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TacBright expects new TAC plant to go into operation in June

Jan 30, 11:09

TacBright Optronics, a TAC (triacetyl cellulose) film subsidiary of Taiwan-based Shinkong Synthetic Fibers (SSF), has invested NT$3 billion (US$100 million) to construct a new TAC production plant in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and expects facilities to be completed in June 2015.

Taiwan MOEA approves new investments at Kaohsiung Software Park

Jan 29, 21:37

The Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has has approved applications from Hoya Marketing, Madhatter Technology, and Edispay Solutions, to invest and station at the Kaohsiung Software Park (KSP). The total investment amounts to around NT$25.6 million...

Corning reports 4Q14 and 2014 financial results

Jan 28, 22:08

Corning has announced that its core sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 were US$2.6 billion, a 30% increase on year. GAAP sales were US$2.4 billion.

China smartphone supply chains estimate demand to pick up in March

Jan 26, 15:50

China smartphone supply chain makers estimate they will begin shipments for new devices following the Lunar New Year period as local handset vendors remain concerned over clearing out inventories through the early part of first-quarter 2015.

AUO to recruit 1,500 new engineers

Jan 26, 14:27

In an effort to bump up R&D and further compete in the market going into 2015, AU Optronics (AUO) will recruit 1,500 new engineers.

Schott reports improved performance

Jan 23, 15:47

Schott AG has reported that it continued on its growth course in fiscal year 2013/2014 (October 1, 2013-September 30, 2014) by improving on all of its earnings indicators. EBIT amounted to EUR135 million (US$153 million) and was thus significantly higher than the EUR74 million the company reported...

China government moving forward with panel component subsidies

Jan 22, 10:59

Demand for upstream panel components is increasing in China and local makers are unable to meet supply, particularly for TFT polarizers. The China government, as a result, is issuing new subsidies to local makers to expand production and increase the self-sufficiency rate in China.

Taiwan 2014 optoelectronics production value estimated at NT$2.467 trillion, says PIDA

Jan 15, 23:22

Taiwan's optoelectronics industries generated a total production value of NT$2.467 trillion (US$80.2 billion) in 2014, flat on year and accounting for about 12% of global total, according to Taiwan-based Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA).

Optical film maker Efun expects significant shipment growth in 1Q15

Jan 14, 11:09

Optical film maker Efun Technology has said it expects significant increases in shipments to South Korea- and Japan-based LCD TV vendors in 2015.

Quantum dot materials still an issue, say observers

Jan 13, 15:18

LCD TV panel makers are pushing quantum dot (QD) wide color gamut (WCG) panel production in 2015 but QD materials containing cadmimum are toxic, raising environmental concern, according to Taiwan-based TV supply chain makers.

Young Optics sees rebound in 4Q14 but overall decline in 2014

Jan 12, 14:44

Optical component and module maker Young Optics has reported its consolidated revenues in December 2014 reached NT$624 million (US$19.6 million), up 55.46% on month and 38.67% on year.

Coretronic BLU shipments slip in December

Jan 12, 12:12

Coretronic has revealed it shipped 7.555 million backlight units (BLUs) in December, slipping 2% sequentially.

Wah Hong reports increased December performance

Jan 8, 15:34

Optical film maker Wah Hong has reported its December 2014 consolidated revenues reached NT$933 million (US$29.17 million), up 2.81% on month and up 0.94% on year.

CES 2015: MediaTek announces TV SoC for Sony Android TVs

Newswatch - Jan 8, 14:56

MediaTek has announced its smartTV SoC chip for use in the first Sony Android TV incorporating Sony's picture-quality algorithm, enabling Android 5.0 Lollipop software.

Holitech aiming to purchase OPT to expand wearable opportunities

Jan 7, 15:21

China touch panel maker Jiangxi Holitech Technology is expressing interest in purchasing Taiwan-based display and optics developer Optic Technology (OPT) in order to expand its influence in the wearables market.

Radiant sees steady orders from Xiaomi

Jan 7, 14:47

Radiant Optoelectronics is seeing steady shipments for BLUs used in Xiaomi 49-inch TVs and also expects relevant orders for 55-inch units to increase in early 2015, according to sources at the company.

CES 2015: Corning to showcase latest products

Jan 6, 22:17

Corning will showcase its latest products at the CES 2015 exhibition, including Gorilla Glass 4, new optical cable technology and Corning Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber technology, according to the company.

Radiant revenues drop in December

Stockwatch - Jan 6, 15:43

Radiant Opto-Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.802 billion (US$127.85 million) for December 2014, representing a 4.76% drop on month and 28.51% drop on year.

Tunghsu Group, KSGT invest CNY500 million in color filter production facilities

Dec 30, 22:26

China-based glass substrate maker Tunghsu Group has announced it will cooperate with KSGT to further develop color filter production, with investments estimated at roughly CNY500 million (US$80.64 million).

China government issuing subsidies to upstream display players

Dec 29, 21:13

China's central government is now centralizing efforts to foster development in the nation's panel component and materials segments in an effort to develop more comprehensive supply chains in the nation following issued subsidies to local panel makers over the last few years, according to market obs...

