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China PV market set to boom as government raises 2015 installation target to 21 GW

July 16, 2012 3:47 pm | News | Comments

Photovoltaic (PV) installations in China are set to reach over 4 gigawatts (GW) in the second half of the year, according to a new report from IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS)). The latest version of China’s Five-Year-Plan for the PV industry reveals that China’s regulatory and planning body, NDRC, has lifted its installation target from 15 GW to 21 GW by 2015. This positive guideline will

One in every three mobile phones sold in the Philippines is a smartphone: GfK Philippines

July 16, 2012 1:21 pm | News | Comments

Increasing affordability of smartphones has been propelling the strong growth of the sector in the Philippines, rendering the country one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the emerging Southeast Asia region. In the first five months of this year, almost 1.7 million units of smartphones have already been sold, translating to more than five times the volume sales from the same period last year.

China PV market set to boom as government raises 2015 installation target to 21GW

July 16, 2012 11:33 am | News | Comments

Photovoltaic (PV) installations in China are set to reach over 4 gigawatts (GW) in the second half of the year, according to a new report from IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS. The latest version of China’s Five-Year-Plan for the PV industry reveals that China’s regulatory and planning body, NDRC, has lifted its installation target from 15 GW to 21 GW by 2015.


Shanghai US consulate's social media account, known for its irreverent remarks, disappears

July 13, 2012 9:08 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A widely read microblog written by the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai and known for its sometimes tongue-in-cheek comments about China's social and political issues was inaccessible Friday.

Indonesia, South Africa, and Vietnam ranked top emerging markets after BRIC for 2012-2017

July 12, 2012 9:29 am | News | Comments

According to the Business Perspectives on Emerging Markets 2012-2017 Report by Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA), Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) will retain their leading positions as the worlds’ top emerging markets for 2012-2017. In a ranking of the top 30 emerging markets international companies plan to target in 2012-2017...

A plea from the trenches: Common sense in the supply chain

July 10, 2012 9:54 am | by George "Jr" Thompson, Strategic Supply Chain Manager | Blogs | Comments

I recently read a report that the Department of Defense received over 80,000 counterfeit components from a now-defunct Shenzhen-based broker named "Hong Dark Electronics." After reading this, I felt two things: amusement and terror. I felt amusement that the DoD has been authorizing purchases from a Shenzhen-based broker (and in turn receiving various types of counterfeit components)...

CCID Consulting: China's test and measurement instrument market expanded significantly in 2011

July 9, 2012 11:19 am | News | Comments

China's test and measurement instrument market saw a significant expansion in 2011, with its market size up 13.5 percent year-on-year to reach RMB 7.41 billion, thanks to the stable macro economy, the growth of the terminal product (such as smart phones) market, the continuous introduction and the commercial use of the new-generation telecommunications standards.

Berenberg cuts Cognizant, VMware to hold

July 6, 2012 9:38 am | by Sagarika Jaisinghani, Reuters | News | Comments

Sales at global IT companies are likely to come under pressure, hurt by slowing spending and weakening European demand, Berenberg said, downgrading Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp and VMware Inc.


Advantest breaks ground for Cheonan, S. Korea factory

July 5, 2012 10:42 am | News | Comments

Advantest Corporation announced that its South Korean subsidiary, Advantest Korea Co., Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) broke ground on June 28 for its new factory in Cheonan City, Chungnam Province, South Korea. The ground breaking ceremony was

Avnet, Inc. announces a tender offer for Internix, Inc.

July 5, 2012 10:38 am | News | Comments

Avnet, Inc. announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has launched a tender offer bid for all outstanding shares of Internix, Inc. , a publicly traded company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange , substantially expanding its presence in the Japanese market. Established in 1970 by founder the late Yoshiharu Fujisawa, Internix is an electronics components distributor representing both Japanese and foreign suppliers serving

Making the best of breakdown and natural variability in manufacturing

July 3, 2012 2:27 pm | by Tom McNamara, Sarah Hudson, ESC Rennes School of Business, Rennes, France & Sabry Shaaban ESC La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France | Articles | Comments

While many manufacturers are still feeling the negative effects of the Great Recession of 2008, it appears that there is a growing new trend. More and more production and fabrication work looks like it is coming back to developed economies. There are several factors behind this new phenomenon. One is rising wages in China.

