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Taiwan attracts foreign direct investment of US$5.2 billion in January-September

Oct 20, 11:48

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) approved 2,494 foreign direct investment projects (except from China) with a total value of US$5.186 billion in January-September 2017, decreasing 2.16% and 48.57%, respectively, on year, according to MOEA statistics.

Indonesia, Philippines see largest growth potentials among ASEAN, says DBS economist

Oct 19, 14:54

Among six major countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Singapore and Malaysia are the best starting conduits for entering the Southeast Asian market; Indonesia and the Philippines are the two markets with the greatest development potentials, while Indonesia and the Vietnam...

China IIoT market to see 20% CAGR in next four years

Oct 17, 15:10

In line with the advent of the Industry 4.0 era, China is aggressively gearing up for the development of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications to accelerate industrial upgrades and transformations, with its domestic IIoT market scale estimated to experience a CAGR of 20% during 2016-201,...

Foxconn begins shipping iPhone X, says report

Oct 16, 12:18

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) has started shipping iPhone X devices, with the first batch of 46,500 units already being shipped out from Zhengzhou and Shanghai to the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE), respectively, according to a China-based Xinhuanet.com report.

Foxconn sees over 40% on month revenue growth in September

Oct 13, 14:29

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$451.04 billion (US$14.83 billion) for September, up 42.4% on month, but down 3.7% on year.

Foxconn sees strong September revenues

Notebook ODMs see shipments increase in September

Oct 13, 11:03

Notebook ODMs including Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec have reported on-month shipment growths for September with Inventec and Wistron both enjoying double-digit percentage increases.

Notebook ODMs had increased shipments in September

Pegatron September revenues hit 23-month high

Oct 12, 15:49

Pegatron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$153.66 billion (US$5.07 billion) for September, hitting the highest monthly level since November 2015 and increasing 72.41% on month and 1.97% on year.

Pegatron to enjoy a strong 2H17

Digitimes Research: Global smart home market heading for a melee

Oct 12, 11:06

The global smart home market is bracing for fierce competition. Apple is likely to optimize some features of iPhone X for smart home applications; Amazon has launched an additional of five Echo-series products to enhance its Alexa platform; and Nest has unveiled a number of new smart home devices as...

Wistron revenues up almost 28% in September

Oct 11, 17:02

Wistron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$79.909 billion (US$2.64 billion) for September 2017, representing a 19.93% increase on month and 27.82% increase on year.

Quanta revenues rise 26% in September

Oct 11, 17:01

Quanta Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$98.98 billion (US$3.27 billion) for September 2017, representing a 8.48% increase on month and 25.94% increase on year.

Inventec reports increased revenues for September

Oct 11, 17:00

Inventec has reported consolidated revenues of NT$42.985 billion (US$1.42 billion) for September 2017, representing a 3.59% increase on month and 10.06% increase on year.

Compal revenues up in September

Oct 11, 16:59

Compal Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$82.535 billion (US$2.73 billion) for September 2017, representing a 5.09% increase on month and 8.1% increase on year.

Consumer sectors to grow faster in next 5 years in Indonesia: Q&A with DBS economist Gundy Cahyadi

Oct 11, 15:02

Indonesia is the most populous and largest country in Southeast Asia, but some changing trends in this market could be easily overlooked if observers only look at the statistics at their face value, according to Gundy Cahyadi, an Indonesian economist at the Singapore-headquartered DBS Bank. He has...

Gundy Cayhdai, economist at DBS

White-box tablet players turn to new markets for survival

Oct 11, 14:31

Seeing difficulties in differentiating from competitors, tablet brand vendors have been mainly focusing on cutting their prices to boost sales, which has in turn impacted China-based white-box tablet players' market shares and driven them to other device markets.

White-box tablets see growing competition from first-tier models

Google reportedly places orders for detachable Pixelbook

Oct 11, 14:22

Google has recently announced its latest Pixelbook featuring a 360-degree foldable touchscreen display. Sources from the upstream supply chain have disclosed that the device is manufactured by Quanta Computer and Google has recently placed orders for another detachable Pixelbook model with the ODM.

Google Pixelbook Chromebook

Time-lapse camera maker Brinno sees revenues soar 47% in 1Q-3Q 2017

Oct 6, 15:37

Taiwan-based time-lapse camera maker Brinno saw its consolidated revenues for the first three quarters of 2017 shoot up 47% on year to reach NT$401million (US$13.19 million), due mainly to increased shipments to Europe and Southeast Asia.

