The China government on June 1 announced plans to control PV installation, leading to drastic reduction in PV demand in the China market and consequently bringing large negative impact on Taiwan-based solar-grade polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) wafer makers and crystalline silicon solar cell maker...
Danen charged over waste disposal
Taiwan's environmental authorities have announced that solar wafer maker Danen Technology has been prosecuted for allegedly colluding with two industrial waste disposal service providers to dump over 1,000 tons of waste slurry that had not been appropriately disposed of during 2009-2012.
China-made PV inverters subject to US tariff
PV inverters and AC PV modules are on a list of products list that will be hit with a 10% tariff by the US in its latest trade row with China, according to media reports.
China's latest move to impose stricter control on PV installations has sent a chilling wave across the domestic market, and in turn created pressure on Taiwan-based solar power supply chain.
Taiwan power discrete component supplier HY Electronic (HYE) has seen clear order visibility for the second half of 2018, as its automotive diodes have passed verifications by Germany automaker Mercedes-Benz and China electric cars charging stations, according to industry sources. This, coupled with...
Motech, TSEC see sharp drops in June revenues
Solar cell makers Motech Industries and TSEC have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.187 billion (US$39 million) and NT$235.9 million respectively for June, the former slipping 24.44% sequentially and 41.60% on year, and the latter shrinking 41.58% sequentially and 57.76% on year.
NSP, Gintech post mixed June revenues
Solar cell makers Neo Solar Power (NSP) and Gintech Energy have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.057 billion (US$34.7 million) and NT$408.0 million respectively for June, the former increasing 9.34% sequentially and 16.69% on year and the latter decreasing 47.25% sequentikally and 64.66% on ye...
Taiflex sees FCCL demand pick up
Taiflex Scientific saw a pick-up in demand for flexible copper clad laminate (FCCL) in June, with its electronic materials business unit posting revenues of NT$780 million (US$25.6 million) for the month, up 14.8% sequentially and 30.7% on year.
First-tier China-based solar poly-Si wafer makers has started producing mono-Si wafers, according to industry sources.
Solar cell maker Motech Industries has announced that its subsidary Motech Energy System (MES) will invest NT$1.1 billion (US$36.1 million) to construct a 35MWp PV power station in southern Taiwan.
Main China-based solar poly-Si wafer makers are preparing for quasi-mono-Si wafer production to compete with mono-Si wafer makers, according to industry sources.
Taiwan-based solar poly-Si wafer makers Green Energy Technology (GET), Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), Gigastorage and Danen Technology plan to form a strategic alliance to cope with shrinking demand, GET president Swean Lin has been cited as saying in a media report.
Solar cell maker TSEC has disclosed Formosa Sun Energy, its subsidiary which undertaks PV power generation projects, has inaugurated rooftop PV systems established at buildings of 29 public elementary and high schools in Hsinchu City, northern Taiwan.
AcBel diversifies into PV power generation
Power supply maker AcBel Polytech has diversified business into PV power generation projects, with its rooftop PV system totaling 1.6MWp in northern Taiwan having begun generating electricity for sale.
GET expects capacity utilization to rise to 70% in 3Q18
Solar poly-Si wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) expects utilization of production capacity to rise from below 50% currently to 70% in the third quarter of 2018, according to company president Swean Lin.
Motech Industries has disclosed it will temporarily stop production of poly-Si ingots at its Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) plant and plans to shift over 160 of its employees to solar cell production lines at another STSP factory.
Solar poly-Si wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has seen significant decreases in demand and price drops arising from China's plans to control PV installation, but will continue monitoring the volatile market conditions and figure out ways to cope with them in 2019, according to company...
Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has seen utilization of solar poly-Si wafer production capacity shrink below 50% mainly due to drastic decrease in demand, Central News Agency has cited company president Doris Hsu as saying.
Hotai Motor, the Taiwan sales agent for Toyota and Lexus cars and Hino trucks, has started using a rooftop PV system at its logistics center in Yangmei, northern Taiwan, according to Economic Daily News.
URE to make solar cells for in-house use only
United Renewable Energy (URE), a new entity to be formed in October 2018 by merging Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy and Solartech Energy, will stop producing solar cells for outside PV module makers over the next three years, with in-house production all catering to internal demand and own-brand...
AU Optronics (AUO) is exhibiting SunBravo and SunForte high-efficiency PV modules, and a smart cloud-based monitoring solution at Intersolar Europe 2018 in Munich during June 20-22.
LONGi lowers prices for solar-grade mono-Si wafers
LONGi Green Energy Technology, the largest China-based solar-grade mono-Si wafers maker, has lowered quotes for such wafers with thickness of 0.18mm by 14.12%, down from CNY4.25 (US$0.67) per wafer in May to CNY3.65 for the domestic market and by 14.66%, decreasing from US$0.58 in May to US$0.495 for...
Topco enjoys strong silicone demand
Taiwan-based Topco, which mainly distributes silicone materials for Japan's Shin-Etsu Chemical, expects to enjoy double-digit revenue growth in 2018 thanks to robust silicone demand.
Taiwan-based poly-Si solar wafer makers Green Energy Technology (GET), Gigastorage, Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) and Danen Technology will jointly file a petition asking the government to adjust feed-in tariffs, according to industry sources.
Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will invest NT$990 million (US$33.1 million) to acquire a 30.93% stake in Taiwan Special Chemicals (TSC), a maker of specialty chemicals used in semiconductor manufacturing processes, as it seeks to rely on non-operating investments to boost profitability,...
Taiwan handsets – 1Q 2018
Taiwan's handset shipments decreased 27.8% sequentially, but went up 17.5% on year to arrive at 17.8 million units in the first...
Taiwan LCD TVs – 1Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD TV shipments decreased 33.8% sequentially and 4.9% on year to come to only around 6.6 million units in the first...
Taiwan LCD monitors – 1Q 2018
Taiwan makers' monitor shipments dropped below the 20 million mark in the first quarter of 2018, decreasing 6.3% sequentially,...
Global AP market, 2017-2021
Digitimes Research estimates total shipments of smartphone application processors (AP) worldwide will grow 1.5% on year to 1.67...
Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2018
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments...
China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020
This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers,...