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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.

ITRI Advises Taiwanese Firms to Focus on OS for Profitability amid IOT Boom

With applied technologies such as big data, cloud computing and wireless Internet access advancing, the Internet of Things (IOT) is increasingly deemed as the next ITC sector since the advent of smart devices to generate vast business opportunities for Taiwanese high-tech firms, especially given t... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/17

Projector Shipments to Taiwan Surge 6.7% YoY in Q2: IDC

Mainly driven by the educational segment, projector shipments to the Taiwanese market surged by 6.7% year-on-year (YoY) to 21,269 units in Q2, 2014, according to the latest report issued by International Data Corp. (IDC), a global market research firm. IDC’s report indicates that large IT equipm... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/15

Global Shipments of Wearables to Double to 47 M. Units in 2015: IEK

With Apple, Google and other globally prestigious brand vendors to explore the segment for wearable electronic devices with differing products more aggressively, global shipments of such products are forecast to double to 47 million units by 2015 from an estimate of 23 million units this year, acco... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/11

Chunghwa Telecom-Intel Agreement to Extend Cooperation to IOT-based Services

Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., a major telecom in Taiwan, and Intel Corp. recently signed an agreement to extend cooperation to offer services based on Internet of Things (IOT) and software defined networking (SDN) from cloud computing. Such agreement provides the island’s telecoms with less expens... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/09

Taiwan's PCB Trade Group Targets 37% of Global Market by 2020

The Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) announced the goal of capturing 37% of the global printed circuit board (PCB) market by 2020 in light of aggressive moves by rivals in China and South Korea. The Taiwan industry has been globally No.1 since 2000, when its production revenue doubled f... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/09

President Ma Proposes Plan to Speed Infrastructural Building for Taiwan's 4G Network

At a meeting recently held to address the outlook for Taiwan’s 4G telecom sector, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jou said his administration will accelerate construction of 4G infrastructure on the island to target putting 10 million users on the speediest wireless mobile service in 2016-2017. The g... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/09

MediaTek to Invest US$200 Million to Set up 2nd R&D Lab in India

MediaTek Inc., a major handset chip vendor, recently announced a plan to invest in US$200 million to open its second R&D center in India, aiming to develop presence in the world’s second most-populated market. According to Indian media, the new laboratory will open in Bengaluru, while the firm's... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/05

Acer Focuses More on Chrome-powered PCs with New Products

As part of its strategy to sustain business recovery, Acer Inc., a Taiwan-based supplier of PCs, is focusing more on the promising potential of the segment for Chrome-powered PCs by launching its newest Chromebox desktop and Chromebook laptop. With Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processor, t... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/03

Asus Outpaces Dell as World's No.3 NB PC Brand in Q2, 2014

With its notebook PC shipments surging mainly on market recovery, Asus, a Taiwanese brand of PCs, laptops and motherboards, outpaced Dell as the world’s No.3 laptop brand by shipment in Q2 of this year, according to the latest report by NPD DisplaySearch, a Japanese market research firm. NPD Di... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/29

Gartner Raises Growth Forecast for Global Semiconductor Sales in 2014

Market consultant Gartner, Inc. has recently raised its growth forecast for global semiconductor sales to an annual rate of 6.7% in 2014 with revenue of around US$336 billion, up from the previous quarter’s forecast of a 5.4% increase. The company raised the forecast based on that sequential gro... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/28

EU to Investigate Taiwan's PV Makers in Possible Conspiracy

European Union (EU) has decided to investigate photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers from Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia to see if they had helped China’s solar-panel makers evade price and quantity limits, by supplying solar cells, it imposes on China's exports. Taiwanese manufacturers fear being penaliz... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/25

Market Researchers Report Mixed Results for Q2 Global Tablet Shipment Estimates

International Date Corp. (IDC) and Digitimes Research, both global research firms for ICT (information communication technology) markets, have issued the latest reports on estimated global tablet shipments in Q2 of this year, with the mixed results suggesting the market may have neared saturation a... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

TSMC Chairman: Strong Revenue to Continue into H2

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang said the company’s consolidated revenue, operating profit, and after-tax net income will continue strengthening into the second half (H2) of the year, judging from the robust demand for silicon foundry service using 20nm and 28nm p... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/08

Hon Hai's June Sales Top Expectations Amid Strong iPhone 6 Orders

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Taiwan’s biggest ITC subcontractor by revenue, announced consolidated revenue of NT$316.9 billion (US$10.5 billion) in June alone, up 18.3% from the previous month to far exceed market expectations and hit a new high. Industry executives associate such bri... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Taiwan Mobile Remains Taiwan's Most Profitable Telecom Carrier

Taiwan Mobile Co., Ltd. remained the most profitable telecom carrier in Taiwan in the first half of this year. The company earned NT$3.06 per share in after-tax net income vs. Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.’s NT$2.96 and Far EasTone Telecom Co., Ltd.’s NT$2.02. These earnings results topped the thre... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

