Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Jan 03, 2014 - Page 14

SEMICONDUCTORSC

Nanya signs loan deal

Local DRAM chipmaker Nanya Technology Corp (南亞科技) yesterday inked agreements with 14 local banks, led by Bank of Taiwan (台灣銀行), for NT$12 billion (US$400 million) in syndicated loans. The company said it plans to use the funds to repay bank loans and buy new equipment.

LABOR

More workers furloughed

The number of workers who have agreed to take unpaid leave has increased by 15 percent over the past two weeks, according to data released yesterday by the Council of Labor Affairs. As of Tuesday, a total of 2,513 employees in 42 companies had agreed to take unpaid leave, with 1,501 already on furlough, the data shows. The numbers were higher than the figures released on Dec. 15, when 2,172 workers in 38 companies had agreed to unpaid leave, and 1,429 had already started.

TELCOMS

HTC struggling in China

Chinese consumers are still most interested in smartphones made by Samsung Electronics Co and Apple Inc, while HTC (宏達電) remains in a lower-tier group, according to a survey recently released by Morgan Stanley. The Taiwanese firm had a 4.9 percent share of the page views in November on ZOL.com, one of China’s biggest online shops, putting it in sixth place in the Chinese market. Samsung and Apple stayed in the top two spots with page view shares of 21.8 percent and 12.6 percent respectively.