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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

MANUFACTURING

Analysts see sapphire rise

Worldwide penetration of sapphire substrate for non-LED applications is forecast to continue expanding to 32 percent this year, because of Apple Inc’s adoption of the material for its iPhone camera lenses and fingerprint sensors, TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said yesterday. Apple’s choice of the material is due to its scratch resistance, and the US company is expected to use sapphire substrates for more new products, such as the rumored iWatch, TrendForce said.

AVIATION

EVA eyes five Dreamliners

EVA Airways Corp (EVA, 長榮航空) chairman Chang Kuo-wei (張國煒) said on Wednesday that EVA plans to buy at least five Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, which the US firm is to produce commercially in 2019, to replace EVA’s Airbus 330-200s. EVA is also to continue buying Boeing 777-300ERs to serve as the backbone of its fleet, Chang said.

MACHINE TOOLS

Nation leads Malaysian expo

Taiwan dominates the Malaysia Metaltech exhibition that opened on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, with 43 local toolmakers comprising the biggest presence among the 44 countries and areas at the exhibition, which runs until tomorrow. Taiwan’s machine tool sector generates production revenue of about US$5.43 billion a year, making the nation the world’s fourth-largest machine tool exporter in terms of export value.

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