Wed, 7 Oct 2015 20:24:01 +0800 Industry In-Focus | Taiwan Industry Updates of Taiwan Industry Updates of Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Market Reports Reveal Pessimism Towards TFT-LCD Market--Industry is being hit by double-whammy of slack LCD TV demand and low profit margin It is apparent that ever more market reports point to pessimism towards the global market of large-sized (larger than 10-inch) thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, which is exasperated by stagnan... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 THTMA Chairman Wu Remains Optimistic Towards Sustained Buoyancy of Taiwan`s Hand Tool Industry Amid Challenges--Taiwan`s hand tool exports up 2.6% in first 5 months to buck overall downtrend While Taiwan has posted several consecutive months of negative export growths this year to mark its worst export performance ever in the past six years, hence likely to see flat growth in its export-driven economy this y... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Hon Hai Reportedly to Set Up LTPS-TFT Venture in Guizhou, China Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Taiwanese PC Vendors Acer and Asus Develop Smartphone Biz--The vendors focus on savvy pricing strategy to secure sustained growth in the competitive landscape Two of the best known Taiwanese personal computer (PC) vendors, Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc. (Asus), are aggressively targeting the mobile-device market, especially the smartphone segment, by launching several new... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Jim Technology Targets Supercar Market with "iPE" Performance Exhaust Systems--Focus on boutique products pays off as Taiwan brand expands in the super high-end market Established in Taiwan by a group of talented professionals, Jim Technology Co., Ltd. is the world`s leading manufacturer of sophisticated performance exhaust systems. The company has aimed its "iPE" (Innotech Performance... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Taiwan to Accept WTO`s Trade Facilitation Agreement to Grease Wheels of Int`l Trade Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 New PTW Sales in Taiwan Increase YoY in August Sales of new powered two-wheelers (PTWs) in Taiwan continued a recovering trend in August, increasing 10.7% year-on-year (YoY) to 61,445 units, according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Transportation and Commu... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 ASUS Aims for Top-3 Spot in Smartwatch Market Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan (ASUS brand) has been quietly developing its presence in the smartwatch business, aiming to become one of the top-three brands in the market. Industry sources said that ASUS conducted a... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Acer Launches 22 New Products in 2015 IFA Berlin At its pre-show press conference held before the opening of the 2015 IFA Berlin in Germany, one of the world`s largest annual event for consumer electronics and home appliances, Taiwanese information and communication te... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Gogoro Smartscooter Upsets Leader in Aug. e-scooter Sales in Taiwan--Sales of the electric scooter have continuously increased despite its comparatively high unit price Nothing stays unchanged in business has been proven again. The latest shake-up happened in August, traditionally an important period for the electric-scooter (e-scooter) market in Taiwan which has long been virtually mon... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 7 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Benison Shows Its Forte in Robot-integrated Packaging Machinery Developed Jointly with Hiwin--The Delta-robot-integrated packaging machine affixes labels with human dexterity Producing packaging machines has been a sizable part of Taiwan’s machinery industry, with strong global presence over the past few decades mostly thanks to insiders’ steady investment in R&D to enhance added-value fo... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Fri, 4 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 ITRI Showcases Spate of Display & Touch Panel Technologies at Touch Taiwan 2015--New technologies expected to further drive Taiwan`s touch panel and display industry This year`s International Touch Panel & Optical Film Expo (Touch Taiwan) 2015, billed as the world`s largest touch-panel and optical film exhibition that was held August 26-28 in Taipei, capital of Taiwan, saw the do... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Fri, 4 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0800 AUO Unveils Array of Innovative FPD Products at Touch Taiwan 2015--The Taiwan`s top-2 display panel maker continues investing in trend-setting technology to retain lead Facing unprecedented competition from Korean and Chinese rivals due to free trade agreements, relatively deeper currency devaluation and rising self-content ratios, Taiwanese makers of thin film transistor-liquid crystal... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Taiwanese Delegation to N. America Shows Promise to Attract More Foreign Investments Lien Yu-ping, Director General of the Department of Investment Services (DOIS) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), recently said that a Taiwanese delegation to attract investment from North America has shown p... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 TV Panel Shipments Forecast to Drop 10% in Q4: WitsView Global shipments of LCD TV panels in the third quarter are expected to remain on par to the previous quarter`s, thanks to TV vendors` increased parts procurements; but are forecast to drop by 10 percent quarter-on-quarte... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Gogoro Smartscooter`s 1st-month Delivery in Taiwan Hardly Electrifying--Consumer-unfriendly pricing is the main cause to the disappointing result It seems that Taiwanese motor scooter buyers are not sufficiently moved by the slick styling nor envision the same eco-friendly personal transport landscape as the maker of the electric Gogoro Smartscooter, whose deliver... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 FPD Revenues to Fall in 2015: IHS Led by declining thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) revenues, revenue in the global flat panel display (FPD) industry is forecast to fall 2% from US$131.4 billion in 2014 to US$129.0 billion in 2015, a... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Rising Popularity of Gardening Stateside to Benefit Taiwan`s Product Suppliers--Garden Trends Report 2014 confirms trend for gardening in USA The U.S.-based Garden Media Group, a gardening market research firm, has issued its 2014 Garden Trends Report that pulls together findings from global market research firms, consumer media and experts within the home an... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Edible Gardening to Fuel Growth of Watering & Irrigation Suppliers--Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports rising trend of edible gardening in EU With occasional reports of food shortage resulting from climate change and tainted foods as well as people more aware of the importance of healthy lifestyle and food, edible gardening or growing one`s own fruits and vege... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Garden-tainment Trend to Help Fuel Growth of Decorative Garden Lighting--New trend is to move social activities outdoors amid smaller homes stateside Lighting has always been regarded indispensable in any worthwhile gardening setting, especially when “Garden-tainment” has emerged as the latest trend among consumers who are looking for new ways to jazz up social activ... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Health-enhancing Leisure Gardening to Drive Popularity of Cutting Tools--Garden Media Report says Americans actively engage in gardening for well-being Gardening is increasingly associated with a healthy lifestyle, according to the "2015 Garden Trends Report” issued by Garden Media Group that says “People (in the U.S.) see both outdoor and indoor spaces as extensions of... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Growing Population to Drive Development of Farm Machinery and Equipment Sector--TechNavio predicts global agricultural machinery market to grow at CAR of 7.97% during 2013-2018 Mainly used on farms to minimize labor input and raise efficiency, irrigate, harvest and help enhance profits, with smaller versions also used for gardening and landscaping, agricultural machinery and equipment continue ... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Pet Products Market to Remain as Strong as Bond between Owners and Pets--American Pet Products Association says 2015 spending on pets to exceed US$60 Bn. in the U.S. While many people, especially in developing nations, may raise eyebrows at news of seemingly extravagant treatment of pets in the West, with dog owners willing to pay for pet lodging during their absence and even workout... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Lines Between Indoor and Outdoor Furnishings Are Blurred in the U.S.--Global Industry Analysts Inc. says U.S. outdoor furniture market to exceed US$5 billion by 2017 Outdoor furniture was once generally regarded as inexpensive furnishings with monotonous, frumpy styles and often distasteful tones, but no longer. Today alfresco furniture can have the same features as indoor furniture,... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Garden Ornaments and Accessories Market to Grow with Rising Popularity of Gardening--Garden Media sees homeowners using ornaments to personalize their gardens Alongside the rising trends of leisure gardening, outdoor socializing in gardens, and outdoor activities, consumers are inevitably looking for ways to decorate and add chic to their gardens and backyards, which will also... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Wise Center Targets Lead with Game-changing Innovation and World-caliber Management Activities--Planet Gear-integrated tools to help push the maker to No. 1 globally Gardening tool production, as other traditional manufacturing sectors, is one of Taiwan’s most globally competitive industries that began and is clustered in the central region covering Taichung and Changhua, but only a ... (Full Story) ]]> Steve Chuang / CENS Fri, 7 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 New-car Sales in Taiwan Up 3.7% YoY in July After hitting a 10-year same-month record in June, new-car sales in Taiwan continued on an uptrend in July, especially in the last 10 days of the month, to 46,800 units, up 13.5 percent from the previous month, or month-... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Fri, 7 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Asus Falls Out Top-5 in Q2 Worldwide Tablet Market The worldwide tablet market declined 7.0 percent year-over-year (YoY) in the second quarter of 2015 with shipments totaling 44.7 million units, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC).... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Fri, 7 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Hon Hai-Sony TV-making Contract in India the Latest of Similar Deals--Taiwan-based group to invest in 13 Indian tech sectors According to media reports, Sony Corp. has contracted Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., recognized as the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic products, to make liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs at its ... (Full Story) ]]> Ken Liu / CENS Wed, 5 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Internet-of-Things to Take Off Starting in 2016: CHT President Shih Amid ample reports of the vigorous, promising development of Internet of Things (IoT), various global market research institutes forecast that by 2020 around a total of 25 billion to 50 billion IoT terminal devices world... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Wed, 5 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Taiwanese PTW Vendors Compete to Ride Wave of Big-displacement Bikes in Domestic Market Times have changed since the 1980s before which few large-displacement powered two-wheelers (PTWs) were seen in Taiwan. Sales of both motorcycles and motor scooters have clearly grown in the past one to two years, to hav... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Smart Urban Mobility Infrastructure & Services Market to Exceed US$25 B. in 2024: Navigant Research With high-profile firms as Tesla, Google and Uber developing new technologies as autonomous cars amid the growing trends of Smart City, automotive telematics, Internet of Things (IoT) etc., new forms of smart mobility ar... