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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.

New LED Lighting Standards On Tap for Chinese Market
New rules with give a boost to both the industry and the market

By CARMEN LO LEDs are becoming an increasingly popular light source throughout the world because of their lower power consumption, higher luminous efficiency, smaller size, longer life, faster response, lower driving voltage, higher shock resistance, and many other advantages over conventional l... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/12

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

Taiwanese Suppliers Develop High-speed, Versatile Packaging Machines to Tap Promising Markets
One maker's OPP labeling machine has 600 bottle-per-minute capacity

By STEVE CHUANG According to Visiongain, a British market research firm, the global flexible packaging market has reached some US$143.83 billion, mostly driven by growing sales of consumer products in emerging nations. In the next decade, the firm forecasts the global market will likely peak, gi... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/10

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 Companies Apply for Fewer Patents for a Fifth Quarter

According to Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the volume of patent applications submitted by Taiwanese companies declined by 8.14% in the second quarter--the fifth quarterly drop in a row. The Hon Hai Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer ... 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

Ansteel Group to Buy into E United Group's Stainless Steel Mill in China

Ansteel Group, China’s fifth-largest steel and iron supplier by size, will reportedly acquire a 60% stake in Lianzhong Guangzhou Stainless Steel Corp., a stainless steel maker fully owned by Taiwan-based E United Group, a conglomerate of steel, realty and medical businesses, for at least NT$15 bill... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/09

Taiwanese Shippers Expect Improving Business Starting in September

After generally experiencing sluggish demand for container shipping services in the first half (H1) this year, Taiwanese shippers will likely see improving sales starting in September. One positive sign of improving market is that the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement group composed of 15 glo... 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

Feng Tay's Capital Expenditure for 2014 to Reach NT$1.5 Bn.

With a plant construction in Vietnam and capacity expansion in India both underway, Feng Tay Enterprises Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese contract manufacturer of athletic shoes and footwear, will see its 2014 capital expenditure likely reach NT$1.5 billion (US$50 million), with about NT$800 million (US$28.8... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/05

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

Over 87% of Taiwanese Internet Users Access Social Networking Sites Through Mobil Devices: MIC

Social networks and mobile broadband are becoming increasingly popular among the Taiwanese people, and 87.6% of the island's Internet users access social networking websites through their mobile devices, according to the latest survey results issued by the Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/05

Taiwan's Premier Announces Plan to Capture 30% of Global 3D Printer Market

Taiwan's Premier Jiang Yi-huah has announced the goal of helping Taiwan’s 3D-printing industry boost production capacity to capture 30% of global market for 3D printers from the current 18%, set up self-sufficient supply chain, and cultivate one million specialists by 2018, after having been briefe... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/05

R&D Investment up at Taiwan's Manufacturers in Q2 Amid Lower Fixed Asset Investment

According to Taiwan's Department of Statistics of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), in Q2, 2014 Taiwan’s listed manufacturers' R&D investment totaled NT$131.6 billion (US$4.38 billion), up 7.9% year on year, contrasting fixed asset investment dropping 8% to NT$276.6 billion (US$9.2 billion).... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/04

Taiwan's Lextar and American Cree Near Partnership Deal

Taiwan’s LED maker, Lextar Electronics Corp., recently announced striking a long-term partnership deal with Cree Inc., with the latter agreeing to acquire a 13% stake in Lextar through a private placement for US$83 million and licensing Lextar to use patents on LED chips and devices for at least th... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/04

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

MIRDC and U.S.'s PRI to Cooperate on Nadcap Program

As part of its long-term effort to build international partnerships in metal-related fields to help boost Taiwan’s presence, Metal Industries Research & Development Center (MIRDC), a Taiwanese government-funded R&D institute, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S.-based Performanc... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/03

MIRDC Unveils World's First Continuous Thermal Treatment System for Fasteners of Sub-2mm Outer Diameter

With 3C products becoming thinner and lighter to trigger sizeable demand for miniature parts and components, micro fasteners therefore show increasingly promising business potential. To help Taiwanese fastener manufacturers tap such opportunities, Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MI... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/03

TEEMA Planning to Pour NT$14 Bn. into Developing Industrial Park in Myanmar

To better tap the lucrative growth potential of the Myanmar, the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA) intends to spend NT$14 billion (about US$466.67 million) to develop an industrial park in the country's southern Ayeyarwady division. According to industry insider... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/03

Tycoons Fires Up Electric Arc Furnace in Thailand to Explore Vast Market for Fasteners There

To take advantage of the vast business potential of the Thai market following implementation of the government's THB2.4 trillion 7-year infrastructure development plan there, the Taiwan-based Tycoons Group International Co., a major maker of fasteners, has just started up its the electric arc furna... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/03

Formosa Plastics Group to Invite Japan's JFE to Buy 10% in Vietnam Steel Mill

With its invested steel company, Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation, to start up its first blast furnace in Vietnam at the end of 2015, Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group, a conglomerate of plastics, steels and petrochemicals, plans to invite Japan’s JFE Steel Corporation to take 10% stake in the s... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/02

Taiwan's Total Ad Spending in H1, 2014 Down 1.3% YoY

With advertisements placed by construction, cosmetics and financial sectors all declining, Taiwan’s total advertising spending in the first half (H1), 2014 dropped 1.3% year-on-year (YoY) to NT$22 billion (US$703.3 million), according the latest statistics compiled by the global media researcher, N... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/02

Tigerair to Take Off Earlier-than-Expected in Late September

Tigerair Taiwan, low-cost carrier (LCC) established by Taiwan’s China Airlines Ltd. and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, announced its maiden flight to take off from Taiwan to Singapore in late September, earlier than scheduled, to be the island’s first LCC. The LCC has just entered the fourth certifi... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/02

Everlight Increases Capex to Keep up With Brisk Demand

Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., world’s No.1 LED packager by volume, has announced increasing capital expenditure for this year to NT$1.5-1.7 billion (US$50-56 million) from originally planned NT800 million-NT$1 billion (US$26-33 million) in light of brisk demand. The company’s median annual c... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/01

Everlight Tops Taiwan's LED Peers in H1 Profitability

Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., world’s No.1 LED packager by volume, topped its Taiwanese peers in the LED industry in profitability in the first half (H1) of the year by making NT$907 million (US$30.2 million), or NT$2.16 per share. Its H1 earnings enabled the company to dethrone Advanced Opt... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/01

Global TD-LTE Initiative to Hold First Taiwan Meeting in September

The Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) will hold its first Taiwan workshop in Hsinchu September 17-18, bringing executives from 37 4G service providers worldwide, including Softbank, Sprint, KT, and Vodafone, to meet Taiwan’s equipment suppliers. Kicked off in 2011 by Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, Cl... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/01

Taiwan's Average Household Savings Down to NT$194,000 in 2013

Taiwan’s average household savings totaled NT$194,000 (US$6,466.7) in 2013, with household savings rate declining by 0.59 of a percentage point from a year earlier to 20.62%, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting & Statistics (DGBAS). The island’s average household savings p... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/01

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

Taiwan's July Fastener Exports to U.S. Hit Single-month, Post-financial-tsunami High 56,000 Tonnes

Mostly driven by improving economic climate in the U.S., Taiwanese fastener makers generally experienced a rosy July, when the industry’s exports to the U.S. hit a post-financial-tsunami single-month high of some 56,000 tonnes, up 6.37% month-on-month, or 8.73% year-on-year, to command nearly 40% o... Full Story

Published: 2014/08/28

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