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Procurement Delegations of Chinese TV Makers, Telecoms to Visit Taiwan in June
May 14, 2009
Two Chinese procurement delegations, formed by TV makers and telecoms, are scheduled to visit Taiwan in June, according to reports by Taiwanese media. The TV maker delegation, consisting of Konka, Hisense, Skyworth, TCL, SVA, Xoceco, and Panda Electronics, will meet Taiwanese LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) panel suppliers on June 1 in Taipei, according to an Economic Daily News report on May 13. It is reported that via collective purchase, the Chinese TV makers seek to place orders for lower-priced LCD panels from AUO and CMO. The two Taiwanese LCD panel makers combined account for more than 50% of overall panel supply for Chinese flat-panel TV makers. In addition to lowering panel prices via collective purchase, the Chinese TV makers expect to form long-term panel supply partnerships and further technological collaborations with Taiwanese LCD panel makers.

Meanwhile, starting on June 3, there will be a two-day procurement meeting between Chinese telecom operators and equipment providers and Taiwanese mobile device, notebook PC, and communications equipment makers, Taiwan's Commercial Times reported on May 13. According to the Commercial Times report, the meeting is organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Chinese delegation will consist of representatives from China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, Datang Telecom Technology, ZTE, and Huawei Technologies. It is currently under negotiation as to whether there will be delegates from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Officials from Taiwanese telecom operators including Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone Telecommunications, Taiwan Mobile, and Vibo Telecom, as well as representatives from Taiwanese equipment vendors such as MediaTek, VIA Technologies, HTC, Acer, Asustek Computer, ZyXEL Communications, Gemtek Technology, and D-Link, are expected to attend this meeting. It is estimated that the amount of procurement orders for communications products to placed by the Chinese delegation will range from NT$30 billion (US$911.9 million; US$1=NT$32.9) to NT$40 billion (US$1.2 billion).