Mr. Bruce Cheng raised NT$300,000 to establish Delta Electronics in a small factory on Min-An Road, Sinjhuang, Taipei County, near the edge of rice fields. The number of employees in the beginning was only 15. Delta produced TV parts, and the main products were TV coils and intermediate frequency transformers (IFT).
The first step of Delta's globalization was to establish an office in the US. In addition to serving US customers, Delta could communicate with the head offices of companies in the US directly without having to receive orders through an international procurement office.
With the emergence of the personal computer market in the 1980s, Delta entered this field to respond to this trend. The first product for the computer market was EMI filters, making Delta the first EMI filter manufacturer in Taiwan. With the advantages of quality and price, Delta won the favor of customers and is still the main supplier of EMI filters today.
Power supplies were the key to Delta's substantial growth in the 1980s.
In the 1980s, most transformers were made of traditional silicon steel sheets, the products were thus heavy and large, with an efficiency of only 50% or even lower. The switching power supplies developed by Delta were not only lightweight but also thin and compact, with a superior efficiency of at least 60% or more at the time.
To enhance product quality, Delta began producing switching power supplies with a surface-mount design in 1985 as the first such manufacturer in the world.
Delta has continued to improve the energy conversion efficiency of its power products. Today, the efficiency of Delta’s products all exceed 90%. In particular, the industry-leading efficiency of Delta’s telecom power products exceeds 98% and the efficiency of its solar inverters is as high as 99.2%.
DC brushless fans are products for computer heat dissipation. Due to a huge increase in power supply orders, fans purchased externally were often in short supply, so Delta decided to develop its own fans. Delta continued to improve its designs and manufacturing process, while also developing automated solutions. Delta later made a major breakthrough in technology that significantly enhanced its competitiveness. In 2006, Delta ranked first in the global market for DC brushless fans.
Delta began to produce switching power supplies in 1983, and its revenue in the year increased by 87.5% compared to 1982. During the five years from 1983 through 1988, Delta's revenue increased nine-fold, breaking the US$100 million mark in 1988. It was then listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange as the eighth publicly listed company in the electronics industry (stock code: 2308).
Founded in 1988, DET initially focused on the design and manufacturing of power supply and thermal management products. DET was listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in 1995 and has now become the largest supplier of electronic products listed on the SET. In 2019, DEISG, a subsidiary of Delta, acquired 42.85% of the equity of DET through a public tender offer. Delta and DEISG held a total of 63.78% of the currently outstanding shares of DET, and DET officially became a subsidiary of Delta.
In order to strengthen the technical capabilities of power supplies, Delta sought collaboration with academia at home and abroad. It discovered that the best switching power supply laboratory was the Virginia Power Electronics Center (VPEC) at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT), and the principal investigator was Dr. Fred C. Lee. The collaboration between the two parties became increasingly frequent, and an independent lab "Delta Power Electronics Laboratory" was then set up on campus, and Milan M. Jovanovic was invited to serve as the principal investigator of the lab to lead the development of high-efficiency power supplies with a high-power density. Later, Delta built a lab building in Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, not far from the VT to facilitate collaboration.
To express his gratitude to Taiwanese society for providing a solid foundation for Delta's growth, Mr. Bruce Cheng, founder of Delta, and Delta jointly established the Delta Electronics Foundation in 1990. The Foundation invests in scientific and technological research and development, talent education, and environmental protection, with the aim of giving back to society.
Susumu, a Japanese company, provided Delta with the necessary technologies to establish the joint venture Cyntec Co., Ltd. in Taiwan. Cyntec focuses on continuous R&D and innovation in the field of passive components to continue to develop miniaturized and modularized products.
Delta's first plant in mainland China was established in Shijie Town, Dongguan, as a foothold for developing the mainland China market. At present, Delta's Dongguan Plant has become an integrated base for innovation, R&D, and manufacturing, providing customers around the world with products that include embedded power supplies, network communication systems, fans, and heat dissipation management products.
Delta-CIMIC Electronics. Co., Ltd. was a joint venture established by Delta Electronics, Inc., CIMIC Co., Ltd. in the UK, and Shanghai Minxin Industrial Company in Pudong. It was officially renamed Delta GreenTech (China) Co., Ltd. in 2003.
