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Toshiba reportedly to close R&D center in Taiwan

Feb 4, 12:34

Toshiba reportedly plans to close its R&D center in Taiwan and will lay off about 100 engineers working at the center, according to sources in Taiwan's notebook industry.

Taiwan market: Foxconn leads patent applications in 2015

Feb 3, 14:32

Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) topped local companies in the number of patent applications in 2015, with 659, according to data released by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Patent deployment of smart manufacturing vendors focuses on computer technology, control, and measurement, says MIC

Feb 1, 22:40

Faced with the ever-changing global trends and markets, companies around the world are keen to develop innovative technologies and seek patent protection to safeguard their R&D results against counterfeiting and piracy. By carefully studying major patent databases, companies can peek into the technology...

Samsung and Apple remain top semiconductor customers in 2015, says Gartner

Jan 29, 11:10

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2015, representing 17.7% of the market, according to Gartner. Samsung and Apple together consumed US$59 billion of semiconductors in 2015, an increase of US$0.8 billion from 2014.

Digitimes Research: Vendors showcase more applications to promote personal security at CES 2016

Jan 27, 11:02

Smart home device and service vendors were showcasing more devices and service applications dedicated to the promotion of personal security at the recently concluded CES 2016, according to Digitimes Research.

Global 2016 IC market to rise 4%, says IC Insights

Jan 26, 15:38

Market research firm IC Insights has forecast that the global IC market will log a 4% increase in 2016, and fab capacity utilization rates will range from 90% to 93% with 12-inch fab capacity utilization rates coming higher at about 95%.

GeoSat Aerospace & Technology uses drones to inspect PV modules

Jan 26, 15:29

GeoSat Aerospace & Technology, a provider of satellite-based navigation, location, remote sensing and GIS (geographic information system) services, has used drones equipped with near infrared sensing instruments to inspect PV modules of rooftop PV systems or ground-mounted PV power-generating stations...

Asustek eyes 30 million smartphone shipments in 2016; to push shipments in India, Brazil, Russia and Africa

Jan 25, 21:45

Asustek Computer is aiming to ship 30 million smartphones in 2016 and become a worldwide top-10 smartphone vendor. To achieve the goal, India, Brazil, Russia and Africa will become major targeting markets for Asustek in 2016, according to sources from market watchers.

ODMs eye gaming notebook orders

Jan 25, 14:56

Seeing competition growing fierce in the gaming notebook market, notebook ODMs have been aggressively looking to land related orders from brand vendors. Compal Electronics is the manufacturer of Dell's Alienware series gaming notebooks, while Clevo has acquired gaming notebook orders from China-based...

Quanta to increase investment in subsidiary ThinkTech

Stockwatch - Jan 22, 16:15

Quanta Computer will increase its investment in subsidiary ThinkTech Ind. E Com. DE Informatca SA by US$27.2 million.

Digitimes Research: Non-gaming VR applications showcased at CES 2016

Jan 22, 15:08

VR (virtual reality) devices showcased at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) highlighted many applications beyond gaming to include education, medical care, social networking and industrial design, according to Digitimes Research.

Clevo will not be affected by weak economy in China; to stop purchasing land, says chairman

Jan 22, 12:02

Commenting on China's economy, Clevo chairman Kent Hsu said that the situation is not really good and property prices may take a long time to fall, but Clevo's real estate business will not be impacted by the upcoming downturn since most of its land was purchased at cheap prices. However, the company...

Asustek gives BYD orders for about 1.5 million notebooks in 2016

Jan 21, 15:17

Asustek Computer reportedly has outsourced orders for about 1.5 million notebooks to China-based EMS provider BYD, equivalent to less than 10% of Asustek's total notebook shipments in 2016, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Inventec Appliances completes new facilities in Nanjing

Jan 20, 10:50

Inventec Appliances, a subsidiary of Inventec, completed recently the second phase of its factory in Nanjing, doubling its handset production capacity to 86 million units a year, according to the company.

Foxconn to build technology tourism factory in China

Jan 18, 22:07

The Foxconn Group's Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) is planning to transfer its consumer electronics manufacturing base in Jiangsu, China into a technology tourism factory.

Second- and third-tier notebook ODMs to see weak shipment performance in 2016

Jan 18, 16:29

Taiwan- and China-based second and third-tier notebook ODMs including Shuttle, Clevo, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Uniwill, Malata and BYD are facing declining orders in 2016 as global notebook shipments are expected to drop another 5%, but first-tier ODMs including Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics,...

