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Panel shortages to remain until the end of 2016, say Innolux and AUO chairmen

Aug 25, 15:26

TFT-LCD panels of varying sizes for use in smartphones, notebooks, monitors and TVs are in significant short supply and the shortage is expected to remain until the end of 2016 at least, chairman and CEO Wang Jyh-chau for Innolux and chairman and CEO Paul Peng of AU Optronics (AUO) both commented at...

Innolux, AUO chairmen urge government to financially support panel makers

Aug 25, 11:40

Innolux chairman Wang Jyh-chau and AU Optronics (AUO) chairman Paul Peng, on the occasion of Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Touch Taiwan 2016 on August 24, called for government help for local LCD panel makers to raise funds needed to maintain international competitiveness.

President Tsai and AUO chiarman Paul Peng

Innolux to showcase various notebook-use panels at Touch Taiwan 2016

Aug 23, 15:01

Innolux will exhibit a number of notebook-use panels at Touch Taiwan 2016 to take place in Taipei during August 24-26, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Foxconn investment in Sharp may hike IGZO penetration

Aug 22, 14:12

While production for LCD panels on IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) TFT back planes is still relatively small, they offer advantages in making large-size applications with high resolutions and low power consumption. IGZO TFT back planes can also be used to produce OLED panels. As Sharp is a leader...

The strengths of Gorilla Glass 5: Q&A with Corning executive James Hollis

Aug 19, 14:16

Corning in late July released its latest cover glass, Gorilla Glass 5, to provide better protection for mobile devices against breakage from everyday drops. in early August, Samsung Electronics unveiled Galaxy Note 7, the vendor's new flagship smartphone featuring Gorilla Glass 5 as its cover glass.

James Hollis

E Ink Holdings turns profitable in 2Q16

Aug 19, 14:01

E Ink Holdings (EIH) has reported second-quarter 2016 operating profit of NT$171 million (US$5.3 million) compared to an operating loss of NT$495 million for the first quarter.

Taiwan science park total revenues top NT$1 trillion in 1H16, says MOST

Aug 17, 20:16

Government-developed and run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.078 trillion (US$33.53 billion) during January-June 2016, dropping 4.89% on year, according to statistics released by the Ministry...

Taiwan government to boost development of flexible OLED industry

Aug 17, 11:49

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has announced that it will promote development of a flexible AMOLED and PMOLED supply chain in Taiwan, aiming to build a production cluster of materials, equipment and modules for such flexible panels.

Innolux to showcase smartphone-, tablet-use touch panels at Touch Taiwan 2016

Aug 16, 16:14

Innolux has extended development of touch panels from TOD (touch on display, On-Cell) to TID (touch in display, In-Cell) and will exhibit 5-, 5.2-, 5.5- and 5.7-inch TID smartphone-use touch panels as well as 8- to 12-inch tablet-use models at Touch Taiwan 2016 to take place in Taipei City during August...

New Sharp president to speak to employees about future strategy

Aug 16, 11:29

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) vice president Dai Cheng-wu has become the new president of Japan-based Sharp and Dai is planning to host internal meetings on August 21-22 and will make a speech on August 22 to Sharp workers about the company's future strategies.

E Ink reports 2Q16 operating profit

Stockwatch - Aug 16, 11:25

EPD (electrophoretic display) e-paper maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) has released its second-quarter 2016 financial report, swinging from operating loss of NT$495 million (US$15.2 million) for the first quarter to operating profit of NT$171 million.

TSMC to make chips for iPad coming out in 2017, says report

Newswatch - Aug 16, 11:11

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will supply chips for the 2017 series of iPad that will come in three models, a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) quoted a KGI Securities analyst as saying.

CPT turns profitable in 2Q16 after 7-quarter losses

Stockwatch - Aug 15, 16:12

TFT-LCD panel maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) posted net EPS of NT$0.04 for the second quarter of 2016, swing to profitability after consecutive net losses since the third quarter of 2014, according to the company.

GIS sees loss in 2Q16

Aug 12, 10:38

Touch panel maker General Interface Solution (GIS) has released its second-quarter 2016 financial report, posting consolidated revenues of NT$10.283 billion (US$321 million), gross margin of 4.29%, operating loss of NT$380 million, net loss of NT$62 million and net loss per share of NT$0.19.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers to ship 61.57 million large-size panels in 3Q16

Aug 11, 22:10

Taiwan-based panel makers will together ship 61.57 million large-size (9-inch and above) panels during the third quarter of 2016, growing 5.5% on quarter and 5% on year, and accounting for 35.1% of the global total, according to Digitimes Research.

HannStar sees 22% growth in July small- to mid-size panel shipments

Stockwatch - Aug 10, 11:22

TFT-LCD panel maker HannStar Display has disclosed it shipped 27.222 million small- to medium-size panels in July, growing 22.3% on month.

