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Friday 12 August 2022
Showa Denko Materials expands capacity in Taiwan and Japan; Korean panel giants halt supply of TV LCD panels; BYD expands into Europe and Asia Pacific EV markets
Key observation factors for the Asia Enterprise special report of the week of July 30- August 5 mainly focus on Showa Denko Materials' expansions of semiconductor CMP slurry capacity at its plants in Japan and Taiwan; Samsung Display and LG Display announcing separately plans to halt their TV-use large-size LCD panel business in South Korea; and BYD pushing into the passenger EV markets of Netherland, Germany, Sweden, Israel, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.
Friday 5 August 2022
US CHIPS and Science Act to go online; Kioxia 162-layer 3D NAND flash to begin volume production; Baidu unmanned vehicle enters mass production
Key observation factors for the Asia Enterprise special report of the week of July 23-29 mainly focus on the passing of the CHIPS and Science Act; Kioxia's investment in the volume production of the 162-layer 3D NAND flash and the fact that the company remains seriously behind Micron and Samsung Electronics despite the Japanese government's JPY92.9 billion (US$710 million) subsidies; and Baidu's announcement to begin volume producing Apollo RT6 unmanned vehicle, which costs only CNY250,000 (US$37,500) and will accelerate the commercialization of Robotaxi.
Friday 29 July 2022
Novel Crystal to utilize Ga2O3 epitaxy capacity in 2025; SK Hynix, Samsung turn conservative over 2H22 semiconductor capacity deployment; RoboSense sees surging growth in LiDAR development
Key observation factors for the Asia Enterprise special report of the week of July 16-22 include the utilization of gallium oxide (Ga2O3) epitaxy capacity of Japanese startup Novel Crystal, which is estimated to begin in 2025. Meanwhile, SK Hynix halting the construction of its new plant and Samsung Electronics reducing the production of CIS show the Korean semiconductor companies are turning conservative about the second half of 2022.
Friday 22 July 2022
Wise Road-JAC takes over Tsinghua Unigroup; Japanese firms keen on value-added smart energy storage systems; SAIC aims to commercialize semi-solid state batteries in 2023
This issue we will focus on investments by Wise Road Capital and JAC Capital into smart tech sectors, such as IC design and IoT, in China's push for local semiconductor development; the intelligent value-added development of energy storage systems by Japanese companies; the cooperation between SAIC Group and QingTao Energy Development in the solid-state battery R&D.
Thursday 14 July 2022
Samsung creates advanced packaging department; Chinese makers keen on building 8.6G panel line; Huawei AITO M7 electric SUV unveiled
The highlights of this edition of the Asia Enterprise research report include Samsung Electronics' advanced packaging business and the establishment of the "Advanced Packaging Group" under the DS business unit; CSOT 8.6G line's T9 project, which successfully completed its first pilot production, and the 8.6G line is also a key investment for Chinese panel industry; Huawei's launch of its second AITO vehicle, the M7, which demonstrates its three business models.
Wednesday 6 July 2022
Globalwafers to help ease 12-inch wafer shortage in the US; Sharp buys back SDP as wholly-owned subsidiary
This week's Asia tech industry summary will focus on Globalwafers' plan to establish a 12-inch silicon wafer factory in the US' Texas to mend the shortage of large-size silicon wafers in the US, while Globalwafers' Japan-, Germany-, and Korea-based competitors have also been expanding their capacities in Asia; Sharp has purchased back Sakai Display Product (SDP) to make it a wholly-owned subsidiary in a bid to improve the brand business and stabilize its panel supply; Alibaba has acquired the license for a road test of its L4-level autonomous driving trucks. Other companies that crossed from Internet services businesses to the logistics fields include Meituan and JD.com
Wednesday 29 June 2022
Japan luring foreign chipmakers to set up factories; Hyundai Kia lags competitors in operating margin
This Asia tech industry summary will mainly focus on Japan taking a step ahead of Europe and the US in semiconductor policy; Xiaomi focusing on the integration of its smartphone and AIoT products; and Hyundai Kia lagging its five major competitors in operating margin in 2021.
Wednesday 22 June 2022
Geely acquires Meizu to bolster its connected ecosystem; Japan sees slow start in electric bus development
This Asia tech industry summary will mainly focus on Geely completing the acquisition of Meizu to bolster its deployments for electric vehicles (EVs), semiconductors, low-Earth orbit satellites, and flying cars; Samsung Electronics reportedly cutting production due to low demand; and EV Motors Japan planning to mass-produce electric buses in Kitakyushu, Japan.
Wednesday 15 June 2022
Samsung announces leadership reshuffle at DS division; BYD becomes world's third most valuable automaker
This Asia tech industry summary will mainly focus on Samsung Electronics announcing new leadership for its Device Solutions (DS) division; Mitsubishi Electric planning to set up a new plant for factory automation (FA) equipment in India for products exported to Southeast Asia and Europe; and BYD surpassing Volkswagen to become the world's third most valuable automaker.
Wednesday 8 June 2022
Li Auto to produce SiC chip in 2024; Sony increases CIS production capacity; South Korea announces IC talent cultivation goals
This Asia tech industry summary will mainly focus on China-based electric vehicle (EV) makers Li Auto, BYD, NIO, and XPeng boosting investment in SiC chips; Sony increasing its CMOS image sensor (CIS) production capacity to surpass that of Samsung Electronics; and South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT announcing five major focuses of the country's semiconductor talent cultivation project.
Wednesday 1 June 2022
Samsung to invest KRW450 trillion in chip and bio sectors; China smartphone makers deepen metaverse deployments
This Asia tech industry summary will mainly focus on Samsung Electronics unveiling a KRW450 trillion (US$359.84 billion) investment plan for its semiconductor and biotechnology businesses; China-based smartphone makers Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo deepening their metaverse deployments; and South Korea-based Samsung SDI, LG Energy Solution (LGES), and SK On actively exploring partnerships with automakers to build bigger presence in the North American automotive battery market.
Wednesday 25 May 2022
Foxconn to build 12-inch wafer fab plant in Malaysia; Hyundai and Kia investing US$16.5 billion to boost EV production in South Korea
This Asia tech industry summary will mainly focus on Foxconn planning to build a 12-inch wafer fab plant in Malaysia while deepening its deployments for MOSFET power semiconductors in Taiwan; and Hyundai and Kia initiating their plan to invest US$16.5 billion to boost EV production in South Korea by 2030.