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Audi Taiwan Introduces More Performance Models to Taiwan Audi Taiwan, the wholly-owned local subsidiary of the German carmaker Audi AG, recently demonstrated the latest third-generation Audi TT and TTS coupes, models designed for well-heeled buyers looking for more performance... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Hon Hai Tops Local Invention-patent Application Volume in Q2, 2015 Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co. Ltd., the Taiwan-based major EMS (electronics manufacturing services) provider, topped all local counterparts in the number of patent applications in the second quarter of 2015 in Taiwan, with ... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 ASUS Launches More Stylish & Personalized ZenWatch 2 Smartwatch Asustek Computer Inc. (ASUS brand) of Taiwan recently launched the ZenWatch 2, a stylish and personalized wearable device powered by Android Wear and produced in partnership with Google. The watch is part of the PC vendo... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Southern Taiwan Science Park Achieves Record High Export Value in H1, 2015 Despite recent reports of the decreasing exports out of Taiwan over the past five months straight, the Southern Taiwan Science Park`s (STSP) accumulated export value in the first six months hit a same-period record high ... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Small/Medium LSUVs Win 20% of Taiwan`s Luxury-car Segment Driven by auto vendors` aggressive new-model launches, a total of 7,135 small/medium (or compact) luxury sport utility vehicles (LSUVs) were sold in the first six months in Taiwan, up 279.6 percent from the same period o... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Taiwan`s Porsche Sales Up 100%-plus in H1, 2015 Driven by regional consumers` considerable buying power and eagerness to drive the coveted sports cars, sales of Porsches in the Asia Pacific and Taiwan both hit impressive figures in the first half of 2015, according to... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Toyota RAV4 Continues to Stand Out in Taiwan`s Booming SUV Segment In conjunction with the falling fuel prices, and similar to the global market trend, sales of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in Taiwan have been rapidly increasing to become the fastest-growing model segment on the island... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Volvo to Invest US$100 M. in Taiwan for Sales Expansion Volvo Car Taiwan Ltd., the first wholly-owned local subsidiary of the foreign carmaker Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) of Sweden, recently announced to kick off another investment project on the island to introduce more new ... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Flexible Display Revenue to Comprise 15% of Total Display Market in 2024: IHS Flexible displays are not only spawning a spate of applications and revolutionizing the display market, but also an increasingly important segment of overall display market revenues, according to a new report from IHS In... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Ford Lio Ho President Urges Taiwanese Telematics Firms to Tap Global Supply Chains Fully living up to his role as president of Ford Lio Ho Motor Co., the Taiwanese subsidiary of American automaker Ford Motor, Thomas Fann has been closely observing the development of telematics and its impact on the glo... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Sizable Used-car Market Draws Attention from Auto Vendors in Taiwan In Taiwan, over 700,000 used cars are bought and sold per year, compared to about 400,000 new cars sold a year, creating a market of about NT$300 billion (US$10 billion). Eyeing the growing domestic used-car marke... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Norway`s EV/PHEV Share of EV Market Leads: IHS Automotive Among major industrially advanced nations where consumers tend to pay more attention to environmental-protection issues, Norway continues to lead the global electric vehicle/plug-in hybrid vehicle (EV/PHEV) market, accor... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Global TV-panel Shipments Forecast to Slow Down in Q3: WitsView Global shipments of LCD TV panels in June fell 0.5 percent month-on-month (MoM), but increased 7.9 percent year-on-year (YoY), to total about 22.6 million units; while accumulated TV-panel shipments in the first six mont... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Advantech-LNC`s Robot Controllers Tap into Chinese Automotive Supply Chain Advantech Co., Ltd., recognized as the largest industrial computer maker in Taiwan, recently said the company has tapped into the supply chain of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor), reportedly the largest automo... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Sales of New PTWs in Taiwan Hit 30-month High in June As result of major vendors` successful efforts in lowering inventory level at their distributors, sales of new powered two-wheelers (PTWs) in Taiwan continued a recovering trend in June by increasing 9.99 percent in June... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 TWSE-listed Yulon and Hotai Report Record High June Revenues Driven by robust sales of new-car models, two Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE)-listed automotive companies, including Yulon Motor Co. (maker of own Luxgen line and assembler of Nissans) and Hotai Motor Co. Ltd. (Taiwan`s age... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 Volkswagen Taiwan Launches 1st Full-sized Sedan after March Introduction Volkswagen Taiwan, the wholly-owned subsidiary on the island of Volkswagen Group of Germany and the 28th overseas sales subsidiary directly controlled by the German headquarters, recently launched its first full-sized im... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0800 TWSE-listed Bicycle-sector Companies Report Upbeat H1 Results Thanks to strong demand from Europe, where gasoline prices are sometimes double or more of those in North America, and the U.S., several suppliers in the bicycle sector listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) reported... (Full Story) ]]> Quincy Liang / CENS