Friday 8 December 2023
Innolux introduces smart shopping cart in collaboration with FamilyMart, eyes Japanese market in 2024
Taiwan-based display giant Innolux has teamed up with the renowned convenience store chain FamilyMart to introduce its groundbreaking "Smart Shopping Cart" at one of the FamiSuper stores.
Friday 8 December 2023
Taiwanese display giants, Innolux and AUO, venture into healthcare and art tech domains
Taiwan's prominent display manufacturers, Innolux and AUO, are transforming, extending their reach beyond traditional panel manufacturing. Both companies are leveraging proprietary technologies to make significant strides in fields like healthcare and art.
Wednesday 6 December 2023
DDI suppliers brace for slow 1Q24
The low utilization rates of LCD fabs have caused display driver IC (DDI) suppliers to exercise caution when predicting demand for the first quarter of 2024.
Tuesday 5 December 2023
BOE struggles to expand iPhone panel supply due to reported issues of low yield rate
To expand its influence in Apple's iPhone supply chain, Chinese panel supplier BOE has continued to invest in panel R&D. However, after failing to supply the first wave of iPhone 15 panels in 2023, it's reportedly still unable to effectively address the yield rate issues. Therefore, the likelihood of a supply expansion is low.
Monday 4 December 2023
Samsung reportedly intends to support TCL CSOT in acquiring LGD's Guangzhou factory
LG Display (LGD)'s LCD business in China continues to incur losses due to the expansion of Chinese competitors. Currently, the utilization rate at LGD's 8.5-gen LCD factory in Guangzhou is only 50%, which has garnered talks about whether or not it will be sold in the future. After the reported acquisition interest from Skyworth ultimately fell through, BOE and TCL CSOT emerged as strong acquisition candidates. It has been reported that Samsung Electronics may be involved as well.
Friday 1 December 2023
Samsung rumored to boost smartphone and TV production by 10% in 2024
Samsung Electronics anticipates a recovery in the terminal market in 2024 and reportedly plans to increase the production of televisions and smartphones by 10% annually, potentially driving the recovery of markets such as semiconductors, components, and displays.
Friday 24 November 2023
HannStar sees LCD fab operating rate rebound; promising automotive opportunities
HannStar, a Taiwan-based mid- to small-size TFT-LCD panel manufacturer, is seeing its operating rate rebound in the fourth quarter. The company is expecting operating rate of 80–90% this quarter, from 70–80% in the third. The panel maker projects marginal growth for most end applications except for automotive uses.
Thursday 23 November 2023
Innolux utilizes legacy production lines for MEMS-on-glass
Display panel manufacturer Innolux has introduced MEMS-on-glass technology to its older generation production lines, according to the company.
Wednesday 22 November 2023
Qisda’s China+1 strategy: three reasons for choosing northern Vietnam
The continuing China+1 trend has seen an industrial cluster take shape in north Vietnam, with manufacturers including Hon Hai (Foxconn), Quanta, Pegatron, Wistron, and Qisda setting up facilities there. In Qisda's case, the company sees three main reasons for producing LCD monitors and projectors in North Vietnam: supply chain considerations, proximity to China, and free trade agreements (FTAs).
Tuesday 21 November 2023
LGD's sale of its last 8.5-gen LCD plant in Guangzhou halted due to increasing strategic value
Recently, the focus of the South Korean panel industry has been on LG Display's (LGD) 8.5-gen factory in Guangzhou, China, as it is the only remaining liquid-crystal display (LCD) factory in the South Korean panel industry. With the market conditions changing and global supply chain restructuring, the factory's strategic value and importance are increasing. It could maintain its current operating model in the short term, possibly expanding shipments to 16 million units by 2024.
Tuesday 21 November 2023
For panel giants AUO and Innolux, sports and AI PCs key drivers in 2024
Taiwan's top two panel makers are forecasting bright prospects in 2024, with demand driven by major sports competitions, AI PCs, and Microsoft's latest operating system.
Tuesday 21 November 2023
Panel and optical industries lead charge in expected export growth
In its November 20 report on export statistics, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) sees opportunities for an end to the 14-month-long consecutive negative growth. Order volumes for November 2023 are expected to be in the range of US$51–53 billion, with double-digit growth already present in October for display panels and optical equipment, particularly optical lenses.
