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Earthquake hits key Taiwan Science Park

Feb 6, 14:29

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 hit Southern Taiwan on February 6 and several semiconductor, optoelectronic and photovoltaic players at the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) had their production lines shut down. Since the lines were in mid-production, the affected companies will first need to...

Semiconductor manufacturing

Global Lighting Technologies to start production at new factory in 2Q16

Feb 1, 13:26

LED-based light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) is constructing a factory at the Hsinchu Science Park, central Taiwan, and will begin production at the factory in the second quarter of 2016, according to the company.

LG aims for monthly capacity of 75,000 units on 6G fab in 1H17, says report

Jan 19, 15:24

LG Display has solidified plans to achieve 75,000 substrates in monthly production at its 6G facilities throughout the first half of 2017 for curved OLED displays, according to Korea-based ET News.

Capacitive touch demand on the rise for most applications

Jan 18, 10:24

The proportion of capacitive touch is growing in segments including smartphone, tablet, notebook and all-in-one PC applications, due to reduced pricing for the technology.

Microchip, SiS partner on multi-touch and 3D-gesture modules for displays

Jan 14, 10:29

Microchip Technology, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, has announced its partnership with Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) to provide customers with complete projected-capacitive touch (PCAP) and 3D-gesture interface modules, which will lead to faster development...

Efun ships new quantum dot products to makers in 4Q15

Jan 12, 15:26

Efun technology has developed new quantum dot (QD) film products and began shipping them to Japan- and China-based customers in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Coretronic ships 4.63 million BLUs in December

Jan 11, 13:59

Coretronic shipped 4.63 million backlight units (BLUs) in December, decreasing 6% on month, 15.13 million units during the fourth quarter, slipping 16% on quarter, and 71.10 million units in 2015, shrinking 23.5% on year, according to the company.

TSMT December revenues rise 7%

Stockwatch - Jan 6, 21:12

Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT), an LCD surface-mount technology (SMT) production solutions provider, has announced consolidated revenues for December increased 7.4% sequentially to NT$2.78 billion (US$84 million).

Radiant Opto-Electronics reports revenues for December 2015

Stockwatch - Jan 5, 21:26

Radiant Opto-Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.82 billion (US$175.8 million) for December 2015, representing a 3.09% drop on month and 21.2% increase on year.

Samsung considering unpaid leave for LED personnel, says paper

Jan 5, 15:54

Samsung Electronics is reportedly considering having its LED business staff take unpaid vacations due to weak performance, according to a Korean-language Edaily report citing industry sources.

GSEO cuts staff

Stockwatch - Jan 5, 15:51

Taiwan-based optical lens maker Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO) has laid off 60 employees in Taiwan because of weak demand in the optical lens market. The employees were mainly dispatch workers and therefore the layoffs should not impact the company's operations.

Digitimes Research: Korea pushing new in-cell touch panel developments

Jan 4, 13:56

The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) under the South Korea Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has reached one micron level electronic linewidth used in roll-to-roll printing, which will help push Korean makers' in-cell touch panel developments used in large-size and flexible...

JTouch to shift focus to metal mesh and IPC segments

Dec 28, 16:11

Touch panel maker JTouch aims to restructure its business model to increase focus on metal mesh production and the industrial PC market.

Corning Iris glass chosen for LeTV Super TV Max 70

Dec 23, 14:29

Corning has announced its Iris glass has been chosen by LeTV for use in the China vendor's Super TV Max 70.

Corning to supply glass substrates for BOE 10.5G fab, says Corning Taiwan president

Dec 21, 11:31

As BOE Technology started constructing a 10.5G LCD panel fab in Hefei, northern China, in early December, Corning will set up a production base adjacent to it to become its glass substrate supplier.

Taiwan science parks post January-October revenues of over NT$1.9 trillion, says MOST

Dec 18, 12:00

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.92 trillion (US$58.53 billion) during January-October 2015, growing 2.48% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Digitimes Research: 4K TVs to push demand for LEDs

Dec 14, 23:07

Ultra HD (4K) TVs are expected to make up 23.7% of LCD TV shipments in 2016, up 9.3pp on year. Because of the increase, demand for LEDs used in TV backlighting applications will rise and approximately 20-30% more LEDs will be used in 4K TVs over Full HD units, according to Digitimes Research.

