Easier DVD patent system
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday approved the formation of a patent alliance submitted by the world’s major DVD makers which aims to charge royalties at reasonable prices and not to hamper market competition.
LG Electronics Inc, Pioneer Corp, Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and Sony Corp will form the DVD patent alliance through a new company, One-Red LLC, with each of the four companies holding a 25 percent stake, a statement issued by the commission said.
Approval is expected to make it easier for local DVD makers to license patents from these companies as they will only have to negotiate with One-Red LLC, rather than separately with all four.
Wind farm subsidies given
Three companies, including the nation’s sole electricity supplier Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電), have qualified to receive a government subsidy to build model offshore wind farms, an energy official said on Friday.
Tseng Tseng-tsai (曾增材), a deputy section chief at the Bureau of Energy under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, said Taipower, Fuhai Wind Power (福海風力), and Marine Wind Power (海洋風力) had promised to build four to six wind-power generation units by 2015 and complete their offshore wind farms before 2020.
The windfarms’ combined electricity generation capacity will reach 300 megawatts.
The electricity generated will be sold to Taipower at NT$5.5626 per kilowatt hours over the next 20 years. The price was fixed by a panel set up by the government for this purpose exclusively.
Upward trend in electronics
Taiwan’s electronics industry will continue its upward trend in the first quarter of the year amid improving indicators, Barclays PLC said on Friday.
The nation’s industrial production index stood at 128.57 points last month, up 2.39 percent from the same period a year earlier, marking the sixth consecutive rise, government statistics released on Wednesday showed.
Leading indicators, such as export orders and the purchasing managers’ index, suggest that the trend of improvement in the manufacturing sector will continue in the first three months of this year, the bank said in a statement.
As HTC Corp (宏達電) only launched its new series models in November last year, it is likely that another boost in production will follow in the months to come, said Leong Wai Ho (梁偉豪), a Singapore-based economist at Barclays.
TransAsia Air gets new Airbus
Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways Corp (復興航空) took delivery of its second Airbus A330-300 on Saturday, in another step forward in its ongoing efforts to expand its presence in Asia.
TransAsia said the new aircraft will first be deployed on the cross-strait route during the Lunar New Year holiday, when demand for air travel rises sharply as people travel home for family gatherings.
TransAsia plans to obtain another six A321-200s, 12 A321-neos, and 12 ATR-600s by 2022.
Not enough investment in IT
Companies should increase their information technology (IT) budgets amid an increasingly digital world, Gartner Inc said in a statement released on Friday.
A survey conducted by Gartner of 2,000 chief information officers around the world shows that enterprises have only realized 43 percent of the business potential of their technology and that their IT budgets have been flat to negative ever since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001 and 2002.
For this year, chief information officers’ IT budgets are projected to fall slightly, with a weighted global average decline of 0.5 percent, the survey results showed.
Over the past 18 months, digital technologies — including mobile, big data and cloud — have reached a tipping point among business executives, Gartner said.
Asustek shows off new tablets
Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) on Friday unveiled its new tablet computers, following the success of the Nexus 7 tablet series it launched with Google Inc last year.
Among the new offerings was the VivoTab Smart ME400, a 10.1-inch tablet that runs Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 operating system and weighs 580g.
Another new tablet was the 7-inch MeMO Pad ME172, which runs Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and weighs 360g.
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TV and online retailer Momo.com Inc (富邦媒體) yesterday said it has set up a new logistics subsidiary, Fu Sheng Logistics Co (富昇物流), to oversee the company’s extensive shipping operations. Leveraging Momo’s 23 satellite warehouses and distribution centers nationwide, Fu Sheng will be in charge of executing the retailer’s same-day shipment plan for deliveries in Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, Momo said in a press release. Seeking to further shorten its supply chain, the company is to set up another seven satellite warehouses and distribution centers by the end of the year. “Fu Sheng has a fleet of 200 couriers
STAYING AHEAD: Fitch said that TSMC remains technologically ahead of others, but Samsung is building a new chip fab, while China is investing in its domestic industry As escalating US-China tensions and COVID-19-related production disruptions force US technology supply chains to transform, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s (TSMC, 台積電) US$12 billion chip fabrication plant in Arizona would be key to spurring greater US production of core semiconductor components, Fitch Ratings said. “We view the US-TSMC alliance as a first step in building a more autonomous US technology supply chain, given high barriers to entry, specifically related to the significant capital and design capability required for leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing,” Fitch said in a statement on Tuesday. “By working with TSMC, US chipmakers will not face the financial burden of incremental investment
E Ink Holdings Inc (元太科技), the world’s sole supplier of e-paper displays for e-readers and shelf labels, posted its best quarterly net profit for the first quarter in nine years amid increased demand during a traditionally slow season. Net profit soared 80 percent to NT$787 million (US$26.23 million) in the quarter ended March 31, compared with NT$438 million a year earlier. That translated into earnings per share of NT$0.69, up from NT$0.39. E Ink posted lower royalty income of NT$371.23 million last quarter from NT$448.74 million a year earlier, a company financial statement showed. E Ink said that it expects royalty income to