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These are in-depth pre- and post-show reports on major international trade fairs, held in Taiwan and other countries with significant participation by Taiwanese manufacturers and exporters. They are offered to help global buyers and other readers better understand what is going on at the fairs and the latest offerings by Taiwanese exhibitors.

Taipei AMPA to kick off this Wednesday </h2>

Taipei AMPA to kick off this Wednesday

Apr 12, 2021

One of the world's biggest auto parts shows -- Taipei AMPA is kicking off on April 14 to April 17 concurrently with Autotronics Taipei at the Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. There are around 400 exhibitors showcasing in 11 exhibition areas, with over thousands of OEM and aftermarket parts, auto electronics, electric vehicles, and vehicle IoT solutions. These trends reflect the "ACES" moveme...



Mar 26, 2021

根據TrendForce研究顯示,2020年上半年疫情衝擊全球車市,連帶影響車用LED產業。隨著下半年整體銷量逐漸回溫、及新能源車高速發展的推動,2020年車用LED產值達25.72億美元,年減3.7%。 展望2021年,在頭燈與車用面板需求帶動下,預估2021年車用LED產值將有機會達到 29.26億美元,年增13.7%。而新車種持續導入LED照明,將持續拉動車用LED滲透率的上升。 TrendForce分析師吳盈潔表示,2020年車用LED廠商營收排名中,由歐司朗光電半導體(OSRAM Opto Semiconductors)、日亞化學(Nichia)、Lumileds連續兩年拿下全球前三大,三者市佔率合計高達71.9%。 其中,歐司朗光電半導體憑藉其優異的產品質量,讓歐美系高階車款與新能源車皆視其為首選,成為推升其全球車用LED照明2020年營收成長的主要原因。 ...

Taiwan is experiencing a record-breaking drought that has the world concerned over water shortages in water-intensive sectors, such as the semiconductor industry. (Photo courtesy of UDN)

Economic Ministry eases concerns over water shortages

Mar 09, 2021

The Economic Ministry has prepared three measures in the face of a record-breaking drought to ensure water usage until the end of May. The concern comes as the globe grapples with chip shortages. According to Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua on Monday, the drought so far has not impacted chipmaker TSMC. Other water-intensive sectors such as textile factories and agriculture farming are feeling t...

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PMI reports slight decline though expects confidence in future: CIER

Mar 08, 2021

Chung-Hua Institution Economic Research (CIER) announced February's PMI index, signaling a slight decline of 1.9 percentage points from last month to 63.2. on Monday. February would mark the fourth consecutive month in which Taiwan's PMI index maintained an expansion above 60%. NMI index reported a 52.1 score, a 2.8-percentage point drop compared to January. While both figures saw a slight de...

Innolux and Kymeta's New-Gen Antenna </h2>

Innolux and Kymeta's New-Gen Antenna

Mar 08, 2021

The new-generation offering called the LC Meta-Surface Antenna co-developed by Innolux and Kymeta boasts zero dead angles in terms of reception and will be used in Toyota's upcoming hydrogen-powered Mirai model. The collaboration would mark the latest trend in the automotive connectivity sector as automotive firms move to obtain and apply the latest technology to give them a leg-up in this eme...

The ongoing drought in Taiwan has led to only 16.3% capacity of a reservoir located in Hsinchu, primarily supplying the Hsinchu Science Park. (Photo courtesy of EDN)

Local drought and US winter storm could worsen chip shortage

Feb 18, 2021

Weather issues and natural disasters are expected to impact automotive chip supply even further, experts say this week. The water shortage has worsened in Taiwan, necessitating further restrictions, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced on Wednesday. Starting from February 25, industrial areas in Hsinchu, Miaoli, and Taichung will see mandatory water restrictions imposed, upping restricti...

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Global Orgs Warn of Continual Economic Decline in 2021

Feb 01, 2021

In the latest global economic forecast reports, a number of global organizations have indicated a decline for the majority of global industries in the coming year. Both organizations named the worsened second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, India, Brazil, and Latin America, as the prominent reason behind the downward trend. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Organisation for E...

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All-Around Chip Shortage Impacts Auto and Semiconductor Sectors

Jan 25, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global chip shortage has led to foreign government leaders imploring Taiwan's semiconductor industry's assistance, signifying Taiwan's crucial role in the automotive sector. However, with TSMC's importance in the global production chain, experts indicate that the shortage will continue throughout Q1 and only resume prioritization for auto chips. While there ar...

ITRI-PlayNitride Partnership Furthers Taiwan's MicroLED Advantage</h2>

ITRI-PlayNitride Partnership Furthers Taiwan's MicroLED Advantage

Dec 25, 2020

MicroLED maker PlayNitride and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have signed on a long-term collaboration project to further cement Taiwan's role in the MicroLED-trillion-dollar market. PlayNitride CEO Charles Lee, who had just won this year's SID special contribution award, said the partnership would combine PlayNitride's advanced technology and production capabilities with ...

Yageo's Capacitor Maker Jamicon to Benefit from Foxconn EV Initiative</h2>

Yageo's Capacitor Maker Jamicon to Benefit from Foxconn EV Initiative

Dec 14, 2020

Media reports Jamicon benefiting the greatest in the Yageo Corporation and Foxconn beginning a strategic collaboration, as the capacitor-maker under Yageo could enjoy a strong growth due to electric vehicle demand. Industry watchers pointed out that while the two firms had no existing partnerships in the past, Foxconn's proactive initiative with Yageo has put the two firms into each others' pa...