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'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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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