China makers count on government subsidies for profits, says report
Jun 24, 14:26
The amount of government subsidies received by major players in China's flat panel, semiconductor and LED industries reached 20-50% of their recurring net income in the latest three years thanks to the China government's subsidy policy, according to a Korea-based ET News report.
Foxconn pushes new strategy to help Sharp transform
Jun 23, 14:24
At the company's investor conference on June 22, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) chairman Terry Guo said that several of Foxconn's vice presidents will join Sharp's board of directors to help Sharp transform over three stages of planning.
CPT at full capacity with order visibility through 3Q16, says president
Jun 23, 11:40
Small- to medium-size TFT-LCD panel maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) has fully utilized production capacity at a 4.5G fab and a 6G one since mid-February 2016 and has landed orders with shipments scheduled through the third quarter of 2016, according to company president Lin Sheng-chang.
Applied Materials sees strong demand for OLED equipment, says executive
Jun 22, 12:39
Applied Materials has seen orders for OLED equipment increasing, especially from South Korea-based panel makers, and its second-quarter 2016 order value for the display equipment segment is estimated at US$700 million, 5.8 times the US$120 million recorded for second-quarter 2015, according to Applied...
Hoya to shift LCD photomask production to Taiwan, Korea
Jun 21, 17:43
Japan-based Hoya, which has halted production of photomasks and other products at its Kumamoto plant since April 15 due to damage by earthquakes and an earthquake-induced fire in the cleanroom, has decided to shut down the plant and turn the facility into a technology development center.
Samsung Display to expand OLED capacity by 50%, says paper
Jun 21, 15:45
Samsung Display, viewing that Apple is likely to adopt OLED panels for new iPhone to be launched in 2017 and other smartphone vendors will follow suit, will invest KRW8.0 trillion (US$6.82 billion) in 2016 to expand its OLED panel production capacity by 50%, according to Japan-based Nikkei Asian...
AUO cautious about investment in OLED, says chairman
Jun 17, 10:57
AU Optronics (AUO) will take a cautious attitude about how its investment in OLED can be recouped rather than trying to compete with fellow makers, according to company chairman and CEO Paul Peng.
HannStar Display steps into small- to medium-size touch panels
Jun 15, 11:01
TFT-LCD panel maker HannStar Display has extended production to small- to medium-size touch panels for use in smartphones, tablets, automotive displays and industrial control displays as well as on-cell touch solutions, according to the company.
China panel makers actively setting up AMOLED capacities
Jun 14, 11:06
China-based panel makers, viewing that China-based smartphone vendors Oppo, Vivo, GiONEE and Meizu adopted AMOLED panels produced by Samsung Display in 2015 and Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Technology followed suit in 2016, have set up or will set up AMOLED production capacities, according to industry...
E Ink lands 5-year e-paper orders from Media Markt, says report
Newswatch - Jun 13, 12:03
EPD (electrophoretic display) maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) has obtained orders for 5-year supply of ESL (electronic shelf labels) from Germany-based Media Markt, the largest consumer electronics retail chain in Europe, Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN) cited EIH as...
CPT, HannStar Display May revenues up sequentially
Jun 13, 11:30
TFT-LCD panel makers Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and HannStar Display have reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.281 billion (US$101 million) and NT$1.426 billion respectively for May, with the former growing 2.37% sequentially but falling 11.74% on year ,and the latter rising 18.25% sequentially...
TPK revenues drop in May
Stockwatch - Jun 8, 15:29
TPK Holding has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.757 billion (US$178.82 million) for May 2016, representing a 1.5% increase on month but a 35.35% drop on year.
AUO May revenues up on month, down on year
Jun 8, 14:51
AU Optronics (AUO) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$26.795 billion (US$822 million) for May, increasing 3.80% on month but decreasing 14.12% on year, and NT$123.744 billion for January-May, falling 21.21% on year.
Innolux May revenues down on year
Stockwatch - Jun 8, 14:43
TFT-LCD panel maker Innolux has reported consolidated revenues of NT$22.505 billion (US$690 million) for May, growing 7.50% on month but dropping 27.87% on year, and those of NT$99.857 billion for January-May slipped 39.02% on year.
CPT making efforts to avoid being delisted
Jun 6, 22:47
Small- to medium-size TFT-LCD panel maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) stands at a net asset value per share of only NT$0.12 currently and net asset value will turn negative if the company suffers continued net losses in the second quarter of 2016, then CPT should be delisted pursuant to regulations...
Star World Technology focuses on LTPS LCM
Jun 6, 14:48
Small- to medium-size LCD module (LCM) maker Star World Technology focuses on LTPS applications for high-end smartphones and will extend to tablets, 2-in-1 notebooks and VR (virtual reality) devices, according to company chairman Hsu Ting-chen.
