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  • E-paper solution provider E Ink Holdings (EIH) has settled disputes with ex-employees of its Korea-based subsidiary Hydis Technologies through conciliation efforts initiated by Korea's high civil court, according to a company announcement.
  • Taiwan's shipments of small- to medium-size LCD panels dropped by a lower-than-expected 1.1% sequentially to 314 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, as AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux managed to ramp up shipments, notably for 18:9 all-screen smartphone panels, from their 6G LTPS lines, according...
  • Shipments of large-size LCD panels (9-inch and above sizes) by Taiwan-based panel makers (excluding Sharp) were better than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, rising 0.3% on quarter and 0.2% on year to reach 61.52 million units, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Flat panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) has created a new unit to explore strategies for long-term sustainable developments, according to a company announcement.
  • Innolux president Robert Hsiao
    Flat panel maker Innolux expects its overall performance for 2018 to be better than that seen in 2017 despite a slowdown in the first quarter caused by seasonality, according to company president Robert Hsiao.
  • Taiwan-based LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) has announced its consolidated revenues for January 2018 reached NT$26.21 billion (US$893.76 million), up by 1.4% on month but down by 7.6% on year.
  • AUO president Michael Tsai
    The global LCD panel market is expected to be stable in 2018 with a 6-8% annual increase estimated in both supply and demand, and the average size of panels shipped in the year will be one inch larger than in 2017, according to Michael Tsai, president of AU Optronics (AUO).
  • AUO chairman Paul Peng
    For the TFT-LCD panel industry, the year 2018 is "the best of times" and "the worst of times," full of challenges and expectations at the same time, Paul Peng, chairman of AU Optronics (AUO), has said.
  • Innolux senior VP and technology head Ting Chin-lung
    Innolux is set to commercialize its new active matrix (AM)-based mini LED products by the end of 2018, according to Ting Chin-lung, senior vice president and head of the technology development center of Innolux.
  • AUO has reported strong profits for 2017 despite declining panel prices
    AU Optronics (AUO) has reported strong profit growth for 2017. Net profit attributable to owners of the company arrived at NT$32.36 billion (US$1.11 billion), with a basic EPS of NT$3.36 in 2017, compared to net profit of NT$6.61 billion in 2016, according to the LCD panel maker.
  • Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) has reported decreased consolidated revenues for January due to declines in LCD panel prices. January revenues totaled NT$2.594 billion (US$88.74 million), down 4.6% sequentially and 18.7% on year.
  • Touch panel makers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution (GIS) both have reported sequential decreases in January consolidated revenues due to seasonality.
  • A deadly earthquake hit eastern Taiwan late Tuesday night, killing at least two people and injured more than 200 others, but the tech industries along the island nation's west coast were unscathed.
  • China-based flat panel makers shipped 9.8 million units of small- and medium-sized OLED panels in 2017, mostly for smartphone applications, according to China-based Sigmaintell.
  • TPK CFO Freddie Liu
    Touch panel maker TPK Holding has reported net profits of NT$591 million (US$20.23 million) for the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing total earnings for all of the year to NT$2.4 billion compared to a net loss of NT$1.47 billion in 2016.
  • Photomask solution provider Photronics has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new FPD facility in Hefei China recently. The new plant, named Photronics Mask Corporation Hefei (PMCH), will roll out photomask products for 10.5G LCD lines, according to company sources.
  • Robust memory chip demand boosted Samsung Electronics' profitability in the fourth quarter of 2017, when the vendor's net profits surged 72.9% on year to KRW12.26 trillion (US$11.5 billion).
  • HKC is planning to invest CNY40 billion (US$6.36 billion) to build an 11G LCD panel production line in Henan, China, according to industry sources. The China-based HKC's move comes on the heels of fellow maker BOE Technology's announcement of its project to construct the world's first 10.5G LCD line...
  • Year 2018 could become the beginning of the commercial application of foldable panels as Samsung Display has unofficially unveiled its 7.3-inch foldable (in-folding type) OLED panels at the recently concluded CES 2018, and LG Display is also expected to roll out comparable devices, according to Digitimes...
  • LG Display has reported its net profit for fourth-quarter 2017 reached KRW44 billion (US$40.92 million), slumping 91% sequentially and 95% on year due to continued declines in panel prices and growing investment in the OLED business expansion.
  • GIS to ramp up LCM shipments for MacBooks in 2H18
    Touch panel maker General Interface Solution (GIS) is expected to land more LCM (LCD module) orders from Apple, which reportedly plans to release an entry-level 13-inch MacBook in the second half of 2018, according to industry sources.
  • The supply of LCD TV panels is expected to be slightly higher than demand in the first quarter of 2018, with prices of some size segments likely to hit bottom, according to China-based Sigmaintell.
  • The massive build-ups of OLED panel production capacity by China-based panel makers are expected to bring business opportunities for Taiwan-based makers, including driver IC designers, IC backend service firms and related OLED material suppliers, according to industry sources.
  • Demand for LCD panels from South Korean and Chinese TV makers was strong in the fourth quarter of 2017, but implementation of their panel purchasing strategies for the first quarter of 2018 may result in a correction as demand expectations change. While some TV brands are expected to maintain their...
  • boe
    China-based panel maker BOE Technology has been exempted by the local government in Fuzhou, China from repaying a CNY6.3 billion (US$969 million) loan it provided for construction of an 8.5G LCD fab in the city, which kicked off volume production recently, according to a company announcement.

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