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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.

Chun Zu Aims for Annual Revenue of NT$1 Bn. in 2014

Benefiting from Taiwan’s thriving fastener industry, which could finish this year with export value exceeding US$4 billion, Chun Zu Machinery Industry Co., Ltd., a leading Taiwanese supplier, aims for annual revenue of NT$1 billion (US$33.34 million) in 2014, according to chairman, Bruce Sun. ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/22

Rechi Steps Up Output Expansion to Keep Up with Brisk Growth

To keep up with brisk growth, Rechi Precision Co., Ltd., world’s fourth-biggest supplier of compressors for air conditioners by shipment, has stepped up output expansion across Taiwan and China. Recently its board approved an investment of US$20 million in the first-phase construction of a fac... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/22

Rechi to Achieve New High of NT$17 Bn. in 2014 Revenue

The Taiwan-based Rechi Precision Co., the world’s fourth-largest supplier of compressors for air conditioners by volume, is widely expected by institutional investors to achieve a new high of NT$17 billion (US$566.67 million) in consolidated revenue this year, with its compressor shipments likely t... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/22

Taiwan's September Machinery Exports Miss Industry Executives' Expectations

Both Taiwan’s machinery export and machine-tool export in September missed growths expected by industry executives probably due to lagging shipments, according to president of the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), J.C. Wang. In September, the island shipped US$1.65 billion of mach... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/22

Taiwan Golf Club Makers Diversify to Overcome Market Slump

To assure sustainable development as market demand cools down, Taiwan’s top three contract suppliers of golf clubs--the Advanced International Multitech Co., O-Ta Precision Industry Co., and Dynamic Precision Industry Corp.--are moving in different directions in search of diversification. Their eff... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/22

Hon Hai's September Revenue up 51% MoM to NT$415 Bn.

Fueled by strong shipments of iPhone 6, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., world’s largest EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm by size and Apple Inc.’s major contract manufacturer of iPhone, saw consolidated revenue for September surge 51% month-on-month to NT$415.412 billion (US$13.84 ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/21

Taiwan's Manufacturing Turnover for H1, 2014 up 3.8% YoY

With the US Fed Reserve delaying QE for some time to allay jitters in global markets, the new Indian prime minister promising to reform labor structure to boost its own economy, coupled with sub-US$85 per barrel oil prices and China pumping new liquidity into its economy, global economic prospects ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/21

TSMC's 16nm FinFET Tech Shows Supremacy Over Intel and Samsung

Industry executives believe that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has proven its mettle, by outdoing Samsung and even Intel by successfully rolling out semiconductor industry’s first 16-nanometer Fin Field-Effect Transistor (FinFET) processor designed on the ARM architecture. The T... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/21

UMC to be Taiwan's First to Buy into China's 300mm Wafer Fab

United Microelectronics Corp.’s (UMC) board of directors has approved buying into a 300mm wafer fab planned by the Xiamen Municipal Government and an electronics enterprise owned by the Fujian Provincial Government. To submit the application to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs sometime arou... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/21

TSMC September Revenue Hits New High

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) announced consolidated revenue of NT$74.8 billion (US$2.4 billion) for September, rising 8% from the previous month to hit new all-time high and top market expectations, also up 35.1% year on year. In Q3, the company generated consolidated revenue of... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/20

Lenovo Targets Ambitious Laptop PC Shipments

The Lenovo Group Ltd. plans to ship 31.3 million, 34.4 million and 37 million laptop PCs in 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively, in a bid to solidify its global position in the field, according to its Taiwanese contract suppliers. In 2013 the China-based Lenovo shipped around 31.5 million laptops... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/20

Google to Expand Cloud Data Center in Taiwan

Search engine giant Google Inc. plans to add one more facility to its cloud data center on the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park built on reclaimed land off Changhua County in central Taiwan. With Google declining to elaborate on the planned facility, local industry executives estimate needed inv... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

MediaTek of Taiwan Joins Intel-led IOT Camp

MediaTek Inc. and Acer Inc. have recently announced joining the Internet of Things (IOT) alliance initiated by Intel. The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) competes against the Qualcomm-headed AllSeen Alliance, Google-led Tread Group, and Apple-dominated HomKit for global leadership in setting up ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

China's Handset Makers Fasinated with Japanese-licensed NMT in Taiwan

Industry executives report that China’s branded suppliers of smartphones are fascinated with Taiwan-made consumer-electronics casings using the nano molding technology (NMT), motivating Taiwan’s manufacturers to consider capacity expansion for more orders. Taiwan’s NMT-casing manufacturers inclu... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

TSMC Releases Ultra-Low Power Platform for IOT and Wearables

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has released the silicon-foundry segment’s first and most comprehensive ultra-low power platform for a wide range of applications for the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IOT) and wearable device markets that require a wide spectrum of technologies ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/17

Hiwin's Q3 Revenue Hits Seven Year High

Hiwin Technologies Corp. recently announced that consolidated Q3 revenue hit a seven-year high of NT$4.2 billion (US$141.7 million), with the September revenue of NT$1.4 billion (US$49 million) reaching a 34-month high. The September result represented a 2.8% increase from the previous month and... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/16

