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  • Sharp to open panel factory in US

    TAIPEI -- Sharp President and CEO Tai Jeng-wu on Saturday said his company is planning to build a factory in the U.S. that will make small displays."These panels will not only be used on smartphones," Tai told a small group of reporters at a Foxconn

    May 27, 2017 09:41 pm JST
  • Nanya Technology chief warns China could disrupt global chip market

    TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- The head of major Taiwanese memory chipmaker Nanya Technology on Friday warned that China's aggressive moves to foster its own chip capabilities could cause a serious supply glut and voiced concerns about Chinese companies' ongoin

    May 26, 2017 11:56 pm JST
  • Taiwan raises 2017 growth forecast to three-year high amid iPhone anticipation

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan has raised the forecast for its economic growth this year to a three-year high, due to strong demand for semiconductor products and anticipation of the 10th anniversary edition of Apple's iPhone.Taiwan's Directorate General of Budge

    May 26, 2017 10:22 pm JST
  • Sharp expects first net profit in 4 years

    Electronics giant Sharp on Friday said it expected to post its first net profit in four years in the current fiscal year.The company laid out a road map for the next three years that focuses heavily on internet-of-things business and ultrahigh-defin

    May 26, 2017 05:54 pm JST
  • 5-way battle brewing for Toshiba's memory ops

    TOKYO -- Four bidders and U.S. partner Western Digital are competing to buy Toshiba's cash-cow memory chip unit, with some pursuing co-ownership schemes with two state-backed entities in order to gain an edge.During a meeting Thursday at its Tokyo h

    May 26, 2017 06:41 am JST
  • TSMC tests 7-nanometer chips, edges ahead of Samsung

    HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chipmaker, is testing cutting-edge 7-nanometer chips for 12 customers, and the company will start to make the product in large quantities in the first half of 20

    May 26, 2017 12:29 am JST
  • Asian companies shine in Forbes Global 2000

    TOKYO -- Chinese banks topped the list and a slew of Asian corporations were featured in the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world's largest and most powerful public companies, reflecting the region's growing economic clout.Industrial and Commerci

    May 25, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • One year on, Taiwan's Tsai wrestles with domestic discontent

    TAIPEI Since Tsai Ing-wen took office as Taiwan's president a year ago, cross-strait ties have grown chillier. But while relations with Beijing are always a matter of intense focus, it is issues on the home front that critics are talking about most.

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan welcomes a record number of tourists in April

    TOKYO Summer is on its way and Japan's tourism industry has plenty to smile about. The number of foreign visitors to the country topped 2.57 million in April, the highest ever total for a single month.The figure represents a 23.9% rise from a year e

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Foxconn to swim against protectionist tide, chairman says

    TAIPEI -- Hon Hai Precision Industry will continue investing abroad and cultivating new markets despite rising protectionism worldwide, Chairman Terry Gou told shareholders in an annual report.Even with leading economic powers increasingly looking a

    May 24, 2017 12:01 am JST
  • Tingyi shares fall sharply due to thinner profit margin

    HONG KONG -- Tingyi Holding shares on Tuesday extended losses, a day after the Taiwanese food and beverage maker reported that its gross profit margin for the January-March quarter was not quite as fat as a year earlier.Shares fell 0.450 Hong Kong d

    May 23, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • LeTV founder Jia steps down as CEO

    DALIAN, China -- Beijing-based Leshi internet Information & Technology said on Sunday that its founder and chief executive, Jia Yueting will step down, although he will remain as chairman of the internet streaming service.According to the announceme

    May 22, 2017 05:45 pm JST
  • Taiwan's MediaTek stakes future on IoT, Indian market

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese computer chip designer MediaTek is seeking to reinvent its future as its bottom line is sagging due to intensifying competition.Under growing pressure to reduce its dependence on Chinese smartphone makers, the company is racing t

    May 22, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Asian travelers stay loyal to Japanese cosmetics

    TOKYO -- Japan's cosmetics exports surpassed the value of imports for the first time in 2016, surging on repeat purchases by Asian tourists after returning from their visits.According to the Japanese Cosmetic Industry Association, exports climbed 28

    May 22, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Relations with Beijing bedevil Taiwan's Tsai one year on

    TAIPEI -- Since Tsai Ing-wen took office as Taiwan's president a year ago, cross-strait ties have been strained.Although there appears little risk of imminent conflict, there is a deep rift between the two sides. This is due mainly to Tsai's repeate

    May 19, 2017 09:30 pm JST
  • Apple suppliers seen to shrug off Qualcomm lawsuits

    TAIPEI -- Analysts and industry sources say that Qualcomm's disputes with Apple and its assemblers over royalty payments are not likely to have an immediate impact on the production and shipments of the upcoming iPhone 8 ranges.Late Wednesday, Qualc

    May 18, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Taiwan's Inventec expects earnings boost from AI assistants

    TAIPEI -- Inventec, a Taiwanese contract electronics maker that supplies Apple's AirPods and the activity-tracking wristbands for U.S. company Fitbit, sees gadgets powered by artificial intelligence assistants, including smart speakers and smartphon

    May 16, 2017 12:41 am JST
  • Macbook Pro lifts Quanta's Q1 revenue, but forex losses hit bottom line

    TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- Major Apple assembler Quanta Computer reported on Friday its best first quarter sales since 2012, boosted by the MacBook Pro range of personal computers, though its earnings per share hit a 25-quarter low due to significant forex

    May 12, 2017 11:40 pm JST
  • Foxconn sales and profits inch forward in Q1

    TAIPEI -- Key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, on Thursday reported an increase in both sales and profits in the quarter ended in March.Net profit was 28.16 billion New Taiwan dollars ($933 million

    May 11, 2017 11:10 pm JST
  • One country's slump isn't ruining the Asia300 profit party

    HONG KONG -- The Asia300 -- Nikkei's curated selection of listed corporate standouts from across the region, excluding Japan -- took another knock last year, when its members' combined net profit suffered its first back-to-back decline in two decade

    May 11, 2017 06:00 pm JST