Asustek cutting notebook outsourcing to BYD and Wistron for 2018

Oct 6, 11:06

Asustek Computer is planning to reduce the proportions of notebook orders given to BYD and Wistron for 2018 and will increase those to Pegatron and Quanta Computer to improve product quality and time to market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Pegatron is expected to see increased orders from Asustek for 2018

PC vendors eyeing medical care market

Oct 5, 15:58

PC brand vendors including Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have shown interests in entering the medical care device market and are partnering with their component suppliers to design related products, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Medical care devices becoming a new market for PC vendors

Nintendo ups Switch supply to 2 million a month

Oct 5, 15:34

Nintendo has recently raised its orders for the Nintendo Switch to two million units a month because of the product's surging demand and the vendor is expected to be able to achieve its annual shipment target of 20 million units for 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Ways to explore Indonesia ICT market: Q&A with Aptiknas chairman Franky Christian

Oct 3, 12:07

When making forays into the Indonesia market for ICT products, Taiwan makers would curiously ask where their business opportunities are after finding that the smartphone market is getting matured and smart city and IoT (Internet of Things) applications are just beginning there. They would also wonder...

Franky Christian (right), chairman of Aptiknas in Indonesia

Upstream suppliers to enjoy rising revenues from AirPods and Apple Watches in 4Q17

Oct 2, 15:05

Quanta Computer, Inventec as well as the ASE group's Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) and the Foxconn group's Shunsin Technology and Luxshare-ICT, are expected to see strong growths for their wearable product operations in the fourth quarter thanks to rising sales for Apple's AirPods and Watches,...

Hinge maker SZS to boost production capacity by over 40% in 2018

Sep 29, 15:17

Notebook hinge maker Shin Zu Shing (SZS) has installed two new continuous MIM (metal injection molding) furnaces at its newly completed plant in Shulin, northern Taiwan, which will boost the company's capacity by over 40% beginning in 2018, according to industry sources.

More supply chain makers vying for growing smart speaker market

Sep 29, 15:08

More supply chains for AI-based voice assistant devices and smart speakers have begun to emerge as nearly all heavyweight tech companies including Google, Apple, Samsung Electronics, Amazon, Microsoft and China-based Alibaba, Xiaomi Technology and Tencent all have jumped on the bandwagon, according...

Ibase Gaming seeking to become system integrator

Sep 29, 12:33

Taiwan gaming machine maker Ibase Gaming, an affiliate of industrial PC maker Ibase Technology, will take a road not taken by peer makers in its future business development, with the listing expected to grant the company more resources and momentum to materialize its corporate vision, the firm's chairman...

Shanghai lab rolls out first set of NB-IoT industrial application standards

Sep 28, 14:52

The Shanghai Joint IoT Lab has worked out the first version of standards governing the NB-IoT industrial applications, which has won endorsements from 13 IoT industry associations in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Taiwan and is expected to accelerate large-scale commercialization of IoT...

Seeking to become major IoT brand: Q&A with Aaeon chairman YS Chuang

Sep 28, 14:36

As one of Taiwan's major makers of industrial PCs, Aaeon Technology was back to the capital market in late August 2017, when it was relisted on the local bourse six years after it was acquired by Asustek Computer and delisted in 2011. Over the years, the entire IPC industry has flourished remarkably,...

Aaeon chairman YS Chuang

Sumitomo and Gogoro announce partnership for electric scooter sharing service in Japan

Sep 28, 13:51

Sumitomo and Taiwan-based electric scooter vendor Gogoro have announced a joint partnership to introduce the latter's Smartscooter for use in a sharing service that will launch in Japan this year.

Lite-On Technology expands in China

Sep 28, 11:13

EMS provider Lite-On Technology will invest US$45 million to establish an automotive electronics subsidiary in Suzhou and US$35 million in another for storage devices and components in Changzhou.

Aurora eyeing Taiwan educational 3D printing market

Sep 27, 15:04

Aurora, a distributor of office automation machines and office furniture in Taiwan and China, will start offering 3D printing promotional services at its outlets around Taiwan for students in fourth-quarter 2017.

China makes 820 million smartphones in January-July, says MIIT

Sep 26, 15:57

China-based firms made 1,100.82 million handsets in January-July 2017, increasing 4.0% on year, and 820.75 million of them were smartphones, growing 3.4%, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Foxconn chairman to visit Wisconsin in early October

Sep 26, 12:38

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) chairman Terry Gou is expected to visit Wisconsin, the US in early October to sign agreements with the local government for the subsidy support for its LCD fab project there, according to sources familiar with Foxconn's plan.

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou

IoT applications may take root in Indonesia in 5 years: Q&A with Advantech executive Ramdhani Gumilar

Sep 26, 12:09

While the global development of smart manufacturing, smart medicine and smart cities is gaining momentum with the advent of the Industry 4.0 era, Indonesia is also quietly jumping on the bandwagon, with commercial and industrial elites in its capital city of Jakarta actively engaged in discussions...

Advantech Indonesia

Digitimes Research: Apple outraces Google for on-device AI development

Sep 26, 11:19

Google has been regarded as the leading force for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology thanks to its AlphaGo AI computer program. While Google still holds the advantage in the cloud-AI sector, Apple appears to have outraced Google in the development of on-device AI products with...

Machine vision will gradually expand into consumer applications: Q&A with Arbor CTO Karl Chen

Sep 25, 11:38

Taiwan-based Arbor Technology has been in the industrial PC (IPC) secor for over 20 years and has always been an important upstream partner of worldwide IPC brand vendors. With automated production lines and Industry 4.0 gradually becoming the new trends of the IPC industry, Arbor also is keenly developing...

