ASEAN, Rising as a Promising Export Market for New Industries, Parts, and Materials

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryASEAN has a population of 640 million, 12.5 times the population of Korea. The GDP growth rate of ASEAN from 2009 to 2017 is almost 5%. The proportion of the Korean exports to the Big 4 markets (China, U.S., EU and Japan) was 50.8% in 2017, decreased from 56.6% of 2007. On the other hand, the proportion of export to ASEAN increased from 10.4% to 16.6%.
ASEAN countries are rising as promising areas for export of new industrial products and parts/materials as they are intensively fostering the high-tech products, and the parts and materials industry of Korea.
In ‘Export Opportunities and Promising Items for ASEAN,’ which was presented by the Institute for International Trade of the Korea International Trade Association, electrical machines and parts in the field of new industry, machines and parts in the field of optical instruments, and parts, copper and aluminum materials, etc. are items expected to be exported to the ASEAN may be significantly more.
Increase of the local market share and stabilization of import demand, especially focusing on electric condensers, telephones, microphones, and printed circuits in the field of electrical equipment, reflectors, liquid crystal devices and laser equipment among optical instruments, and processing/crafting machines, machining centers for metal processing, and cold- formed processing machines in the machinery field are expected to help exports.
This report said that
“while the entire exports of Korea in the last year increased 1.6 times from 2009, the entire exports of ASEAN increased almost 2.3 times. Among them, exports to Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar (VIM), and Philippines (VIP) which have strong growth potentials increased 4.2 times and 3.8 times, respectively.”
It also added that “looking at it by item, exports of the new industry, including next-generation semiconductors, displays, high-tech new materials, etc., to ASEAN, VIM and VIP increased 3 times, 15 times, and 6.4 times, respectively. Korean companies evaluated Vietnam and Indonesia most highly in terms of export potential and investment advancement in the survey of the Korea International Trade Association.”
Jung, Gwi-il, a researcher of the Trend Analysis Center of the Korea International Trade Association emphasized that “the major countries of ASEAN have huge potential for the population and economic growth rate and are expanding political support for the industry of high-tech and parts and materials. Korean companies should realize ASEAN as a promising market for export of higher value-added items and accordingly, aggressively attack their markets based on the new industry and the field of parts and materials.”

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Chinese makers also made a foray into the 8K TV market

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryTCL, the world’s third-largest TV manufacturer, announced that it would launch an 8K TV next year. It is said that Haier, Changhong, and Hisense have already completed the development of 8K TVs and are pondering when to launch them. The TV industry expects that they will take the wraps off commercial products early next year and launch them within next year.
Sharp, which launched the world’s first 8K TV, plans to launch a second-generation 8K TV this month.
If 8K TV models increase beginning next year, they will compete in terms of various points such as image quality chips, display types, and sizes.
Samsung Electronics uses the Quantum Processor 8K, an artificial intelligence (AI)-based image quality upgrade chip, as its competitive edge. Because of a lack of 8K TV contents, the image quality upgrade function will be the factor that determines the quality of the contents.
“The Quantum Processor 8K is about one year ahead of its competitors’ chips,” a Samsung Electronics official said. “We will continue to take the lead with our competitiveness in QLED 8K core technology.”
LG Electronics is highlighting OLED displays as a strong point. OLED displays are currently receiving the highest evaluation in the premium TV market, so a change will occur in the competition if 8K OLED TVs come out.
The outlook on the 8K TV market is bright. Market researcher IHS Markit predicted that the 8K TV market would grow from less than 20,000 units in 2018 to 430,000 units in 2019 and two million units in 2020. It was forecasted that the TV market would change with a focus on 60-inch or larger TVs.
The TV makers’ shift of focus to 8K TVs may be good news for the display industry too. This is because the green light has been given to the expansion of 8K panels, which are somewhat expensive, and demand for large-sized panels is expected to grow.

