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Commentary: China new LED lighting subsidy policies to focus on commercialization

Feb 23, 11:49

The subsidy program for upstream LED firms in China ended in 2011. There are many LED firms in China, but less than 20 of them have economies of scale and capacity of more than 20...

LED lighting

Commentary: Spin-off Samsung LCD unit may deter Taiwan makers in AMOLED segment

Feb 21, 14:58

Samsung Electronics has announced plans to spin off its money-losing LCD business to form a new company, Samsung Display, which is believed to focus more on the development of OLED...

Commentary: Solar supply chain in dire straits despite growing installations in 2011

Feb 16, 14:01

According to European Photovoltaic Industry Association, the global solar PV system installations reached 27.7GW in 2011, up by 70% compared to 16GW in 2010. However, the solar industry...

solar panel

Commentary: Chances of PV price increase to depend on extent of incentive cuts

Feb 13, 15:41

The oversupply in the solar market caused the prices to drop drastically in 2011. Solar firms have been hoping to revive the prices in 2012, but as various governments plan to make...

solar panels

Commentary: PV demand picking up, but Europe firms still struggling

Feb 10, 11:18

The solar market rebounded slightly before the Lunar New Year holidays. Many firms in the Greater China region experienced increasing capacity utilization rates due to urgent orders...

Commentary: Lack of distribution channels continues to hover over Taiwan solar industry

Feb 9, 15:50

The economy was harsh to the solar industry in 2011 as supply exceeds demand. In 2012, Taiwan-based solar cell firms still need to find a solution to prevent being marginalized.

solar panels

Lighting Japan 2012: Japan LED firms aim at various lighting applications

Feb 8, 12:02

At Lighting Japan 2012, Taiwan- and China-based firms focused on showcasing LED light bulbs while Japan-based firms displayed various LED lighting applications.

Cold white LED lightings

Commentary: Strong smartphone competition a blessing in disguise for feature phones

Feb 4, 10:45

The global market for feature phones has continued to dwindle recently, since most branded handset vendors have shifted their focuses to the development of smartphones on the back...

Commentary: Large-size TVs, big opportunities

Jan 19, 16:41

The LCD TV market went through severe price competition in 2011 with products such as 42-inch CCFL-backlit TVs costing only US$199/unit. Industry sources believe this price is close...

Commentary: A dance of numbers and policies for the solar market in 2012

Jan 12, 14:45

Germany surprised everyone with December solar installations reaching 3GW. This means the 2011 total installations in Germany market hit 7.5GW, surpassing 7.4GW in 2010 and becoming...

Commentary: Could automation solve labor issues for Foxconn?

Jan 10, 14:52

China has always given the impression of having a large and cheap labor force. But as the country's population structure and social values are starting to change, Foxconn Electronics...

Commentary: A recap of the solar market, 2004-2011

Dec 29, 15:42

Managing a business is like managing a battle. The many problems and challenges require the management to have good organization and coordination skills. Mostly importantly, the management...

solar module

Commentary: Market opportunities for direct-type LED TVs

Dec 28, 15:31

The penetration rate of LED TVs will likely reach 40% in 2011, a bit lower than 50% forecast in the beginning of the year. The market expects direct-type LED TVs will cause a new...

LCD TV

Commentary: Antitrust lawsuits dragging AUO to a watershed

Dec 9, 15:05

AU Optronics (AUO) has been taking a stand unlike other Taiwan-based rivals toward antitrust lawsuits lodged by related concerns including the US Department of Justice, the EU Commission...

Commentary: Consolidation to get solar industry back on track

Dec 2, 10:56

The solar market has been experiencing large turbulences in 2011. No one is optimistic about the industry in the short run. However, the exit of unfit firms has become the main drive...

Solar cells

Commentary: HTC faced with more pressure on product competition than patent litigation

Nov 29, 17:08

While HTC has been facing a double whammy in patent infringement lawsuits and a dwindling of its product competitiveness, sources in the handset industry believe that the pressure...

Commentary: Taiwan solar industry needs government support

Oct 24, 15:56

After a wave of bankruptcies declared by US-based solar firms in third-quarter 2011, some Europe-based solar firms have also been reportedly facing difficulties obtaining funding...

