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C Sun expects LCD, LED equipment to be main source of revenue growth in 1H14

Apr 18, 16:38

Taiwan-based production equipment maker C Sun expects TFT-LCD and LED equipment to be the main source of growth in its consolidated revenues for the first half of 204, the company indicated at an April 17 investors conference.

Commentary: Foxconn relies too heavily on Apple

Apr 18, 15:07

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is exposing itself to high risks by relying too much on a single client. Foxconn has revealed that its biggest client accounted for 50.63%, or NT$2 trillion of its revenues in 2013, up from 47.77%, or NT$1.86 trillion in 2012.

Southern Taiwan Science Park sees January-February revenues down 5.42% on year

Apr 17, 12:17

The government-run Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) generated revenues of NT$83.108 billion (US$2.74 billion) for January-February 2014, decreasing 5.42% on year, according to the STSP administration.

HDI board capacity utilization rates to rise in 2Q14

Apr 15, 22:08

The production capacity utilization rates of high-end HDI boards at Taiwan-based PCB makers are set to rise in the second quarter of 2014 due to strong demand from Samsung Electronics, HTC and China-based smartphone vendors, according to industry sources.

Intel to enhance water resistance in new products

Apr 14, 14:13

Following its recent acquisition of fitness wearable device maker Basis Band, Intel has been working with US-based waterproof coating solution provider HzO to improve its high-end mobile device and smart watch products, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Taiwan electric vehicle supply chain faces competition from South Korea, says Fukuta chairman

Apr 11, 16:04

While Taiwan-based makers have formed quite a complete supply chain for electric vehicles (EVs), South Korea-based makers are competing for orders from EV vendors, according to chairman Gordon Chang for Fukuta Elec. & Mach, which is a partner of US-based Tesla.

Consolidation to continue in the MEMS microphone industry: Q&A with Akustica CEO Horst Muenzel

Apr 10, 11:11

More and more players have made inroads into the MEMS microphone industry to cash in on the rising demand brought up by the popularity of smartphones.

Akustica CEO Horst Muenzel

Notebook makers report on-month revenue growth for March

Stockwatch - Apr 9, 20:53

Compal Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$67.58 billion (US$2.25 billion) for March 2014, representing a 36.5% increase on month and 4.37% increase on year. Compal shipped 3.5 million notebooks in March. Inventec and Wistron have also announced on-month revenue growth for March.

Asustek reports revenues for March

Stockwatch - Apr 9, 20:27

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$38.63 billion (US$1.28 billion) for March 2014, representing a 5.51% increase on month, but a 7.69% drop on year.

Delta Electronics showcasing energy-efficient solutions at Hanover Messe 2014

Apr 9, 15:12

Taiwan-based power management solution provider Delta Electronics is exhibiting energy-efficient products and solutions at Hanover Messe 2014, an annual industrial technology fair taking place in Hanover, Germany, during April 7-11, according to the company.

Wistron ships 1.8 million notebooks in March

Apr 8, 21:01

Wistron shipped 1.8 million notebooks in March, increasing 38% on month, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan ODMs losing out as PC brand vendors turn to China supply chain for tablets

Apr 7, 15:46

Among global top-7 PC brand vendors, only Apple (sixth place) still outsources its tablet orders mainly to Taiwan-based EMS providers and ODMs, while the rest - Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba - have gradually shifted their entry-level tablet design and manufacturing...

Suppliers to start pilot production of components for 4th-generation Surface in September

Apr 7, 11:41

Microsoft unveiled its third-generation Surface at the Build 2014 conference, but the company has already started developing the fourth-generation model and will start pilot production for some of its components in September, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Worldwide IT spending on pace to grow 3.2% in 2014, says Gartner

Apr 3, 11:18

With the global economy showing signs of a gradual recovery, worldwide IT spending is on pace to total US$3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.2% increase from 2013 spending, according to Gartner.

3D printing market to grow to US$16.2 billion in 2018, says Canalys

Apr 1, 14:37

The 3D printing market, including 3D printer sales, materials and associated services, reached US$2.5 billion globally in 2013. Canalys predicts that this will rise to US$3.8 billion in 2014, with the market continuing to experience rapid growth, reaching US$16.2 billion by 2018. This represents an...

Huawei Technologies 2013 revenues up 8.55% on year

Mar 31, 21:43

China-based telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies on March 31 released its 2013 financial report, with consolidated revenues of CNY239.025 billion (US$39.463 billion) growing on year by 8.55%.

Foxconn nets NT$8.16 per share for 2013

Mar 31, 10:00

EMS provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported net EPS of NT$8.16 (US$0.273) for 2013, with consolidated revenues reaching NT$3,952.318 billion, gross margin 6.44%, net operating profit NT$109.314 billion and net profit NT$107.346 billion.