AUO inaugurates 6G LTPS TFT-LCD factory in China

Aug 10, 11:16

AU Optronics (AUO) on August 9 unveiled its 6G LTPS TFT-LCD factory in Kunshan City, eastern China, with volume production to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the company.

A 1,500x1,850mm glass substrate used at AUO 6G LTPS TFT-LCD factory in Kunshan

TSMC grabs chip orders for new Apple Watch, says report

Newswatch - Aug 9, 21:10

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will replace Samsung as the sole supplier of chips for the new Apple Watch starting the second half of 2016, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Innolux revenues drop 23% on year in July

Aug 9, 15:19

LCD panel maker Innolux has announced July 2016 consolidated revenues reached NT$ 22.8 billion (US$725.54 million), representing a decrease of 2.3% on month and 23% on year.

AUO sees slight decline in July revenues

Aug 9, 14:46

LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) has announced consolidated revenues for July reached NT$26.84 billion (US$852.39 million), down 2.3% on month and 2.0% on year.

CPT ships over 35 million small- to mid-size panels in July

Aug 9, 12:19

TFT-LCD panel maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) has disclosed it shipped 35.39 million small- to medium-size panels in July, increasing 9.1% on month and 17.8% on year, while shipments of large-size applications totaled 67,000 units, growing 45.8% sequentially but dipping 32.1% on year.

Samsung seeking TV panels from Innolux, AUO for 2017, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 8, 14:49

Visual Display Business president Kim Hyun Seok for Samsung Electronics recently talked with chairman Wang Jyh-chau for panel maker Innolux and chairman Paul Peng for AU Optronics (AUO) to seek sufficient TV panel-supplies to meet its needs in 2017, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily...

Medium-size TV panels in short supply, says AVC

Aug 8, 12:14

Global supply for 39.5- to 43-inch LCD TV panels will reach 17 million units in third-quarter 2016, 15% short of global demand for 20 million units, according to All View Cloud (AVC).

AUO to combine wholly-owned subsidiary Taiwan CFI

Aug 8, 11:05

AU Optronics (AUO) will merge with Taiwan CFI, a color filter subsidiary, on October 1, 2016, according to AUO.

TPK Holding reports loss for 2Q16

Aug 5, 10:56

Touch panel maker TPK Holding has reported consolidated revenues of NT$17.085 billion (US$534 million), gross margin of -9.29%, operating loss of NT$2.743 billion, net loss of NT$2.499 billion and net loss per share of NT$7.28 for the second quarter of 2016.

Oppo smartphone shipments marred by tight AMOLED supply

Aug 4, 12:06

Shipments of smartphones by China-based Oppo may fall short of its revised goal of shipping 90-100 million units in 2016 due to insufficient supply of AMOLED panels from Samsung Display, according to industry sources.

UHD TV panel shipments total 24.8 million in 1H16, says Sigmaintell

Aug 3, 10:51

Thanks to demand stimulated by the upcoming Rio Olympics, Ultra HD TV panel shipments reached 24.8 million units globally in first-half 2016, hiking 70% on year, according to Sigmaintell Consulting.

Giantplus 2Q16 gross margin hits 38-quarter high

Aug 2, 11:09

Small- to medium-size panel and module maker Giantplus Technology has released its second-quarter 2016 financial report, with gross margin reaching 15.6%, the highest quarterly level since first-quarter 2007.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers ship 58.38 million large-size panels in 2Q16

Aug 1, 21:59

Taiwan-based TFT-LCD panel makers shipped 58.38 million large-size (9-inch and above) panels in the second quarter of 2016, growing 18.1% on quarter and 0.8% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Panels are in short supply, says Innolux chairman

Aug 1, 12:05

TV and IT-use TFT-LCD panels are currently in short supply, Innolux chairman Wang Jyh-chau said at a July 29 investors conference.

Innolux turns to focus on shipping whole-set products to increase profits

Jul 29, 15:55

With demand for panels returning stable in the third quarter of 2016, Innolux's utilization rate is currently full. The company will focus on selling whole-set products instead of just panels to increase its gross margins as panel prices have been dropping sharply.

TPK Holding suffers net loss per share of NT$7.28 for 2Q16

Jul 29, 13:47

Touch panel maker TPK Holding suffered a net loss per share of NT$7.28 (US$0.228) for the second quarter of 2016, the company disclosed at a July 28 investors conference.

Samsung 2Q16 operating profits rise 18% on brisk smartphone sales

Jul 28, 15:11

Samsung Electronics has announced operating profits of KRW8.14 trillion (US$7.24 billion) for the second quarter of 2016, up 21.9% on quarter and 18% from a year earlier, while revenues increased 2.3% sequentially and 4.9% on year to KRW50.94 trillion.

AUO to start 6G LTPS production in eastern China in 4Q16

Jul 28, 10:01

TFT-LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) will begin production at its 6G LTPS panel plant in Kunshan, eastern China, in fourth-quarter 2016, said company president and COO Michael Tsai at a July 27 investors conference.

