Touch-sensor technologies poised for growth, says DisplaySearch
Jun 20, 13:51
Rapid growth in smartphones and tablets is driving demand for several touch sensor technologies. According to research firm DisplaySearch, the total yielded touch-sensor area is forecast to reach 25.5 million square meters in 2013 and 35.9 million square meters in 2015, up from 12 million square meters...
Genius Electronic to expand lens capacity by 60%
Jun 20, 13:43
Taiwan-based camera lens maker Genius Electronic Optical is setting up a factory in Xiamen, southeastern China, to expand its total production capacity by 60%, with completion of the new factory scheduled for the end of the third quarter of 2013, chairman Jones Chen said at the company's 2013 shareholders...
Open cell business model is a threat to BLU makers, says Radiant chairman
Jun 19, 12:46
The growing adoption of the open cell business model in the LCD panel industry has generated different views on the future of the backlight unit (BLU) sector, said Wang Pen-Jan, chairman of Taiwan-based BLU maker Radiant Opto-Electronics. Panel makers have been shipping more open cells to TV makers...
Chipbond ramping up testing capacity for advanced driver ICs
Jun 18, 15:11
Chipbond Technology is ramping up testing capacity for advanced LCD driver ICs in response to rising demand for high-end smartphones and other mobile devices with higher resolution displays, according to Fei-Jain Wu, chairman of the Taiwan-based driver IC packaging and testing firm.
Chipbond expects sales to peak in 3Q13
Jun 18, 12:03
LCD driver IC packaging and testing firm Chipbond Technology expects its August and September revenues to reach the highest monthly level for 2013. Revenues for the third quarter are likely to register double-digit sequential growth.
LED lighting, 3D printing to light up Photonics Festival Taiwan 2013
Jun 14, 10:31
The Photonics Festival in Taiwan will be held at Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei from June 18-20. The exhibition features 649 firms and 1,502 booths. Bio-medical optics technology, 3D printing, plant factories, and LED lighting standards are some of the major themes in the exhibition, according to...
GLT expanding light guide plate capacity
Jun 13, 19:46
Light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), in order to increase its global market share, is expanding production capacity to 11 production lines at the end of 2013 and further to 16 by the end of second-quarter 2014, according to the company.
Coretronic ships 5.78 million BLUs in May
Jun 11, 10:35
Coretronic has revealed it shipped 5.78 million backlight units (BLUs) in May, shrinking 2% sequentially, with the corresponding revenues of NT$4.108 billion (US$137 million) growing 6% sequentially and accounting for 68.51% of the company's consolidated revenues.
Apple supply chain expected to see increased performance in 3Q13
Jun 10, 22:29
Cover glass makers and backlighting module makers in Apple's supply chain are expected to start seeing increased performances in the third quarter of 2013 largely due to the company planning to release a new iMac in the second half of the year, according to Taiwan-based industry supply chain sources...
Prices for notebook-use touch modules to fall 3-5% each quarter
Jun 7, 12:24
As total production capacity for OGS (one glass solution) touch modules used in notebooks is expected to increase to exceed demand in the second half of 2013, OGS module prices are expected to slip 3-5% each quarter, and consequently the price gap between touch-screen notebooks and non-touch models...
Radiant Opto-Electronics May revenues hit 28-month low
Jun 6, 19:55
Backlight unit (BLU) maker Radiant Opto-Electronics on June 6 reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.138 billion (US$138 million) for May, a 28-month low with decreases of 12.22% on month and 40.26% on year.
Tougher Gorilla: Q&A with Corning executive David R Velasquez
Jun 6, 16:25
Leading cover glass manufacturer Corning has been continuing to expand its influence in the cover glass industry through high-end products such as its Gorilla Glass series. The company's technology is now found on 1.5 billion devices and that number is continuing to increase.
Touch panel maker Laibao to expand production in 2H13
Jun 3, 20:08
China-based touch panel maker Laibao High-Tech is expected to have a 5G line go into production by the end of June 2013 followed by another 5G line in August for notebook touch panels, which should give it a monthly production capacity of two million units for 14-inch size products in the second half...
Polarizer makers under price-cut pressure from clients
May 24, 10:41
Taiwan-based polarizer makers, mainly Chi Mei Materials, BenQ Materials and Optimax Technology, saw operations improve significantly in the first quarter of 2013, and consequently their clients, Taiwan-based panel makers, have asked them to reduce quotes, according to industry sources.
Foxconn able to produce carbon nanotube touch panel sizes up to 10-inch
May 22, 21:46
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has successfully acquired the technology for carbon nanotube (CNT) touch panel production through cooperation between its subsidiary in Tianjin, China and an industrial R&D team of Tsinghua University in China. Mass producible panel sizes have also...
3M announces new development of quantum dot enhancement film
May 21, 20:41
3M has announced it is in the final stages of scale-up for its new 3M quantum dot enhancement film (QDEF). 3M has teamed with Nanosys to produce the 3M QDEF solution specifically to deliver more color, and to make devices such as smartphones, tablets and TVs, lighter, brighter and more energy efficient,...
New Vision Display exhibits PMVA color display based on Corning Willow Glass
May 21, 19:58
New Vision Display (NVD) and Corning are exhibiting an ultra-slim glass passive matrix vertically aligned (PMVA) color display based on Corning Willow Glass at the Society for Information Display's (SID) Display Week 2013. The display has the optical properties of thicker glass, while enabling a significantly...
BenQ Materials expects performance to improve in 2Q13
May 21, 16:00
BenQ Materials, a subsidiary of AU Optronics (AUO) that largely focuses on producing polarizer products, expects its performance to improve on quarter during the second quarter 2013, according to industry sources.
BLU makers report different results in 1Q13
May 20, 16:35
Taiwan-based backlighting unit (BLU) maker Radiant Opto-Electronics has been seeking out orders from new customers in addition to Apple, which should help bump up the company's revenues in the second half of 2013, according to industry sources.
Corning introduces Lotus XT Glass
May 17, 15:20
Corning has announced the commercial launch of Corning Lotus XT glass, a second-generation glass substrate specially formulated for high-performance displays. The company will feature its latest specialty glass innovation - alongside its other advanced glass technologies - in its booth (#801) at the...
Demand for small-size panel driver ICs stays strong
May 16, 21:46
Demand for small-size LCD driver ICs has remained strong thanks to brisk smartphone sales in China, which is set to drive revenue growth for related suppliers including design houses, foundries and backend firms in the second quarter of 2013.
GLT expanding light guide plate capacity
May 16, 19:41
Taiwan-based light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) is expanding its production capacity to 11 lines in 2013 to meet increasing orders for use in LCD TV panels, according to the company.
JTouch and Mutto report losses in 1Q13
May 15, 15:17
Taiwan-based touch panel maker JTouch reached revenues of NT$2.09 billion (US$69.9 million) in the first quarter of 2013, with a profit margin of 3.5%. The company suffered NT$124 million in operating losses during the period and had an EPS of negative NT$0.99.
Young Fast expects performance to improve in 2H13
May 13, 21:37
Young Fast Opto-Electronics has a conservative outlook for its performance in the second quarter of 2013 but expects that to change in the second half of the year when the company's small- to medium-size thin-film type touch panel shipments are expected to increase, according to company chairman TJ...
Universal Display announces 1Q13 financial results
May 13, 15:15
Universal Display has reported a net loss of US$4.8 million, or (US$0.10) per diluted share for the first quarter of 2013, compared to a net loss of US$1.2 million, or (US$0.03) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012. Revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were US$15 million, up 19% compared...