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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.

TSMC Announces 16nm FinFET Plus Process in Trial Production

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) announced its 16-nanometer FinFET Plus process in trial production with networking & communications chips and mobile phone processors, paving the way to win Apple’s contract for A9 processors. TSMC plans to volume produce with the advanced process ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

TSMC and MediaTek to Top Global Competitors in 2014 Revenue Growths

According to market consultant IC Insights, foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and fabless chipmaker MediaTek Inc. will outdo the other globally top-20 semiconductor companies in 2014 revenue growth. IC Insights estimates TSMC, pure silicon foundry, to see 2014 revenue r... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

Taiwan's Leading Silicon Foundries Hit New Revenue Highs in October

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VIS)—major pure silicon foundries in Taiwan—saw revenues hit fresh all-time highs in October. TSMC had revenue of NT$80.73 billion (US$2.69 billion) in that month, ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

Hon Hai Posts NT$468.9 Bn. in Oct. Revenue for 12.9% MoM Growth

Gaining steam from strong sales of Apple Inc.’s new products as iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., a major contract manufacturer for Apple of the U.S., scored revenue of NT$468.9 billion (US$15.63 billion) in October, up 12.9% month-on-month (MoM), or 22.58... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

Earnings Down at Taiwan's Top-3 Telecoms in October

Earnings for October this year slipped from the previous month and year on year at Taiwan’s top- three telecoms because of increased promotional spending on iPhone 6 smartphones they are contracted to sell, despite higher revenue in that month. Chungwa Telecom Co., Ltd. made NT$0.38 per share ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

AT&T of the USA Issues US$1.3 B.of Bonds in Taiwan

American telecom, AT&T Inc., issued US$1.295 billion in international bonds on Nov. 10 in Taiwan, causing buzz across the market for being the single highest capital raising on record. According to chairman of GreTai Securities Market, Soushan Wu, the bond issuance shows Taiwan's emerging globa... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/20

Orders Received at 2014 TMTS Drive Optimism of Taiwan's Machine Tool Makers

Landing better-than-expected orders at the Taiwan International Machine Tool Show 2014, held Nov. 5-9 in Taichung, central Taiwan, Taiwan’s leading machine-tool builders are upbeat about business in Q1, 2015. Chairman D.H. Yang of the Goodway Group said its Goodway Machine Corp. and Awea Mecha... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/18

MediaTek and ITRI Among 2014 Top-100 Global Innovators

MediaTek Inc. and the government-backed Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan are among the 2014 Top-100 Global Innovators chosen by the multinational media and information company, Thomson Reuters Corp. It is the second consecutive year for Taiwan-based organizations to be h... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/17

Machine Tool Maker Fair Friend to Launch IPO in Taiwan by 2017

The Fair Friend Group (FFG) will launch initial public offering (IPO) in Taiwan in 2017, to be Taiwan’s largest listed machine-tool manufacturing conglomerate by market revenue. With KGI Securities as the IPO underwriter, FFG will set up a holding company by the end of 2014 to operate all subsi... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/14

Hiwin Tops Taiwanese Machine Tool Makers in Jan.-Sept. Per-share Earnings

Hiwin Technologies Corp. outperformed all its Taiwanese peers in machine-tool industry earnings for the first three quarters by making NT$6.21 per share, with Q3 earnings of NT$2.91, based upon which industry executives estimate its 2014 earnings at NT$9 per share. The company, a major maker of ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/14

Foreign Firms' Q3 Patent Applications Lead in Taiwan

According to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), foreign firms applied in Q3 6,827 invention patents, increasing 1.35% from the same quarter last year. The top-five foreign applicants are LG Chem, Toshiba, Fujifilm, Applied Materials, and Nitt... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/13

Weak Yen Triggers Taiwanese Acquisitions of Japanese Machine Tool Makers

Taiwanese machine-tool makers Fair Friend Enterprise Group, Goodway Machine Corp., and Hiwin Technologies Corp. have decided to acquire Japanese machine-tool makers in a move widely seen as an attempt to convert the threat of the weak yen into an opportunity. The yen's value plummeted to a six-y... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/11

Multinationals Hunt for Cloud Tech Talents in Taiwan

Multinationals including International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Microsoft Corp., Red Hat Inc., and Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) are hunting cloud-technology specialists in Taiwan for plans to quickly build presence in the cloud-computing market, which is projected at US$200 billion over the next ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/11

TAMI Lists Several Risks for Taiwan's Machine Tool Makers in 2015

Taiwan’s machine-tool makers show guarded optimism about their 2015 outlook, with over NT$10 billion (US$333.3 million) of combined orders booked and yet jittery about several potentially risky factors. According to the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), the U.S. government’s annou... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/11

Nichia of Japan Issues Dismal Forecast for 2015 LED-Lighting Market

Market consultant LEDinside forecasts in a survey that the global LED-lighting industry will undergo cut-throat competition earlier than expected in 2015 primarily due to excessive new entrants in Asia. Intense competition makes the consultant believe the global LED-packaging industry would gene... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/10

