ICT manufacturing
  • IPC players to expand capacity in Taiwan
    Several Industrial PC (IPC) firms are planning to expand their capacities in Taiwan to cope with the US-China trade tensions, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  • Kiwi Campus founder Felipe Chavez Cortes
    Silicon Valley-based Kiwi Campus is a startup dedicated to operating a semi-autonomous robotic platform for delivering foods, beverages and groceries to consumers on college campuses and in neighboring communities. The company, attracted by Taiwan's sound business climate, robust hardware manufacturing,...
  • Wiwynn expects growing operation in 2020
    Wiwynn, a cloud computing server affiliate of Wistron, is optimistic about its business outlook for 2020 with plans to build more production lines at is plant in southern Taiwan, according to company CTO Sunlai Chang.
  • Chinese handset vendors are relying more on local ODMs
    First-tier Chinese handset ODMs including the Wingtech Group, Huaqin Telecom Technology and Longcheer have emerged as the leading group in the field thanks to the rise of China-based handset brands in the global market, according to industry observers.
  • Forcecon introduces new cooling solutions for notebooks, smartphones
    Taiwan-based heat dissipation solution provider Forcecon Technology has introduced a new form of heat pipe, thermal ground plane (TGP), thickened 0.2mm for notebook and smartphone applications, according to company chairman Yao Cheng-chi.
  • Smart cloud management services needed to support production globalization
    Cloud services providers are gaining new business opportunities from the relocation of production lines from China to other parts of the world in the wake of the US-China trade war, as many enterprises have to rely on cloud-based rotary equipment monitoring solutions to manage their plants worldwide...
  • Foxconn to serve as EV software-hardware integrator
    Foxconn Technology Group will mainly serve as a software and hardware system integrator in the supply chain of electric vehicles (EV), which will join smart healthcare and robotics as the company's three major domains for priority development to transform itself into a provider of technology services,...
  • Top-5 notebook brands together saw an on-month decline in October revenues
    The worldwide top-5 notebook brands saw their combined shipments slip 13% on month in October 2019, better than that of the same month a year ago, thanks to some lingering seasonal demand and some brand vendors' strong enterprise product shipments, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Quanta vice chairman CC Leung (left) and chairman Barry Lam (right)
    Quanta Computer has expressed optimism about its performance next year, and believes its manufacturing flexibility will be able to encourage customers to place more orders, according to company vice chairman CC Leung.
  • Foxconn Technology Group will step up transforming into a provider of technology services
    Foxconn Technology Group will step up transforming into a provider of technology services by deepening deployments in electric vehicle, smart heath care and robot industries while also strengthening development of core technologies including AI, semiconductor and 5G/6G mobile communications, according...
  • Foxconn chairman Young Liu (second from left)
    Foxconn Technology Group will give more priority to profit improvement with a goal of boosting its gross margin to 10% over the next 3-5 years, according to company chairman Young Liu.
  • Asustek expects sales drop for PC business in 4Q19
    Asustek Computer expects to post flat growth or an up to 5% sequential decrease in PC sales in the fourth quarter, while sales of its component products including motherboards and graphics cards will drop 5% on quarter.
  • Chinese DRAM firm CXMT ramps up 19nm production
    China's bid to increase semiconductor self-sufficiency will take a step further - albeit a small one, perhaps - as homegrown DRAM maker CXMT is ramping up 19nm production. CXMT's goal is to reach an output of 40,000 wafers monthly for the 19nm...
  • Pegatron chairman TH Tung
    Taiwan-based EMS provider Pegatron expects its 2019 revenues to outstrip a year earlier despite impacts of US-China trade conflicts and other unfavorable macro factors, according to company chairman TH Tung.
  • Hiwin has reported third-quarter 2019 net profit of NT$389 million
    Mechanical motion control component maker Hiwin Technologies released financial report for the third quarter of 2019 at a November 12 investor conference, with net profit of NT$389 million (US$12.7 million) being the lowest quarterly level since the second quarter of 2017.
  • Inventec expects server sales to rise in 2020
    Inventec expects to post a significant increase in its server business revenues next year when server shipments worldwide are expected to rebound by 4-6%, according to company president Maurice Wu.
  • The ongoing trade disputes continue to affect negatively China's datacenter market
    The US-China trade war may be hurting the economy of both countries, but as far as the server industry is concerned, the impact on the Chinese market seems greater than that on the US. It may take a few more months before China's server market...
  • Mitac president Billy Ho
    The Mitac Group will see three major growth drivers - edge computing, large-scale datacenters and Internet of Vehicles - in 2020 with subsidiaries Mitac Computing Technology and Mitac Digital Technology to be responsible for these business opportunities, according to group president Billy Ho.
  • China datacenter demand undermined by US-China trade tensions
    The ongoing trade disputes between the US and China continue to affect negatively China's datacenter market, with recovery unlikely to take place until the end of 2019 or even 2020, according to sources at server and related device makers.
  • US notebook vendors have slowed down placing orders with Taiwan ODMs
    Trade tensions between the US and China seem to be easing a little, but it remains uncertain whether the more "friendly" atmosphere will be subsequently followed by a full truce between the two super economies. For notebook vendors who risk higher tariffs for Chinese imports if the trade war doesn't...
  • Adlink and IBM Taiwan to help makers upgrade to Industry 4.0
    Industrial computing device maker Adlink Technology and IBM Taiwan have partnered to help Taiwan-based makers upgrade manufacturing processes to Industry 4.0 standards through integrating IT, OT (operational technology) and AI.
  • Notebook ODMs continue moving production lines out of China
    US notebook vendors have slowed down placing orders with Taiwan ODMs amid seemingly easing of US-China trade tensions, but have not asked the manufacturering partners to stop moving production lines out of China, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan's exports totaled US$28.99 billion in October 2019
    Taiwan's exports totaled US$28.99 billion in value in October 2019, rising 3.2% sequentially but dropping 1.5% on year, while the corresponding imports totaled US$25.04 billion in value, up 0.3% sequentially but down 4.1% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
  • Pegatron sees net profits more than doubled on year in 3Q19
    Pegatron has reported third-quarter consolidated revenues picked up 18.5% sequentially and 10.2% on year to come to NT$354.8 billion (US$11.58 billion), while the gross margin was around 3.8% with net profit reaching NT$6.3 billion, up 18.7% on quarter and 122.5% on year.
  • Pegatron looking to create new production site in Southeast Asia
    Pegatron will not rule out setting up new factory sites in Vietnam and India to satisfy customer demand, according to company president and CEO SJ Liao.

Taiwan notebooks – 3Q 2019

China smartphone AP shipments – 3Q 2019

Global server market – 3Q 2019

Global LCD panel shipment forecast, 2020 and beyond

Global mobile device shipment forecasts, 2020 and beyond: Smartphones, notebooks and tablets

Taiwan semiconductor foundry sector, 2Q19

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