LCD and OLED panel growth to boost driver IC market, says DisplaySearch

Dec 29, 14:44

The display driver IC market is expected to reach US$7.3 billion in 2018, up from US$6.4 billion in 2012, driven by continual increases in LCD panel shipments for TVs and OLED panels for smartphones, according to DisplaySearch.

G-Tech to expand 3D-forming glass capacity

Dec 23, 11:17

G-Tech Optoelectronics (GTOC), a Taiwan-based provider of physically/chemically processed glass substrates, and Imos have jointly developed protective covers made using 3D-forming glass for curved displays. In view of large demand for such covers, GTOC will expand its monthly production capacity for...

Global production values for LED-backlit tablets, TVs to fall in 2014, says LEDinside

Dec 17, 12:26

The global production value for LED-acklit tablets in 2014 is estimated at US$476 million, slipping on year by 21.7%, and that for LED-backlit LCD TVs is at US$2.39 billion, decreasing by 14.3%, according to LEDinside.

China still in low panel materials self-sufficiency, says consulting firm

Dec 16, 11:57

China's TFT-LCD panel industry will have an estimated demand for 73 million square meters of glass substrates, 68 million square meters of polarizers and 116 tons of liquid crystal in 2014, but China-based makers together can supply only 20.4%, 23.2% and 19.2% respectively of the demand, according...

Some China TV vendors adopt open bid to procure optical film

Dec 16, 11:34

China-based LCD TV vendors, including TCL, TPV Technology, Hisense and Haier, have adopted open-bid competition in place of price negotiations with target suppliers to procure optical film to be shipped in 2015, with suppliers from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan interested in competing, according...

Wah Hong Industrial to expand capacity in 2015

Dec 15, 10:11

Optical film maker Wah Hong Industrial will add ultra-size cutters to make optical film for use in up to 90-inch LCD TVs and two optical film coating lines in 2015, with its total capital expenditure budget to increase from NT$300 million (US$9.68 million) in 2014 to NT$500-600 million, according to...

Chi Mei Materials may delay start of production at China polarizer factory

Dec 12, 11:42

Taiwan-based Chi Mei Materials' polarizer production base in Kunshan, eastern China, is likely to delay mass production from the originally scheduled first-quarter 2016 to mid-2016 due to a delay in obtaining government approval for the investment project, according to the company.

Global demand for e-paper on the decline

Dec 12, 11:15

Global demand for e-paper from e-book reader vendors is decreasing mainly due to competition from tablets and as a result, several vendors including Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic have withdrawn from the e-book reader market, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain.

G-Tech to expand 3D-forming glass capacity

Dec 12, 10:54

G-Tech Optoelectronics (GTOC), a Taiwan-based provider of physical/chemical processing of glass substrates, will begin production of 3D-forming glass for use in automobiles and smartphone screens in the first quarter of 2015, with the monthly capacity to increase from 200,000 sheets initially to 600,000...

G-Tech steps into green architectural glass

Dec 12, 10:43

G-Tech Optoelectronics (GTOC), a Taiwan-based glass physical/chemical processors, has stepped into processing glass to become green architectural glass, including cutting, edge grinding, hole drilling, reinforcing, lamination and coating, according to the company.

Radiant Opto-Electronics ships over 11 million LED BLUs in November

Dec 10, 21:33

Radiant Opto-Electronics shipped 11.355 million LED backlight units (BLUs) in November, dropping on month by 6.9%, according to the company.

Coretronic ships 7.683 million BLUs in November

Dec 10, 11:59

Coretronic has disclosed it shipped 7.683 million backlight units (BLUs) in November, decreasing 6% sequentially, while its BLU shipments during January-November totaled 85.395 million, increasing 22% on year.

GLT expected to bring in record 2014 revenues

Dec 8, 14:59

Light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) is expected to generate consolidated revenues of NT$6 billion (US$194 million) for 2014, the highest-ever annual level for the company, according to industry sources.

Polarizer makers report mixed performances; polarizer demand to grow 7% through 2018

Dec 4, 15:23

Polarizer maker BenQ Materials on December 3 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.388 billion (US$45.1 million) for November, decreasing 4.81% on month but increasing 0.95% on year, and NT$15.157 billion for January-November, dipping 8.55% on year.

BEF maker Optivtech Technology to list on OTC

Dec 3, 22:09

BEF (brightness enhancement film) maker Optivtech Technology will be listed on the Taiwan over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at an initial price of NT$39 (US$1.26) per share on December 4, according to the company.

COF tape supply likely to fall short

Nov 28, 14:51

As the number of suppliers decreases, global supply of chip-on-film (COF) tapes has shrunk significantly, according to industry sources. Supply may fall short in 2015, as demand for LCD driver ICs for use in Ultra HD TVs will rise robustly, said the sources.

COF tape supply likely to fall short of demand in 2015

ITO film demand expected to grow 25.6% in 2014

Nov 24, 21:58

ITO film demand is expected to grow 25.6% on year in 2014, showing a slowdown over the on-year increase of 40% in 2013.