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Next Year Will See War Among 8K TVs

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryPremium TV competition will move from 4K TVs to 8K TVs. Next year, global TV makers plan to release 8K TVs one after another. It is forecasted that they will compete in terms of size, display systems, and picture quality chips.
According to recent industry sources, major TV manufacturers such as LG Electronics, TCL, and Haier plan to launch 8K TVs next year.
So far, only Samsung Electronics and Sharp have launched 8K TVs. If other manufacturers join the trend, consumer interest in the 8K TV market will increase significantly.
LG Electronics is planning to take the wraps off an 8K TV with an organic light emitting diode (OLED) panel in June of next year. The LG 8K OLED TV unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show (IFA) 2018 in Berlin, Germany for the first time in the world and will be released next year. Earlier, LG Display announced that it would start producing 8K OLED panels in May next year.
“Standard technology for 8K TVs has not yet been decided, so we have no plan to release it in a hurry,” said an official at LG Electronics. “We showed that we were ready to launch an 8K OLED TV ready through the IFA and will release the product in June next year.”

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Forecasts say that the Memory semiconductor market will continue growing, and NAND DRAM fiashes will maintain oligopoly in the market next year

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryThe memory semiconductor market, such as the DRAM and NAND flashes, will continue to expand next year with the expansion of their applications into AI, big data, the IoT, smart cities, smart homes, smartphones, servers, and cloud computing among others.
Memory semiconductors are largely classified into ROMs (Read Only Memories) and RAM (Random Access Memories). ROMs include EEP ROMs, EP ROMs, flash memories, and P ROMs. RAMs include SRAMs, SD RAMs, M RAMs, and DRAMs.
“Many experts forecast that the memory semiconductor market is expected to grow steadily next year,” said Jang Jun-duk, a researcher at SK Hynix in the Seminar on Semiconductor Market Forecast, held at the COEX Conference Room, held jointly by the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association and the Korea Semiconductor Research Cooperative. “The NAND market has been growing rapidly since 1970, but is highly unlikely to fall to the previous level. Thus, the market will continue to grow next year as it has done this year,”
“The DRAM market has been dominated by Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, and Micron, and their oligopoly is continuing,” researcher Jang said. “The memory semiconductor market will be at US$100 billion for DRAMs and US$60 billion for NANDs next year,” he said.
“Most market research organizations such as the IDC, IHS, Gartner, and Goldman Sachs have lowered their forecasts on DRAMs and NANDs to 2% and 3%, respectively. But, they do not expect prices to slide more significantly than the B/G price,” researcher Jang added.

 


Observing B/G projections adjusted by organizations in 2019, DRAMs are expected to grow 20% and NANDs 40% on average.
“Memory semiconductors passed a period of volatility of rapid growth and downturn centered on PCs in the 1990s and early 2000s and underwent supplier oligopoly, then their applications were diversified into smartphones, servers, and cloud computing. Since the 2000s, the volatility has weakened and the market has matured,” researcher Jang said.
“Accordingly, the memory market has focused on productivity improvement rather than building new fab facilities, and new fab facility construction has sharply decreased since 2010. Most of the newly built fabs are NAND or hybrid fabs,” researcher Jang added.

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High-Efficiency Inverter

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiry[INQ. NO. 1812E09] The smart automation solution from LS Industrial Systems is garnering much attention as consumer-centered energy management grows in importance due to an energy conversion policy.
Since 2001, LS Industrial Systems has supplied about 60,000 high- efficiency inverters (1482MW), reducing power consumption by 550MW and improving energy efficiency about 40% compared to the time when high-efficiency inverters were not used.
About 1,000 regeneration units of the company have been supplied to elevators, cranes, and etc, saving 34GWh since 2013.
A high-efficiency inverter controls the rotational speed of a motor by changing the voltage and frequency of the power supply. It is possible to optimize the speed of machinery to suit environments at production sites, thus preventing the waste of energy. LS Industrial Systems leads the manufacturing innovation field that the government is focusing on through ‘smart factory’ solutions that integrates automation technology.
For four years since 2011, LS Industrial Systems invested more than 20 billion won in building a smart factory in Cheongju by combining ICT and automation technology. The smart factory is capable of mass-producing various products, as well as producing small numbers of many kinds of products by combining ICT and automation technology.
LS Industrial Systems said that productivity and energy efficiency improved more than 60% and drastically decreased the defect ratio to 27PPM, the level of global smart factories, thanks to the drastically reduced standby time after the construction of the smart factory.
The company also improved its management efficiency by cutting the number of workers in half per production line, thereby making it possible to relocate personnel to new business sites.
“We are contributing to the nation’s energy efficiency projects with our world-class automation solutions and technology,” said an official of LS Industrial Systems.
“We will continue to make endeavors to become a leading company in the field of energy efficiency by steadily securing key technology and expanding investment.”

