Taiwan executives have left the Chinese panel industry

- Oct 18, 2018-

It is reported that many Taiwanese executives who helped build the flat-panel industry in mainland China have left China. At present, China has become a big show power and is still actively promoting the development of its business.


The Taiwanese executive who recently left mainland China is Kuo Cheng-lung. Kuo Cheng-lung has recently retired as president of Nanjing Huadong Electronic Information Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of CLP Panda Group. Kuo previously served as vice president of CMO, which was subsequently merged by Innolux in 2009.


By leveraging the experience of display panel executives and engineers from Taiwan and Japan and Korea, China has become the world's largest supplier of LCD panel production. BOE Hefei's 10.5th generation thin film transistor liquid crystal display device production line is about to light up and put into production.


Liyi Chen, a former CMO senior executive, is often referred to as the most successful headhunter in the Chinese panel industry. Chen helped CMO to become a leader in the Chinese market, and then in 2009 became the executive vice president of Huaxing Optoelectronics (CSOT), helping CSOT establish the first 8.5G wafer production line. Chen left CSOT in 2014 and returned to Taiwan to establish Mikro Mesa, plans to develop Micro LED technology and related display products.


In addition to Chen, CSOT's previously recruited Taiwan executives include Lien Shui-chih, a former senior executive of AUO's R&D center, and Wang Kuo-he, former CMO director. Both have served as vice presidents, but now they have left CSOT.


David Chu, the former executive of AU Optronics, also played a key role in helping build the capacity of LCD monitors in China. It is said that he helped establish the first LTPS AMOLED production line in China with Huiguang. Chu returned to Taiwan in 2016 and founded a new company called INT, which represents innovation and transformation. INT develops proprietary technologies and products, including flexible AMOLED displays; followed by a proprietary product called UHPD, an ultra-high pixel density RGB OLED developed on glass substrates.


Although some Taiwanese executives such as CSOT's current president Liu Ping-te (former executive of AUO) and HKC vice president Chen Yu-jen (former director of Shunhong Technology) remain in China; the last round from Taiwan, Japan and The executives and engineers recruited in South Korea have made some breakthroughs in helping the development of LCD and AMOLED panels in China and the establishment of next-generation fabs, but the recruitment of talents by Chinese panel makers seems to be coming to an end.