ICT manufacturing
  • With the availability of a growing variety of printing materials, ever-improving printing quality and precision, and printer price reduction, 3D printing is expected to enter small-batch, customized applications to medical, aerospace, automobile and other high-tech sectors in 2018, especially after...
  • Foxconn to have a shareholders meeting on January 31
    Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will host an extraordinary shareholders meeting on January 31 to discuss a plan to help its subsidiary Foxconn Industrial Internet (FII) list Class A shares in China's Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE).
  • Taiwan's dedicated semiconductor materials analysis and IC debugging services providers, Integrated Service Technology (iST) and Materials Analysis Technology (MA-tek), have reported sharp increases in orders for materials analysis (MA), failure analysis (FA) and reliability assurance (RA) services...
  • Taiwan Biomedical Accelerator Platform officially inaugurated
    Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has newly established a "Taiwan Biomedical Accelerator" platform to drive a new wave of innovations by local players in the biomedical fields including biopharmaceuticals, equipment, and material supplies.
  • Rock Hsu, chairman of New Kinpo Group
    The New Kinpo Group is planning to establish lights-out factories in Thailand and the Philippines in 2018 and is looking to build another in Thailand in 2019 to help save manual labor, according to group chairman Rock Hsu.
  • Gaming notebook shipments weaker than expected in 2017
    Global gaming notebook shipments are expected to grow by a single-digit rate in 2018, as overall shipments of such products came to a lower-than-expected volume of around five million units in 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  • Global ODM TV shipments by the top-15 suppliers reached 84.9 million units in 2017, increasing 18.1% from a year earlier, according to data compiled by Simgaintell.
  • The annual revenues scored by firms operating in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) are expected to break the NT$1 trillion (US$33.84 billion) in the near future, as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will soon set up its 5nm and 3nm fabs and Winbond Electronic also plans to build...
  • Component orders for iPhone devices likely to drop significantly in 1Q18
    Component suppliers in the iPhone supply chain are likely to be forced to prolong their Lunar New Year holidays in the first quarter of 2018 due to low order visibility for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, according sources from the supply chain.
  • Taiwan top optical lens maker Largan Precision is seeking a supplementary civil compensation of NT$14 billion (US$473.82 million) from local rival Ability Opto-Electronics Technology in a patent and trade secret dispute, following the first ruling issued in late December 2017 by Taiwan's Intellectual...
  • Smart voice-assistant devices gaining popularity
    With smart speakers emerging as new fashion devices at CES 2018 and global tech giants such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Alibaba rushing to release new products, the global market demand for MEMS microphones is expected to see explosive growth in 2018. This will significantly benefit Taiwan-based IC...
  • Quanta to lose some MacBook orders in 2018
    Apple is expected to shift a major portion of its MacBook orders to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) in 2018 instead of its old practice of giving most of the orders to Quanta Computer, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  • Foxconn Technology Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of NT$18.902 billion (US$638.32 million) for December 2017, representing a 6.33% drop on month and 250.36% increase on year.
  • Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$675.141 billion (US$22.8 billion) for December 2017, representing a 18.53% increase on month and 50.15% increase on year.
  • Quanta sees around 14% on-year growth in 2017 revenues
    Quanta Computer shipped 3.7 million notebooks in December, shrinking from 3.9 million units in November, with consolidated revenues for the last month of 2017 reaching NT$86.74 billion (US$2.89 billion), dropping 8.41% sequentially and 17.37% on year. Its 2017 consolidated sales were NT$1,021.382 billion,...
  • ODM Wistron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$82.490 billion (US$2.75 billion) for December, declining 7.44% sequentially but rising 18.18% on year.
  • MSI showcasing new gaming devices at CES 2018
    Micro-Star International (MSI) is showcasing an array of innovative gaming devices at CES 2018, including its Trident 3 Arctic gaming desktop, Z370 Godlike gaming motherboard and Optix MPG27CQ/MPG27C curved gaming monitors.
  • Optical component and module maker Young Optics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$455 million (US$15.37 million) for December 2017, up 8.54% on month but down 0.75% on year.
  • Notebook ODMs including Compal Electronics and Inventec saw better-than-expected shipments in the fourth quarter of 2017, but volumes in the first quarter of 2018 are expected to slip 10-15% sequentially due to seasonality.
  • The annual revenues of Taiwan's biomedical industry are estimated to rise 4.5% on year to reach NT$488.4 billion (US$16.54 billion) in 2017 and are likely to break the NT$500 billion level in 2018, bolstered by concerted efforts by the government and private sectors, according to statistics released...
  • Compal Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$74.778 billion (US$2.53 billion) for December 2017, representing a 20.36% drop on month and 4.34% increase on year.
  • Inventec has announced consolidated revenues of NT$44.45 billion (US$1.5 billion) for December, down 1.3% on month, but up 15.6% on year. Its 2017 consolidated sales came to NT$467.5 billion, up 9.1% on year.
  • PC vendors are closely monitoring the CPU security issue
    Commenting on Intel processors' security bug issue, sources from PC brand vendors have pointed out that the CPU giant had several meetings with them at the end of 2017 discussing how to resolve the problem, but failed to come to a conclusion.
  • Following years of efforts in establishing their foothold in the automotive electronics application market, major Taiwan PC makers including Wistron, Quanta Computer and Pegatron have gradually tapped into the supply chains of electric vehicle (EV) makers in China and the US, enabling them to score...
  • After having declined for three consecutive years, global shipments of AIO (all-in-one) PCs are estimated to surge 3% on year to 13.92 million units in 2017, according to Digitimes Research.

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