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Simultaneous Radio Devices

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryINSOPACK Co., Ltd. was established as a venture company by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and specializes in the R&D of wired and wireless communication devices. The headquarters is located in Daejeon, South Korea, and it has offices in Gumi (Research Institute/Factory), in Suwon (Central Technical Institute), and in New Jersey, United States (Overseas office).
INSOPACK’s INSOPACK ACRO is a series of simultaneous radio devices designed, manufactured, and marketed by INSOPACK. The INSOPACK ACRO devices are digital radio systems that can be classified as full-duplex systems, half-duplex systems, and accessories.
There are few common technologies in its products. Firstly, they communicate via Ad-hoc network, and can increase the communication range via auto-relay function up to three hops. They do not require any installation of base stations or repeaters. Secondly, they are equipped with a highly secure algorithm system, AES-256 or AES-128, and have an IP rating of IP67 or IP54. Thirdly, they use an all-master function, unlike the standard master- to-slave function. Even if one device is damaged or lost, it will not affect the communication network between the remaining radios. They can also be customized to meet special requirements for the military, police, special forces, security guards, subway, construction sites, and more.
Under the full-duplex systems, it includes handheld devices (ACRO-S/SM. ACRO-PRR) and a headset radio (ACRO-ANC). The ACRO-S/SM is a team-based communication system that is suitable for short-range communication, while it can only function through an earset, and can operate as a hands-free device with no PTT keys. It is small as a business card, light and easy to carry around. Currently, this device is used widely as a sport referee communication device, as it is already used in Korea (K-League), India (Indian Super League), Thailand (Thai League T1) and more.
The ACRO-PRR can be viewed as an upgraded version of the ACRO-S, since it is also a hands-free device with no PTT keys, but can function through a speaker or an earset. It is equipped with a BT function, which can connect to a wireless PTT device, and supports built-in text message and GPS functions. It is suitable for team base communication, such as for the police, firefighters and even special forces.
The ACRO-ANC is a unique product because it is a headset that is actually a radio system and there are no products in the world similar to this. It is equipped with an active noise cancellation function to help the user to communicate in noisy environments. It is suitable for airport and armored vehicle drivers.

 

Continuously Expanding the Sports Referee Market

INSOPACK owns an authorized research institute and a production plant, and therefore has the capabilities to both develop and manufacture products itself. INSOPACK has customers in Asia, Europe, North America and even in Oceania. INSOPACK has participated in various Defense exhibitions, and is continuously expanding its share in the sports referee market.

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Medical Trolley or Cart

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryYeollin Sesang Co. was established in 2006 and started manufacturing utility carts in 2006 after improving the existing plastic & steel carts.
Yeollin Sesang has been focusing on advancing into overseas markets such as participating in international medical exhibitions like Arab Health and dispatching trade delegations. Now, Yeollin Sesang is exporting its products to Japan, the United States, the UK, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru, and it is actively seeking more foreign customers.
Moreover, Yeollin Sesang is continuously striving to diversify products for export and outsourcing the medical carts for special medical equipment and hospital supplies (furniture & utensils) to meet its customers’ demands.
The utility cart (trolley) from the company is made of plastic materials, PP and ABS, so it is light and inexpensive comparing to stainless or steel products, and it has good durability (maximum capacity: 80 – 100 kg).
Yeollin Sesang introduced a combination principle of bolt and nut, so its product can be assembled and disassembled without any tools (but stainless or steel carts cannot be disassembled due to welding work). So, later if you want to change any part of the cart, you can disassemble it and change the part easily, but the stainless or steel cart has to be sent to the factory because it should be welded).
Lastly, the company’s cart makes less noise than stainless or steel carts during moving. Its products are used in hospitals and private clinics to carry medical equipment, materials for medical treatment and medical disposables, and also can be used in laboratories, schools, offices, factories, beauty shops, homes, etc.

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IoT Homecare Device and Smart Touch Mood Lights

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryELSSEN Inc. is a start-up venture company founded in 2014 by ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute), a researcher specializing in manufacturing technical goods and providing services based on its core technologies of IoT sensor device and sensor chip.
The CEO of the company is a researcher at ETRI, who has acquired the technology necessary for the IoT market. Currently, the company has completed its development of IoT healthcare devices, Minael H, IoT smart-touch mood light, and Minael E.
In particular, the company has already acquired ADC core as its central technology, which is characterized as miniaturization, low power-consumption and stabilization.
It has also acquired eight patents related to sensor devices.

