TAIWAN - Asustek
is expected to outsource over 50% of its branded motherboard
manufacturing to outside OEMs by the end of 2008, as well as
outsourcing notebook products approximately 15%, according to an
industry report citing predictions by electronic industry watchers.
to the report, while Asustek and its division Unihan Technology have
already separated, market watchers commented that the percentage of
Asustek's product outsourcing to Unihan is still high, indicating that
the spin-off is not complete.
president Jerry Shen pointed out that the company will prioritize the outsourcing of non-notebook products first.
VA - The Electronics Component Assembly and Materials Association (ECA) reports
researchers are predicting the electronic components market in 2008 will
grow at about the same rate or slightly better than 2007, with supply and
demand for electronic components continuing to look good.
an increase in December, orders slowed in January,
according to the ECA’s four-to-five week average index, continuing that the
previous 12-month average remained relatively flat.
In addition, the Consumer Electronics Association predicted last month that the consumer products
market will grow 6.1% this year, fueled by a 13% growth in TV sales, a 173% increase
in next-generation DVD players, and 50% growth in video game consoles.
forecasts a 7% rise in worldwide electronics equipment revenue, driven
primarily by data processing and wireless communications markets.
components isn’t exactly a ‘teflon’ market, but it does have an uncanny ability
to weather storms that damage other markets. I think a lot of credit can go to
better management of supply chains based on the lessons learned from … the
market at the turn of the century,” concluded Bob Willis, ECA president.
PRAGUE, CZECHOSLOVAKIA - Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn is negotiating for the purchase of a plant in central Bohemia, according to industry sources.
According to reports, the company established its subsidiary Foxconn Technology
in January, in order to work on a purchase. The company already has plants in
Pardubice, eastern Bohemia, and Kutna Hora, central Bohemia.
Chang, company president, said that the company is interested in buying
a plant because of strong demand for computers and other electronics,
adding that since it would not have time to build a plant, the company
was looking to buy one already in operation.
that one possible purchase could be TV maker Changhong in Nymburk,
central Bohemia, which began operations last year. Changhong did not
comment on a possible sale.
Foxconn is one of the world's
largest producers of electronic products,
and the third largest Czech exporter, employing more than 300,000 in its plants around the world.
GENEVA — The World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the United States and the European Union and against China in an auto parts tariff dispute. This is the first time the WTO has ruled against China in a trade dispute.
The WTO panel acknowledged the U.S., Canadian and EU claims related to auto components tariffs. They agreed the tariffs discriminated against foreign automakers assembling cars in China, and therefore was contrary to WTO rules.