Commentary: Xiaomi facing challenge to sustain growth

Nov 21, 12:41

China-based Xiaomi Technology, a smartphone startup of a little over four years, has risen as a technology company with a full range of product lines that has expanded vertically to include tablets, smart TVs, smart routers, smart wearable devices and even parts and components.

Corning announces glass advancements with Gorilla Glass 4

Nov 20, 21:57

Corning has announced its Gorilla Glass 4, which provides at least two times improved damage resistance over competitive aluminosilicate glass, as measured by retained strength after damage, resulting in improved mechanical durability of the glass to in-field damage events, such as drops, according...

China vendors prepping for new wearable devices in 2015

Nov 19, 21:33

Supply chains are continuing to see strong demand for wearables as China vendors prepare to release new devices in 2015.

Supply chains gearing up for expected flexible display demand in 2015

Nov 19, 15:12

Following developments by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics to produce devices with flexible displays, panel makers from China, Taiwan and Japan, and related component supply chains are reportedly bumping up efforts to meet expected flexible display demand in the high-end smartphone market in...

Chi Mei expects investments in China to help prevent negative influence from China-Korea FTA

Nov 17, 16:00

Chi Mei Materials believes it should be able fight off any possible negative outcomes from a recent free trade agreement (FTA) signed by China and South Korea due to facility investments it has made in China.

Samsung Display asking supply chains to cut pricing by 30%

Nov 17, 14:50

Samsung Display is asking supply chains including backlighting makers to reduce pricing for components by as much as 30% during the fourth quarter of 2014 as the company aims to drop overall pricing for small- to medium-size applications.

Himax provides touch-panel controllers for Lumia 535, says report

Newswatch - Nov 13, 14:19

Taiwan-based Himax Technologies has secured touch-panel controller orders for the first Microsoft-branded smartphone, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) cited industry sources as saying in a November 12 report.

Coretronic ships 8.22 million BLUs in October

Nov 11, 11:13

Coretronic has disclosed it shipped 8.22 million backlight units (BLUs) in October, slipping 9% sequentially, with the January-October volume reaching 77.71 million units, growing 25% on year.

Supply chain utilizations drop as China 4G development lags

Nov 10, 15:04

Following the release of the iPhone 6 coupled with less-than-expected 4G developments in China, handset vendors in China anticipate limited 4G handset shipments throughout the end of 2014 into the second quarter of 2015.

China makers continuing to push high-specification, low-priced solutions

Nov 7, 14:25

China suppliers and ODMs are continuing to develop low-priced solutions while further creating integrated supply chains in anticipation that high-end smartphones with higher pricing will see limited shipments in the future unless they come equipped with cheaper components that will help reduce price...

Kuangli expanding production capacity; 4Q14 revenues to rebound

Nov 7, 11:50

Kuangli Photoelectric Technology expects to see NT$300 million (US$9.8 million) in revenues during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the company.

Walton to buy HannStar LCM facility for NT$1 billion

Nov 3, 11:15

Memory-IC packaging and testing house Walton Advanced Engineering will take over an LCD module (LCM) factory, including cleanrooms and installed equipment, from HannStar Display for NT$1.05 billion (US$34.5 million). The move is part of Walton's plans to expand its production capacity in Taiwan, according...

Coretronic expects 4Q14 BLU shipments to drop slightly

Oct 30, 11:42

Coretronic expects its fourth-quarter 2014 BLU (backlight unit) shipments to slip slightly on quarter mainly due to decreased shipments to the TV and tablet segments, according to the company.

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DIGITIMES Translation Services
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    LCD TV makers are responding to the challenge of OLED, with quantum dot (QD) technology, curved screens and other innovations. In order to boost consumer...

  • Touch Taiwan 2014

    Touch Taiwan 2014 to be held in Taipei from August 27-29.

  • Flexible Display Technology

    Flexible displays are expected to become more widely used in mobile applications in 2014. But how flexible will they be? Due to constraints in components...

  • LCD TV overview - Jun 2011

    Growth of the global LCD TV market was not as strong as expected in 2010 as the market continued to feel the aftershocks of the economic recession that had hit...

  • A glimpse into the e-book reader market - May 2010

    In 2008, worldwide e-book reader shipments totaled only 700,000 units, according to Digitimes Research. But demand exploded in 2009 as consumer interests grew...

  • Overview of LCD TV market - May 2010

    When the economic recession hit at the end of 2008, the LCD TV market seemed to be heading toward a doomsday scenario in 2009; however, demand turned out to be...

  • Large-size LCD panel overview - Jun 2007

    Global large-size LCD panel market revenues are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5% to US$96.2 billion by 2011, up from US$53.5...

  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • Greater China touch panel shipment forecast through 2015

    This Special Report provides forecasts through 2015 for Greater China touch panel shipments with breakdowns based on technology (glass, film, resistive), application (smartphone, NB and tablet) and by firm.

  • 2014 global tablet demand forecast

    This report analyzes the main players, their strategies and shipments forecasts for 2014, as well as other factors contributing to either growth or decline in various segments within the tablet market, with a particular focus on Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft, along with whitebox vendors.

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