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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.

LED Packager Everlight Predicted to be Most Profitable Again in 2015

Industry executives predict Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., reportedly the world’s No.1 LED packager by volume, to make at least NT$6 per share in after-tax net income on projected revenue of NT$35-36 billion (US$1.12-1.16 billion) this year, making it Taiwan’s most profitable LED maker for anothe... Full Story

Published: 2015/03/02

Smartphone Lens Maker Largan to Build Factory in Central Taiwan to Vie for Bigger Market Share

Largan Precision Co., Ltd., recognized as the world’s biggest manufacturer of smartphone lenses with share prices on the TAIEX of Taiwan sometimes eclipsing US$82 to be the most costly on the island, has announced to begin building a factory sometime in the first quarter for some NT$20 billion (US$... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/17

TSMC Raises Investment at CTSP on Environmental Assessment Approval

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), recognized as the world’s biggest pure silicon foundry, has announced scaling up its investment at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) to NT$700 billion (US$22.58 billion) after its NT$500 billion (US$16.12 billion) expansion project at the park pas... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/17

Compal of Taiwan Looks to Attaining 2015 Revenue Exceeding NT$1 Trillion

As the global 3C (computer, communication and consumer electronic) industry is expected to stay buoyant due to continuously growing popularity of smartphones and other mobile Internet devices, Compal Electronics Inc., world’s top-2 laptop ODM (original design manufacturer) by shipment and a leading... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/16

Nanya and Inotera Post Huge Profit in 2014

Nanya Technology Corp. and Inotera Memories Inc., both subsidiaries of the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), together posted an estimated NT$74 billion (US$2.38 billion) in after-tax net income last year, setting new highs in both companies’ history. Inotera estimates its after-tax net income at ove... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/12

AU Optronics, Innolux and MediaTek of Taiwan Plan to Hire 6,000-plus Workers in 2015

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), Innolux Corp., MediaTek Inc., Acer Inc., and Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan have announced total recruitment of over 6,000 workers this year, with LCD-panel giants AUO and Innolux needing a combined 3,500 engineers, chip design house MediaTek some 2,000 engineers, and bra... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/10

Chip Assembler Siliconware's Net Income Hits 7-Year High

Chip assembler Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. saw after-tax net income for 2014 surge 99.1 percent year on year to a seven year high of NT$11.73 billion (US$378.41 million), or NT$3.74 per share. The company had 2014 total revenue of NT$83.07 billion (US$2.67 billion), increasing 19.... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

DRAM Prices Forecast to Drop Over 5% QoQ in Q1

Industry executives forecast dynamic random access memory (DRAM) prices to slump over 5% quarter over quarter in Q1, 2015, deeper than in Q4, 2014, due to low season factor. Although the declines will impact sales at Taiwan’s DRAM chipmakers including Nanya Technology Corp. and Inotera Memories ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Nanya and Inotera Set New Highs in 2014 Revenue

Nanya Technologies Corp. announced total revenue of NT$49.10 billion (US$1.53 billion) in 2014, rising 8.5% year on year to a four-year high, with Inotera Memories Inc. having generated consolidated revenue of NT$82.69 billion (US$2.58 billion) in the same year, surging 40% year on year to an all-t... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

TSMC's Expansion in Central Taiwan Fails EPA Assessment the Third Time

The expansion plan of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), a major semiconductor foundry, at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) in Taichung City failed to pass environmental assessment at a meeting on Jan. 21 with the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of the executive mini... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

UMC's 2014 Earnings Beat Market Expectation

United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), reportedly the second-biggest silicon foundry globally, announced net income generated by parent company of NT$4.56 billion (US$147.19 million), or NT$0.36 per ordinary share, in Q4, 2014, surging 56.5% from the previous quarter to beat the NT$0.25-0.3 per share... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

TSMC and UMC Step up Investment Plans in China

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), reportedly the world’s top-two makers of built-to-order chips, are stepping up production investment plans in China. Capital-equipment vendors say UMC has informed them of tooling a 300-mm wafer fab to be inve... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Wistron to Start Trial Production of iPhone 6s in H1, 2015

Taiwan-based Wistron Corp., an EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm and recognized as world’s top-5 laptop ODM (original design manufacturer), has reportedly been contracted by Apple Inc. to supply iPhone 6s and to kick off trial production of the hot-seller in the first half of this year, ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/03

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

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