Digitimes Research: Notebook players see on-month shipment drop in February
Mar 6, 16:15
The global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three makers both suffered 0-3% of on-month shipment declines in February, a range similar to that a year ago. The decline in February was caused mainly by inventory adjustments in the month. As for March, brand vendors are taking a more conservative...
Acer to have over 30% tablets manufactured by China makers in 2014
Feb 12, 22:01
Acer is expected to outsource over 30% of its tablet manufacturing to China-based makers in 2014 since China makers already have mature technologies, but are more competitive in terms of price compared to Taiwan-based makers, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Socle agrees to merge with Foxconn
Jan 29, 15:26
Shareholders of Socle Technology have approved an offer from an investment company of the Foxconn Group under which the investment firm will take up a 100% share of the IC design service company.
Samsung cuts target notebook shipments to 7 million units for 2014
Jan 27, 14:14
Samsung Electronics has set a goal of shipping seven million notebooks globally in 2014, a reduction of 41.67% from the 12 million units shipped in 2013, and will no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Commentary: Is time ripe for Lenovo to acquire IBM x86 server business?
Jan 27, 12:29
Lenovo has signed a definitive agreement with IBM for the acquisition of IBM's x86 server hardware and maintenance business for US$2.3 billion. It is an important step for Lenovo moving toward the deployment of its cloud computing-based business, but it remains to be seen if Lenovo will be able to...
Former Foxconn employees probed for bribery
Jan 22, 15:53
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office has begun taking legal action against a group of former employees and suppliers of Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn Electronics) alleged to have taken bribes.
Taiwan ODMs struggle to land mobile device orders from Samsung
Jan 22, 14:13
While Samsung Electronics are expected to roll out an array of new smartphones and tablets for high-end as well as entry-level segments in 2014, the vendor is quite unlikely to release orders to Taiwan-based ODMs, according to sources at Taiwan's ODMs.
New Kinpo Group to expand capacity in 2014
Jan 20, 14:50
Taiwan-based New Kinpo Group consisting of Cal-Comp Electronics, Kinpo Electronics and AcBel Polytech will expand production capacities in China, Thailand, the Philippines and Brazil with a total investment of about NT$3 billion (US$100 million), according to group president Rock Hsu.
Microprocessor sales growth to strengthen slightly in 2014, says IC Insights
Jan 15, 11:10
A modest recovery in personal computers this year is expected to slightly strengthen overall sales growth in microprocessors (MPU), according to IC Insights. Total MPU sales are forecast to rise 9% to a record US$66.7 billion in 2014 compared to US$61 billion in 2013, when revenues grew 8%.
Foxconn December revenues hit record
Jan 13, 10:02
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) saw consolidated revenues of NT$490.932 billion (US$16.4 billion) for December hit a monthly record for the second time with growth of 7.62% on month and 18.87% on year, according to the company.
Lite-On Technology sees increased December revenues
Jan 9, 11:03
EMS provider Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.182 billion (US$673 million) for December, increasing 2.97% sequentially and 16.07% on year. Fourth-quarter 2013 consolidated revenues reached NT$59.231 billion, growing 3.51% sequentially and 11.74% on year, while consolidated...
Foxconn to develop Firefox OS tablet
Jan 7, 14:03
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is cooperating with Mozilla to develop a tablet featuring Firefox OS. Taiwan-based chipmaker VIA Technologies will also join the project.
Digitimes Research: Notebook shipments suffer over 10% drop in December
Jan 2, 15:59
The global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three ODMs, after enjoying on-month shipment growths in November, suffered on-month drops of 12% and 11% in December, respectively, better than Digitimes Research's original expectations due to extended orders from both the enterprise and consumer...
Intel beefs up ties with China-based tablet players
Dec 31, 14:20
In addition to its existing partners BYD, Ramos and Teclast, Intel has recently formed a partnership with China-based electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider Shenzhen Hampoo Science & Technology to push Intel-based gaming, 3D, medical and education tablets as well as wearable devices, according...
ODM notebook shipments higher than expected in 4Q13
Dec 27, 14:07
Most notebook ODMs are expected to adjust upward their projected shipments for the fourth quarter of 2013 due to higher-than-expected shipments in November and December. ODMs are also optimistic about business prospects for 2014 as the impact of rising tablet sales on notebooks is expected to start...
Intel Capital to invest in SanJet Technology
Dec 27, 11:57
Intel Capital has announced that it will commit an equity investment into Taiwan-based SanJet Technology for the development of in-car digital video recorder (DVR) solutions and other high-end smart surveillance devices.
Japan vendors may outsource MILCs to Taiwan makers
Dec 26, 11:04
As price competition among digital cameras is gradually expanding to mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) models, Japan-based vendors are likely to outsource production of their MILCs to Taiwan-based ODMs in 2014, according to industry sources.
Altek launches own-brand smartphone-attachable lens-style camera
Dec 26, 10:58
Taiwan-based digital camera ODM Altek has unveiled an own-brand lens-style digital camera attachable to smartphones or tablets, for immediate launch in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$2,980 (US$100), according to the company.