Pegatron sees over 37% profit growth in 2013

Mar 25, 15:20

Pegatron Technology has announced revenues of NT$949.75 billion (US$31.09 billion) for 2013, up 7.8% on year with net profits reaching NT$14.25 billion, up 37.8%. and net earnings per share (EPS) amounting to NT$4.16.

Foxconn to raise salaries for Taiwan employees in April

Mar 13, 16:19

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is set to increase salaries for employees who earn less than NT$1.2 million (US$39,560) per year in Taiwan and those qualified will enjoy a raise of at least NT$3,000 per month, according to the company.

BenQ Medical Technology steps into implant dentistry through joint venture with AB Dental Devices

Mar 12, 15:37

BenQ Medical Technology, a medical equipment and material supplier under the BenQ Group, has announced the establishment of a joint venture, BenQ AB DentCare, with Israel-based AB Dental Devices to provide 3D implant dentistry integrated services.

Taiwan notebook ODMs impacted by on-month revenue drops in February

Mar 11, 15:50

Quanta Computer has announced shipments of 3.3 million notebooks in February, decreasing on month from 3.6 million units in January, and corresponding consolidated revenues of NT$69.32 billion (US$2.29 billion), slipping on month by 3.77% but up on year by 22.69%. Its competitors Compal Electronics,...

Foxconn February revenues down on month, up on year

Mar 11, 14:32

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) on March 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$260.63 billion (US$8.6 billion) for February, representing a 17.14% decrease on month but an increase of 10.88% on year, and NT$575.18 billion for January-February, growing 4.85% on year.

Digitimes Research: Notebook players see on-month shipment drop in February

Mar 6, 16:15

The global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three makers both suffered 0-3% of on-month shipment declines in February, a range similar to that a year ago. The decline in February was caused mainly by inventory adjustments in the month. As for March, brand vendors are taking a more conservative...

Inventec lands smartphone orders from Sony Mobile, x86 server orders from Lenovo, says paper

Newswatch - Feb 21, 10:47

Inventec has landed smartphone orders from Sony Mobile Communications as well as x86 server orders from Lenovo, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times report.

Asustek expects to ship four million desktops in 2014, says company president

Feb 17, 20:37

With the notebook industry no longer seeing as strong demand as seen previously, Asustek Computer is taking a more aggressive stance in the desktop market and expects to ship four million desktops in 2014, up from two million units in 2013, according to company president Jerry Shen.

Microsoft to unveil new mobile devices running on integrated OS, say sources

Feb 13, 15:05

Microsoft is expected to unveil an array of new mobile devices with display sizes below 8.5-inch running on an integrated OS derived from Windows RT and Windows Phone in June, according to makers in Taiwan's supply chain.

Acer to have over 30% tablets manufactured by China makers in 2014

Feb 12, 22:01

Acer is expected to outsource over 30% of its tablet manufacturing to China-based makers in 2014 since China makers already have mature technologies, but are more competitive in terms of price compared to Taiwan-based makers, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Foxconn to invest US$1 billion in Indonesia in 3-5 years

Feb 10, 14:45

Foxconn Electronics will invest a planned US$1 billion in the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia, over the next three to five years, according to the company.

Socle agrees to merge with Foxconn

Jan 29, 15:26

Shareholders of Socle Technology have approved an offer from an investment company of the Foxconn Group under which the investment firm will take up a 100% share of the IC design service company.

Samsung cuts target notebook shipments to 7 million units for 2014

Jan 27, 14:14

Samsung Electronics has set a goal of shipping seven million notebooks globally in 2014, a reduction of 41.67% from the 12 million units shipped in 2013, and will no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Commentary: Is time ripe for Lenovo to acquire IBM x86 server business?

Jan 27, 12:29

Lenovo has signed a definitive agreement with IBM for the acquisition of IBM's x86 server hardware and maintenance business for US$2.3 billion. It is an important step for Lenovo moving toward the deployment of its cloud computing-based business, but it remains to be seen if Lenovo will be able to...

IC design house EETI looks to ship 50 million notebook touchscreen controller ICs in 2014

Jan 27, 12:20

IC design house Eglax-empia Technology (EETI) is expected to ship 50 million touchscreen controller ICs for notebook applications in 2014, according to an industry estimate.

Former Foxconn employees probed for bribery

Jan 22, 15:53

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office has begun taking legal action against a group of former employees and suppliers of Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn Electronics) alleged to have taken bribes.

Taiwan ODMs struggle to land mobile device orders from Samsung

Jan 22, 14:13

While Samsung Electronics are expected to roll out an array of new smartphones and tablets for high-end as well as entry-level segments in 2014, the vendor is quite unlikely to release orders to Taiwan-based ODMs, according to sources at Taiwan's ODMs.

New Kinpo Group to expand capacity in 2014

Jan 20, 14:50

Taiwan-based New Kinpo Group consisting of Cal-Comp Electronics, Kinpo Electronics and AcBel Polytech will expand production capacities in China, Thailand, the Philippines and Brazil with a total investment of about NT$3 billion (US$100 million), according to group president Rock Hsu.

