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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.

Major Taiwanese Machine Tool Makers See Surging Orders So Far in Q1, 2015

Despite a low-season factor, Taiwan’s leading machine-tool makers, including AWEA Mechantronic Co., Ltd., Goodway Machine Corp., Roundtop Machinery Industries Co., Ltd., Kao Fong Machinery Co., Ltd., Falcon Machine Tool Co., Ltd., Shieh Yih Machinery Industry Co., Ltd., Tong Tai Machine & Tool Co.,... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/25

Smartphone Lens Maker Largan to Build Factory in Central Taiwan to Vie for Bigger Market Share

Largan Precision Co., Ltd., recognized as the world’s biggest manufacturer of smartphone lenses with share prices on the TAIEX of Taiwan sometimes eclipsing US$82 to be the most costly on the island, has announced to begin building a factory sometime in the first quarter for some NT$20 billion (US$... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/17

TSMC Raises Investment at CTSP on Environmental Assessment Approval

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), recognized as the world’s biggest pure silicon foundry, has announced scaling up its investment at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) to NT$700 billion (US$22.58 billion) after its NT$500 billion (US$16.12 billion) expansion project at the park pas... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/17

Taiwan Remains Asia's Biggest Maker of 80-ft Up Yachts in 2015

Following over five decades of development, the yacht building industry in Taiwan has established a solid name among professional buyers and yacht owners throughout the world, helping the island retain its crown as Asia's biggest producer of yachts 80 feet and longer in 2015. The latest news rep... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/16

Machine Tool Maker Tongtai Set for Bullish 2015 on Ample Orders from Auto and Aircraft Sectors

Industry executives project Tongtai Machine & Tool Co., Ltd., a leading machine-tool maker in Taiwan, to generate consolidated revenue in excess of NT$10 billion (US$322.58 million) this year, an increase from 2014’s NT$9.13 billion (US$294.58 million). The bullish forecast is based on swarming ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/16

Compal of Taiwan Looks to Attaining 2015 Revenue Exceeding NT$1 Trillion

As the global 3C (computer, communication and consumer electronic) industry is expected to stay buoyant due to continuously growing popularity of smartphones and other mobile Internet devices, Compal Electronics Inc., world’s top-2 laptop ODM (original design manufacturer) by shipment and a leading... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/16

Taiwan Posts 3.51% Growth in 2014 GDP

Mainly fueled by a significantly growing trade surplus realized in Q4, 2014, Taiwan, mostly an export-driven economy, ended the year with an estimated 3.51 percent growth in GDP, a 3-year high and 0.08 of a percentage point higher than originally expected, according to the latest report by Director... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/16

Dropping Oil Prices Forecast to Raise Taiwan's 2015 GDP Growth to 4%

With international crude oil prices having fallen to record lows since the 2008 financial meltdown and a major news channel reporting per barrel price may dip to US$20, Taiwan’s GDP in 2015 is forecast to grow by around 4 percent, an equivalent of some NT$160 billion (US$5.08 billion), over 2014, a... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/16

CSC of Taiwan Starts Up New Electromagnetic Steel Sheet Plant in India

China Steel Corp. (CSC), recognized as Taiwan’s largest steelmaker by size, started up on January 12 its new factory of electromagnetic steel sheets owned by its affiliate, China Steel Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., in India’s western state of Gujarat, being ready to explore considerable business opp... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/16

ZINIU Supplies LED Bulb Series

ZINIU Lighting Technology Corporation is a professional lighting company specializing in research, manufacturing and application of different kinds of LED lighting products. Now the company manufactures and markets a wide range of LED lighting products to domestic and worldwide customers. The LE... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/16

Goodway Sees Bright Outlook in First Half

Goodway Machine Corp., one of Taiwan's leading machine-tool makers, has filled production capacity through the first quarter and is filling its second quarter capacity, largely due to an influx orders from aircraft builders and carmakers, according to company chairman, Edward Yang. Yang says tha... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/12

Nanya and Inotera Post Huge Profit in 2014

Nanya Technology Corp. and Inotera Memories Inc., both subsidiaries of the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), together posted an estimated NT$74 billion (US$2.38 billion) in after-tax net income last year, setting new highs in both companies’ history. Inotera estimates its after-tax net income at ove... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/12

Delta Unveils SCARA-branded Industrial Robots

Delta Electronics Inc., the world’s No.1 power-supply maker for electronic devices by volume, on Jan. 22 debuted its SCARA-branded industrial robots at its R&D center in Taoyuan County, northern Taiwan, as its first step into the manufacturing of smart-factory equipment. Company chairman, Yancy ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/12

Taiwan's Top-end Blown Film Machine Suppliers Keep Developing High-performance Models to Take On Underselling Rivals
One maker applies gear motors to keep up with industry trends

Compiled by STEVE CHUANG After seeing sharp shrinkage in size mostly due to overwhelming rivalry from underselling rivals worldwide, it may have been impossible for Taiwan’s blown film sector to return to its heyday. However, local surviving insiders are still working hard on improving machines ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/10

AU Optronics, Innolux and MediaTek of Taiwan Plan to Hire 6,000-plus Workers in 2015