Fair Friend Announces Plant for New Headquarters in Hangzhou

Chairman Jimmy Chu of the Fair Friend Group has announced plans to spend around US$50 million on a new operations headquarter and R&D center in Hangzhou City, mainland China, as part of the group's effort to quickly boost its share of China's machine-tool market. Construction on the facilities, whi... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/07

Goodway Projected to Earn NT$5.5 Per Share This Year

Industry executives predict that Taiwan's machine-tool maker Goodway Machine Corp. will earn NT$5.5 per share this year on consolidated revenues of NT$7.5 billion (US$250.0 million at NT$30:US$1) and NT$8 billion (US$266.6 million), thanks to the recovery of the automobile, aircraft, and energy ind... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/07

Lextar Debuts Seamless Frame LED Panel Lights at HK Lighting Fair

Lextar Electronics Corp. rolled out a unique LED panel light with a seamless aluminum frame at the Autumn edition of the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair 2014, which was held on Oct. 27-30. Unlike most LED panel lights available on the market, the Lextar light is equipped with a one-piece a... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/07

Hiwin to Again Expand in 2015 to Seek Global Lead

Hiwin Technologies Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Chuo said his company, recognized as the world’s No.2 manufacturer of ball screw bearings and linear guideways, will again expand in 2015 to pursue the global lead by 2017. The expansions cover the firm's new businesses of... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/06

11 Taiwanese Machine Tool Makers Form Alliance to Tap Aircraft Parts Segment

Eleven machine-tool makers in Taiwan have formed an alliance, spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and coordinated by Goodway Machine Corp., to develop machines to process aircraft precision parts, which is likely to help enhance added-value for the island’s machine-tool industry.... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/06

Hiwin of Taiwan to Acquire Distributors and Set up Manufacuring in Japan

According to foreign wire services, Hiwin Technologies Corp., Taiwan’s No.1 and the world’s No.2 manufacturer of ball screws and linear guideways for precision machines, plans to acquire distributors and set up manufacturing in Japan as part of its plan to take over the global lead from THK of Japa... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/05

ITE's Sensor Hubs Win Google's Android Wear Certification

Sensor hubs made by the Taiwan-based ITE Technologies Inc., a fabless IC design house and world-class developer of embedded controller technologies, have reportedly won Google’s Android Wear certification and are expected to start being delivered before the end of this year. The sensor hubs, whi... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/05

MIRDC and Tatung of Taiwan Sign MOU for Cooperation on Renewable Energy Technologies

Metal Industries Research & Development Center (MIRDC), a Taiwanese government-funded R&D institute, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Tatung Co., a Taiwan-based supplier of household appliances, for cooperation on development of key technologies for renewable energy. The MOU was s... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/05

Taiwan's E United Group Ends Partnership with Japan's JEF to Set Up Steel Mill in Vietnam

Taiwan-based E United Group, a conglomerate of steel, healthcare and educational and recreational businesses, confirmed in mid-September the end of its 2-year partnership with Japan’s JEF Steel Corp. to set up a steel mill in Vietnam. JEF announced the termination for unknown reasons, as well as... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/05

CSC of Taiwan Buys Stake in Fukuta to Strength Ties with Tesla Motors

Through buying stake in Fukuta Elec. & Mach. Co., Ltd., a Taiwan-based motor manufacturer and exclusive supplier to Tesla Motors, a California-headquartered electric vehicle maker, Taiwan’s China Steel Corp. (CSC), the island’s largest steelmaker by size, looks to strengthen ties with the American ... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/03

Many Challenges Likely to Beset Taiwan's Manufacturing Industries in 2015: IEK

With Taiwan’s economy gradually gaining steam from thriving domestic manufacturing, Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK), an industry research department under the government-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute, has raised its growth forecast of manufacturing industries’ overal... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/03

Victoria Cruises to Invest in Free Economic Pilot Zone in Taiwan's Western Coastal Changhua

To drive its export-driven economy, Taiwan has been developing free economic zones as part of efforts to attract foreign direct investments (FIDs), with initial results being the New York-based Victoria Cruises Inc. having decided to invest in the newly approved free economic pilot zone of Changhua... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/03

Global Wearable Device Shipments to Surge 137% in 2015: MIC

With global branded vendors such as Apple, Samsung, and Sony introducing a continuous string of wearable electronic devices to the market in 2014, global shipments of such products are expected to skyrocket by 137% to 74 million units in 2015, according to the Market Intelligence & Consulting Insti... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/31

10 Firms Sign Agreements to Invest US$257 Million in Taiwan's Major Ports

At the 2014 Investment Solicitation Convention organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications recently, the Taiwan International Port Corp. (TIPC), a government-linked operator of commercial ports, signed investment agreements with 10 domestic and foreign firms, to bring in inv... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/31

SEMI: Sept. Semiconductor Equipment B/B Ratio Stands Sub-1

According to market consultant SEMI of the United States, the book-to-bill (B/B) ratio for North American semiconductor-equipment industry retreated to 0.94% in September (three-month average basis) following 11 months of expansion marked by the above-1 ratio. While order activity moderated, equ... Full Story

Published: 2014/10/31

 
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