Microprocessor sales growth to strengthen slightly in 2014, says IC Insights

Jan 15, 11:10

A modest recovery in personal computers this year is expected to slightly strengthen overall sales growth in microprocessors (MPU), according to IC Insights. Total MPU sales are forecast to rise 9% to a record US$66.7 billion in 2014 compared to US$61 billion in 2013, when revenues grew 8%.

Foxconn December revenues hit record

Jan 13, 10:02

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) saw consolidated revenues of NT$490.932 billion (US$16.4 billion) for December hit a monthly record for the second time with growth of 7.62% on month and 18.87% on year, according to the company.

Lite-On Technology sees increased December revenues

Jan 9, 11:03

EMS provider Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.182 billion (US$673 million) for December, increasing 2.97% sequentially and 16.07% on year. Fourth-quarter 2013 consolidated revenues reached NT$59.231 billion, growing 3.51% sequentially and 11.74% on year, while consolidated...

Foxconn to develop Firefox OS tablet

Jan 7, 14:03

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is cooperating with Mozilla to develop a tablet featuring Firefox OS. Taiwan-based chipmaker VIA Technologies will also join the project.

Foxconn to development Firefox OS tablet with Mozilla

Digitimes Research: Notebook shipments suffer over 10% drop in December

Jan 2, 15:59

The global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three ODMs, after enjoying on-month shipment growths in November, suffered on-month drops of 12% and 11% in December, respectively, better than Digitimes Research's original expectations due to extended orders from both the enterprise and consumer...

Intel beefs up ties with China-based tablet players

Dec 31, 14:20

In addition to its existing partners BYD, Ramos and Teclast, Intel has recently formed a partnership with China-based electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider Shenzhen Hampoo Science & Technology to push Intel-based gaming, 3D, medical and education tablets as well as wearable devices, according...

ODM notebook shipments higher than expected in 4Q13

Dec 27, 14:07

Most notebook ODMs are expected to adjust upward their projected shipments for the fourth quarter of 2013 due to higher-than-expected shipments in November and December. ODMs are also optimistic about business prospects for 2014 as the impact of rising tablet sales on notebooks is expected to start...

Intel Capital to invest in SanJet Technology

Dec 27, 11:57

Intel Capital has announced that it will commit an equity investment into Taiwan-based SanJet Technology for the development of in-car digital video recorder (DVR) solutions and other high-end smart surveillance devices.

Japan vendors may outsource MILCs to Taiwan makers

Dec 26, 11:04

As price competition among digital cameras is gradually expanding to mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) models, Japan-based vendors are likely to outsource production of their MILCs to Taiwan-based ODMs in 2014, according to industry sources.

Altek launches own-brand smartphone-attachable lens-style camera

Dec 26, 10:58

Taiwan-based digital camera ODM Altek has unveiled an own-brand lens-style digital camera attachable to smartphones or tablets, for immediate launch in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$2,980 (US$100), according to the company.

altek Cubic

Inventec to add investment in Inventec Energy

Dec 24, 18:50

Notebook and server ODM Inventec on December 24 decided to add an investment of NT$470 million (US$15.7 million) in Inventec Energy, a Taiwan-based PV module maker, raising its stake ratio from 26% currently to 47.78% and making it a subsidiary, according to Inventec.

Wistron forms new department for cloud computing

Dec 24, 15:47

Wistron has recently formed a new department, the TSP, to provide cloud computing software services for education, medical and digital home markets and the company expects the business to feature a more practical business model by 2015, according to Wistron president Robert Huang.

FIH/BlackBerry cooperation may help activate Foxconn Indonesia investments

Dec 23, 21:32

Foxconn International Holdings' (FIH's) recent cooperation with smartphone vendor BlackBerry is expected to help resume Foxconn's investment plans in Indonesia, which have not been active for a while, according to some market watchers.

Pegatron chairman takes over TCA

Dec 20, 15:30

Acer's ex-chairman JT Wang has finished his term as the13th chairman of Taipei Computer Association (TCA), and Pegatron Technology chairman TH Tung has been elected as his successor.

Wistron expects 60% of 2014 revenues generated from non-notebook products

Dec 20, 15:01

Wistron expects revenues generated from its notebook ODM business to account for 40% of its total revenues in 2014, down from 45% at the end of 2013, while sales of other product lines including servers, tablets, handheld devices as well as desktops will increase, according to company chairman Simon...

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2014 global notebook demand forecast
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    Taiwan notebook Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) account for more than 90% of global notebook production and Digitimes is there to provide daily...

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    Hard disc drive (HDD) makers have been launching products for many different applications, hoping to attract demand from segments outside of the standard...

  • Android

    The early success Google's Android platform has achieved in the handset market has caused system makers, software developers and semiconductor players...

  • Tablet vendors going large with panel sizes

    Seeing the 7-inch tablet market suffering from fierce price competition, several vendors are turning to focus on 8-inch and above segments to avoid profit...