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), Innolux Corp., MediaTek Inc., Acer Inc., and Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan have announced total recruitment of over 6,000 workers this year, with LCD-panel giants AUO and Innolux needing a combined 3,500 engineers, chip design house MediaTek some 2,000 engineers, and bra... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/10

Taiwanese Extrusion Machinery Makers Respond to Market Trends Differently
High performance with competitive costs is among striking features of Taiwan-made machines

Compiled by STEVE CHUANG High performance, excellent energy efficiency and low requirements for manpower and space are growing trends in the global market for machinery. And lots of Taiwanese extrusion machine makers have followed well those trends by developing top-caliber models and solutions ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/10

Taiwanese Packaging Machine Makers Take Different Strategies for Sustainable Development
One maker holds technology exchange conferences to be known by local young people

Compiled by STEVE CHUANG The packaging machine industry has developed into one of Taiwan’s export contributors over the past decades after local companies began production using skills and know-how absorbed from abroad to reduce the industry’s dependence on imports, and many insiders have built ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/10

Moving Upward Sets Tone for Development of Taiwan's Hand Tool Industry

Living up to Taiwan’s reputation of “Kingdom of Hand Tools,” local suppliers of auto repair tools are earning plaudits for their long-term dedication to R&D and branding upgrades. Unwilling to compromise in the face of rivalry from emerging countries and realizing the danger of market erosion ca... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Chip Assembler Siliconware's Net Income Hits 7-Year High

Chip assembler Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. saw after-tax net income for 2014 surge 99.1 percent year on year to a seven year high of NT$11.73 billion (US$378.41 million), or NT$3.74 per share. The company had 2014 total revenue of NT$83.07 billion (US$2.67 billion), increasing 19.... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

DRAM Prices Forecast to Drop Over 5% QoQ in Q1

Industry executives forecast dynamic random access memory (DRAM) prices to slump over 5% quarter over quarter in Q1, 2015, deeper than in Q4, 2014, due to low season factor. Although the declines will impact sales at Taiwan’s DRAM chipmakers including Nanya Technology Corp. and Inotera Memories ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Nanya and Inotera Set New Highs in 2014 Revenue

Nanya Technologies Corp. announced total revenue of NT$49.10 billion (US$1.53 billion) in 2014, rising 8.5% year on year to a four-year high, with Inotera Memories Inc. having generated consolidated revenue of NT$82.69 billion (US$2.58 billion) in the same year, surging 40% year on year to an all-t... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Revenue of Taiwan Businesses Hits All-time High of NT$14.5 Trillion in 2014

Revenue or turnover of Taiwan’s businesses, described by the government chiefly as retail, wholesale and food services, totaled NT$14.5 trillion (US$460.31 billion) in 2014 to set a new high for the second consecutive year, according to Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). In December, busin... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Taiwan Machine Tool Makers to Raise Wages by 3-5%

Taiwan’s leading machine-tool makers, including Hiwin Technologies Corp., Goodway Machine Corp., AWEA Mechantronic Co., Ltd., and Kao Fong Machinery Co., Ltd., have decided to increase wages by 3-5% for the their sizable profits achieved in 2014. Industry executives estimate Hiwin, reportedly th... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Taiwan Manufacturers Eager to Join Government's Big Data Program

Taiwan’s heavyweight manufacturers including the Hon Hai Technology Group, Hiwin Technologies Corp., and Advantech Co., Ltd. have expressed eagerness to join Taiwan's executive ministry's program to push application of big data. Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou told Vice Premier Simon Chang of his hop... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Taiwan Unemployment Rate Hits 7-Year Low

Taiwan’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.96% throughout 2014, being sub-4% for the first time in seven years, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS). Nevertheless such rate was higher than Hong Kong’s 3.2%, Japan’s 3.5%, South Korea’s 3.4% and Singapore’... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

TSMC's Expansion in Central Taiwan Fails EPA Assessment the Third Time

The expansion plan of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), a major semiconductor foundry, at the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) in Taichung City failed to pass environmental assessment at a meeting on Jan. 21 with the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of the executive mini... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

UMC's 2014 Earnings Beat Market Expectation

United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), reportedly the second-biggest silicon foundry globally, announced net income generated by parent company of NT$4.56 billion (US$147.19 million), or NT$0.36 per ordinary share, in Q4, 2014, surging 56.5% from the previous quarter to beat the NT$0.25-0.3 per share... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

TSMC and UMC Step up Investment Plans in China

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), reportedly the world’s top-two makers of built-to-order chips, are stepping up production investment plans in China. Capital-equipment vendors say UMC has informed them of tooling a 300-mm wafer fab to be inve... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/09

Wistron to Start Trial Production of iPhone 6s in H1, 2015

Taiwan-based Wistron Corp., an EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm and recognized as world’s top-5 laptop ODM (original design manufacturer), has reportedly been contracted by Apple Inc. to supply iPhone 6s and to kick off trial production of the hot-seller in the first half of this year, ... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/03

Taiwan's Tax Revenue Nears NT$2 Trillion in FY 2014 to be All-time High

Mostly driven by surging profits generated by local enterprises, the Taiwanese government collected taxes exceeding NT$1.957 trillion (US$61.73 billion) for the fiscal year (FY) 2014, an all-time high, according to the latest report by the Ministry of Finance (MOF). The MOF indicates that such t... Full Story

Published: 2015/02/02

 
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