from the previous month but rise 63% from the same month last year, to NT$72.27 billion (US$2.40 billion at US$1:NT$30). In spite of the month-on-month decline, industry executives expect the... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/16

Hon Hai's Single-Month Nov. Revenue Breaks NT$500 Bn. First Time

Due to the hot-selling iPhone 6 series, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., world’s biggest EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm by size and the major iPhone contract supplier, saw its single-month consolidated revenue break the NT$500 billion (US$16.67 billion) mark for the first time, t... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/15

TSMC Chairman Chang: Global Semiconductor Sector to Face Technical Hurdles Soon

Over the next five to 10 years the global semiconductor industry faces major technical hurdles, from the bottleneck in extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) technology for sub-7nm processes and growing inapplicability of “Moore’s Law” to semiconductor industry, said Taiwan Semiconductor Manufactur... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/12

Smart Home Ind. Revenue Forecast to Quintuple 2014-2015 to US$7.8 Bn.

Market consultant Topology Research Institute (TRI) of Taiwan forecasts the smart home industry to generate revenue of US$50 billion worldwide by 2015, quintupling 2014’s US$7.8 billion, based on wide availability of smart devices and broadband network. The institute says home-connectivity techn... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/11

TSMC's Co-CEO: Corporate Consolidated Revenue to Rise 27% YoY in 2014

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Co-Chief Executive Officer Mark Liu predicts corporate consolidated revenue for this year to soar 27% year on year, far exceeding the median 9% for global semiconductor industry and 14% prediction for silicon foundry sector. Also he forecasts global ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/11

Global Shipments of Wearable Devices to Grow 49.8% YoY to 39.1 M. Units in 2014: PIDA

With major global branded vendors continually launching wearable devices, global shipments of such products as smart watches, smart bands and smart glasses, are predicted to grow 49.8% year-on-year (YoY) to 39.1 million units in 2014, according to Photonics Industry & Technology Development Associa... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/08

Taiwan Plans Consortium with Local Suppliers for 5G Standards

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) plans to organize a consortium to draw up industry standard for 5G wireless communications service with Taiwan’s telecom-gear makers and service providers by mid-2015. The service providers and gear makers include MediaTek Inc., Asustek Computer Inc.,... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/08

Foxconn, Alibaba and Vianet Sign US$491.8 M. Deal to Build Cloud, Wi-Fi, Big Data, e-Com Network in Guizhou, China

Foxconn Group, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., 21 Vianet Group Inc. have signed an agreement to jointly invest RMB3 billion (US$491.8 million) to build cloud computing, Wi-Fi, big data and e-commerce networks in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou. The agreement has the three companies and... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

Intel Orders SoFIA Handset Chips from TSMC of Taiwan

Intel Corp., a globally major microprocessor maker, has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSCM), major contract-chip maker, to make its SoFIA family of handset chips using 28nm process. TSMC has begun making SoFIA 3G chips at its factory in central Taiwan and will begin to make ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

Majority of Apple A9 Contracts go to TSMC Rather Than Rival Samsung

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), major pure silicon foundry, has secured nearly 80% of Apple’s A9 processor contracts with its reliable 16nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) process technology, beating Samsung's unstable 14nm FinFET process, refuting Samsung executives' claims to... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

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