Foundry production interrupted during earthquake
Feb 6, 15:49
An earthquake hitting the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) early in the morning on February 6 caused production lines at semiconductor foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) to automatically shut down, affecting wafer production.
PTI reports decreased January revenues
Stockwatch - Feb 6, 14:30
Packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported January consolidated revenues of NT$3.83 billion (US$115.3 million), down 3.7% on month.
UMC reports increased January revenues
Stockwatch - Feb 6, 14:30
United Microelectronics (UMC) has reported January consolidated revenues of NT$12.01 billion (US$361.6 million), up 12.5% sequentially.
Earthquake hits key Taiwan Science Park
Feb 6, 14:29
A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 hit Southern Taiwan on February 6 and several semiconductor, optoelectronic and photovoltaic players at the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) had their production lines shut down. Since the lines were in mid-production, the affected companies will first need to...
ASE extends tender offer period to acquire more SPIL shares
Stockwatch - Feb 5, 11:32
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has announced it is extending the expiration date of its tender offer for more SPIL common shares traded in Taipei and the NYC until 15:30 Taipei time and 01:30 New York City time on March 17, 2016.
KYEC reports increased January revenues
Feb 4, 21:29
IC testing house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.43 billion (US$43.2 million) for January 2016, up 1% sequentially and 2.5% on year.
PTI to increase capex for 2016
Feb 3, 15:56
IC backend service company Powertech Technology (PTI) expects its capex to reach between NT$10 billion (US$299 million) and NT$12 billion in 2016, compared with the NT$7-8 billion allocated in 2015.
Taiwan market: Foxconn leads patent applications in 2015
Feb 3, 14:32
Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) topped local companies in the number of patent applications in 2015, with 659, according to data released by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs.
PTI nets NT$5.20 per share for 2015
Stockwatch - Feb 3, 12:26
Memory backend specialist Powertech Technology (PTI) has reported net profits of NT$5.04 billion (US$150.4 million) for 2015, up 13.9% on year and hitting the highest levels in five years. EPS for 2015 came to NT$5.20 compared with NT$4.24 a year earlier.
TSMC to deal out cash dividend of NT$6 for 2015
Feb 3, 12:24
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) board of directors has adopted a proposal recommending the distribution of a NT$6 (US$0.18) cash dividend per common share for its 2015 operations. The proposal will be discussed and decided at TSMC's annual general meeting on June 7, 2016.
Inventory correction near end, says SPIL chairman
Feb 1, 16:15
Inventory correction in the IC industry supply chain is near its end, according to Bough Lin, chairman for packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL). If end-market demand rises substantially, inventory replenishment in the industry is expected to take place at the end of...
Largan Precision worried about short water supply for new factory
Feb 1, 15:38
Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision expects a new factory in central Taiwan to be completed in the first quarter of 2016 and production to kick off in the second, but is worried that short water supply will delay the schedule, according to company CEO Lin En-ping.
SPIL swings to loss in 4Q15
Jan 29, 16:05
IC packager Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) slipped into the red in the fourth quarter of 2015, with revenues falling 3.1% from a year earlier.
Taiwan 4Q15 economic growth estimated at -0.28%, says DGBAS
Jan 29, 14:56
Taiwan's on-year economic growth for fourth-quarter 2015 is estimated at -0.28%, downward adjusted by 0.77pp from a previous forecast in November, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
ChipMOS shareholders approve Tsinghua investment
Jan 29, 10:55
Shareholders of ChipMOS Technologies have approved the company's plan to sell a 25% stake to China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup. ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) has announced that the required greater than 50% of shareholders of ChipMOS Technologies (ChipMOS Taiwan) have voted in person or by proxy...
UMC buys equipment from Lam, Tokyo Electron
Stockwatch - Jan 28, 10:08
United Microelectronics (UMC) has purchased a total of NT$1.96 billion (US$58.4 million) worth of equipment from Lam Research and Tokyo Electron for its 12-inch wafer fab in Xiamen, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
SPIL seeing orders shift away
Jan 28, 10:07
Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) has seen some of its clients shift orders to other OSAT companies, and estimated more than NT$30 billion (US$893 million) worth of orders will be affected due to a potential acquisition of it by rival Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE).
UMC expects flat performance in 1Q16
Jan 28, 10:02
Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics (UMC) expects its wafer shipments to stay flat sequentially in the first quarter of 2016, while softness in wafer ASPs will be offset by favorable NT dollar-US dollar exchange rate shifts.
Sony acquires LTE chipmaker Altair Semiconductor
Jan 26, 16:15
Sony announced on January 26 that it has reached an agreement with Altair Semiconductor and its major shareholders to acquire the company. The purchase price is US$212 million, and Sony expects to complete the acquisition in early February 2016.
Global 2016 IC market to rise 4%, says IC Insights
Jan 26, 15:38
Market research firm IC Insights has forecast that the global IC market will log a 4% increase in 2016, and fab capacity utilization rates will range from 90% to 93% with 12-inch fab capacity utilization rates coming higher at about 95%.
ASE-SPIL merger might result in orders loss, says report
Jan 25, 21:51
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (ASE) acquisition of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) will be a positive for other IC assembly and test services companies, according to a recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
TSMC orders equipment worth NT$7 billion
Stockwatch - Jan 25, 21:41
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced two purchases of machinery equipment and engineering facilities for a total of NT$7.09 billion (US$211.5 million) from Dacin Construction, Fu Tsu Construction and Topco Scientific.
Taiwan December unemployment rate down on month, up on year, says DGBAS
Jan 22, 10:36
Taiwan had 453,000 jobless citizens in December 2015, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 3.87% which dropped 0.04pp on month but rose 0.08pp on year, according to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on January 22.
ChipMOS Bermuda, ChipMOS Taiwan to merge
Jan 22, 09:55
ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) has announced plans to merge with its 58.3%-owned subsidiary ChipMOS Technologies (ChipMOS Taiwan), with ChipMOS Taiwan to be the surviving company.
Semiconductor R&D growth slows in 2015, says IC Insights
Jan 21, 14:52
Semiconductor industry spending on research and development grew by just 0.5% in 2015, which was the smallest increase since the 2009 downturn year and significantly below the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0% in R&D expenditures during the last 10 years, according to IC Insights.
SPIL engineer probed over suspected data theft
Jan 21, 11:06
Taiwan's Investigation Bureau has received a request from Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) to investigate an engineer suspected of stealing confidential company data.
ASE, SPIL set to report robust profits for 2015
Jan 20, 14:44
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is expected to see its 2015 profits hit the second-highest level in the company's history, while fellow packaging and testing company Siliconware Precision Industries' (SPIL) profits will stay high at 2014 levels, according to industry sources.
HMI 2015 profits fall 28%
Jan 19, 16:12
Electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool and solution provider Hermes Microvision (HMI) has posted net profits of NT$2.32 billion (US$69.1 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$6.65 billion for 2015, representing decreases of 8% in revenues and 28% in profits.
VIS capacity utilization rate to rebound to 90% in 1Q16, says report
Stockwatch - Jan 18, 16:25
Specialty IC foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) will see its capacity utilization rate rebound to 90% in the first quarter of 2016 and boost further to 100% in the second quarter, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
HMI posts EPS of NT$10.81 for November and December
Stockwatch - Jan 15, 15:07
Electron beam (e-beam) inspection tool and solution provider Hermes Microvision (HMI) has posted net profits of NT$766 million (US$22.8 million) for November and December, with EPS coming to NT$10.81.