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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.

IC Insights: IC Sales for IoT to Surge Past US$10 Bn. by 2018

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. ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/19

Machine Tool Makers in Taiwan and China Sign Cooperation Deal

The Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) and the China Machine Tool & Tool Builders’ Association recently signed a memorandum to enhance cooperation between machine-tool makers in Taiwan and China. The agreement was signed in Taipei during a meeting of the Cross Strait CEO Summit that... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/19

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Diversifies into Online Shopping

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

Published: 2014/12/19

IDC: Taiwan's 4G Subscribers May Hit 10 Million by 2015

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

Published: 2014/12/16

PowerChip's Huang: Grave Supply Shortage to Hit DRAM Market by 2015

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

Published: 2014/12/16

Taiwan Leads Asian Neighbors in Scores on Knowledge Economy Index

According to Taiwan's National Development Council (NDC), the Taiwan Cabinet, Taiwan tops the 28 Asian economies chosen by Asian Development Bank (ADB) on its Knowledge Economy Index of 2014 by scoring 8.77 on the 10-point scale. The NDC attributes such result mostly to the island’s increased i... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/16

TSMC's December Revenue Down 10% MoM, Up 63% YoY

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

Published: 2014/12/16

Footwear Maker Feng Tay's Nov. Revenue Hits Record High of NT$4.449 Bn.

Benefiting from branded vendors’ brisk shoe sales, Taiwan-based Feng Tay Enterprises Co., Ltd., a top-three contract manufacturer of footwear by size on the island, recorded a single-month high of NT$4.449 billion (US$148.3 million) in November revenue, surging 18.3% month-on-month (MoM) or 38.9% y... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/15

Hon Hai's Single-Month Nov. Revenue Breaks NT$500 Bn. First Time

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

Published: 2014/12/15

Taiwan's Auto Parts Makers Post Banner Nov. Revenue Amid Peak Season

As drastic wintry conditions hit North America to drive demand for collision auto parts globally in Q4, some Taiwanese auto parts manufacturers have seen encouraging revenue growth in November. For instance, Hota Industrial Mfg. Co., Ltd., supplier of transmission system parts, scored consoli... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/15

Fair Friend of Taiwan to Add Five Factories in 2015

Chairman Jimmy Chu of the Fair Friend Ent. Group, Taiwan’s biggest machine-tool maker by revenue, said the group will add five factories in 2015 through acquisition or partnership at cost exceeding US$100 million to expand into machine tools for mobile device casings. The group is in talks with... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/12

Hiwin's Nov. Revenue Hits 3-Year High

Hinwin Technologies Corp., Taiwan’s biggest manufacturer of crucial components for precision machines, announced consolidated revenue of NT$1.5 billion (US$50 million) in November, up 0.7% from a month earlier and 12.67% year on year to hit a 3-year high, to which industry executives attribute most... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/12

TSMC Chairman Chang: Global Semiconductor Sector to Face Technical Hurdles Soon

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

Published: 2014/12/12

Smart Home Ind. Revenue Forecast to Quintuple 2014-2015 to US$7.8 Bn.

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

Published: 2014/12/11

Taiwan's Machine Tool Makers Speed up Expansion Plan

Taiwan’s leading machine-tool makers are accelerating their investment plans to alleviate the problem of insufficient production capacity, despite the hazy business outlook for 2015. The Tongtai Group’s board of directors recently approved an investment of NT$600 million (US$20 million at NT$30:... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/11

TSMC's Co-CEO: Corporate Consolidated Revenue to Rise 27% YoY in 2014

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

Published: 2014/12/11

Unity Opto Receives Hefty Additional Orders From Europe, America

Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd. has received a hefty load of additional orders for LED light bulbs from European and American customers, prompting the firm to boost its output from two million to five million bulbs a month. Thanks to the new orders, LED lighting is projected to grow to 45% of th... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/11

Giant and Merida Both Expected to Score EPS Exceeding NT$10 in 2014

Still benefiting from rising eco-awareness, austerity and urban gridlock to drive demand for cycling globally, Taiwan’s two main bicycle makers, Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Merida Industry Co., Ltd., both are expected to post full-year EPS (earnings per share) of over NT$10 (US$0.33) in 2014,... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/10

Global Shipments of Wearable Devices to Grow 49.8% YoY to 39.1 M. Units in 2014: PIDA

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

Published: 2014/12/08

Taiwan Plans Consortium with Local Suppliers for 5G Standards

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

Published: 2014/12/08

Foxconn, Alibaba and Vianet Sign US$491.8 M. Deal to Build Cloud, Wi-Fi, Big Data, e-Com Network in Guizhou, China

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

Published: 2014/12/05

Intel Orders SoFIA Handset Chips from TSMC of Taiwan

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

Published: 2014/12/05

Majority of Apple A9 Contracts go to TSMC Rather Than Rival Samsung

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

Published: 2014/12/05

Taiwan's TSMC May Outdo Intel in Capex Expenditure Soon

While Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) projects its capital expenditure for 2015 to exceed slightly US$10 billion, Intel Corp. executives disclosed in a business analyst conference to lay out capital expenditure of around US$10.5 billion in 2015. Industry executives note such figur... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

TSMC of Taiwan Orders from ASML EUV Lithography Systems

The Dutch equipment vendor, ASML reports having received orders from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), major pure silicon foundry, for two NXE: 3350B models of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography system for semiconductor volume production. ASML said to begin shipping the latest li... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/05

Delta Likely to be Main Beneficiary of Taiwan's Total LED Streetlight Replacement

Delta Electronic Inc., having shipped over 120,000 LED streetlights worldwide, is likely to be a primary beneficiary of Taiwan’s plan to replace the remaining 692,000 mercury streetlights on the island with light-emitting diode (LED) counterparts in two years. Taiwan’s Cabinet recently approved ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/04

Apple Retains Dominance in Smartphone Market Profits in Q3

Apple Inc.’s dominance seems solid despite rivalry in the short term, as the latest report by Canaccord Genuity Inc., a global investment bank headquartered in the U.S., shows the iconic American maker commanded a massive 86% share of global smartphone industry’s profits in Q3, 2014. Such result... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/03

Taiwan Manufacturing Industries' Output Value Forecast to Grow 2.86% YoY in 2015: IEK

The overall output value of Taiwan’s manufacturing industries is forecast to grow by 2.86% year-on-year (YoY) to NT$18.25 trillion (US$600.83 billion) in 2015, up from a projected NT$17.74 trillion (US$593.13 billion) this year, according to the Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK), a mark... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/03

Taiwan's LED Packager Execs Project Upbeat Q4 Outlook

Top executives of Taiwan’s leading LED packagers expressed optimism toward Q4 corporate outlook, with Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. Chairman Robert Yeh estimating corporate earnings of at least NT$1.2 per share to achieve total 2014 earnings exceeding NT$5 per share. Yeh, whose company is the ... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/03

Production Lines Fully-loaded at Taiwan's Eminent Luggage

With global luggage brands restocking amid positive market outlook throughout next year, Taiwan-based Eminent Luggage Corp., a major contract manufacturer and branded vendor of luggage and travel bags, has production lines fully-loaded, hence expecting banner performance in Q4, 2014 through earl... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/03

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