Every year since 1996 the Delta Electronics Foundation and the Sunyunsuan Foundation have collaborated to sponsor outstanding civil servants to travel overseas for visits or studies with the aim of broadening their horizons. After these scholarship recipients returned to Taiwan, they would share their learning experience through seminars or public speeches, which have exerted a great influence on both society and the civil service system. As of 2019, a total of 58 outstanding civil servants had been trained through this mechanism, including three deputy mayors and five ministerial officials.
Delta Networks was founded in 1989 under the Data Communications Business Group. Originally the company’s engineers made their own network products to test Delta’s parts and in turn invested in the development of local area network parts, with the focus on the research and development, design, and the manufacturing of network and communication products. As performance steadily increased, Delta Networks, Inc. formally became independent in 1999 and then merged into Delta in 2018.
The DPEC is chaired by academician and expert Professor Fred C. Lee. Through the Power Electronics Science and Education Development Program of Delta launched in 2000, Delta collaborated with Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Xi'an Jiaotong University, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and other five universities to promote progress and the exchange of knowledge in power electronics and transmission in China and around the world.
To commemorate the assistance offered by a group of overseas ethnic-Chinese students from Northern Thailand who studied in Taiwan for the establishment of DET, the Delta Electronics Foundation and DET since 2001 have jointly invested in the promotion of ethnic-Chinese education in Northern Thailand. Every year, ethnic-Chinese school students in Northern Thailand are awarded the scholarship, and a total of 5,200 students at the senior high school level or below have benefited. In addition, another 121 students have accepted the Foundation's scholarship to study in Taiwan.
AES was renamed Delta Energy System. AES products have little overlap with Delta's. In addition to entering the European market through AES's original channels, Delta advanced into emerging markets, including India, Russia, and Brazil.
To encourage young leaders and scholars to study abroad and apply their professional knowledge to environmental issues, since 2005 the Delta Electronics Foundation and the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office have collaborated to award the Delta Netherlands Environment Scholarship. As of 2020, hundreds of graduate and doctoral students and academic talents in a wide range of fields have been trained.
Delta has continued its long-term partnership with the China Renewable Energy Society (CRES) since August 2006, which has title-sponsored eight competitions for 15 consecutive years. The competition aims to apply solar power construction techniques to people's daily lives so that more people can experience the benefits of green building design. Meanwhile, Delta strives to nurture young designers from universities, design schools, and industry around the world, and to encourage them to learn about green construction while at school and contribute to the promotion of green building and renewable energy applications. The competition is held every two years and is hosted by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the CRES.
In 2002, founder Mr. Bruce Cheng was impressed by the green buildings mentioned in the book Natural Capitalism. From 2004 to 2005, he led many Delta teams to visit green buildings around the world. In 2005, as Delta was about to set up a plant in the Tainan Science Park, he decided to adopt green building standards for all future Delta plant/buildings. Delta's Tainan Plant was the first plant in Taiwan to pass all nine indicators of the EEWH evaluation system and obtain the EEWH Green Building Gold Certificate. It continued to improve after opening and was upgraded to an EEWH Diamond rating in 2009.
The Rudrapur Plant was Delta's first green building in India, which opened to manufacture power supplies, video-related products, automotive electronics, industrial automation products, and more. In 2011, it was the first green building in the world to obtained the U.S. LEED–India Green Building Gold Certification.
Delta has been recognized for creating green business opportunities and driving industrial advancement. In 2008, it won the Outstanding Innovation Achievement Award—the highest honor in the Industrial Technology Advancement Awards, as well as the Excellent Innovative Enterprise Award—the top award of the National Industrial Innovation Awards, of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
In the first year of Delta's brand development, the management team reached a consensus on Delta’s brand strategy that it would adopt the corporate mission of "To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow" to become a green and energy-saving solutions provider.
Delta’s energy-saving and industrial automation products and control systems were fully introduced to the Taoyuan R&D Center, and energy-saving devices, such as solar panels, an LED lighting system, a water treatment system, and renewable energy power supplies were installed. It was estimated that more than NT$5 million in electricity costs could be saved per year, and around 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced. The adoption of water-saving devices and a rainwater recycling system was estimated to save up to 75% of water (around 3,000 metric tons), making the center a truly automated smart green building.