Taiwan's Machine Tool Makers See Improving Q3 Profitability

Taiwan’s leading machine-tool makers estimate Q3 sales of this year to be more profitable than that of last year, with orders booked to keep production lines humming throughout the final quarter and potential orders being tracked for Q1, 2015. Among those manufacturers are Hiwin Technologies Co... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/15

Paper Finds Its Way into the Furniture Market
Taiwanese manufacturers adopt the material of the future

By MICHELLE HSU With the rise of environmental awareness, the concept of "green" is gradually finding its way into works of creation, and paper is being applied ever more widely in furniture design and production as an eco-friendly alternative to solid wood. From the simple cabinets and seati... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/15

LED Packager Unity Opto's Revenue Hits New High in September

LED packager, Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd., announced consolidated revenue of NT$918 million (US$30.6 million) for September, increasing 0.92% from a month earlier and 73.4% year on year to hit a new high for a third month. The September result helped swell the company’s Q3 revenue to NT$2.6 ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/15

Technology Advances Drive Changes in the Design of Workspace Furniture
The increasing use of mobile devices gives rise to "the chair as an office"

By MICHELLE HSU Whatever you call the space where you work at home--studio, workstation, home office--the furniture you use there is undergoing drastic changes along with the evolution of lifestyles and working habits brought on by the use of PCs and mobile devices. Advances in information, c... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/14

China's Furniture Parts Makers Thrive with Booming Furniture Industry
Manufacturers offer innovative products that meet the needs of the global market

By JENNY WU China is the world’s largest furniture manufacturer, accounting for 25% of total global output, and in 2006 became the world's No. 1 furniture exporter. It is now also the world's biggest furniture market, with estimated market value of about 500 billion RMB (approximately US$83.3 bi... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/14

Taiwanese Makers of Bathroom Fittings and Accessories Compete Well Globally with Different Strategies
One central Taiwan maker led peers by adopting CNC machines for production 18 years ago

By STEVE CHUANG Shifting locales of global furniture production to emerging countries over the past few decades has profoundly uprooted market dynamics, with out-migration of Taiwanese furniture makers over the years also having destabilized the erstwhile prosperous furniture industry in Taiwan.... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/13

Largan Raises Investment for New Factory in Central Taiwan

Largan Precision Co., Ltd., a major supplier of lenses for smartphones in Taiwan, has decided to raise investment in a new factory in Taiwan to NT$20.5 billion (US$683.3 million), up from the NT$10 billion (US$333.3 million) originally planned, to boost market share in high-definition lenses, with... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/08

Teco of Taiwan Gains Steam from Wind Turbine and EV Businesses

Teco Electric & Machinery Co., Ltd., Taiwan’s veteran manufacturer of heavy-duty motors and household appliances, is increasingly gaining steam from its wind turbine and electric vehicle businesses, hence expected by institutional investors to finish this year with double-digit revenue growth and E... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/08

China's Coffee Table Manufacturers Optimistic about Market Prospects
Producers use product variety to overcome intense competition in the industry

By CARMEN LO Living room furniture has always been the mainstay of the furniture industry, and items used in the living room change constantly along with market trends. Furniture manufacturers believe, therefore, that to survive they need to be able to provide different kinds of furniture produc... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/08

Hiwin of Taiwan Starts German Factory Construction Plan

Hiwin Technologies Corp., a major maker in Taiwan of precision components for machinery, has set in motion the plan to construct a factory in Offenburg, Germany for €17 million (US$20.4 million). The factory will make high-performance ball screws and linear guide ways once started up in 2015, an... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/07

TSMC Announces First Functional 16nm FinFET ARM-based Networking Processor

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) on Sept. 25 announced the silicon foundry industry’s first fully functional ARM-based networking processor using its 16-nanometer FinFET process technology licensed by HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd., a designer of specialty application ICs. Such an... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/07

MediaTek-Google's Android One Smartphone Platform Targets Sub-US$100 Segment

Fabless house MediaTek Inc. recently announced introduction of the brand new smartphone platform "Android One" in cooperation with Google Inc. to boost the market for sub-US$100 smartphones, a rising segment called "Super-mid Market" with potentially one billion consumers. Industry executives s... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/06

Rechi to Attain 2014 Goal with Steady Monthly Shipments in Low Season

Rechi Precision Co., Ltd. executives predict the company to comfortably attain its goal of shipping 13 million air conditioner compressors in 2014 due to steady shipments in the low months. While Q3 is typically a low season, Rechi has been fortunate due to the unusually simmering summer in July... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/06

CSC Posts Pretax Profits of NT$2.871 Bn. for Aug.

China Steel Corp. (CSC), the biggest steelmaker in Taiwan by size, scored pretax profits of NT$2.871 billion (US$95.7 million) in August, up 5% month-on-month for a single-month high of this year, according to the firm’s latest financial report. The report shows CSC’s cumulative pretax profits f... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/02

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