China still in low panel materials self-sufficiency, says consulting firm
Dec 16, 11:57
China's TFT-LCD panel industry will have an estimated demand for 73 million square meters of glass substrates, 68 million square meters of polarizers and 116 tons of liquid crystal in 2014, but China-based makers together can supply only 20.4%, 23.2% and 19.2% respectively of the demand, according...
Some China TV vendors adopt open bid to procure optical film
Dec 16, 11:34
China-based LCD TV vendors, including TCL, TPV Technology, Hisense and Haier, have adopted open-bid competition in place of price negotiations with target suppliers to procure optical film to be shipped in 2015, with suppliers from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan interested in competing, according...
Wah Hong Industrial to expand capacity in 2015
Dec 15, 10:11
Optical film maker Wah Hong Industrial will add ultra-size cutters to make optical film for use in up to 90-inch LCD TVs and two optical film coating lines in 2015, with its total capital expenditure budget to increase from NT$300 million (US$9.68 million) in 2014 to NT$500-600 million, according to...
Global demand for e-paper on the decline
Dec 12, 11:15
Global demand for e-paper from e-book reader vendors is decreasing mainly due to competition from tablets and as a result, several vendors including Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic have withdrawn from the e-book reader market, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain.
G-Tech to expand 3D-forming glass capacity
Dec 12, 10:54
G-Tech Optoelectronics (GTOC), a Taiwan-based provider of physical/chemical processing of glass substrates, will begin production of 3D-forming glass for use in automobiles and smartphone screens in the first quarter of 2015, with the monthly capacity to increase from 200,000 sheets initially to 600,000...
G-Tech steps into green architectural glass
Dec 12, 10:43
G-Tech Optoelectronics (GTOC), a Taiwan-based glass physical/chemical processors, has stepped into processing glass to become green architectural glass, including cutting, edge grinding, hole drilling, reinforcing, lamination and coating, according to the company.
Coretronic ships 7.683 million BLUs in November
Dec 10, 11:59
Coretronic has disclosed it shipped 7.683 million backlight units (BLUs) in November, decreasing 6% sequentially, while its BLU shipments during January-November totaled 85.395 million, increasing 22% on year.
GLT expected to bring in record 2014 revenues
Dec 8, 14:59
Light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) is expected to generate consolidated revenues of NT$6 billion (US$194 million) for 2014, the highest-ever annual level for the company, according to industry sources.
BEF maker Optivtech Technology to list on OTC
Dec 3, 22:09
BEF (brightness enhancement film) maker Optivtech Technology will be listed on the Taiwan over-the-counter (OTC) stock market at an initial price of NT$39 (US$1.26) per share on December 4, according to the company.
COF tape supply likely to fall short
Nov 28, 14:51
As the number of suppliers decreases, global supply of chip-on-film (COF) tapes has shrunk significantly, according to industry sources. Supply may fall short in 2015, as demand for LCD driver ICs for use in Ultra HD TVs will rise robustly, said the sources.
Commentary: Xiaomi facing challenge to sustain growth
Nov 21, 12:41
China-based Xiaomi Technology, a smartphone startup of a little over four years, has risen as a technology company with a full range of product lines that has expanded vertically to include tablets, smart TVs, smart routers, smart wearable devices and even parts and components.
Corning announces glass advancements with Gorilla Glass 4
Nov 20, 21:57
Corning has announced its Gorilla Glass 4, which provides at least two times improved damage resistance over competitive aluminosilicate glass, as measured by retained strength after damage, resulting in improved mechanical durability of the glass to in-field damage events, such as drops, according...
Supply chains gearing up for expected flexible display demand in 2015
Nov 19, 15:12
Following developments by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics to produce devices with flexible displays, panel makers from China, Taiwan and Japan, and related component supply chains are reportedly bumping up efforts to meet expected flexible display demand in the high-end smartphone market in...
Samsung Display asking supply chains to cut pricing by 30%
Nov 17, 14:50
Samsung Display is asking supply chains including backlighting makers to reduce pricing for components by as much as 30% during the fourth quarter of 2014 as the company aims to drop overall pricing for small- to medium-size applications.
Coretronic ships 8.22 million BLUs in October
Nov 11, 11:13
Coretronic has disclosed it shipped 8.22 million backlight units (BLUs) in October, slipping 9% sequentially, with the January-October volume reaching 77.71 million units, growing 25% on year.
China makers continuing to push high-specification, low-priced solutions
Nov 7, 14:25
China suppliers and ODMs are continuing to develop low-priced solutions while further creating integrated supply chains in anticipation that high-end smartphones with higher pricing will see limited shipments in the future unless they come equipped with cheaper components that will help reduce price...
Walton to buy HannStar LCM facility for NT$1 billion
Nov 3, 11:15
Memory-IC packaging and testing house Walton Advanced Engineering will take over an LCD module (LCM) factory, including cleanrooms and installed equipment, from HannStar Display for NT$1.05 billion (US$34.5 million). The move is part of Walton's plans to expand its production capacity in Taiwan, according...
Corning announces 3Q14 financial performance
Oct 29, 20:55
Corning has announced that its core sales in the third quarter of 2014 reached US$2.6 billion, a 26% increase on year while net sales were $2.5 billion, a 23% increase on year.
Display driver IC market to reach US$7.3 billion in 2018, says DisplaySearch
Oct 13, 15:12
According to DisplaySearch, the display driver IC market is expected to reach US$7.3 billion in 2018, up from US$6.4 billion in 2012. This growth stems from driver ICs with higher resolutions and higher average selling prices, as well as integrated functions. Continual increases in LCD panel shipments...
BLU makers Forhouse, BriView complete merger
Oct 2, 18:45
BLU makers Forhouse and BriView, two associate companies under the AU Optronics (AUO) Group, officially completed their merger on October 1, with Forhouse as the surviving company. The new Forhouse is expected to generate revenues of NT$50 billion (US$1.64 billion) a year.
Tongli to establish new protective film production facilities in Taiwan
Sep 3, 22:11
Following China-based protective film maker Tongli Optoelectronic Technology's move to set up research and development facilities in Taiwan in order to further harness business opportunities from Taiwan's upstream supply chain players, the company is now expanding facilities in China and will also...
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...