China white-box players leaving tablet market and pushing into new applications

ChinaDigi Times — With the global tablet market becoming mature and related shipments gradually weakening, China’s white-box players are leaving the market and turning to focus on new businesses such as 2-in-1 devices, robots and virtual reality. Worldwide tablet shipments reached the peak in 2013 at more than 200 million units, of which Apple’s iPad series contributed 74.2 million units.

Satellite device maker MTI sees revenues up on year in April

TaiwanDigi Times — Satellite and microwave communications device maker Microelectronics Technology (MTI) has reported revenues of NT$629.44 million (US$19.46 million) for April, down 12.21% sequentially but up 45.96% on year. For the first four months of 2016, revenues amounted to NT$2.654 billion, increasing 29.15% from a year earlier.

China market: Component orders from China white-box handset makers to decline

ChinaDigi Times — While parts and component makers in Taiwan’s handset supply chain are still receiving substantial orders from China-based white-box handset makers, orders are likely to reduce gradually due to a saturating domestic market in China and increasing shipments from first-tier brand vendors, according to sources from Taiwan’s handset supply chain.

China smartphone vendors ramping chip orders, sources say

ChinaDigi Times — China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Xiaomi and TCL have stepped up their pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. The May 1 holiday season encouraged China-based smartphone vendors to build inventories. Meanwhile, the vendors are gearing up for the upcoming roll-outs of their new models, said the sources.

Micromax goes online with 100% ‘Make in India’ plans

IndiaTimes of India — GURUGRAM: Leading domestic brand Micromax today announced a complete overhaul of its market strategy to arrest stalling growth in smartphones. Primarily a mobile brand, Micromax has expanded its focus to tablet PCs, LED TVs and laptops and aims to become a complete consumer electronics player.

Xiaomi invests $25 million in India

IndiaTimes of India — Xiaomi has made its first investment in India, leading a $25 million (Rs 170 crore) funding round into Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, an aggregator and publisher of entertainment content on the internet. Xiaomi, which will invest along with Hungama’s existing investors Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, will pick up a minority, but undisclosed, stake in the Mumbai-based company.

Indian handset makers to government: Don’t change current duty structure

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s local manufacturers have asked the finance ministry to delay by two years changing the duty structure which will make import of batteries, chargers and wired headsets more expensive, but will make local manufacturing of these products cheaper.

IoT key to unlocking India’s manufacturing potential

IndiaNikkei — The Internet of Things technology could provide a significant boost to Indian manufacturing, which has long suffered from a lack of competitiveness. “Make in India,” the slogan of an initiative launched by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cultivate the manufacturing sector, was highly visible on the streets for about a week in mid-February.

Dell increases sourcing of PC component from China

TaiwanDigi Times — Dell reportedly has significantly increased its desktop component supply from China-based players for 2016 and is planning to increase the supply share to above 70% in 2017, looking to reduce costs and tighten its relationships with local governments for a better chance to land procurement orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, the news has not been confirmed by Dell.

Foxconn, Sharp extend takeover talks deadline: Source

JapanTimes of India — KYO/TAIPEI: Sharp and Foxconn agreed on Friday to extend a deadline for takeover talks by 1-2 weeks, a person familiar with the matter said, after the Taiwanese firm had put the deal on hold to clarify “new material information.” Sharp, a loss-making Japanese display maker, announced on Thursday it had decided to sell a two-thirds stake to Foxconn, in a deal worth an estimated $5.8 billion.

Digitimes Research: Apple to see record low iPad shipments in 1Q16, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Apple is expected to ship 9.8 million iPads in the first quarter of 2016, historically its lowest quarterly level, with decreases of 39.1% on quarter and nearly 20% on year, according to Digitimes Research. There will be an estimated 46.65 million tablets shipped globally in the first quarter of 2016, slipping 28.6% on quarter and 8.6% on year, Digitimes Research indicated.

World’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 launched at Rs 251: 10 things to know

IndiaTimes of India — The Indian smartphone manufacturer Ringing Bells has launched the world’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 at Rs 251. The smartphone can be purchased from the company’s website starting February 18.Here are 10 things to know about Freedom 251:

Industry 4.0 and Singapore manufacturing

SingaporeStraits Times — In the not-too-distant future, different car models will be manufactured on a single, flexible production line “manned” by smarter, nimbler, autonomous robots that collaborate with humans and each other. Car parts will be able to recognise each other. Car components, meanwhile, make their own way down the assembly line and are re-ordered when needed, maximising just-in-time logistics.

Sharp may go to iPhone manufacturer Foxconn

JapanTimes of India — OSAKA, JAPAN/TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Foxconn is aiming to finalize a deal to acquire Japan’s Sharp Corp by the end of the month, after the two firms reached a consensus on most points, Foxconn chief executive officer Terry Gou said. Foxconn, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, has been given preferred negotiating rights and most remaining issues to be resolved were legal and regulatory, Gou said after meeting with executives of the struggling electronics maker on Friday.

Is Tesla Shifting Manufacturing To China?

ChinaChina Tech News — U.S.-based Tesla is known for crafting and selling automobiles to buyers around the world from their U.S. headquarters, but that may partially change soon. China’s high taxes on imports has forced Tesla’s hand. Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla, revealed to local media that he hopes to find a cooperating partner in mainland China in the middle of 2016 to establish an electric car factory for the local market.

