According to industry sources such as Capital Economics, the value of the South Korean won with respect to the U.S. dollar increased by no less than 8.15% in March this year to show the highest degree of appreciation among all Asian currencies.It was followed by the Malaysian ringgit (7.97%), the Si
As investors are recently growing more and more interested in the biotechnology industry worldwide, not only listed companies but also unlisted ones are attracting much investment.Since biotechnology firms need to focus on research and development for a long time, they have difficulties accomplishin
Kooksoondang a Korean traditional alcoholic drink manufacturer, announced on March 29 that it has started its export first of “Daebak Saeng Makgeolli” and selling at PX Mart. PX Mart is the Taiwan grocery store chain which has 850 stores across the country.The latest export and sales deal came throu
In a bid to become China’s first giant in the global semiconductor industry, Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. has a US$30 billion (35.01 trillion won) investment plan.Bloomberg Business reported on March 24 that the company will raise funds from local governments and private equity funds in order to compete w
Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom announced that it has launched the “Enjoy Mobile Korea” event on March 23, allowing foreign visitors to have an opportunity to experience its services free of charge.In the program, foreigners arriving in South Korea will be able to use unlimited voice calling s
Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman Lee Jae-yong reportedly arrived at Haneda Airport of Japan on March 18 via Korean Air. Samsung Group shortly said, “It’s for a business meeting.” However, there are diverse interpretations in the market due to his visiting time and destination.Lee is scheduled to a
It was found that the top 10 percent income brackets in Korea took up 45 percent of the total income in the nation, which is the highest proportion among Asian countries.According to an IMF report on income inequality in Asia, Korea’s top 10 percent people in income standings owned 45 percent of the
According to industry sources, the global carbon fiber market is expected to double in size between 2010 and 2020. At present, the global market size is around 60,000 tons. The automotive carbon fiber market segment in particular is predicted to show a more rapid growth, from 1,000 tons to 5,000 ton
The Peterson Institute for International Economics analyzed the Forbes World's Billionaires lists for 1996 to 2015 and said on March 14 that the ratio of those who have at least US$1 billion in inheritance to all the billionaires was 74.1% in South Korea in 2014 while the world average was 30.4%.The
It has been found that Samsung Electronics America had an asset of approximately 14.9 trillion won last year, the largest among those of the Samsung Group’s overseas corporations. Last year, Samsung Electronics America’s asset increased by four trillion won or so, including two trillion won in debt.
Taiwan has beaten Korea in semiconductor wafer production. According to IC Insights, a semiconductor market survey organization, Taiwan edged out Korea in monthly wafer market share by 21.7 to 20.5 percent in December 2015. Japan came in third with 17.3 percent, while North American ranked fourth wi
Samsung Electronics dramatically boosted its share in the global smartphone application processor (AP) market, entering the top five in the rankings. The company already ranked top in the global DRAM and NAND Flash markets but showed relatively weak sales in the smartphone AP market.The global smart
Japanese electronics giant Sharp Co. will be acquired by Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry. It is the first foreign takeover of a major Japanese electronics company. Hon Hai is planning to compete with Korean electronics companies through the acquisition of Sharp.At a board meeting on Feb. 25, Sha
A number of tax-exempt overseas stock funds are being put on the market one after another for investment in emerging markets such as China, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America as well as advanced economies like the United States, Europe and Japan with the sale of this type of funds scheduled to
Virtual reality, or VR, has been stealing the show at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which used to be dominated by smartphones. Even though VR is now used mostly for entertainment purposes such as games and films, it is expected to expand into wider areas such as the medical, construction and touri
The Korea Customs Service announced on February 22 that Korea’s exports totaled US$58.7 billion between January 1 and February 20 this year, down 18.3% from a year ago, and the amount for February fell 17.3% year on year to US$22.16 billion. The value of exports dropped year on year for the 13th con
It has been found that Korea recorded the highest R&D investment-to-GDP ratio in the OECD but the absolute amount of its R&D investment was about one-fifth of China’s.The OECD announced on February 11 that Korea recorded an R&D investment-to-GDP ratio of 4.29% in 2014, surpassing the 34 member count
With the expansion of new business relations, including China, Korean panel maker LG Display Co. has regained its position as the top seller of ultra-high definition (UHD) television panels in the world in the fourth quarter of 2015.According to industry sources and market research firm IHS on Feb.
The Chinese media outlets including the Global Times are criticizing the South Korean government for its attempt to accept the THAAD system in the Korean Peninsula, mentioning that the deployment of the missile defense system can affect the security of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, etc. Under the circums
It was predicted that a sharp increase in big Korean companies’ capabilities to raise cash will promote big deals in the M&A market. KPMG announced in its 2016 M&A Outlook Report that the average cash flow index of major Korean companies rose to 0.4, an increase of 41 percent from the previous year.