Monday 20 November 2023
Display fab utilization to fall below 70% in 4Q23, says Omdia
As demand and panel makers' efforts to defend LCD panel prices decline, overall utilization at display fabs is anticipated to fall below 70% in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to Omdia.
Friday 17 November 2023
Samsung and LGD appear to disagree on 2024 panel supply scale
While Samsung Electronics and LG Display (LGD) are engaged in TV panel collaboration, it has been reported recently that the two sides are having disagreements over the future supply scale of TV panels.
Friday 17 November 2023
AUO drives the future of smart mobility with innovative MicroLED displays
Taiwanese panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) is making a significant foray into the automotive market with innovative smart cockpit solutions featuring MicroLED display technology. The company's recent acquisition of Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH (BHTC) and its upcoming inaugural appearance at CES 2024 are key milestones in this strategic expansion.
Friday 17 November 2023
BenQ Medical to see Southeast Asian market drive 2024 growth
BenQ Medical Technology (BenQ Medical,) a subsidiary of Qisda, has seen an increase in overall revenue following its acquisition of K2 International Medical (K2.) The firm's vice chairperson Harry Yang said he expects operations to grow steadily in 2024 and Southeast Asia will be the main driver of growth.
Wednesday 15 November 2023
Supply Chain Summit: India rolls out red carpet for Taiwan to accelerate semiconductor success
India is aggressively recruiting Taiwanese partners for its semiconductor dream. Not only aiming to produce mature-node semiconductors for its 1.4 billion population market, it also sends out a clear message to IC design houses – come design for India and make for India, don't miss out on the chance.
Wednesday 15 November 2023
South Korean TV brands plan to replace part of their purchases with non-Chinese panel makers
China has come to establish a dominant position in the LCD TV panel industry, which also gives Chinese LCD panel suppliers substantial price-setting power. The said suppliers have raised prices by controlling operating rates despite sluggish end-market demand. This strategy, however, has engendered dissatisfaction among manufacturer brands, of which Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have reduced their order volume to Chinese manufacturers and placed them with AU Optronics (AUO), Innolux, Sharp, and LG Display (LGD.)
Thursday 9 November 2023
Vedanta TFT LCD collaboration with Innolux awaits approval amidst delays in wafer fab project
Despite little progress on an ambitious wafer fab project, Vedanta's TFT LCD plan in partnership with Taiwan-based Innolux has been advancing, waiting for approval by the Indian government.
Thursday 9 November 2023
OLED DDI demand for mobile phones to rise further in 2024
With more smartphones featuring OLED displays, related OLED display driver IC (DDI) demand from mobile phones is poised to further increase in 2024, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Thursday 9 November 2023
Chinese panel makers return to profitability
Chinese panel makers BOE Technology and TCL China Star Optoelectronics Technology (TCL CSOT) returned to profitability in the third quarter of 2023 while Taiwanese panel makers AUO and Innolux remained in the red.
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Patent war rages on: SDC accuses BOE of stealing tech and leaking secrets again
Amid an ongoing patent dispute, Samsung Display (SDC) has initiated legal proceedings against the China-based display manufacturer BOE once more.
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Raydium to see OLED DDI sales bolster 4Q23 results
Raydium Semiconductor, a display driver IC (DDI) specialist, continues to see its OLED DDIs chosen by new and existing clients for their new smartphone models. Growth in its OLED DDI sales would help mitigate the impact of a slowdown in orders for large-size and automotive display applications in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to the company.
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Novatek expects sales growth in 2024
Display driver IC (DDI) specialist Novatek Microelectronics expects sales across all market applications to register growth in 2024, with shipments resuming their typical business cycle, according to company president Steve Wang.
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Merck wins liquid crystal patent lawsuit in Germany against Chinese firm Bayi Space
German company Merck announced that the Dusseldorf District Court in Germany has ruled that Beijing Bayi Space LCD Technology (Bayi Space) has infringed on Merck's LCD mixture patent and will be banned from selling LCD display products with the infringing liquid crystal (LC) mixture in Germany.
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