 

Minael, Equipped with Humidity & Temperature Smart Sensors with Alerts plus LED Touch Lamp

Minael has several useful functions. First, Minael connects to your smartphone via the Internet, so you can check temperature and humidity whenever you want. With its alarm service, your smartphone will receive a notification alarm when the room temperature and humidity get out of the range you already set up. You can monitor overall temperature and humidity information over daily, weekly and even monthly basis. With timer, light turns on and off automatically based on your set-up.
Lastly, the light setting has three different brightnesses, and you can control it by simply touching Minael. You can use Bluetooth 4.0 or Android/iOS App. for wireless communication.
Minael can be used to provide a convenient indoor environment through its smart sensor for humidity and temperature. It can function as a nursing and night light for those with babies and infants. It can be used indoors as a nighttime mood light or outdoors for camping. It is rechargeable and lasts for up to five days, in addition to its portability and safety. Once charged, it lasts for approximately 100 hours with constant use.

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Automotive Electronic Components

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryHS Corporation Co.,Ltd., the leading inductor company that pioneered and led the Korean electronic parts market, has strived to advance into the global market by combining new technologies and creativity together during the past 10 years. HS is working hard on developing new products including S/W transformers, SMD power inductor, bar choke coil, line filter, and peaking coil based on the best technical skills.
HS is expanding its business range to include automobile parts by acquiring the AEC_Q200 certificate, and establishing professional sales manpower for entry into overseas markets beyond the domestic industry. HS contributes to domestic and foreign electronic industries through competitive price and reliable quality control, while striving to reform itself as a global company through overseas market development.

 

Bar Choke Coil (AEC-Q200)

This blocks relatively high frequency current but passes direct current or relatively low frequency current only. This product’s main features include high saturation current, maximum 150° of service temperature (temperature may be higher depending on the take outline), and variable high magnetic saturation. Customized design is available.

 

SMD Power Inductor (AEC-Q200)

This product’s function is to stabilize current supply and noise removal. This maximizes power conversion efficiency and is used for electrical device modules in automobiles. This power inductor is designed for a size as small as possible and high performance, and is an ideal for DC-DC conversion, as it has high energy capacity and very low resistance.

 

Power Transformer

This is a part that raises or reduces input and output voltage, and is installed in the power supply. This has excellent impact resistance and damage-free durability with metal coating on the ferrite core, and reduces leakage fiux and electromagnetic wave interference (EMI) with the enclosed magnetic circuit design The steel-based metal core for this transformer provides large saturation current, and high quality is guaranteed with automated production.

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Ultra-lightweight and High Efficient LED Lights

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryICEPIPE Corporation, established in 2010 after 3 years of R&D for world-class patented heat sink technology, is one of the leading LED lamp manufacturers in Korea. ICEPIPE has developed the key technology in heat dissipation, which is 200 times faster than a conventional heat sink, and it enables one to have ultra-lightweight and high efficient LED lights. With high quality and competitive price, ICEPIPE exports its products to more than 60 countries.
ICEPIPE produces high bays, fioodlights, streetlights, bulbs and more.
ICEPIPE has branch offices in Germany, Mexico, Hong Kong and the Philippines. ICEPIPE’s vision does not stay still but advances globally through aggressive marketing strategies cooperating with all partners and branches.

 

CH2000, OBB and CD4000

CH2000 is the bestseller among ICEPIPE’s products. It is an ultra-light high bay light weighing only 1.9kg. That is why it is perfect for factories, warehouses and indoor gyms.
Compared with metal halide, it boasts 10 times longer lifespan and one-third energy consumption.
It is an ultra-small bulb (400g) usable in enclosed luminaires, which simplifies replacement and reduces total installation and maintenance costs. It is perfect for security lighting and streetlights. It also boasts 5 times longer lifespan compared with metal halide.
CD4000 is a IP67 disk type floodlighting for outdoors like sports facilities, airports and stations. It maximizes its lifespan through the built-in double power supply. It is designed to rotate 360 degrees with strong corrosion resistance.
OBA2 is its LED bulb. Its recommendable for indoors like house and office.With its unique design of 270 degreeswide omni angle, OBA received 2014 Reddot Award of Product design.It has long life and big savings on electricity costs compared to incandescent bulbs, with fiicker-free, no glare,and no danger of burn.

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