Inventec to add investment in Inventec Energy
Dec 24, 18:50
Notebook and server ODM Inventec on December 24 decided to add an investment of NT$470 million (US$15.7 million) in Inventec Energy, a Taiwan-based PV module maker, raising its stake ratio from 26% currently to 47.78% and making it a subsidiary, according to Inventec.
Wistron forms new department for cloud computing
Dec 24, 15:47
Wistron has recently formed a new department, the TSP, to provide cloud computing software services for education, medical and digital home markets and the company expects the business to feature a more practical business model by 2015, according to Wistron president Robert Huang.
Pegatron chairman takes over TCA
Dec 20, 15:30
Acer's ex-chairman JT Wang has finished his term as the13th chairman of Taipei Computer Association (TCA), and Pegatron Technology chairman TH Tung has been elected as his successor.
Wistron expects 60% of 2014 revenues generated from non-notebook products
Dec 20, 15:01
Wistron expects revenues generated from its notebook ODM business to account for 40% of its total revenues in 2014, down from 45% at the end of 2013, while sales of other product lines including servers, tablets, handheld devices as well as desktops will increase, according to company chairman Simon...
XYZprinting to begin shipments of own-brand 3D printers
Dec 18, 11:58
XYZprinting, a joint venture of Taiwan-based Kinpo Electronics and Thailand-based Cal-Comp Electronics, has launched an in-house-developed own-brand 3D printer, XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0, for online pre-order at NT$15,000 (US$505) and will begin shipments on December 24, according to company chairman...
Foxconn starts operations at first store-factory complex in China
Dec 17, 21:07
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), in line with its policy of transforming its factories in China into store-factory complexes which combine retail space in the front and production lines in the back, has begun operations at the first such complex in Quiyang, southwestern China.
Pegatron refutes claims of making employees overwork
Dec 17, 14:29
After being accused of violating several labor laws by a China-based labor organization in July, Taiwan-based ODM Pegatron Technology has recently been accused again by the organization on claims that several of the company's employees have died from overwork.
Foxconn November revenues hit record
Dec 11, 10:36
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported its consolidated revenues hit a record at NT$456.187 billion (US$15.41 billion) for November, with growth of 19.23% on month and 18% on year. January-November consolidated revenues slipped 0.84% on year to NT$3.463 trillion.
Aurora unveils first own-brand 3D printer
Dec 4, 11:33
Aurora, a Taiwan-based distributor of office automation machines and office furniture, has unveiled F1, its first own-brand 3D printer, for launch initially in the Taiwan market at a retail price under NT$100,000 (US$3,373) in January-February 2014, according to the company.
Nike to launch new smartwatch in 1H14
Dec 2, 16:11
Following the release of the Nike+Sportwatch and Fuelband SE smartwatch in 2013, Nike plans to launch a new smartwatch in the first half of 2014, according to sources in Taiwan's supply chain.
Asustek setting shipment goals for 2014
Dec 2, 12:49
Asustek Computer is expected to set annual shipment goals for its major product lines for 2014 on the first day of its three-day global sales meeting (GSM) starting December 2, according to industry sources.
Foxconn subsidiary Eson lists on TSE
Nov 26, 14:53
IT product design and manufacturing player Eson Precision Engineering, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), began listing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on November 25. Company chairman Tai Jeng-wu expects the firm to achieve strong performance in the fourth quarter...
Acer supply chain concerned about 2015 orders
Nov 22, 14:37
Acer's upstream suppliers and ODMs are concerned about their orders for 2015 as company CEO Jim Wong, who was in charge of distributing orders, has stepped down, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Pegatron pushing into non-IT industry
Nov 20, 21:37
Pegatron Technology has been aggressively pushing into non-IT industries and has cooperated with Taiwan-based bookstore Eslite through its sub-brand Pegacasa to launch a series of small home appliance and consumer electronic products with elegant designs.
Clevo sees profit growth from notebook and China shopping mall businesses
Nov 18, 22:31
Taiwan-based second-tier notebook maker Clevo saw its consolidated revenues grow 6% sequentially to NT$4.4 billion (US$149.49 million) in the third quarter with its net profits dropping 32% on quarter, but growing 24% on year. In the fourth quarter, the company expects its profits to increase with...
Wistron to see shipments decline, but profits grow for notebooks in 2014
Nov 14, 11:07
Wistron saw its gross margins return above 5% in the third quarter and expects the percentage to continue increasing in 2014 despite a decline in notebook shipments, which are estimated to drop from 23-24 million units in 2013 to 20 million in 2014, according to the company.
Inventec 3Q13 revenues hit record
Nov 13, 14:16
Taiwan-based ODM Inventec generated consolidated revenues of NT$122.469 billion (US$4.11 billion) for the third quarter of 2013, the highest quarterly level on record, the company said at a November 12 investors conference.
Samsung places fewer notebook component orders than expected
Nov 11, 11:05
Samsung Electronics' component orders from June to October 2013 were reportedly only 40% of the Korea-based vendor's original forecast, while Apple's iMac shipments during the same period were also estimated to be 50% less than those in 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Foxconn sees increased October revenues
Nov 11, 10:25
EMS provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) posted consolidated revenues of NT$382.621 billion (US$12.97 billion) for October 2013, growing 13.25% on month and 13.15% on year, and NT$3.007 trillion for January-October, dipping on year by 3.18%, according to the company.