Japan's Renesas seeks to cut 12 percent of workforce

July 3, 2012 9:38 am | by Mari Saito, Reuters | News | Comments

Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp, the world's fifth-largest chipmaker, said it wanted to reduce its workforce by 12 percent and shed half of its domestic plants within three years to compete better with aggressive overseas rivals to produce cheaper, smaller chips.

Beats headphone maker buys MOG music service

July 2, 2012 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Upscale headphone maker Beats Electronics is buying MOG, a music subscription service that has struggled to compete with rivals such as Rhapsody and Spotify.


Micron Technology buying Elpida for about $750M

July 2, 2012 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Memory-chip maker Micron Technology Inc. has agreed to buy Elpida Memory Inc. for approximately $750 million in cash in a deal that would boost its wafer manufacturing capacity by about 50 percent.

China court: Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case

July 2, 2012 9:43 am | by Joe McDonald, Business Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market.

Solar production glut to persist to 2015: study

June 26, 2012 12:14 pm | by Matt Daily, Reuters | News | Comments

Solar panel manufacturers face three more years of tough conditions until the market shuts down excess production capacity, according to a new report issued on Tuesday by renewable power consultancy GTM Research.

For Samsung, Galaxy halo effect comes with supply crunch

June 26, 2012 9:16 am | by Miyoung Kim, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics' struggle to keep pace with rampant demand for its new Galaxy S III smartphone may have cost the South Korean firm some 2 million units of sales in just a month.

Lenovo shares hit 4-month low on concern over PC outlook

June 25, 2012 9:37 am | by Vikram Subhedar and Lee Chyen Yee, Reuters | News | Comments

Shares of Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's No.2 PC maker, fell by more than 6 percent to a more than four-month intraday low on market concern over the outlook for the PC market amid the global economic slowdown.

China manned docking a key step for space station

June 25, 2012 9:15 am | by Gabriel Wildau and Samuel Shen, Reuters | News | Comments

China re-affirmed its goal of building a full-fledged space station by 2020 on Sunday, following a successful manual docking between a manned spacecraft and an experimental orbiting lab module.

It's a's a's a Volkswagen!

June 19, 2012 4:39 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern, WDD Magazine | Articles | Comments

The ‘People’s Car Project’ debuted in China last year, as an experimental website aimed at soliciting ideas for future car models from Chinese inhabitants. The site received 119,000 concept-based ideas from its 33 million hits. The project aims to bring the Chinese public- VW’s largest market- to the forefront of its design team, and help the German automaker develop the “Volkswagen model of the future.”

NTT Docomo backs Silicon Valley photo-sharing startup

June 18, 2012 1:06 pm | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Japanese mobile phone operator NTT Docomo Inc's venture arm has taken a stake in Silicon Valley startup Cooliris, which recently sold one of its divisions to another Asian carrier, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.

Exclusive: Online bank-theft software grows more sophisticated

June 18, 2012 9:17 am | by Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

Two of the most pervasive and dangerous types of software for stealing money from bank accounts have been improved and can now transfer money out automatically, without a hacker's supervision, researchers said.

Google: Government requests to censor content "alarming"

June 18, 2012 9:05 am | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

Google has received more than 1,000 requests from authorities to take down content from its search results or YouTube video in the last six months of 2011, the company said on Monday, denouncing what it said was an alarming trend.

Liu Tang draws cheers as first Chinese woman set for space voyage

June 15, 2012 8:53 am | by Maxim Duncan, Rueters | News | Comments

China will send its first woman into outer space this week, prompting a surge of national pride as the rising power takes its latest step towards putting a space station in orbit within the decade.

TSMC sees tech challenge in 450mm wafer race

June 12, 2012 9:26 am | by Argin Chang, Reuters, Taipei | News | Comments

TSMC, the world's top contract chip maker, confirmed on Tuesday it is aiming to manufacture bigger silicon wafers that could lower the cost of chip production, but said technical difficulties will remain in the next five years.

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