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Voices from India: How can Taiwan best tap the booming India handset market

Aug 27, 12:27

There will be an estimated 250 million handsets sold in the India market in 2014, 35% of which will be smartphones, an increase from the 23% in 2013. However, with a population of 1.2 billion and an underdeveloped infrastructure in India has resulted in a complicated system for marketing handsets and...

Touch Taiwan: Innolux to feature new technologies

Aug 25, 21:42

Innolux will showcase high-end mobile device display technology on August 27-29 at Touch Taiwan 2014, including new optimized touch screen panel solutions.

Jeng Shiang sees profit margin drop nearly 13% on year in 2Q14

Aug 21, 20:59

Small- to medium-size light guide plate maker Jeng Shiang Precision has reported an on-year profit margin decrease from 30% in the second quarter of 2013 to 17.12% in the second quarter of 2014.

Chi Mei Materials reports increased profit margin in 2Q14

Aug 20, 15:28

Chi Mei Materials has reported its consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2014 reached NT$4.11 billion (US$137.1 million), up 5.95% on quarter but down 17.29% on year.

Digitimes Research: Top-6 Taiwan LCD driver IC companies post revenue gains in 2Q14

Aug 20, 10:55

Revenues for the six main LCD driver IC companies in Taiwan reached NT$28.18 billion (US$940.04 million) in the second quarter of 2014, up 13.1% on quarter and 4.1% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Coretronic ships 8.23 million BLUs in July

Aug 11, 11:38

Coretronic shipped 8.23 million backlight units (BLUs) in July, growing 6% on month, and 51.42 million units in January-July, increasing 23% on year, according to the company.

Foxlink to expand into digital content market, says chairman

Aug 8, 16:03

Foxlink is looking to expand into the software service market and in addition to establishing data centers to create services with added value, the company will also invest in the development of digital content, according to Foxlink chairman Guo Tai-qiang.

Coretronic expects increased BLU shipments in 2H14 following growth in 2Q14

Aug 4, 10:31

Coretronic has announced that its notebook backlight unit (BLU) shipments grew 30% in the second quarter of 2014 to 22.14 million BLUs, up 5% on quarter.

Radiant Opto-Electronics nets NT$3.07 per share for 1H14

Aug 1, 11:31

Backlight unit (BLU) maker Radiant Opto-Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$23.308 billion (US$778 million), gross margin of 13.38%, net profit of NT$1.427 billion and net EPS of NT$3.07 for first-half 2014.

LG Innotek signs cooperation to focus on Li-Fi business, says report

Jul 29, 14:43

LG Innotek and Korea-based TV power module and LED maker Yuyang D&U have recently signed a MOU to cooperate on visible light communications (VLC) and Li-Fi business, which uses fluorescent lamps or LEDs to transmit data, according to a Korean ET News report.

More IC vendors to engage in merger or acquisition deals

Jul 25, 14:39

Following the recent announcement of the planned merger between FocalTech Systems and Orise Technology, more Taiwan-based touchscreen controller and LCD driver IC vendors are likely to be involved in merger or acquisition deals, according to industry sources.

TPK 2Q14 growth driven by increase in 11- to 16-inch products

Jul 25, 10:40

Touch panel maker TPK has reported that its EPS during the first half of 2014 reached NT$1.37 (US$0.04) and net income came to NT$320 million.

Han's Laser and Goodfeel to attend Touch Taiwan 2014

Jul 24, 14:34

China's largest laser equipment maker Han's Laser and sapphire processing player Goodfeel Technology will attend Touch Taiwan 2014, August 27-29 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

Bay Zu Precision to showcase roll-to-roll vacuum sputtering systems at Touch Taiwan 2014

Jul 23, 10:52

Bay Zu Precision will showcase in-house-developed roll-to-roll multi-film vacuum sputtering systems at Touch Taiwan 2014.

Chi Mei Materials starts construction of polarizer factory in China

Jul 23, 10:50

Polarizer maker Chi Mei Materials Technology on July 22 started first-phase establishment of two production lines with annual capacity of 12 million square meters worth CNY2 billion (US$323 million) at a factory in Kunshan, eastern China, with initial investment of US$298 million, according to the...

China glass substrate production still weak

Jul 18, 10:29

While China-based panel makers have been expanding production capacities to increase global market share, China-based glass substrate makers, mainly the Tunghsu Group, Irico Display Device and China National Building Materials, are still far less competitive with Corning, Asahi Glass and Nippon Electric...

E Ink 2H14 operation may turn profitable

Jul 18, 10:04

E Ink Holdings is likely to see its business for the second half of 2014 swing to profitability mainly due to growing orders for electronic tags from the US and Europe, and increased application for e-paper in smartphones and smartwatches, according to industry sources.