Coretronic sees revenues decline in November

Dec 14, 15:59

Coretronic saw its revenues decline 9.2% on month and 10.67% on year to NT$6 billion (US$182.6 million) in November 2015. For January-November 2015 the company's revenues declined 16.15% to NT$46.78 billion.

Wah Hong reports 20% revenue decline for November

Dec 11, 14:16

Optical film maker Wah Hong has reported its November 2015 revenues reached NT$855 million (US$26 million), down 0.15% on month and down 20.88% on year.

TSMT November revenues slip 7% on year

Stockwatch - Dec 8, 10:56

Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT), an LCD surface-mount technology (SMT) production solutions provider, has announced consolidated revenues for November 2015 decreased 7.3% from a year earlier to NT$2.59 billion (US$78.8 million).

Radiant November revenues increase on year

Stockwatch - Dec 7, 16:09

Radiant Opto-Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.005 billion (US$183.2 million) for November 2015, representing a 8.26% drop on month and 19.11% increase on year.

LG Display expected to save in OLED costs due to local makers

Dec 4, 15:32

Korea-based Poongwon Precision has increased its yields for producing flexible OLED panel core components and is expected to be responsible for the vast majority of supply to LG Display in 2016.

US$1.6 billion market forecast for chemical materials used to make LCD panels in 2015, says IHS

Dec 2, 13:54

The market for the four primary chemical materials used in TFT LCD production is expected to reach US$1.6 billion in 2015. Revenues from sales of etchant alone, used for electrode patterning, will reach US$850 million, according to IHS. More than 660,000 tons of etchant will be consumed by the display...

Taiwan panel makers calling on China government for component tariff reductions

Dec 1, 16:08

Panel makers in Taiwan are calling on the China government to allow for zero tariffs on panel components due to Taiwan's weakening panel supply chain industry.

More Taiwan firms step up development for large-size touchscreen ICs

Dec 1, 15:44

More Taiwan-based IC design houses have stepped up development of touchscreen controller ICs for large-size applications such as all-in-one (AIO) computers, and touch-enabled monitors and displays for advertising, educational and industrial purposes.

TEEMA urges Taiwan government to take action on China hostile headhunting

Nov 26, 14:22

The Taiwan Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA) has urged the Taiwan government to take measures on China enterprises' hostile headhunting as their actions have caused Taiwan companies to lose many intangible assets.

Himax obtains design-wins for smartphone-use force touch solutions

Nov 26, 10:06

Himax Technologies has gained design-wins for its multi-level force touch controller series from leading smartphone vendors for models to be launched in the first half of 2016, according to the Taiwan-based IC design house.

Samsung, LG to focus on white flip chip LED technology for TVs, says report

Nov 18, 15:57

Korea-based TV vendors Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics will reportedly switch to white flip chip LED technology for use in TV backlighting in 2016, according to a new report from Korea-based ET News.

Elan expects to post 2-4% revenue drop in 4Q15

Nov 12, 10:29

Touchscreen controller IC supplier Elan Microelectronics expects to post a 2-4% sequential decrease in consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015, with gross margin ranging from 41% to 43%.

BOE to buy stake in ChipMOS Shanghai plant, says report

Stockwatch - Nov 12, 10:27

China's BOE Technology, which has received government support to step into the upstream driver IC business, plans to make an equity investment for a stake in packaging and testing company ChipMOS Technologies' Shanghai plant, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times report. The report...

Wah Hong reports October 2015 performance

Nov 11, 20:00

Optical film maker Wah Hong has reported its October 2015 revenues reached NT$855 million (US$26.14 million), down 5.46% on month. The October performance was affected by holidays in China.

Coretronic ships 5.59 million BLUs in October

Nov 11, 11:16

Coretronic has disclosed it shipped 5.59 million backlight units (BLUs) in October, decreasing 11% on month, and 61.56 million units during January-October, dropping 21% on year.

LCD material demand in China to increase to 150 tons in 2015, says firm

Nov 9, 14:33

LCD material demand in China is expected to rise from 116 tons in 2014 to 150 tons in 2015 largely due to TV panel production expansion.

