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Thursday 14 April 2022
These VCs and CVCs are diving into Industry 4.0; and you?
The post-pandemic world is seeing an increase in investment in industrial and supply chain technologies. Induced by the pandemic and other factors, the drive for supply chain resilience has prompted more funds to look into the sector. Some venture capitals, such as Siemens' Next47 and Eclipse Ventures, have already been active in the sector, but the latest revival of interest in industrial technologies is drawing in other funds previously absent in industrial technology investment.
Thursday 14 April 2022
CATL expediting overseas expansion and tech advancement to maintain worldwide dominance
Competition among electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturers has grown intense, prompting prominent maker CATL to speed up expansion outside China. The battery giant is about to commission its first plant in Europe, actively looking for opportunities in South Korea. Moreover, North America is reportedly where the company will soon set up a production base.
Thursday 14 April 2022
Researcher highlights three major lithium-ion battery challenges
Lithium-ion battery (LIB) is known to be one of the most promising high-performance energy-storage devices and is widely adopted in electric vehicles (EVs). The global LIB market size is projected to grow at a 12.3% CAGR from US$41.1 billion in 2021 to US$116.6 billion by 2030 based on MarketsandMarkets' research report.
Thursday 14 April 2022
QIC Inside Investor Relation Series (3): Practical guide for investor targeting
Investor targeting may be one of the most important responsibilities for investor relations officers (IROs) and companies. The primary role of the IRO in every company is to attract the right profile of investors, who understand the company's business model and remain invested for the long-term. However, finding the "right one" maybe like finding a needle in a haystack. In reality, many companies have little idea where to start. Some larger companies may have already spent a considerable amount of resources in engaging with investors across different countries, but if investor targeting is not properly conducted, oftentimes the IR effort could be in vain. In order to maximize the ROI of investor relations efforts and use senior management time efficiently, it is crucial for IROs to conduct proper investor targeting to engage with investors.
Thursday 14 April 2022
Four things to watch at TSMC 1Q22 earnings release
TSMC is scheduled to release its first-quarter 2022 results on the afternoon of April 14 (Taipei time). As uncertainties such as inflation, geopolitical crisis in Europe, and pandemic lockdowns in China are likely to disrupt market demand and supply chain logistics, the market is all ears to what the wafer foundry leader has to say on performances and market outlook.
Wednesday 13 April 2022
Limited power supply a major obstacle for EV growth
Stable and ample power supply is an important factor for electric vehicle (EV) growth. Insufficient power supply will inhibit the spread of EVs. Price increases and increased competition from fuel-powered vehicles have also put a damper on the spread of EVs.
Wednesday 13 April 2022
Taiwan deals with economic espionage crime at the national security level
Taiwan's legislature is about to amend the National Security Act (NSA) to cover "economic espionage crime." Experts say the move is to strengthen law enforcement on strategic technology IP protection that the existing privisions fail to deal with.
Wednesday 13 April 2022
From cassette tapes to Industry 4.0: How corporate venturing charts TDK's way forward
Remember TDK, the familiar logo appearing on those audio cassette tapes? While one might be quick to associate the Japanese electronics manufacturer with a bygone era, TDK remains a major player in electronics. With a current market capitalization of US$12 billion, TDK has been the main manufacturer of passive components. Almost a century since its foundation in 1935, TDK is still looking ahead. TDK Ventures, its newly created venture capital arm, marks TDK's latest effort to gain a foothold in the future.
Tuesday 12 April 2022
Indian startup Micelio Mobility enables global-local EV collaboration
Partnerships are an integral part of building an EV ecosystem, something that India is developing at a rapid pace. But it's not always easy for global companies to collaborate with Indian counterparts, given the size and complex nature of the local market.
Friday 8 April 2022
A 'hardware renaissance' is coming: Where does Asia stand?
In 2021, a record US$45 billion funding went into industrial and supply chain startups. COVID-19 has accelerated global investments into a growing spectrum of technologies that will ultimately offer us an unprecedented level of visibility, predictability, and efficiency over manufacturing and logistics.
Thursday 7 April 2022
QIC Inside Investor Relation Series (2): How a company communicates with investors during COVID-19
The Omicron variant is causing COVID-19 cases to rise again lately. How should companies communicate with investors during uncertainties and crises such as the pandemic?
Wednesday 6 April 2022
Europe takes the lead in EV battery recycling
The electrification of the automotive industry draws increasing attention to battery recycling. Electric vehicle (EV) makers, battery producers and mining companies around the world are expanding to battery recycling to become more environmentally friendly and secure the raw materials needed.
Wednesday 6 April 2022
CSIA: China's IC industry at a critical point
China's semiconductor industry is situated at a critical juncture, with its future pivoting on packaging and testing technology, China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA) board member Wei Shaojun said.
Wednesday 6 April 2022
Indian startup partners China's CETL targeting 600 kW EV powertrain
Tsuyo, a Delhi-based powertrain startup that recently tied up with China's CETL, a sister company of CATL, aims to develop 10kW to 600kW powertrains to support 1.5T to 40T load-carrying vehicles across different categories, including off-road applications. Besides passenger mobility, the company will also focus on tractors, mining application vehicles, backhoe loaders, excavators, and mobile cranes.
Friday 1 April 2022
EV battery startup InoBat Auto to visit Taiwan
Slovakia-based battery startup InoBat Auto, developing lithium-ion batteries for EV and aviation sectors, will visit Taiwan in April/May to seek manufacturers and potential customers, as part of its plan to consolidate its global supply chain, company CEO Marian Bocek said in an interview.