CNTouch receives nanotube touch panel orders from major smartphone vendors in China

Jul 16, 22:07

CNTouch, a subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), has received nanotube-based touch panel orders for entry-level and mid-range smartphones from China-based major vendors. In addition to production lines in Tianjin, China, the company has established new production lines in...

China, Taiwan touch panel makers worried about OCA shortages

Jul 16, 10:37

As shipments of new smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks are expected to boom in the second half of 2014, Japan-based Mitsubishi Chemical's OCA (optical clear adhesive) production capacity may not be sufficient to meet increased demand, according to industry sources.

Coretronic finishes capital reduction

Jul 15, 10:30

Taiwan-based backlight unit (BLU) maker Coretronic has announced it has completed its capital reduction with its paid-in capital declining from NT$7.24 billion (US$241.57 million) to NT$5.43 billion and net asset value (NAS) per share rising from NT$30.92 to NT$37.89.

US Court rejects AUO appeal

Jul 11, 18:31

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected the appeal of LCD maker AUO, while affirming the convictions of all defendants and the sentence of the only defendant to challenge the sentence. The jury had originally found the defendants guilty of conspiracy to fix prices in violation...

Two polarizer makers post mixed results for June

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 14:39

Taiwan-based polarizer maker BenQ Materials saw June consolidated revenues of NT$1.460 billion (US$48.6 million) increase on month by 2.81%, while fellow maker Chi Mei Materials Technology had those of NT$1.311 billion decreasing by 6.53%, according to the companies.

Young Optics reports over 6% on-year increase in June revenues

Jul 10, 15:00

Taiwan-based optics maker Young Optics has reported that its June 2014 consolidated revenues reached NT$477 million (US$15.95 million), down 13.34% on month but up 6.24% on year.

Coretronic ships 7.69 million BLUs in June

Jul 10, 10:22

Coretronic has revealed it shipped 7.69 million BLUs (backlight units) in June (3% sequential growth), 22.1 million units in the second quarter (5% sequential growth), and 43.15 million units in January-June (20% on-year growth).

Wah Hong reports increased June revenues

Jul 8, 16:00

Optical film maker Wah Hong has reported that its revenues in June 2014 reached over NT$1.05 billion (US$35.09 million), down 2.71% on month but up 12.53% on year.

Radiant reports 42% increase in June revenues; expects nearly 50% increase in 3Q14

Jul 8, 14:33

BLU (backlight unit) maker Radiant Opto-Electronics has reported that its June 2014 revenues reached NT$4.19 billion (US$139.97 million), up nearly 42% on month.

BenQ Materials to expand capacity for medical care products

Jul 4, 14:01

Taiwan-based polarizer maker BenQ Materials will expand the production capacity for medical care products at its factory in Suzhou, eastern China, and establish a factory in central Taiwan to make medical care products.

New GLT facilities expected to enter production in 1H15

Jul 1, 20:25

Light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) announced it will hold a kick off ceremony for a new production plant located in western Taiwan that is expected to go into production in the first half of 2015.

Blue glass filter supply currently tight

Jun 26, 20:53

Blue glass filter supply is currently tight as more smartphones and wearable devices are using the technology, according to industry sources.

New materials and better processes spur touch sensor market growth, says DisplaySearch

Jun 25, 14:08

Both glass-based and film-based sensors are evolving to improve performance, while at the same time becoming thinner and lighter, and increasing optical quality. According to DisplaySearch, the total touch sensor area yield of projective capacitive, in-cell, on-cell, and resistive sensors, will reach...

Wah Hong expects improved performances in second, third quarters of 2014

Jun 23, 22:01

Optical film maker Wah Hong expects to see roughly 10% growth on quarter in the second quarter of 2014 and expects continued growth moving into the following quarter due to expected increase in demand within the panel industry, according to industry sources.

GLT expects steady light guide plate demand for TV applications during 3Q14

Jun 23, 14:39

Light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) is reportedly increasing production capacity in anticipation of shipment growth for products used in LED TV, IT and keyboard applications during the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources.

New Corning glass looks to reduce bacteria growth on touchscreens

Jun 20, 11:55

The proliferation of touch-enabled devices has been accompanied by a growing awareness of bacteria growth on such devices among consumers and IT industry players.

Joydeep Lahiri, division vice president and program director, Specialty Surfaces at Corning

Optically clear adhesives for use in smartphone touch panels to be in short supply throughout 3Q14

Jun 18, 15:30

Fully laminated optical clear adhesives (OCAs) for use in smartphone touch panels are expected to be in short supply throughout the third quarter of 2014, according to supply chain sources.