TSMC Reports Strong Q2 Revenue Despite 0.7% Decrease in June

Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) announced Q2 consolidated revenue of NT$183 billion (US$6.1 billion), up 23.48% from the previous quarter to hit a new high regardless of a 0.7% month on month decrease in June revenue, which totaled NT$60.3 billion (US$2 billion). The... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/28

Flytech, Advantech See Rosy Industrial PC Sales Performance in June

Fueled by strong market demand for industrial PCs worldwide, Taiwan’s Flytech Technology Co., Ltd. and Advantech Corporation both saw rosy performance in June. Flytech, the largest POS (point of sale) system provider by shipment on the island, scored consolidated revenue of NT$408 million (US$13... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/24

Foxconn to Use Self-made Robots to Assemble iPhone 6

The Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan will reportedly use self-made “Foxbot” to assemble Apple’s iPhone 6, which will be the world’s first smartphones to be assembled by robots. According to online media 9to5 Mac, Foxconn, Taiwan’s No.1 ITC subcontractor by revenue, is preparing to automate ass... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/21

Global ICT Device Shipments to Reach 2.4 Bn. Units This Year: Gartner

Global shipments of ICT (information and communications technology)-based devices, including conventional PCs, tablets, ultramobile premiums (comprising 14-inch sub-laptops and tablets), and handsets, are forecast to total 2.4 billion units this year, for a 4.2% year-on-year (YoY) increase , accord... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/15

Hon Hai Buys Into SK C&C to Secure Presence in East Asia

The Hon Hai Group announced on June 30 acquiring a 4.9% stake, or 2.45 million shares, in SK C&C for 380.9 billion won (US$376.8 million), becoming the second largest shareholder of the SK Group of South Korea’s IT service subsidiary. As Hon Hai’s first partnership deal with a South Korean busin... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/10

China's Rising Costs Actually an Advantage for Taiwan's Solar Module Industry

Taiwan’s solar-module industry is expanding production to fill the niche left by their Chinese competitors whose global shipments have seriously fallen due to a string of anti-dumping taxes imposed by the West, not to mention China's surging manufacturing costs. Industry executives say that Taiw... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/08

Smartphones and Wearables to Drive Global Smart Connected Device Market During 2nd Half of 2014: TRI

Downstream outlets of consumer electronics are becoming key players in the global high-tech supply chains as technological breakthroughs and mobile Internet services fuel growth of smartphones, tablets, wearable electronics and other smart devices. Topology Research Institute (TRI), a Taiwan-bas... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/07

Taiwanese Electronics Makers Hail Upcoming iPhone 6 Booms

With Apple Inc. reportedly to launch 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s at once in September, Taiwanese electronics makers involved in the supply chain are expected to see stronger sales due to such new launches in the third quarter (Q3) of this year, according to institutional investors. Originally sc... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/07

Taiwan's IC Design Sector Revenue to Drop in H2, 2014

The market consultant Topology Research Institute (TRI) forecasts Taiwan’s IC design sector to dip 2.1% to generate around US$8.07 billion in revenue in H2, 2014 from H1 based on its estimate that the Taiwan industry will slip around 5% quarter-on-quarter in Q3. The third quarter is typically a ... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/04

TSMC Accelerates 10nm Process Project With Ambitious Goal

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s No.1 pure silicon foundry supplier, is speeding up a 10nm process project codenamed the “Night Hawk Program” with the aim of forging ahead of the Intel Corp. in the field of advanced microchip processing technology within two years. ... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/04

Quanta Computer Reportedly Contracted by Apple to Assemble iWatch

In the race for Apple Inc.’s contract order for iWatch, Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc., the world’s largest laptop ODM (original design manufacturer) by shipments, may have pulled ahead of the competition. According to recent reports, it has been contracted to assemble the wearable device. Fo... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/03

Sunny Forecast for UMC's Q2 Amid Promising May Result

United Microelectronics Corp.’s (UMC’s) revenue of NT$11.9 billion (US$396.6 million) for May marked a new high, showing signs of brighter markets in Q2. Industry executives estimate the company to see Q2 revenue rise 12-14% from the previous quarter and attain the gross margin goal of 25%. Base... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/03

UMC Raises Budget to Boost 28nm Process Capacity

United Microelectronics Corp.’s (UMC) board of directors recently approved NT$25.6 billion (US$854.9 million) of supplementary budget to boost the company’s 28nm process capacity and constructing clean rooms at its 300mm Fab 12 A Phase 5 factory in southern Taiwan. The company’s chief financial ... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/03

Acer Announces New Plan to Regain Former Strength

PC maker Acer Inc.’s board of directors recently announced appointing co-founder George Huang as its new chairman, inaugurating an energetic cloud project, setting up the company’s Pan Asia Pacific (PAP) headquarters, and raising the company’s authorized capital to NT$40 billion (US$1.3 billion) fr... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/30

Chairman Jonney Shih Outlines Asus' New Blueprint for Future

At an investor conference held in mid-June, Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, a Taiwanese brand of PCs and motherboards, outlined its new blueprint for the future. As ever more promising technologies, such as 3D printing, are introduced to sometimes become trend-setters in high-tech industries, Sh... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/27

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