Commentary: Challenges facing iPhone suppliers

Jan 13, 12:31

Taiwan-based makers in the iPhone supply chain must have been aware that sales of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have gradually lost their momentum, meaning Apple's orders for iPhones and related parts and components are going to decline in the short term.

Pegatron notebook shipments up in 2015, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 12, 15:53

Pegatron Technology is estimated to have shipped 3.4-3.5 million notebooks in the fourth quarter of 2015, up 48% sequentially, while its notebook shipments for 2015 reached 10 million units in 2015, up less than 5% on year, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report

Asustek shifts back notebook orders from BYD to Taiwan partners

Jan 12, 15:21

Asustek Computer originally outsourced part of its 2016 notebook orders to China-based EMS provider BYD, but has recently retracted some of the orders and given them back to its Taiwan-based partners because the China-based maker was not able to stably supply the volumes that Asustek demanded. However,...

Notebook players to take measures to save costs and expand into non-PC market in 2016

Jan 12, 12:30

With the notebook market expected to continue seeing a single-digit percentage shipment decline in 2016, brand vendors and ODMs are expected to become more aggressive pushing into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector to boost their non-PC incomes and adopting components from China-based suppliers to...

Notebook ODMs see combined 1Q16 shipments to drop 15% on quarter, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 11, 15:39

Taiwan ODMs' combined notebook shipments are expected to drop 15% sequentially to reach 25 million units in the first quarter and the volume is unlikely to recover until their clients launch new notebooks in the second quarter, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report...

Foxconn Technology sees December revenues decline

Stockwatch - Jan 11, 15:37

Foxconn Technology Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.244 billion (US$186.75 million) for December 2015, representing a 34.73% drop on month and 45.18% drop on year.

Foxconn sees decreased December revenues

Jan 11, 11:37

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$409.654 billion (US$12.45 billion) for December, decreasing 20.84% on month and 20.54% on year.

Quanta, Compal report increases in December notebook shipments

Jan 11, 10:49

ODM Quanta Computer shipped four million notebooks in December, increasing 5.3% on month, while fellow maker Compal Electronics shipped 3.7 million units, growing 12.1%, according to the companies.

Wistron December revenues drop

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 16:03

Wistron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$58.328 billion (US$1.6 billion) for December 2015, representing a 1% drop on month and 3.44% drop on year.

Compal reports increased revenues for December

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 16:01

Compal Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$83.173 billion (US$2.5 billion) for December 2015, representing a 6.78% increase on month and 0.3% increase on year.

Inventec sees December revenues rise

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 15:57

Inventec has reported consolidated revenues of NT$38.55 billion (US$1.16 billion) for December 2015, representing a 6.09% increase on month and 4.95% increase on year.

ECS sees revenues up slightly on month in December

Stockwatch - Jan 5, 21:28

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.983 billion (US$87.4 million) for December 2015, representing a 4.36% increase on month but a 51.07% decline on year.

E-book reader maker Netronix to report revenue gains for 4Q15, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 4, 15:40

Taiwan-based e-book reader maker Netronix is expected to report a 20-30% sequential growth in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 due to shipments to new clients in the US and East Europe, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Commentary: Gaming notebooks, VR devices may not be as promising as expected

Dec 30, 14:13

While the production of gaming notebooks and VR (virtual reality) devices looks to be promising in 2016, keen competition in the gaming notebook sector and a lack of supply chain in the VR device segment may impede a healthy development of the two products.

Taiwan market: Gogoro sees increasing electric scooter sales

Dec 29, 15:13

Gogoro has sold nearly 1,000 electric scooters in Taiwan in December, the highest monthly record since it was founded, and the company is now planning to add another 21 battery exchange stations near Taipei's metro stations.

Arima Communications to expand capital of Brazil subsidiary

Stockwatch - Dec 29, 10:53

Handset ODM Arima Communications will expand the capital of its wholly owned subsidiary in Brazil, Arima Communicacoes Brasil, by US$25 million, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Digitimes Research: Chipset vendors show growing interests in commercial drone market

Dec 28, 16:07

More chipset vendors have become more serious about the development of the commercial drone market and have come out with related IC parts targeting the emerging market, according to Digitimes Research.

Pegatron not affected by entry of China players into OEM notebook sector, says chairman

Dec 24, 15:19

The notebook business of Pegatron Technology will not be affected by the entry of China-based players into the OEM notebook sector, according company chairman Tung Tsu-hsien.

