A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS NCC Approves APT-FET Deal Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) on March 3 approved local telecom operator Far EasTone’s (FET) application to share its 5G bandwidth on the 3.5GHz frequency band with Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT). As a condition of…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Microsoft begins hiring to boost Taiwan R&D Microsoft announced on February 5 that it would work to make Taiwan a global technology research and development hub. The company said it is confident in the island’s strong integration of…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Semiconductor and automotive chips updates The global supply shortage of automotive chips has forced German automakers Volkswagen and Audi to halt production, prompting the German Economics Minister to look to Taiwan for help. Taiwan’s Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Pegatron enters Tesla supply chain Apple supplier Pegatron has recently expanded its cooperation with U.S. car producer Tesla. According to news sources, Pegatron has recently entered Tesla’s charging station supply chain and is expected to move into mass…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Ørsted signs investment agreement for Taiwan wind farm Danish wind power developer Ørsted signed an investment agreement in late December with Canadian institutional investor CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec) and local investor Cathay PE. Under…

 A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taipei’s TOPICS ASE plans expansion in southern Taiwan  On December 16, semiconductor packaging and testing giant ASE, along with Chunghwa Telecom and major wafer producer Qualcomm, announced at a press conference that they would begin construction on the world’s first…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taipei’s TOPICS GlobalWafers edges closer to US$4.5 billion acquisition Taiwanese semiconductor silicon wafer fab GlobalWafers announced on November 30 that it intends to acquire German Siltronic AG for US$4.5 billion. If the deal goes through, GlobalWafers would become the world’s…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taipei’s TOPICS Costco unveils second Taichung location The grand opening of American multinational retailer Costco’s 14th Taiwan location place on November 20. Costco’s new outlet, the second to be opened in Taichung, is unique for specializing in yachts and designer…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taipei’s TOPICS TSMC begins recruitment for Arizona fab The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) began posting job listings on LinkedIn in early November for its planned 5nm fab in Arizona. Positions at the fab fall into at least 10 categories,…

A bi-weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taipei’s TOPICS Sales of iPhone 12 predicted to set record Apple’s newest offering, the iPhone 12, went on sale in Taiwan on October 23. Taiwan’s three largest telecoms operators – Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, and Far EasTone – have indicated…