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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.

TSMC to Cut Capex in 2015 and Issues Weak Q2 Forecasts

At a recent institutional-investor conference, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), reportedly the world’s No.1 pure silicon foundry, issued weaker-than-expected forecasts for its second-quarter finances and announced reduction in capital expenditure for this year. The company estimate... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/23

Catcher Technology Score EPS of NT$23.52 in 2014 From Mainly iPhone 6 Boom

Similar to many other subcontract makers in Taiwan that ride the iPhone 6 wave, Taiwan-based Catcher Technology Co., Ltd., reportedly the island’s largest maker of metal cases for ICT (information and communication technology) devices by capacity and size, scored EPS (earnings per share) of NT$23.5... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/16

ASE to Invest US$100-200 Bn. to Double SiP Capacity Over Three Years

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) Inc., reportedly the world’s No.1 pure chip assembler, will invest NT$100-200 billion (US$3.22-6.45 billion) to double its system-in-packaging (SiP) production capacity over three years to double revenue in three to six years, according to company chairman a... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/15

TSMC to Increase 2015 Capex to US$ 13 Bn.

Capital equipment suppliers say Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), reportedly the world’s No.1 pure silicon foundry, will hike its capital expenditure this year to US$13 billion from the originally planned US$12 billion to solidify its leadership in the industry. In response to such ... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/15

Korea Joongang Daily: China Plans to Venture into DRAM Manufacturing

According to Korea Joongang Daily, China’s No.1 printed circuit board (PCB) maker, BOE Technology Group, plans to venture into dynamic random access memory (DRAM) manufacturing backed by government support as is often the case with many Chinese sectors, triggering fears that the global market could... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/13

TSMC Sets up Volume Production of IoT Devices This Year

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), reportedly the world’s No.1 manufacturer of built-to-order chips, will begin to set up volume production capacity for chips designed for Internet of Things applications (IoT) this year after building an integrated IoT ecosystem encompassing microproces... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/13

UMC Outpaces TSMC in 12-inch Fab Project in China

Equipment suppliers say United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), reportedly the world’s No.2 pure silicon foundry, will begin to provide foundry service at its 12-inch silicon-wafer fab in Xiamen, China by 2017, earlier than the 12-inch fab project planned in China by the bigger Taiwan Semiconductor Ma... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/13

ASE to Encase Apple Watch S1 Chips with SiP Process

Industry executives say Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), reportedly the world’s No.1 dedicated chip assembler, has won the contract to encase the S1 processors for Apple Watch using the system-in-packaging (SiP) process, which enables more functions to be integrated into the watch whi... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/08

Hon Hai and Pegatron Set New Highs in Feb. Revenue

Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd. and Pegatron Corp., Apple’s top-two contract assemblers, saw their revenues for February 2015 hit new highs although the figures dropped from a month earlier due to less workdays in the month interrupted by the Chinese New Year break. Hon Hai had consolidated rev... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/02

TSMC A9 Contracts Surge: Report

Equipment suppliers say Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has received a surge in Apple contracts for the A9 processors, the brain of the iPad and iPhone mobile devices. To fill the orders, the world's No.1 pure contract-chip supplier is accelerating a plan to boost foundry capacity ... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/02

TSMC's Feb. Revenue Down 28% MoM; Up 33.8% YoY

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), currently the world’s No.1 contract chipmaker, announces having net revenue of NT$62.64 billion (US$2.02 billion US$1:NT$31) in February this year alone, sinking 28.1% from the previous month whereas gaining 33.8% year on year. Industry executives a... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/02

Hon Hai's 2014 Consolidated Net Income Up to New High of US$4.21 Bn.

Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd. announced making over NT$56.7 billion (US$1.82 billion) in consolidated after-tax net income in the final quarter last year, or NT$3.85 per share, up 66.3 percent quarter on quarter and 33 percent year on year (YoY). The Q4, 2014 net income helped swell the compa... Full Story

Published: 2015/04/02

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

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