Taiwan, EMS, China

Taiwan Maintains EMS Dominance Amidst China’s Challenge

Editor’s Note: Welcome to AspenCore’s Special Project on Focus on Taiwan, Part 2. Offered in the form of an eBook, this special project provides an in-depth look at Taiwan. We explored the topic from multiple angles including the business, technology, and economy. The ascension of mainland China as a manufacturing powerhouse has been both a blessing…

Foxconn Unit Buys Belkin for $866M

Foxconn Interconnect Technology Limited (HKG: 6088), a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., and Belkin International, Inc. (Belkin®, Linksys®, Wemo®, Phyn® brands), jointly announced today the signing of a definitive agreement under which FIT agreed to acquire Belkin at US$866 million in cash, creating a global consumer electronics leader. Leveraging Belkin’s strength in research and development capabilities and consumer productschannel ,…

OEM Re-Verticalization is Squeezing Semiconductor and Distribution TAM

Verticalization – or the more modern version of it – is in vogue again and its embrace by the biggest and most powerful OEMs is roiling the electronics industry as the opportunities and sizes of markets served by semiconductor makers, component distributors and software developers shrink further, forcing a re-evaluation of their roles, offerings and…

Foxconn ‘Bank’: A New Twist in Supply Chain Financing

Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd is giving a new meaning to the term “full-service-provider.” It is a contract manufacturer, a supplier of a wide range of parts and services to electronics OEMs and, since last year, a provider of critical financing support to suppliers. By setting up a business unit to fund suppliers, Foxconn has cracked…

AIS Sells Majority Stake to Foxconn Subsidiary

Irvine, Calif. – American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS), a global leading supplier of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), Industrial PCs and Industrial Automation (IA) Control and Monitoring Systems, announced today Ennoconn Corporation (6414.TW), a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group (2317.TW) in Taiwan, a global leader of industrial hardware systems and solutions provider to various vertical market applications,…

Robots in the Supply Chain is Old News; Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence

Robots are the natural next step in the evolution of the electronics manufacturing supply chain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone but it seems some economists and researchers were shocked at the recent news that Foxconn had automated some of its plants, replacing workers with robots. This resulted in the elimination of as many as 60,000 factory…

Display IP Drives Foxconn-Sharp Deal

Ongoing consolidation has me sometimes feeling that the semiconductor and electronics industry is a shrinking group of major corporations representing leading sectors. The headlining M&A story of the year—so far– is the Foxconn-Sharp merger penned at the beginning of April, but which began in 2012. The seesaw story of Sharp’s financial troubles plagued the company for…

IHS: Foxconn-Sharp Deal Creates TFT-LCD Production Powerhouse

David Hsieh, Senior Director, IHS Technology Key Points: The boards of Foxconn and Sharp yesterday approved a takeover plan valued at USD3.5 billion. Through its subsidiaries, Innolux and Century, Foxconn is a leading supplier of thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT LCDs). It is already the largest component supplier, systems integrator and subcontract manufacturer for many of the world’s leading…