More notebooks to hit market
More 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch notebook computers will hit the market this year as major PC brands change their notebook marketing efforts, according to a local research institute. Major vendors “plan to attack the market in the second half of the year” with heavily promoted low-priced touch notebooks to try and counter the downward trend in global notebook sales, WitsView, a display research division of TrendForce, said in a recent research note. First-quarter notebook shipments totaled 39 million units worldwide, down 15.5 percent from the previous quarter and down 12.2 percent from a year ago, WitsView said.
German investment boosted
A double taxation avoidance agreement between Taiwan and Germany has helped boost bilateral investment in the two countries, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. During the first three months of the year, Taiwanese investment in Germany totaled US$4.03 million, nearly nine times the US$451,000 invested there during the same period last year, while German investment in Taiwan also saw a big increase in the first quarter to US$30.44 million, up from US$10.85 million a year earlier, the ministry said. Germany was Taiwan’s 12th-largest foreign investor last year, with investment of US$56.44 million, while Taiwanese companies invested US$15.83 million in Germany, it said.