Texas power outage hits semiconductor industry: Taiwan’s UMC stock up 1.04%

United Microelectronics Corp (UMC: TWSE 2303) stock rose 1.04% today after power shortages in Texas led to a shutdown in semiconductor manufacturing plants in Austin. The Texas shutdowns will exacerbate the global shortage in semiconductors, the Financial Times reported. Austin’s local electricity supplier Austin Energy told manufacturers to reduce or completely halt operations after a winter storm swept through the state, bringing record low temperatures, snow, and rolling blackouts that left millions of Texans without power. Samsung electronics halted operations

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Taiwan develops mask with transparent windows to improve communication

Medical mask manufacturer Taiwan Champ Manufacturing will donate 20,000 newly-developed transparent masks to social welfare organizations, after a joint effort between government and private sector groups to develop a mask to improve communication with the people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and it may bring benefits to anyone who appreciates a smile. Hsieh Li-fang (謝莉芳), chairperson of the Dandelion Hearing and Language Association (DHLA), said that people with hearing impairments rely on visual cues, facial expressions, and lip

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First Made in Taiwan Light Rail Train Rolls Out

Cover picture: United Daily News. The first train for the Tamsui Light Rail project rolled off the production line today at a factory in Hsinchu. It is the first light rail train to be manufactured in Taiwan. The LRTs are being manufactured by Taiwan Rolling Stock Company in cooperation with German company Voith Engineering Services. An unveiling ceremony was attended by New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫). A Taipei Metro spokesperson said the light blue color represents the clear

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