GIS revenues to reach higher than originally targeted for 2015

Nov 6, 15:05

General Interface Solution (GIS) expects to see upwards of 4% more in revenues than originally estimated for 2015 due to orders from Apple, according to industry sources.

Radiant posts over 66% quaterly revenue increase in 3Q15 due to orders from Apple

Nov 6, 14:39

Radiant Optoelectronics has reported a 66.47% quarterly increase in revenues during the third quarter of 2015 driven largely by orders from Apple.

China becoming a major investment market for Intel

Nov 5, 15:31

Intel Capital is estimated to invest a total of US$500 million in 2015. Prior to the end of October, Intel Capital had already invested US$168 million in China and with a separate US$1 billion investment in the Tsinghua Unigroup, several funds established specifically for China-based firms, and an...

Coretronic cuts personnel due to shifting production to China

Nov 2, 13:44

Backlight unit (BLU) maker Coretronic has downsized manpower by laying off 127 employees working at factories in northern and southern Taiwan due to shifting production to its factories in eastern China, the company detailed at an investors conference on October 30.

GLT expects steady demand in 4Q15

Oct 30, 11:18

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) has reported its revenues during the third quarter of 2015 reached NT$1.974 billion (US$60.66 million), up 13.3% on quarter, while its EPS reached NT$2.48.

Corning reports 3Q15 results and announces plan to return over US$10 billion to shareholders through 2019

Oct 29, 14:04

Corning has announced a strategic and capital allocation framework designed to return more than US$10 billion to shareholders through 2019, and also reported results for the third quarter of 2015.

Coretronic shuts down China subsidiary

Oct 28, 11:50

Coretronic (Nanjing), Taiwan-based BLU (backlight unit) maker Coretronic's BLU subsidiary maker in eastern China, on October 22 ended production and business operations due to drastic decreases in BLU orders from display makers, according to Coretronic.

Corning Lotus NXT Glass chosen for Samsung Display LTPS-OLED line

Oct 28, 11:45

Corning has announced its Corning Lotus NXT Glass will be used in Samsung's line of LTPS, OLED panels, according to Corning.

Chimei expects polarizer production capacity to increase 25%

Oct 21, 14:05

Chimei Materials expects its polarizer production capacity to increase 25% overall when several new lines are expected to be newly constructed in 2016.

Chimei Materials approves new cash capital increase

Oct 21, 10:40

The board of directors at Chimei Materials have approved a new Kunshan-based joint shareholder transaction and cash capital increase.

ITRI reaches 85% yields for flexible electronics production

Oct 16, 11:58

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has reached over 85% yields for flexible electronics production including comprehensive solutions ranging from touch modules and screens as well as electrode films.

Wah Hong expects 10% on-quarter revenue increase in 3Q15

Oct 14, 16:06

Optical film maker Wah Hong has reported a 10.25% increase in revenues for the third quarter of 2015 driven largely due to orders from Japan.

Korea makers decrease PET film production amid declines in demand, says report

Oct 13, 15:04

Korea makers are decreasing production of PET film as demand in the market is slowing down coupled with an increase in production efforts from Taiwan and China makers.

Coretronic ships 6.31 million BLUs in September

Oct 12, 14:29

Coretronic has revealed it shipped 6.31 million backlight units (BLUs) in September (up 8% sequentially), 17.91 million units in the third quarter (down 9% sequentially), and 55.97 million units in January-September (down 19% on year).

GLT reports record-high revenues for 3Q15

Oct 8, 13:27

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) has set new record highs for its revenues during September 2015 and the third quarter of the year largely due to customer orders from the US.

Radiant Opto-Electronics reports revenues for September 2015

Stockwatch - Oct 5, 22:18

Radiant Opto-Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.871 billion (US$211.4 billion) for September 2015, representing a 33.48% increase on month and 45.13% increase on year.

Sharp establishes sales company for electronic components in Shenzhen, China

Oct 5, 22:15

Sharp-Roxy, an affiliated company of Sharp Corporation, has founded a sales subsidiary for electronic components in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. Established in July 2015, the company named Sharp Device (SDSZ) started operations under a new corporate structure effective as of October 1.

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