Denmark-based Universal Robots and Taiwan-based Techman Robot - the world's top-2 collaborative robot vendors - are both optimistic about global demand in 2021.
Highlights of the day: TSMC expanding 5nm capacity
TSMC is fast expanding capacity for 5nm process to meet strong demand from a host of heavyweight clients, including Apple, AMD and MediaTek. The foundry house's capacity for 5nm process is expected hike by one third in second-half 2021...
Taiwan 2021 economic growth may reach 5%, says TIER
Thanks to unexpected strong demand arising from the coronavirus pandemic and the US raising tariffs on China-made products, Taiwan's manufacturing industries, especially high-tech ones, have gained significant growth momentum, and Taiwan's 2021 GDP will grow by over 4% and likely by 5%, according to...
Wistron Group has forged a strategic alliance with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) to jointly tap business opportunities arising from proliferating 5G and AI applications.
Lite-On Tech to hike capex 47% in 2021
EMS provider Lite-On Technology plans to budget NT$5 billion (US$178 million) in 2021 capex, increasing 47% from 2020, mainly for a new factory in southern Taiwan and overseas capacity expansions, according to company president Anson Chiu.
Fisker and Foxconn to collaborate on EV project
Fisker, a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles (EV) and mobility solutions, has announced it has entered into a MOU with Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai) supporting a project to develop a breakthrough EV.
Taiwan January export orders rise almost 50% on year
Taiwan-based makers received export orders totaling US$52.72 billion in January 2021, decreasing 12.9% sequentially but increasing 49.3% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
The frigid weather that halted production in the US state of Texas may prompt IDMs to mull adjusting outsourcing strategies. Seeking more support from manufacturing partners, particularly those in Taiwan, may be a way for IDMs to diversify...
Superior Plating to see profits surge in 2021
Superior Plating Technology (SPT), dedicated to metal surface treatment and electroplating processing, is expected to post significant profit growth in 2021 thanks partly to its entry into the supply chain for Intel's processors, as well as new orders for automotive electronics and aerospace applications,...
Acer will step up promotion of non-PC products including smart speakers, AI-based face identification solutions, digital signage and air purification systems in the Taiwan market in 2021, apart from strengthening PC shipments, according to SH Chang, COO at Acer Taiwan.
After hitting a new high in monthly shipments last month, the global top-5 notebook brands saw their combined shipments slip more than 10% sequentially in January due to seasonality and the fact that component shortages have shown no improvement.
Major chip vendors have been striving for support from production partners, and Qualcomm reportedly will even appoint a VP dedicated fully to working to secure capacity in Taiwan. Qualcomm and MediaTek are also said to be both stepping...
Server supply from Mexico, a major production hub for Taiwanese ODMs, is expected to be undermined by the recent frigid weather hitting the northern part of the country and the US state of Texas, according to sources from the upstream server supply chain.
Taiwan boosting development of electric public buses
Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), in line with the country's goal of completely replacing gasoline- and diesel-powered public buses with electric ones in 2030, is implementing a program to boost development of electric public buses.
Shuttle to boost presence in non-PC sectors
Shuttle has terminated its low-margin notebook OEM business, and is looking to enhance its presence in non-PC offerings, such as medical care IT products, according to company president Wei-Hsun Cheng.
MSI develops electric bus management solution
Micro-Star International (MSI) has worked with electric bus maker Master Transportation Bus Manufacturing to develop a hardware/software-integrated management solution for use by the latter's vehicles.
Server makers see healthy orders in 1Q21
Server shipments are expected to stay strong in the first quarter, thanks to robust orders from US-based cloud computing datacenter operators, according to sources from the server upstream supply chain.
Highlights of the day: Notebook ODMs to see robust 1Q21
With demand remaining robust, ODMs are expected to see their first-quarter 2021 notebooks shipments drop by only 10-15% sequentially, milder than the usually over 20% declines seen during the traditional low season. Stay-at-home activities...
iBASE, FEII become OEMs for Powin Energy
US-based energy storage system developer Powin Energy has chosen Taiwan-based iBASE Gaming Technology and Formosa Electronic Industries (FEII) as OEMs for lithium battery modules, according to company chairman Joseph Lu.
Pegatron to set up production base in India
Pegatron has disclosed it has spent INR1.028 billion (US$14.12 million) acquiring rights to use a plot of land for building a factory in Channai, India.
Notebook ODMs to see milder drop in 1Q21 shipments
Notebook ODMs will see their shipments decline 10-15% sequentially in the first quarter of 2021, compared to larger decreases of over 20% during the same period in previous years, according to industry sources.
Vietnam industry depends heavily on foreign investors
The influx of foreign investment has greatly helped Vietnam improve its local manufacturing. Vietnam, which is able to make not only smartphones but also electric cars (EV), is a top manufacturer among Southeast Asian countries.
Foxconn to invest in UK-based GyroGear
Foxconn Electronics has disclosed it will invest GBP1.0 million (US$1.39 million) in GyroGear, a UK-based startup that develops neural medical devices, at the latter's seed round of funding.
Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2010
Taiwan makers produced over 90% of the notebooks worldwide in 2008. The top-five notebook makers - Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Asustek Computer - contributed 88% of the shipments from Taiwan.
Pegatron January revenues hit 11-month low
Pegatron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$82.419 billion (US$2.90 billion) for January, the lowest monthly level since March 2020.
Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 4Q 2020
Taiwan's large-size LCD panel shipments grew 4.4% sequentially and 26.5% on year to come to 74.76 million units in the fourth...
Global tablet market – 4Q 2020
Fourth-quarter 2020 global tablet shipments amounted to 51.56 million units, soaring 17.6% from a quarter ago and 19.3% from...
China smartphone AP shipments – 4Q 2020
Fourth-quarter 2020 smartphone AP shipments to China-based vendors amounted to 211.6 million units, up 9.9% quarter-over-quarter...
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2021
Taiwan-based makers' server-related revenues are expected to climb 7.6% on year in 2021, buoyed by growing demand from cloud...
China semiconductor industry: From 13th 5-year Plan to 14th 5-year Plan, 2015-2025
China government has always attached great importance to advances of the semiconductor sector, but semiconductors' vital role...
Global LCD panel shipment forecast, 2021 and beyond
Global large-size LCD panel shipments will fall at a CAGR of -0.3% 2020 through 2025, while shipments of small-to-medium-size...