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  • TAiwan exports grew on year in November
    Taiwan's exports totaled US$28.58 billion in November 2019, dropping 1.4% sequentially but rising 3.3% on year, while the corresponding imports reached US$24.30 billion, slipping 2.9% sequentially but growing 5.8% on year, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
  • HTC cuts VR headset prices
    HTC has reduced prices of its VR headsets and also released a Beta version of Viveport wireless cross-platform streaming services aiming to boost sales during the year-end shopping season.
  • Taiwan component makers pushing automation to reduce costs
    System integrators have been relocating their assembly lines out of China in the wake of the trade war between the world's two superpowers, but many of their upstream component suppliers are finding it difficult to follow in their footsteps, according to industry sources.
  • Yallvend CEO
    Yallvend, AuthMe and BiiLabs have jointly developed a KYC (know your customer) solution for vending machines to enable them to sell products, such as cigarettes or alcohol, to qualified consumers via personal identity verification, according to Yallvend CEO Duncan Huang.
  • Cybersecurity is critical to connectivity
    Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has collaborated with Frost & Sullivan to develop a set of case studies to showcase the region's brightest security innovators.
  • Covestro CEO Markus Steilemann
    Germany-based Covestro, spun off from the Bayer Group in September 2015, is now among the world's leading makers of premium polymers with 30 production bases and around 16,000 employees worldwide, mainly engaged in supplying high-tech polymer materials and solutions for diverse applications to automotive,...
  • Taiwan's economic growth for third-quarter 2019 is estimated at 2.99%
    Taiwan's economic growth for third-quarter 2019 is estimated at 2.99%, 0.32pp higher than 2.67% forecast in August 2019, reaching the highest quarterly level since third-quarter 2018, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
  • 5G applications are bringing new demand
    With the arrival of 5G's commercialization, Taiwan- and China-based makers of components including PCB and cooling modules, are expected to see rising orders from the segment, which will also improve their operations in 2020. Meanwhile, as true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds have grown popular among...
  • JustCo Taiwan general manager George Chen
    JustCo, a Singapore-based coworking space provider, has been keen to help startups better tap funding, talent, technology and market resources needed to support their operations through flexible space usage solutions, distinct space designs and friendly community ecosystems offered for coworking space...
  • Traditional manufacturers and startups can inspire one another
    Traditional manufacturers and startups can inspire one another to create new value, according to panelists at an event focused on innovations.
  • Cisco and Taiwan partners
    US-based Cisco Systems has teamed up with eight Taiwanese strategic partners to set up a demonstration center for smart city applications and solutions in northern Taiwan, seeking to join forces with the Taoyuan City Government, Taoyuan Aerotropolis and Asia Silicon Valley Development Project to build...
  • Taiwan smart manufacturing solution developers eye the Southeast Asia market
    The trend of smart manufacturing has begun to spread in Southeast Asia as more manufacturers are looking to move some of their production lines away from China in the wake of the US-China trade disputes, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  • UMC co-president SC Chien
    UMC, once a strong rival of TSMC in the pure-play foundry sector, has now quit the expensive race of advancing manufacturing nodes. UMC has redefined its roles, focusing on specialty segments. Digitimes recently talked to its co-presidents,...
  • MC Huang, deputy director of TSMC smart production center
    Wafer fabrication is one of the world's most complicated manufacturing sectors, highlighted by the fact that TSMC's latest fab, with a monthly capacity of over 100,000 wafers, has to issue 6-8 million dispatching orders per minute to satisfy the needs of diverse manufacturing aspects, according to...
  • Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index of 114.34 for October 2019
    Taiwan recorded manufacturing production index (2016 as base year) of 114.34 for October 2019, increasing 2.78% sequentially but decreasing 3.27% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • 5G/Innovation Summit
    Taiwan could play a key "technological gatekeeper" role to help global high-tech companies fine-tune their technologies to enable the delivery of a variety of localized and customized services in various countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia, according to Colley Hwang, president of Digitime...
  • Brand vendors find new production method to avoid US tariff
    To avoid US tariffs on Chinese imports, notebook vendors are considering a new practice of manufacutring where production lines in China will only handle the final assembly work, with key components and motherboards made in other countries, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  • Acer and Asustek reportedly have released notebook orders for China-based ODM Huaqin
    China-based handset maker Hauqin Telecom Technology has ventured into the notebook ODM business by securing orders for entry-level and mid-range notebooks from Acer and Asustek Computer, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report.
  • Taiwan's economics minister Jong-Chin Shen
    By the end of 2019, 29 Taiwan-based firms including ASKey, Tyntek, Gigabyte Technology, Nan Liu Enterprise, and Inventec, will have invested a total of NT$59.2 billion (US$1.92 billion) to expand their local production lines to satisfy short-term orders brought by the trade tensions between the US...
  • China is stepping up efforts to promote industrial upgrades
    China has set up a CNY147.2 billion (US$20.94 billion) national fund aimed at spurring transformations and upgrades at its manufacturing industries to turn the country into a smart production center, according to industry sources.
  • The number of IoT devices is growing fast
    As the volume of IoT devices and sensors is increasing explosively and when they break down, manual repair is costly and requires lengthy operation suspension, remote monitoring and maintenance become important to secure their steady operation, according to industrial memory module maker Innodisk.
  • Prospects dim for Taiwan handset ODMs
    Prospects are dismal for Taiwan-based handset ODMs as their rivals in China, including the Wingtech Group, Huaqin Telecom Technology and Longcheer, have continued growing their prowess thanks to the rise of Chinese handset vendors in the global handset market, according to industry watchers.
  • Taiwan received export orders worth US$47.28 billion in October 2019
    Taiwan received export orders worth US$47.28 billion in total in October 2019, increasing 3.9% sequentially but decreasing 3.5% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • Handset shipments by Taiwan's brand vendors and ODMs are expected to grow
    Handset shipments by Taiwan's brand vendors and ODMs are expected to grow by a single-digit rate sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2019 after seeing their combined shipments edge up 3% on quarter to 14.21 million units a quarter earlier, Digitimes Research estimates.
  • Taiwan's manufacturing sector has seen three consecutive quarters of on-year declines in production
    Production of Taiwan's manufacturing industry totaled NT$3.37 trillion in the third quarter of 2019, down 7.01% on year, making the third consecutive quarter of on-year declines due mainly to the US-China trade tensions, according to figures from Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

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