Arbor CTO Karl Chen

China enacting law to facilitate development of self-driving cars

Sep 22, 16:06

In an effort to accelerate the development of its smart car industry, China is moving to legislate regulations governing the production and driving of smart vehicles. Its National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is mapping out a set of guidelines to steer the smart car industry development...

China IoT market scale estimated to exceed CNY1.5 trillion by 2020

Sep 22, 14:06

China's IoT (Internet of Things) market scale has posted an annual expansion of over 20% over the past few years, and the market value is estimated to exceed CNY1.5 trillion (US$227.6 billion) by 2020 from CNY900 billion in 2016, according to the China Annual IoT Development Report (2016-2017) recently...

LPWAN ideal for managing spacious cattle farms, green houses

Sep 22, 11:09

The global animal husbandry industry is growing in economy of scale, but in the vast natural pasturelands, operators would see a certain risk of assets loss if they lack precision cattle and sheep positioning systems. Currently, most operators still rely on GPS and GPRS systems for managing their farms,...

Taiwan delegation exploring smart manufacturing in Germany

Sep 21, 15:43

In an effort to explore the essence of Industry 4.0 and promote technical exchanges and cooperation with German tech firms, a Taiwan smart machinery delegation is currently visiting related government units and leading automation firms in Germany, looking to better understand how German enterprises...

Taiwan and German delegates at a bilateral smart machinery forum held alongside EMO Hanover 2017

China expected to account for over 20% of Quanta server shipments in 2018

Sep 19, 10:42

Quanta Computer is looking to expand the proportion of its server shipments to China from 15-20% currently to over 20% in 2018 via its subsidiary Quanta Cloud Technology's (QCT) partnership with VMware, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) to partner with VMware for China private cloud business

Digitimes Research: Top-5 notebook vendors see on-year shipment declines in August

Sep 18, 11:16

Worldwide top-5 notebook brand vendors' combined shipments grew on month, but decline on year in August. With the consumer notebook sector continuing to lack new innovations to stimulate demand, the overall notebook market may see difficulties growing further by only relying on the contribution from...

TUV Rheinland launches photobiological safety lab in South Korea

Sep 15, 15:09

TUV Rheinland has opened a photobiological safety testing laboratory in South Korea. The new facility will help Korea-based manufacturers of LED products and lighting systems to target local and international markets, including the EU.

Taiwan's Asia Silicon Valley plan to highlight AI, self-driving tech in 2018

Sep 15, 14:59

After scoring impressive achievements at the end of its first implementation year in early September 2017, the Taiwan government's Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan (ASVDP) is moving into a higher gear in the second year, focusing more on AI applications to transportation and air pollution control...

Asia Silicon Valley

Late shipping date for iPhone X suggests possible supply constraints

Sep 14, 14:26

Apple has rolled out its much-anticipated next-generation iPhone devices, including iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with a number of new features confirmed to expectations. However, the late shipping date in early November for the iPhone X has raised concerns about possible supply constraints...

Solar passenger planes a reality soon: Q&A with Si2 co-pilot Bertrand Piccard and Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas

Sep 14, 14:07

At the 2017 World Congress on Information Industry (WCIT) held September 11-13 in Taipei, there were two prominent guest speakers: Bertrand Piccard, chairman of Solar Impulse Foundationand and a Swiss initiator and co-pilot of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), which finished the world's first successful global...

Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas (right) and Bertrand Piccard, co-pilot of Si2

Headset maker Merry to set up new JV in China

Sep 12, 15:51

Headset maker Merry Electronics is teaming with China-based connector maker Luxshare Precision Industry to set up a CNY200 million (US$30.566 million) joint venture in Dongguan to produce head-mounted earphones and other acoustic products.

Pegatron reports on-year increase for August revenues

Sep 12, 15:50

Pegatron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$89.125 billion (US$2.97 billion) for August 2017, representing a 5.05% drop on month and 7.89% increase on year.

WCIT 2017: Taiwan aspiring to become software innovator, says president

Sep 12, 12:19

Taiwan has moved beyond hardware production to software innovation and welcomes companies and experts engaged in IoT (Internet of Things), Industry 4.0 or AI (artificial intelligence) around the world to cooperate with local supply chains to develop innovative digital products and application services,...

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen speaks at WCIT 2017

Foxconn revenues up slightly in August

Sep 11, 16:14

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$316.793 billion (US$10.56 billion) for August 2017, representing a 0.55% increase on month and 1.31% increase on year.

Foxconn Technology Corp revenues almost double in August

Sep 11, 16:06

Foxconn Technology Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of NT$14.905 billion (US$496.67 million) for August 2017, representing a 30.62% increase on month and 94.19% increase on year.

Lite-On Technology sees revenues drop on year in August

Sep 11, 15:59

Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$18.62 billion (US$620.46 million) for August 2017, representing a 6.3% increase on month and 11.56% drop on year.

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