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Staff writer, with Agencies

TAIEX on a mild rebound

The TAIEX staged a mild technical rebound yesterday from a slump the previous day, but the gains were limited by stiff technical resistance near the 7,700 mark, dealers said.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, led the tech sector’s rally on the back of futures-driven buying, they said.

The weighted index closed up 14.17 points, or 0.18 percent, at 7,683.80, after moving between 7,658.71 and 7,699.23, on turnover of NT$77.28 billion (US$2.63 billion).

LED chipmaker to cut staff

Lossmaking LED chipmaker Huga Optotech Inc (廣鎵光電) plans to cut its work force by 6.5 percent, or 52 workers, to cope with shrinking orders and falling utilization rates, the company said in a filing to the Central Science Park administration.

Huga Optotech, which has 800 workers, lost NT$844 million in the first half of this year, widening from a loss of NT$104 million a year ago.

Shareholders are expected to meet today to approve the company’s merger with local rival Epistar Corp (晶電).

Huga will become a 100 percent subsidiary of Epistar in a share swap deal worth NT$4 billion and it is to be delisted from the bourse after the deal closes today.

Vee Telecom raises NT$420m

WiMAX operator Vee Telecom Multimedia Co (威達雲端電訊) yesterday said it had raised NT$420 million by selling 20 million common shares via a private placement.

The shares were all purchased by Vee Telecom chairman Richard Lai (賴富源).

In July, Vee Telecom shareholders approved a plan to sell 80 million common shares via a private placement in three installments within a year. The company plans to use the proceeds to improve its financial status.

Vee Telecom posted a loss of NT$471 million in the first two quarters of this year.

Hon Hai needs financial head

Hon Hai Group (鴻海集團), the world’s largest contract electronics maker, is recruiting a financial manager for a mobile phone factory that it is building in Indonesia, Hon Hai spokesman Simon Hsing (邢治平) said on Wednesday.

It is the first executive job advertised for the factory, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and is to make products specifically for the Indonesian market, Hsing said.

The financial manager must be fluent in Indonesian, familiar with the country’s investment environment and have at least 10 years of experience in the fields of banking relations and funds procurement, he said.

FEZ plan in November

A plan to create the first free economic zone (FEZ) in the country will be submitted to the Cabinet at the end of November with the aim of attracting more local and foreign investment, Council for Economic Planning and Development Minister Yiin Chii-ming (尹啟銘) said on Wednesday.

The first FEZ is to be built in Greater Kaohsiung, where there is already industrial and commercial development and an international harbor and airport, Yiin said at a legislative session.

The government will ease regulations on Chinese and other foreign businesses in the zone to facilitate capital flow, logistics and labor recruitment, he said.

NT dollar strengthens

The New Taiwan dollar regained strength against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.077 to close at NT$29.420. However, turnover narrowed to US$560 million from US$896 million in the previous session.

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