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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.

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

Chunghwa Telecom Presents 4G Services at Shanghai MAE 2014 Show

Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. promoted its 4G services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile technology, including 3D in-vehicle navigation and cloud-based online games, at the Mobile Asia Expo 2014 trade show, held June 11-13 in Shanghai, China. This is the first showing overseas of 4G service... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/20

TSMC's May Revenue Decreases Surprisingly

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) announced consolidated revenue of NT$60.79 billion (US$2.02 billion) in May, decreasing 1.8% from a month earlier to surprise the market and cap the uptrend in recent months despite being the second highest in its history. Industry executives expect ... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/18

Cheetah Mobile to Set up R&D Center in Taiwan and Eyes Buyouts

The Internet security app provider in China, Cheetah Mobile Inc. (CMCM), will open an R&D center in Taiwan to develop security apps for mobile phones and plans to acquire the island’s software development houses, according to company chief executive officer (CEO), Fu Sheng. Fu, being impressed b... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/13

GiantPlus to See Banner Q2 Sales Due to Strong LCD Module Shipment on Wider Applications

With its LCD modules increasingly ordered for wider applications, including wearable electronics, high-end smartphones, in-car displays and industrial computers, GiantPlus Technology Co., Ltd., a Taiwan-based manufacturer of small and medium-sized LCD modules, is optimistic that sales will surge 20... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/12

Hon Hai to Supply Japan's Softbank "Pepper," the Humanoid Robot

Considerable dedication by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., world’s largest EMS (electronic manufacturing service) firm, to developing robot production technology has paid off, as the firm has been contracted by Japan’s Softbank, a telecommunication and Internet company, to supply humanoid rob... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/10

ARM to Open CPU R&D Lab in Taiwan

The silicon IP licensor ARM Ltd. announced it will open a CPU R&D center in the Hsinchu Science Park, a major ICT hub in Taiwan, to design, develop and verify ARM Cortex M processors for use in embedded applications, Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable gears. This is the fourth CPU laboratory ... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/09

Orise Technology Supplies Smart Watches to Motorola

After building solid ground in the Chinese market for driver ICs used in low-to-mid range smartphones to enjoy explosive revenue growth, Orise Technology Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese supplier of driver ICs, now supplies smart watches to Motorola to further secure its momentum. M.C. Liao, Orise Technol... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/09

Five Emerging Technologies Highlighted at Computex Taipei 2014

Smart tech, touch applications, wearable tech, mobile computing, and cloud tech and services took center stage at this year's Computex Taipei, where 1,710 exhibitors from across the world promoted their latest products at 5,069 booths. Computex, the world’s second-largest information-communicati... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/06

Global Market for Wearables to Reach US$20.6 Bn. in 2018: IEK

With ever more global large-sized enterprises, such as Nike and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., actively developing wearable electronic devices, the global market for such products is expected to reach US$20.6 billion in 2018, with sales of 191 million units, according to the Industrial Econo... Full Story

Published: 2014/06/03

Compal Reportedly Garners HP's Big Order for New Chromebook

Taiwan-based Compal Electronics Inc., a globally leading contract maker of PCs by shipment, has reportedly garnered HP’s big order for over 1 million units of the new-edition Chromebook scheduled for launch in the third quarter of this year, according to industry sources. Declining to confirm th... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/28

TSMC's April Sales Hit All Time High, up 24% MoM

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) had revenue of NT$61.8 billion (US$2.06 billion) in April alone, surging 23.9% from the previous month to hit a new high and marking the company’s first monthly revenue to exceed NT$60 billion (US$2 billion), which the company ascribes mostly to thrivin... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/28

TSMC Approves More Capital for Advanced Process R&D

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s (TSMC’s) board of directors recently approved allocating an additional US$675.23 million of capital expenditure, with US$568.23 million set aside for establishing, converting, and upgrading the company’s advanced technology capacity, and the remaining US$107... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/28

MediaTek Becomes World's No. 4 Fabless House in 2013

According to market consultant IC Insights, Taiwan’s fabless house, MediaTek Inc., moved up one notch with revenue of US$4.5 billion in 2013 among the world’s top-25 fabless IC supplier ranking to replace Nvidia Corp. as the world’s No.4 , becoming the only Asian fabless IC house in the top-4. I... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/27

HTC of Taiwan Targets to be Top-3 Brand in Indian Market for Smartphones

Eying tremendous potential of the Indian market for smartphones, Taiwan-based HTC Corp. with its eponymous brand, is aggressively enhancing promotion in an effort to become a top-3 brand there. HTC’s chief financial officer, C.L. Chang, pointed out that presently, high-end smartphones contribute... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/23

HTC Set to Stage Comeback for Profitable 2014

After suffering net losses, for the first time ever since its listing in Taiwan, of NT$1.6 per share last year, HTC Corp., a Taiwan-based vendor of branded smartphone, is set to stage a comeback by turning profitable this year. Optimism about Q2 At an investor conference held in early May and p... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/21

Hon Hai Sees April Revenue Decline to NT$294.4 Bn. on Low Season

Mainly dampened by a low season, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., world’s largest EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm by size, witnessed revenue dive 4.34% to NT$294.41 billion (about US$9.813 billion) in April compared to NT$307.819 billion (US$10.293 billion) in March, according to ... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/16

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