Digitimes Research: Launch of Android-based Pepper to ramp up market size

Jul 27, 15:15

SoftBank's launch of Android-based Pepper service robots will encourage Android software developers to develop applications for Pepper, which in return will help ramp up Pepper's market size and its ecosystem, according to a Digitimes Research report on the latest market trends in Japan's digital home...

AUO reports operating profit for 2Q16

Jul 27, 14:46

AU Optronics (AUO) returned to profitability at the operating profit level in the second quarter of 2016, with consolidated revenues rising 12.6% sequentially to reach NT$80.09 billion (US$2.49 billion) on strong demand for TV panels and steadily rising prices.

OLED to become leading smartphone display technology in 2020, IHS says

Jul 27, 11:04

Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is set to become the leading smartphone display technology in 2020, according to IHS Markit.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan ships over 269 million small- to medium-size panels in 2Q16

Jul 26, 20:35

Taiwan-based makers shipped 269.249 million small- to medium-size TFT-LCD panels during the second quarter of 2016, slipping 0.5% on quarter and 6.3% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Panel cutting service provider Nanoplus to debut on Taiwan emerging stock market, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 25, 20:29

Nanoplus Tech, a Taiwan-invested nano particle/thermal materials and laser cutting technology developing company in Kunshan, China, will debut on Taiwan's emerging stock market in August, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Micron to acquire Cando plant

Jul 21, 22:11

Micron Technology plans to buy touch panel maker Cando's plant in central Taiwan, which will be operated by Powertech Technology (PTI) to provide the US memory vendor packaging and testing services, according to industry sources.

PMOLED more competitive than AMOLED for small-size panels, says RiTdisplay chairman

Jul 21, 12:36

PMOLED (passive-matrix OLED) is more competitive than AMOLED (active-matrix OLED) for small-size, especially below 2-inch, panels mainly because of much lower production costs and easier customized production, according to chairman Wang Ding-chang for PMOLED panel maker RiTdisplay.

1H16 global large-size TFT-LCD panel shipments down in volume, up in area on year, says IHS

Jul 21, 12:24

There were 320 million large-size (above 9-inch) TFT-LCD panels shipped globally in the first half of 2016, decreasing 6% on year, but the corresponding total area of 78.4 million square meters increased 2% due to increased average screen sizes for LCD TVs and notebooks, according to IHS.

Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5

Jul 21, 12:06

Corning has unveiled its latest Gorilla Glass 5 to provide mobile devices with a new cover glass designed to give better protection against breakage from everyday drops.

Tight LCD panel supply for smartphones in July, says Sigmaintell

Jul 20, 12:43

Due to peak demand in the third quarter and already decreased production capacity, there has been short global supply of smartphone-use a-Si TFT-LCD panels and consequently July quotes for a 5-inch HD panel based on Cell shipment rise 10% on month to US$3.3, according to China-based Sigmaintell Consulting...

Samsung Electronics boosting use of AMOLED panels

Jul 19, 16:03

Samsung Electronics has taken the initiative to adopt AMOLED panels for its high-end Galaxy S and Galaxy Note as well as its mid-range models, with around 70% of its smartphones to feature AMOLED panels, according to industry sources.

Global supply of 32-inch TV panels to rise in 3Q16, may be in oversupply in 4Q16

Jul 18, 22:20

TFT-LCD panel makers reduced production of 32-inch TV panels in the first quarter of 2016 due to a lack of profits and the decreased supply pushed up prices in the second quarter; consequently Sharp resumed production of such TV panels in July while LG Display, Taiwan-based Innolux and China-based...

Digitimes Research: Touch panel makers shift to industrial control, automotive applications

Jul 18, 15:23

Conventional touch panel makers, due to stagnant demand for smartphones and tablets and growing adoption of In-Cell and On-Cell touch solutions, have shifted from consumer electronics to industrial control and automotive display applications for better profitability, according to Digitimes Research.

124 million TV panels shipped globally in 1H16, says Sigmaintell

Jul 13, 12:01

Global LCD TV panel unit shipments totaled 124 million in first-half 2016, slipping 5.9% on year, but total area shipments rose 4% due to increased average size, according to Sigmaintell Consulting.

Innolux reports on-year decline in June revenues

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 15:29

LCD panel maker Innolux has announced its June 2016 consolidated revenuescame to NT$ 23.4 billion (US$730 million), rising 3.8% on month but declining 22.5% on year.

Digitimes Research: Truly more likely to buy Samsung Display 7G LCD equipment

Jul 11, 15:03

Samsung Display will dispose of 7G TFT-LCD production equipment by the end of 2016 and China-based LCD module maker Truly Semiconductors is more likely than panel makers BOE Technology and China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) to become the buyer, according to Digitimes Research.

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