Taiwan's AUO omitted from list of Apple suppliers

The Taiwanese firm was widely expected to be included among Apple suppliers

 (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Apple released its newest list of suppliers for this year, which included more than 200 companies, but TFT-LCD manufacturer AU Optronics (AUO) was left off the supply chain list despite predictions that would be included this year.

AUO was not the only Taiwanese company omitted from the Apple supply chain. Taoyuan-based Coxon Precise Industrial Co., Ltd. (谷崧精密工業) and New Taipei City-based Jarllytec Co., Ltd. (兆利科技) were also not included.

However, Micron Technology, Inc. (美光則), a U.S.-based semiconductor device manufacturer with a manufacturing facility in Taichung, was included as an Apple supplier as was Taiwanese passive component manufacturer Yageo Corp. (國巨公司). In all, six Taiwanese companies were included in the list of 222 suppliers.

AUO’s revenue from iPhone, iPad and other Apple products accounted for 2 percent of the company’s revenue.

Rumors last year suggested that Apple intended to invest in AUO for research and development of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens for future products. Apple had hired former AUO engineers to develop new panel technologies, UDN reported.

Electronics components manufacturer Catcher Technology Co., Ltd., which has been a key supplier for Apple’s metal casings, has been one of the leaders among smartphone component suppliers in the Asia Pacific this year, according to Bloomberg.