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Global production values for LED-backlit tablets, TVs to fall in 2014, says LEDinside

Dec 17, 12:26

The global production value for LED-acklit tablets in 2014 is estimated at US$476 million, slipping on year by 21.7%, and that for LED-backlit LCD TVs is at US$2.39 billion, decreasing by 14.3%, according to LEDinside.

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...

Chi Mei Materials may delay start of production at China polarizer factory

Dec 12, 11:42

Taiwan-based Chi Mei Materials' polarizer production base in Kunshan, eastern China, is likely to delay mass production from the originally scheduled first-quarter 2016 to mid-2016 due to a delay in obtaining government approval for the investment project, according to the company.

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mainly due to competition from tablets and as a result, several vendors including Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic have withdrawn from the e-book reader market, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain.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.

Radiant Opto-Electronics ships over 11 million LED BLUs in November

Dec 10, 21:33

Radiant Opto-Electronics shipped 11.355 million LED backlight units (BLUs) in November, dropping on month by 6.9%, 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.

Polarizer makers report mixed performances; polarizer demand to grow 7% through 2018

Dec 4, 15:23

Polarizer maker BenQ Materials on December 3 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.388 billion (US$45.1 million) for November, decreasing 4.81% on month but increasing 0.95% on year, and NT$15.157 billion for January-November, dipping 8.55% on year.

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.

COF tape supply likely to fall short of demand in 2015

ITO film demand expected to grow 25.6% in 2014

Nov 24, 21:58

ITO film demand is expected to grow 25.6% on year in 2014, showing a slowdown over the on-year increase of 40% in 2013.

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...

China vendors prepping for new wearable devices in 2015

Nov 19, 21:33

Supply chains are continuing to see strong demand for wearables as China vendors prepare to release new devices in 2015.

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...

Chi Mei expects investments in China to help prevent negative influence from China-Korea FTA

Nov 17, 16:00

Chi Mei Materials believes it should be able fight off any possible negative outcomes from a recent free trade agreement (FTA) signed by China and South Korea due to facility investments it has made in China.

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.

Himax provides touch-panel controllers for Lumia 535, says report

Newswatch - Nov 13, 14:19

Taiwan-based Himax Technologies has secured touch-panel controller orders for the first Microsoft-branded smartphone, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) cited industry sources as saying in a November 12 report.

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.

Supply chain utilizations drop as China 4G development lags

Nov 10, 15:04

Following the release of the iPhone 6 coupled with less-than-expected 4G developments in China, handset vendors in China anticipate limited 4G handset shipments throughout the end of 2014 into the second quarter of 2015.

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...

Kuangli expanding production capacity; 4Q14 revenues to rebound

Nov 7, 11:50

Kuangli Photoelectric Technology expects to see NT$300 million (US$9.8 million) in revenues during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the company.

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...

Coretronic expects 4Q14 BLU shipments to drop slightly

Oct 30, 11:42

Coretronic expects its fourth-quarter 2014 BLU (backlight unit) shipments to slip slightly on quarter mainly due to decreased shipments to the TV and tablet segments, according to the company.

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.

Corning vehicle display glass gains further attention in the market

Oct 20, 21:01

Corning is being recognized by BMW for its development of thin, optically clear Corning Gorilla Glass used in automotive products, including use in the BMW i8 as an acoustic glass partition to shield sound from the rear engine.

Commentary: China ODM services increasing as local vendors aim to cut costs and expand handset lineups

Oct 20, 16:21

Low-priced, high-specification handsets are continuing to be focus for handset vendors in China, with Xiaomi, Coolpad and Huawei Device expected to push segment in 2015 in order to combat competition from international vendors.

Digitimes Research: GTAT woes disrupt sapphire industry

Oct 16, 11:14

GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) move to seek bankruptcy protection on October 6 came as a surprise to the IT industry especially because the maker was a major supplier of Apple for sapphire screens.

Digitimes Research: Silicon Works expected to expand non-LCD driver IC revenues thanks to LG

Oct 14, 15:33

Although Silicon Works' revenues from the LCD driver IC (LDI) business dropped 8.1% on year and reached KRW128.7 billion (US$120 million) in the first half of 2014 because of two consecutive quarters of decline in iPad shipments, the company is expected to be able to expand its revenues from non-LDI...

Wah Hong expects increased orders from customers in emerging markets in 4Q14

Oct 13, 22:17

Optical film maker Wah Hong expects to see increased orders from customers aimed at developing in Turkey and Southeast Asia during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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...

Coretronic ships 9.07 million BLUs, 112,000 projectors in September

Oct 13, 10:22

Coretronic shipped 9.07 million backlight units (BLUs) and 112,000 DLP projectors in September, each slightly increasing 1% on month, according to the company.

Wah Hong reports increased revenues in September

Oct 7, 22:16

Optical film maker Wah Hong has reported its September 2014 revenues reached NT$1.06 billion (US$34.82 million), down 4.49% on month but up 5.57% on year.

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.

Supply chains see orders from Motorola Mobility until 4Q14

Sep 18, 15:12

Supply chains expect to see orders from Motorola Mobility for low-priced handset components until the end of 2014 due to sales demand in Mexico, Brazil and India.

Orders increasing for fingerprint recognition used on smartphones, smartwatches

Sep 16, 14:26

Supply chains are seeing increased orders for fingerprint recognition used on smartphones and smartwatches in addition to Invisible Fingerprint Sensor (IFS) solutions.

Supply chains optimistic about wearable orders in 2014

Sep 15, 15:39

Supply chains are continuing to see orders for wearables and are optimistic demand will remain strong throughout 2014.

Glass wafers and interposers: What new Corning semiconductor technology means for the market

Sep 11, 15:06

As a leader in glass technology development, Corning has been looking to expand the way glass is used in the market through creating new semiconductor glass-based wafer products. Recently at Semicon 2014, Corning showcased its latest applications for 2014 and talked about the advantages of the technology...

Digitimes Research: O-Film sees weaker-than-expected gross margins because of reliance on outside module purchasing

Sep 11, 14:39

With demand over smartphone specifications continuing to rise and most smartphone vendors have been demanding touch panel makers supply semi-completed panels with LCD and touchscreen modules already fully laminated, large China-based touch panel makers have all been aggressively increasing their full-laminated...

Coretronic ships over 9 million BLUs in August

Sep 10, 10:56

Coretronic shipped 9.007 million backlight units (BLUs) in August, increasing on month by 10%, according to the company.

GLT sees order visibility until October driven by demand from TV vendors and Apple

Sep 9, 15:37

Light guide plate maker Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) currently has order visibility until October 2014, driven largely from TV demand for China's October National Holiday's and from vendors who are preparing for the Black Friday holiday period in the US. The company is also providing Apple with...

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...

Supply chains ramp up production for 9.7-inch iPad

Sep 2, 21:45

Supply chains are ramping up production for components used in Apple's soon-to-be-released 9.7-inch iPad.

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.

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