The Taoyuan R&D Center is Delta's R&D base for industrial automation systems and electric vehicle power systems, as well as an experimental site and model for smart green building solutions. From the operations of the Taoyuan R&D Center, Delta can obtain actual data and user experience in building automation solutions and energy-saving systems, and can conduct system adjustments and functional verification at any time. In addition to environmental protection and energy conservation, smart green buildings can reduce a company's operating costs, provide a comfortable work environment for employees, and greatly improve the overall productivity of a company.
Founder Mr. Bruce Cheng donated NT$100 million to his alma mater, NCKU, to build Taiwan’s first zero-carbon green building
— the Y.S. Sun Green Building Research Center— to promote green building research and to commemorate the government official Mr. Yun-Suan Sun. The Y. S. Sun Green Building Research Center was designed by Professor Hsien-Te Lin at NCKU, and praised by Jerry Yudelson, the "Godfather of Green", as the greenest green building in the world.
The case of the Y. S. Sun Green Building Research Center was also included in the first edition of the IPCC AR6 draft of the global low-energy building research. It was co-written by researchers at the Delta Electronics Foundation and the vice-chair of the IPCC Working Group III in 2020, and was published in October 2020. Professor Hsien-Te Lin also listed the building as a demonstration site in 2020 for the subsequent implementation of the domestic building energy passport policy.
The Delta Shanghai Operations and R&D Center integrated the Delta Group’s sales and service networks to quickly respond to market needs and strengthen overall R&D capabilities. The center was a new milestone in the expansion of Delta’s operations.
The entire building was constructed with modern energy-saving construction techniques. The roof was equipped with Delta’s solar power systems. LED lamps were used for inside lighting, and rainwater recycling facilities were installed to save energy and electricity.
The Delta Shanghai Operations and R&D Center not only serves as a hub of administrative operations, but has a number of large R&D units, including power electronics, displays, automotive electronics, new energy, voice recognition, and networks and communications.
Delta’s Tainan Plant was awarded the Green Factory Mark by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, as the first green factory in Taiwan to pass certification of the clean production assessment system for general industry. Delta once again fulfilled its business mission of "To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow" through action.
The Ming Chuan Elementary School in the Namaxia District, which Delta donated for reconstruction after the Typhoon Morakot, achieved net zero energy consumption from 2015 through 2017, with an energy-saving effect of as high as 93%, and, thus, obtained the Taiwan EEWH Diamond certification. In 2019, Delta further introduced a distributed energy system as well as integrated renewable energy, energy storage, power conditioning, and energy management systems to allow the school to give priority to the use of solar energy and green electricity from the energy storage system. Such integration for energy self-sufficiency has improved its use of renewable energy and resilience to disasters. Over the past few years, the elementary school also became a disaster prevention center during the flood season, housing more than 5,000 evacuees. It obtained LEED Platinum Certification for Existing Buildings in the first quarter of 2021, and is expected to obtain LEED Zero Energy certification by the end of 2021.
Delta formally approved a new management team, in which former Vice Chairman and CEO Yancey Hai took over as the Chairman, former President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Ko as the Vice Chairman, former President in the China area Ping Cheng as the CEO, and former Senior Vice President Johnson Lee as the President and COO. Founder Mr. Bruce Cheng continued to serve as Delta's director and accepted the invitation of the board of directors to serve as Delta's Honorary Chairman of the Board.
The Delta Electronics Foundation began to send personnel to participate in the Conference of the Parties (COP) of UNFCCC in 2007, and obtained official observer status at UNFCCC in 2013.
The Delta Electronics Foundation became the first major sponsor of Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above. The documentary was officially released in theaters in November 2013. After the film was released, the response was enthusiastic, setting a record as the highest-grossing Taiwanese documentary with the highest number of viewers. It not only won the Best Documentary Award at the 50th Golden Horse Awards but focused the public’s attention on river pollution and land destruction.
The Ring of Celestial Bliss, the world's largest festival lamp was 10 meters high and 70 meters wide, with a 270-degree curved surface, which could be appreciated from different angles with different amazing effects. The design concept of this structure was "permanency". The concept of "permanency" in the Book of Changes means that if the sun and moon follow the laws of the celestial bodies, they can illuminate everything forever. The four seasons are a natural cycle where all things can grow, which is aligned with the sustainability philosophy of Delta.
