Taiwan January export value down
Taiwan's export value totaled US$27.3 billion in January 2019, dropping 4.6% sequentially and 0.3% on year, while import value for the month reached US$26.39 billion, the third highest-ever monthly level with increases of 10.4% sequentially and 0.8% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF...
Worldwide notebook shipments are forecast to decrease only 12.9% sequentially in the first quarter of 2019 as vendors are still seeing some unfulfilled demand created by the CPU shortages. The CPU shortage gap is also expected to shrink to below one million units in the low season.
Lite-On Tech sees decreased January revenues
EMS provider Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$15.607 billion (US$507 million) for January, decreasing 3.29% sequentially and 5.44% on year.
Taiwan exploring niche satellite market
Taiwan will not engage in money-burning space competition with China but will step up tapping niche markets associated with the space industry chain, according to CL Lin, director general of National Space Organization (NSPO).
Taiwan's backend service leader ASE Technology Holding has incorporated a manufacturing big data instant analysis system developed by the Digital Transformation Institute (DTI) into its die-bonding process, boosting processing efficiency by 3%.
China-based vendors' smartphone shipments are expected to fall 8.2% on year to below 140 million units in the first quarter of 2019, as exports will slow down due to seasonality and domestic demand will remain weak, Digitimes Research estimates.
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2018, representing 17.9% of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner. Meanwhile, the top-10 OEMs increased their share of chip spending to 40.2%, up from 39.4% in 2017.
Foxconn optimistic about 2019
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) will see its revenues continue growing in 2019, but the exact figures can hardly be estimated due to several factors involved, according to company chairman Terry Gou.
Taiwan supply chain makers of Apple's three major product lines beyond iPhones will see mixed shipment prospects for 2019, with shipments of MacBook series expected to fall from 2018 and those of AirPods and Apple Watch likely to pick up significantly on the availability of new models.
EMS provider Qisda is well prepared to cope with the adverse impact from the US-China trade war, according to company chairman and CEO Peter Chen.
Quanta Computer is moving at full throttles to develop new AI devices including cloud equipment, servers, robots and medical equipment in 2019, aiming to become an all-round AI hardware supplier, according to company chairman Barry Lam.
AI applications can usher in brand-new values for Taiwan's medical sector, given the growing integration of health insurance data and technological resources and improving relationships between doctors and patients, according to Barry Lam, chairman of Quanta Computer, which is actively developing AI-based...
Taiwan 4Q18 economic growth hits 10-quarter low
Taiwan's economic growth rate for fourth-quarter 2018 is estimated at 1.76%, lower than the 2.02% forecast in November 2018 and hitting the lowest since third-quarter 2016, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
Compal tapping deeper into smart healthcare business
Taiwan ODM Compal Electronics has been actively making multiple deployments in smart healthcare business over the past three years, including smart telemedicine, electronic medical recorders, cancer immuocyte and smart wards, according to company vice chairman Ray Chen.
Foxconn to adjust investment in Wisconsin
In the wake of a recent media report claiming Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has halted its plan to establish manufacturing plants in Wisconsin, the Taiwan-based EMS provider has pointed out that the investment project in the US state is still a priority for the company, but it will...
Taiwan ODM Compal Electronics is actively proceeding with capacity expansions in China, Taiwan and Vietnam despite global economic prospects clouded by US-China trade tensions, and expects its shipments and revenues for 2019 to grow further from 2018, according to company president CP Wong.
New Kinpo expects opportunities from US-China trade row
While the US-China trade war is sending manufacturers mulling relocating production from China to Southeast Asia, New Kinpo Group has long taken root in the region, expecting many business opportunities arising from such tensions, according to group CEO Simon Shen.
The US-China trade war has cast clouds over global trade, and Taiwan's Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) will take it seriously and adopt necessary countermeasures, according to JN Yang, director general of the BOFT.
Auto parts maker AVY to merge with Jabon via share swap
Taiwan's metal stamping parts maker AVY Precision Technology will merge with powder metallurgy specialist Jabon International via a share swap, in an effort to focus more on developing sales of auto parts for new energy vehicles and facilitate international acquisition deals, according to company so...
Pegatron evaluating investments in Southeast Asia
Pegatron is currently evaluating the possibilities of establishing plants in Vietnam and India, while its new plants in Batam, Indonesia has already begun shipping network communication products in January, according to company CEO SJ Liao.
Multinational business leaders are less confident about Taiwan's economic outlook for the next 12 months, with only 45.8% of those surveyed noting that they were very or somewhat confident about the country's economic prospects for 2019, down 10pp from a year earlier, according to findings of the 2019...
Qisda begins to tap Southeast Asia medical device market
EMS provider Qisda has begun to tap the Southeast Asia market for medical devices, as K2 International Medical, in which Qisda holds a 37.56% stake, has announced the establishment of a subsidiary in Thailand to market hemodialyzers, hemodialysis services, and aesthetic medical products and services...
3D printing embracing favorable application environments
A variety of favorable factors are driving the advancements and popularize the applications of 3D printing technologies, including upgrades in printing precision and speed, availability of diverse printing materials, and the support of more optimized 3D graphic design software programs, according to...
TCA chairman warns IT players of political factors
Chairman of Pegatron and Taipei Computer Association (TCA) TH Tung, commenting on several countries considering banning the use of Huawei equipment, has said IT players worldwide need to be cautious about political influence on industrial developments.
Taiwan 2018 direct investment hits 10-year high
Taiwan approved 3,621 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) totaling US$11.440 billion in 2018, respectively increasing 6.03% and 52.37% on year, with the value hitting the highest level since 2009, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 4Q 2018
With weak seasonal demand, Taiwan's large-size LCD panel shipments dropped 3.7% sequentially to arrive at 62.38 million units...
Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 4Q 2018
Taiwan's small- to medium-size panel shipments slipped 22.1% sequentially and 23.1% on year to arrive at only 240.55 million...
China smartphone market and industry - 4Q 2018
China smartphone market experienced a sluggish fourth-quarter in 2018 amid a weakening economy, instead of strong domestic demand...
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2019
According to Digitimes Research statistics and analyses, Taiwan-based server vendors, including suppliers of motherboards, end...
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