Hon Hai (aka Foxconn) putting Taiwan back in the iPhone in cell touch panel production race

Talk about perseverance in Taiwan’s manufacturing industry!  Despite AU Optronics Corp’s—one of Taiwan’s largest manufacturers of touch panel displays—inability to keep up with competitors from South Korea and Japan, another one of Taiwan’s tech manufacturing company has managed to step up its game to get Taiwan back into the race.

Talk about perseverance in Taiwan’s manufacturing industry!  Despite AU Optronics Corp’s—one of Taiwan’s largest manufacturers of touch panel displays—inability to keep up with competitors from South Korea and Japan, another one of Taiwan’s tech manufacturing company has managed to step up its game to get Taiwan back into the race.

the new iphone 51 Hon Hai (aka Foxconn) putting Taiwan back in the iPhone in cell touch panel production race

Many companies are working hard to obtain’s Apple’s business as the iPhone 5’s development continues.  The in-cell touch panel display that’s supposed to slim down the iPhone has been a hot topic among iPhone enthusiasts.  Sharp, LG, and Sony—all of which are Japanese or South Korean-based—are all working hard to develop and getting ready to mass produce the new type of touch panel for Apple’s new iPhone. 

Sharp panels Hon Hai (aka Foxconn) putting Taiwan back in the iPhone in cell touch panel production race

One company in Taiwan, however, refuses to let Japan and South Korea dominate the development and manufacturing of the next iPhone’s touch panel.  According to yahoo.com, Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (does the name “Foxconn” ring a bell?) has worked out an agreement with Sharp Corp, in which Sharp will provide the technological “know-how” for producing Apple’s mobile phone panels. 

In the report, yahoo.com states that Sharp is attempting to dig itself out of a hole since it incurred a massive loss of about $4.75 billion last year.  Hon Hai agreed to purchase a 46.48% stake in Sharp in March, thus providing for some cushion for Sharp’s sharp drop (pun-intended). 

Perhaps the move by Hon Hai to purchase stakes in Sharp Corp was more than just trying to exert its dominance in other markets.  The calculative move might have been Hon Hai’s intention in trying to overtake AU Optronics and other leading panel manufacturers in Taiwan. 

Not only does this move put Hon Hai in the same front as other panel makers in Taiwan, but it also ensures that the “Made in Taiwan” signature doesn’t disappear from Apple’s future iPhone. 

Touche, Hon Hai.  Touche.