Coretronic to cut capital by 25%

Stockwatch - Jun 18, 11:38

Taiwan-based backlight unit (BLU) and DLP projector maker Coretronic will downsize its paid-in capital by 25% from NT$7.240 billion (US$241 million) to NT$5.430 billion, according to a decision by its 2014 shareholders meeting on June 17.

Coretronic to purchase factory in eastern China

Jun 16, 10:54

Backlight unit (BLU) and DLP projector maker Coretronic will acquire a LCM (liquid crystal module) factory in Wujiang, eastern China, from LED BLU and LCM maker Taiwan Thick-Film at US$2.967 million, according to Coretronic.

J Touch, Young Fast revenues down in May

Jun 11, 14:56

J Touch has reported approximately NT$1.03 billion (US$34.34 million) in revenues for May 2014, up 26.8% on month but down 14.1% on year.

Young Optics sees increased performance in May

Jun 11, 14:31

Taiwan-based optics maker Young Optics has reported its May 2014 operating income reached NT$421 million (US$14.03 million), up 16.79% on month but down 9.74% on year.

Coretronic ships 7.5 million BLUs in May

Jun 10, 20:57

Coretronic shipped 7.5 million backlight units (BLUs) in May, increasing 8.5% on month, and 35.46 million units in January-May, up 18% on year, according to the company.

Competition heats up in touch panel segment

Jun 10, 14:28

Competition is heating up in the touch panel segment due to an increase in solutions geared toward landing orders in the entry-level and mid-range handset segments, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: GG touch panels yet to be eliminated from market thanks to iPhone 4/4s and iPad 4

Jun 10, 11:34

The traditional glass-glass (GG) touchscreen technology was once thought to be heading towards elimination from the IT industry as Apple, a major supporter of the technology, turned to other touchscreen technology for its new mobile devices. Compared to film-type touch panels, GG-based touch panels...

Cover glass makers turn to sapphire to raise growth prospects, says DisplaySearch

Jun 9, 13:45

After several years of growth, the cover glass market is expected to slow. However, improvements in applications and materials used in cover glass manufacturing could help to stimulate the market again. According to DisplaySearch, the surface area of the cover glass market surged 37% from 2012 to 2013,...

Radiant Opto-Electronics sees 18.7% sequential drop in May BLU shipments

Jun 9, 10:21

Taiwan-based BLU (backlight unit) maker Radiant Opto-Electronics shipped 6.228 million units in May, decreasing on month by 18.7%, according to the company.

Smartphone component makers conservative about June and July 2014

Jun 4, 20:08

Smartphone component makers have conservative shipment outlooks for June and July 2014 due to high inventories in the end market, according to industry sources.

The challenges: Digitimes Research director Joanne Chien on the changing Taiwan role in the global supply chain

Jun 3, 13:31

Historically, Computex has played a key role in the global IT ecosystem, complementing other tradeshows that appear in different markets at different times of the year and highlighting the role of Taiwan as the hub of the global it supply chain. However, the IT market is in a state of transition and...

Joanne Chien, Digitimes Research director

Computex gets smart

Jun 3, 13:26

Asia's biggest ICT procurement exhibition and the world's second largest show is set to kick off today and run for the next five days, and Computex Taipei 2014 is expected to highlight a wide variety of IT products and solutions, from the latest mobile devices and computer peripherals, to the newest...

Tapping the power of mobile devices through connectivity: Silicon Image on HDMI, MHL and Wireless HD

Jun 3, 12:34

Silicon Image is a semiconductor IP company whose expertise is connecting boxes to displays. The company develops semiconductor IP based on industry standards it has helped develop. For example, it is one of the inventors of HDMI, DVI technology (in association with the Digital Display Working Group)...

David Kuo, senior director of marketing, mobile devices at Silicon Image

Polarizer demand in China rises; local makers to provide 6.7% of total shipments in 2014

May 26, 15:41

As the self-sufficiency rate for polarizers in China is expected to reach only 6.7% in 2014 amid increasing production capacity and demand from China's panel segment, Taiwan- and Korea-based polarizer makers expect to see orders increase.

LED backlighting component makers see increased orders from Samsung

May 20, 15:12

LED backlighting component makers are seeing increased orders from Samsung Electronics as the company prepares for a surge in shipments throughout May and June.

China makers expanding LCD materials production

May 16, 11:59

China makers are continuing to expand their production of LCD materials and upstream components amid expected increases in order growth from 2014-2016, according to industry sources.

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