China smartphone players in talks with Taiwan panel makers for supply
Jun 3, 11:37
China-based smartphone vendors and supply chain makers, in view of tight panel supply, have sent executives to Taiwan to talk with Innolux, AU Optronics (AUO) and Chunghwa Picture Tubes in an attempt to secure sufficient supply, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Tablet supply chain turning to other markets
May 30, 15:57
With demand for tablets gradually weakening, upstream panel suppliers such as China-based DPT that used to rely on tablets for growth, have started turning to look for opportunities elsewhere and some have entered the car-use electronics market.
TPK Holding poised to produce nano silver-based flexible touch panels
May 30, 10:20
Touch panels used in hand-held devices are transitioning from rigid to flexible models based on metal thin film or nano silver technology. Touch panel maker TPK Holding has prepared to adopt nano silver technology, according to company president and CEO Michael Chung.
OLED unlikely to replace LCD, says GLT chairman
May 27, 11:22
While OLED panels are seeing increasing use in smartphones and have been adopted for TVs, the technology is unlikely to replace TFT-LCD panels and therefore makers of light guide plates for LCD panels will not see major impacts, said chairman Lee Man-hsiang of light guide plate maker Global Lighting...
E Ink Holdings unveils color e-paper display
May 25, 11:39
EPD (electrophoretic display) maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) has unveiled advanced color e-paper (ACeP), the first e-paper model capable of color display without using color filters, with initial application targeting digital signage, according to company chairman and CEO Frank Ko.
GIS expects MegaSite to take up over 50% of 2016 consolidated revenues
May 25, 11:26
Touch panel maker General Interface Solution (GIS) in October 2015 launched MegaSite total touch solutions that integrate touch sensors, LCD modules and laminating process, and expects the revenue proportion for MegaSite to exceed 50% in 2016, according to company president Chou Hsien-ying.
Commentary: Foxconn moves one step further to become brand operator
May 20, 09:10
The move by the Foxconn Group to take up control of two global technology brands, Sharp and Nokia, in less than two months has raised concerns that the EMS/OEM giant will eventually transform itself into a brand operator - a title which Foxconn has long dreamed for but has to deny.
AMOLED impact to remain slight in next 2-3 years, says EIH
May 18, 11:16
AMOLED will bring negative impact on FFS (fringe field switching) wide-angle LCD display technology but the impact will be slight over the next 2-3 years, according to EPD (electrophoretic display) e-paper maker E Ink Holdings (EIH).
Digitimes Research: Sharp transformation hinges on synergy
May 16, 22:31
Sharp has published financial report for fiscal year 2015 (April 2015-March 2016), recording consolidated revenues of JPY2,461.5 billion (US$22.6 billion), net operating loss of JPY161.9 billion and net loss of JPY255.9 billion, and Sharp's future transformation to improve business operations hinges...
Innolux to step into IGZO TFT-LCD production
May 16, 10:44
TFT-LCD panel maker Innolux is remodeling a 5G and 6G a-Si TFT-LCD factory to produce 8- to 12-inch IGZO TFT-LCD panels with initial monthly capacity of 20,000 glass substrates. Production is scheduled to kick off at the end of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017, according to the company.
Panel demand picking up, say IC firms
May 13, 09:57
Short lead-time orders for small-size panels are flowing in while orders for large-size panels have been picking up. Taiwan-based analog IC and LCD driver IC firms are expected to post revenue growth in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources.
LED driver IC firm Macroblock 1Q16 profits increase
May 11, 21:18
LED driver IC specialist Macroblock has reported net profits of NT$45.46 million (US$1.4 million) for the first quarter of 2016, up significantly from profits of NT$17.08 million in the prior quarter and only NT$0.44 million a year earlier.
Digitimes Research: China makers showcase Ultra HD TV panels at CITE 2016
May 11, 14:41
At the China Information Technology Expo (CITE) 2016 in Shenzhen, southern China, during April 8-10, China-based TFT-LCD panel makers focused on exhibiting Ultra HD TV panels, including BOE Technology's 98-inch 7680 by 4320 (8kx4k) model and 82-inch 10240 by 4320 (10kx4k), according to Digitimes Res...
Innolux April revenues up on month, down on year
May 9, 21:25
TFT-LCD panel maker Innolux on May 9 reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.935 billion (US$646 million) for April, growing 11.93% on month but dropping 35.38% on year, and those of NT$77.352 billion for January-April, dipping 41.65% on year.
HannStar Display April revenues down on year
Stockwatch - May 9, 14:43
TFT-LCD panel maker HannStar Display has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.206 billion (US$37.2 million) for April, increasing 2.66% on month but decreasing 18.65% on year, and those of NT$4.802 billion for January-April slipped 29.09% on year.
AUO steps up production for flat bezel-less, curved-surface TV panels
May 9, 14:40
TFT-LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) has revealed it started production of flat bezel-less TV panels in first-quarter 2016 and has become the globally second largest producer of curved-surface TV panels. It said it aims at a global market share of 30% for the former and over 30% for the latter.
AUO sees April revenues drop
May 6, 15:15
AU Optronics (AUO) has announced consolidated revenues for April 2016 reached NT$25.81 billion (US$796.61 million), down 1.7% on month and 15.5% on year.