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Taiwan's electronics makers face triple threat

Higher costs, iPhone disruption and US-China friction erode profits

A customer waits to purchase an iPhone X at an Apple store in New York. The iPhone has fueled Taiwanese manufacturers' rapid growth but is now proving a double-edged sword.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Earnings at Taiwan's contract electronics manufacturers are sinking under the weight of surging costs, production problems with the iPhone, and trade tensions between the U.S. and mainland China.

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