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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...