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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

FSC touts deregulation

Financial Supervisory Commission Chairman William Tseng (曾銘宗) said that a plan to allow wider share price fluctuations in the local bourse to allow daily increases or drops of up to 10 percent, from the current 7 percent, would be unveiled later this month or early next month, as the commission is discussing the matter with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, the GRETAI Securities Market and the Taiwan Securities Association before finalizing the plan.

Tseng made the remark on

Saturday during an interview with Wealth publishing group chairman Hsieh Chin-ho (謝金河) on a business news program on Eastern TV News, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported.

Tseng also said the commission is planning more deregulation, as well as complementary measures, in a bid to improve local capital markets, the report said.

Semiconductor BB ratio falls

The book-to-bill (BB) ratio for North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers, such as Applied Materials Inc, dropped below one — to 0.98 — last month, industry association SEMI said on Friday.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings was US$1.37 billion in orders last month, down 1.1 percent year-on-year, but up 12.3 percent month-on-month, SEMI said in a statement.

As the three-month average of worldwide billings also rose 3.1 percent year-on-year to US$1.39 billion and 17 percent month-on-month, the book-to-bill ratio fell to 0.98 last month from 1.02 in November last year, the association said.

A ratio of 0.98 means that US$98 worth of orders were received for every US$100 of product billed during the month.

A ratio of above one implies a more optimistic outlook, while a ratio of less than one suggests weakness.

AUO to recruit 1,500 workers

AU Optronics Corp (AUO, 友達光電), the nation’s No. 2 LCD maker, plans to recruit 1,500 engineers this year to expand its technology workforce, the company said in a statement on Friday.

The new recruits require backgrounds in the fields of process equipment, display development, electronics and integration testing, the company said.

About 100 engineers from the new hires will be assigned to work in the company’s sixth-generation factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China, AUO said.

Acer notebook market share up

Acer Inc (宏碁) expects to continue to win more ground from rivals in consumer notebooks in the domestic market amid its efforts to achieve double-digit local sales growth in the first quarter of this year.

In the second half of last year, Acer’s Taiwan market share in consumer notebooks had increased from 18 percent in September to 23 percent in November and 23.9 percent last month, Acer president of Taiwan operations Towny Huang (黃鐘鋒) said on Friday, adding that the figure is expected to hit 25 percent by the end of March.

The company’s local revenue in the fourth quarter of last year grew 5 percent from a year earlier, Huang said.

The company is also bidding for school projects to adopt laptops that run Google Inc’s Chrome operating system, in a move to cash in on the niche computer category, he said.

Low birth rate a concern: NDC

Taiwan’s declining birth rate will soon take a toll on the nation’s workforce, the National Development Council (NDC) said on Tuesday last week, adding that the working population would fall by an average of 180,000 people annually from 2016.

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