Pegatron chairman Tung Tsu-hsien

Toshiba sells TV plant in Indonesia to China-based Skyworth

Dec 22, 17:08

Toshiba has announced that it has reached agreement with China-based Skyworth on the sale of PT Toshiba Consumer Products Indonesia, Toshiba Group's Indonesian manufacturing base for TVs and twin-tub washing machines. Going forward, the company plans to settle the final sales price and complete the...

NDC sets 2016 economic growth at 2.1-2.7%

Dec 22, 17:02

Taiwan's National Development Council (NDC) on December 21 set an economic growth rate of 2.1-2.7%, increase in consumer price index of below 2.0% and unemployment rate of 3.7-3.9% for 2016.

Foxconn injects additional funds into overseas subsidiary for robot development

Dec 21, 11:59

Foxconn Electronics will inject an additional capital of US$120 million into its subsidiary Icreate Investment in the Cayman Islands, according to a release from Taiwan's Investment Commission.

Taiwan science parks post January-October revenues of over NT$1.9 trillion, says MOST

Dec 18, 12:00

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.92 trillion (US$58.53 billion) during January-October 2015, growing 2.48% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Inventec looking to boost 1Q16 gross margin to 6% by adjusting businesses

Dec 17, 16:09

Inventec is planning to make adjustments to its invested enterprises prior to the end of 2015. For those that are suffering losses, such as the solar business, Inventec is looking to reduce capital or merge them with other in-group companies, hoping to improve gross margins and break 6% in the first...

Richard Lee, Inventec chairman

Robot production a key of Foxconn development strategy, says chairman

Dec 17, 15:56

The production of robot products will be the major focus of the Foxconn Group's development strategy, according to the group's chairman Terry Gou.

Toshiba considering selling TV business, say reports

Dec 14, 14:52

Toshiba is considering ending its TV business due to financial struggles and will at least stop TV production abroad at its Indonesia-based facilities, according to a new media report from Japan-based Asahi Shimbum.

Inventec posts January-September net EPS of NT$1.27

Stockwatch - Dec 14, 11:04

ODM Inventec has reporterd net EPS of NT$1.27 for January-September 2015. Notebooks, desktops and servers accounted for 84.9% of NT$105.423 billion (US$3.21 billion) in third-quarter 2015 consolidated revenues; smartphones, tablets and other handheld mobile devices 11.8%; and solar energy products...

Pegatron reports on-year increase in November revenues

Stockwatch - Dec 11, 15:36

Pegatron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$121.355 billion (US$3.7 billion) for November 2015, representing a 30.77% drop on month and 2.72% increase on year.

Foxconn November revenues rise

Stockwatch - Dec 11, 15:23

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$517.52 billion (US$15.79 billion) for November 2015, representing a 2.89% increase on month and 0.53% increase on year.

Quanta sees notebook shipment growth in November, but may not achieve 2015 revenue goal

Dec 11, 14:24

Quanta Computer saw its notebook shipments rise 500,000 units on month to reach 3.8 million units in November thanks to strong orders from Asustek Computer and Hewlett-Packard (HP). However, as most of these orders were for inexpensive models, Quanta's revenues in November still dropped 2% from October,...

Quanta sees November revenues rise on year

Stockwatch - Dec 10, 15:34

Quanta Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$87.928 billion (US$2.68 billion) for November 2015, representing a 2.15% drop on month and 8.78% increase on year.

Robot maker Hiwin denies suffering large payment defaults

Dec 10, 15:18

Robot and ballscrew maker Hiwin Technologies has denied a media report indicating that the company has suffered a default payment of over several billion New Taiwan (NT) dollars by its clients in China.

Compal enjoys notebook shipment growth in November; expects flat performance in December

Dec 10, 11:15

Compal Electronics shipped 3.3 million notebooks in November, up from three million units in October, and it expects its December shipments to stay flat sequentially.

Wistron sees notebook shipments reach 1.8 million units in November

Dec 9, 21:54

Wistron has announced November notebook shipments of 1.8 million units, up 12% from a month ago, while its fourth-quarter notebook shipments are expected to drop 0-5% sequentially.

Compal revenues drop on year in November

Stockwatch - Dec 9, 15:56

Compal Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$77.893 billion (US$2.37 billion) for November 2015, representing a 6.56% increase on month and 5.52% drop on year.

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