Commentary: LED lighting moving towards patent-dominated market

Oct 24, 12:05

The big LED lighting pie has been attracting many firms to enter the market, heating up competition between traditional and new firms. Fierce competition can lead to patent wars as...

Commentary: Apple being dragged into US-China trade war

Oct 21, 15:03

Since January 2011, three events have occurred in China which have led some upstream component suppliers to believe there is a conspiracy by the China government to try to suppress...

Commentary: The trends and challenges of the touch panel industry

Aug 8, 14:53

Touch panels have expanded the markets for smartphones, tablet PCs, e-book readers, automotive devices and digital signage. The development of the touch panel industry, according...

Apple iPad

Commentary: CIGS firms face tough competition

Aug 2, 15:48

Price competition among polysilicon solar cells have been causing the price for copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells to decrease as well. As governments in...

Commentary: Panel market in China likely to face oversupply concerns in 2013

Jul 15, 15:24

Rumors in China indicate LG Display will begin construction of a panel plant in Guangzhou, China, with mass production likely to begin in 2013.

Commentary: HTC acquisition of graphics and 3D patents has limited effect to counter Apple patent lawsuits

Jul 7, 17:04

HTC has stated that its decision to acquire S3 Graphics from its associate company VIA Technologies is aimed at strengthening its patent profiles related to graphics and 3D technology,...

Commentary: Tablet PCs at a crossroads

Jun 3, 16:07

While tablet PC is not a new product, it has begun to change the global view toward the computer industry. It is a device combining wireless communications, software and hardware...

Commentary: HDD market consolidates as players keep their eyes on the cloud

Jun 3, 15:51

The year 2011 has been a volatile one for the hard drive disk (HDD) industry. With Western Digital having bought Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) for US$4.3 billion and...

Commentary: Slow is better than fast for the TV industry

Jun 1, 16:52

The price for TV panels has been increasing recently and hopefully it will enhance the performance of large-size panel makers. The downward trend of the price for panels has been...

Commentary: Taiwan's economic growth and structural unemployment

May 30, 10:41

The Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland recently published the World Competitiveness Yearbook ranking Taiwan's competitiveness at 6th place, improving two spots...

Commentary: Taiwan solar firms should use advanced technology to face aggressive capacity expansion by China competitors

May 26, 12:06

Despite the downturn of the solar market, China-based solar firms have been continuing expanding capacity with the help of local governments and state-owned enterprises. The total...

Commentary: 2011 is the year of fierce competition for LED firms as gross margins contract

May 2, 11:41

The inception of LED into various TV models took the market for a rollercoaster ride in 2010. On one hand, the market grew by leaps and bounds bringing outstanding profits for LED...

Commentary: Energy policies face showdown between ideals and reality

Apr 27, 16:33

The energy policies proposed by Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Taiwan aim to provide stable energy while encouraging multiple energy sources. Future energy policies should...

Commentary: Governments should face up to high pollution of poly-Si production

Apr 14, 15:19

In 2008 the Washington Post ran a report about serious pollution caused by silicon tetrachloride (SiCl4) discharged from a polysilicon (poly-Si) plant in Henan Province,...

Commentary: Cloud-computing platform for innovative corporate services

Apr 12, 11:04

Cloud computing has attracted great attention from the government and the private sector. With Taiwan being a critical hardware production base in the global cloud computing industry,...

Commentary: TI triggers new competition in analog IC market

Apr 7, 11:00

After dedicating its own 12-inch wafer fab to the production of analog ICs, TI has taken over National Semiconductor (NS), with the aim of boosting its share in the global market...

Commentary: Acer founder had hinted of CEO step down

Apr 1, 10:49

Before the March 31 announcement of Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci's resignation, Stan Shih founder and shareholder of Acer had made some comments at a press conference on...

Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci has resigned from the company

Commentary: MediaTek takes up Ralink to strengthen Wi-Fi solution capability

Mar 17, 14:13

It had been widely known that Ralink Technology was thinking to sell off its company before March 17's announcement of a MediaTek-Ralink merger. But it still comes as a surprise to...

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