Is Tesla Shifting Manufacturing To China?

Mobile phone production in India reaches 100 million units

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Mobile phone production in India has reached 100 million with leading companies setting up their manufacturing base in the country, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

Global smartphone shipments up 5.7% on year in 4Q15, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 399.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2015, up 5.7% from a year earlier, according to the latest data released by IDC. For all of 2015, worldwide smartphone shipments reached 1.433 billion units, marking the highest year of shipments on record, and representing a 10.1% on-year growth, IDC said.

Digitimes Research: China vendors ship over 150 million smartphones in 4Q15

ChinaDigi Times — Total shipments of smartphones by China-based vendors grew 8.8% on quarter and 18.3% on year to 154.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the latest data released by Digitimes Research. Of total shipments, China vendors saw their overseas shipments increase 25.6% on year to 69 million units in the fourth quarter, mainly to India, Southeast Asia, East Europe, Russia and South America, Digitimes Research revealed.

​Foxconn to buy Sharp for 600b yen: Report

JapanZDNet — Foxconn Technology Group, otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision, has reportedly offered to purchase Japanese technology company Sharp for 600 billion yen. According to Bloomberg, Sharp is expected to respond to Foxconn’s offer before the end of January. However, a Sharp spokesperson told Bloomberg that the company does not have any comment to provide.

HP introduces DaaS service for Indian enterprises

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: HP has announced a new Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) programme, empowering businesses in India. The objective of the program is to enable the businesses in India to stay ahead and be more efficient in delivering best experiences to their customers.

Notebook players to take measures to save costs and expand into non-PC market in 2016, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — With the notebook market expected to continue seeing a single-digit percentage shipment decline in 2016, brand vendors and ODMs are expected to become more aggressive pushing into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector to boost their non-PC incomes and adopting components from China-based suppliers to save costs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Qualcomm regains competitive edge in China solution market

China.gifDigi Times — Qualcomm has regained its competitive edge in China’s smartphone solution market as it has managed to renew licensing agreements with a number of China-based handset vendors, according to sources from Taiwan’s handset industry.

India-China mobile phone industry to hold talks

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Mobile phone industry players of India and China will deliberate on cooperation opportunities to enhance handset manufacturing eco-system in the country. “Chinese companies are keen to participate in the ‘Make in India’ campaign and establish mobile handset & component manufacturing facilities here,” Mobile World (Shoujibao) Shenzhen Founder & CEO Wu said in a statement.

Foxconn injects additional funds into overseas subsidiary for robot development

TaiwanDigi Times — Foxconn Electronics will inject an additional capital of US$120 million into its subsidiary Icreate Investment in the Cayman Islands, according to a release from Taiwan’s Investment Commission. Icreate is an investment arm of the Foxconn Group for overseas investment projects. Foxconn did not specify the purpose of its new investment plans.

Robot production a key of Foxconn development strategy, says chairman

TaiwanDigi Times — The production of robot products will be the major focus of the Foxconn Group’s development strategy, according to the group’s chairman Terry Gou. In addition to importing robots to China, Foxconn has also partnered with Japan’s Softbank and China’s Alibaba to push and market robot services such as Pepper worldwide.

Worldwide PC shipments will continue to decline into 2016 as short-term outlook softens, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall 10% in the fourth quarter of 2015, pulling on-year growth for all of 2015 down to negative 10.3%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Short-term headwinds like the strong US dollar, depressed commodity prices, and existing inventory have also lowered the outlook for early 2016, although shipments are still expected to stabilize by the end of 2016 and grow slightly toward the end of the forecast as commercial replacements rise.

Western Digital, Seagate in 10TB HDD competition, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Following Western Digital’s releases of shingled magnetic recording (SMR)-based helium-filled 10TB hard disc drive (HDD) and perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR)-based 10TB HDD, Seagate is also expected to launch its 10TB HDD in the near future. Western Digital’s 10TB HDDs were both released by its subsidiary Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) and the company currently is a leader in helium-filling technology.

Hengtong Plans Optic Cable Base In Malaysia

MalaysiaThe Malaysian Reserve — Hengtong Group Co Ltd (Hengtong), China’s largest industrial optic cable producer by volume, plans to set up an industrial base in Malaysia by 2018, according to the company’s top official. Hengtong Group deputy president Forest Wang said the move would allow the company to tap into the growing market in Malaysia as well as the rest of Asean.

Australian manufacturers turn to IoT and analytics

AustraliaIoT HUB — Manufacturers expect IoT will be second only to cloud in terms of the transformative benefits it brings to the sector, a survey by Cisco shows. The survey, which encompassed 600 manufacturers in 13 countries including Australia, found one in three respondents are looking to IoT for future business benefit.

Foxconn to build processing base in China

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: Contract electronics maker Foxconn plans to build a new processing base in northwest China’s Gansu province, indicating the tech giant’s further expansion on the inland market. Foxconn Technology Group, the main supplier to tech giant Apple, inked a cooperation deal with Gansu Radio and Television Network Co Ltd, agreeing to establish a joint electronics processing base in the provincial capital Lanzhou, Xinhua reported.