At the design stage, Delta invited Professor Hsien-Te Lin from the Department of Architecture at NCKU to assist with the introduction of the Building Carbon Audit using the Building Carbon Emission Reduction Assessment. The system met local needs to construct the first building in Taiwan to pass a carbon audit. After the lantern festival, Delta donated the steel structure to the Taitung Daxi Elementary School to build a covered ball court, and the projection screen was made into eco-friendly bags for volunteers to promote environmental education, and 234 sets of LED lighting fixtures were donated to the Tropical Rain Forest Greenhouse of the National Museum of Natural Science. The Ring of Celestial Bliss was also recognized by the international Architizer A+Awards.
Founder Mr. Bruce Cheng's passion for mathematics and science was inspired by several hardworking teachers during his school years. He believes that education can change future generations and that combining education with technology and innovative teaching methods will stimulate students' potential. This in turn can become a driving force to change the world, which led to his establishing the DeltaMOOCx project in 2014.
The DeltaMOOCx online learning platform offers free courses, designed particularly by the Delta Electronics Foundation for senior high and vocational school students, as well as students at universities of technology. Centering on vocational education, the platform offers industrial automation courses that are in line with industry trends, while extending the courses down to the basic subjects of nature at the levels of senior high and vocational schools. As of 2020, the number of views of the course videos had exceeded 10 million, reaching 174 schools across Taiwan. The Delta Electronics Foundation conducted a social return on investment (SROI) assessment on the platform, and for every NT$1 invested, more than NT$9 of social value and influence can be created on average.
Established in 1971 and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 1998, Eltek ASA is headquartered in Drammen, Norway, designing, manufacturing, and selling power supplies. Highly involved in the European and US markets for more than 40 years, Eltek has more than 60 bases worldwide with a total number of around 2,400 employees. Through Eltek's network of services, Delta has further strengthened its global business layout and expanded its power supply sales bases and team services in the Americas, Europe, and Africa.
Founder Mr. Bruce Cheng led the management team and representatives of the Delta Electronics Foundation to participate in COP21 in Paris and a series of events under the theme of "March Towards Paris." Organized by Delta, the events included a corporate exhibition in the main venue of the UN, "Delta21 Green Building Footprint–Delta Green Building Exhibition" at the Grand Palais, "Sustainable Innovation Forum," "Delta21 Green Building Forum," and an official peripheral meeting that the German Pavilion invited Delta to co-host. Delta shared its long-term efforts in green buildings and energy-saving and carbon reduction outcomes with representatives from countries around the world.
Delta’s first self-operated large solar power plant, the "Delta Ako Energy Park", is located in the mountainous area of Ako City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The new power plant has an installed capacity of 4.6MW occupies in an area of 96,000 square meters. The most prominent feature lies in the distributed power generation system that was established with medium-sized solar inverters to respond to irregular terrain and improve its overall power generation efficiency. The park includes a special high-voltage solar power plant at Japan's largest level using a distributed system. The 33,000-voltage grid is connected in parallel, and is expected to generate approximately 4.9 million kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 930 local households. According to Japan's Renewable Energy Special Disposal Act, all the electricity generated by the Delta Ako Energy Park shall be provided to power companies for a fee, which has also opened up a new business model for Delta.
The Office of the President awarded founder Mr. Bruce Cheng the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon in recognition of his long-term outstanding contributions to the country in terms of developing technology, guiding industrial upgrades, and cultivating talents. The Order of Brilliant Star, divided into nine ranks, was instituted in 1941 and awarded to people who have made outstanding contributions to national government affairs and society.
Delta’s Taipei headquarters, the Ruiguang Building, was certified as LEED Platinum: Operations & Maintenance by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the highest level of certification. Delta’s Ruiguang Building underwent energy efficiency renovations while adopting Delta’s own products and energy-saving solutions. From 2011 through 2015, the total power consumption of the building was reduced by 40%. In particular, the lighting electricity consumption decreased by 74%, and air conditioning electricity consumption was reduced by 25%. The building was even rated full marks for energy efficiency in the LEED certification as it could save up to 56% of electricity compared to other buildings in similar geographical environments internationally.
Delta has long paid attention to climate change and has taken the lead in setting science-based carbon reduction targets. Delta proposed that it will achieve a 56.6% reduction in carbon intensity by 2025 with 2014 as the base year. It passed the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) review of compliance in December 2017 as the first in Taiwan and among the top 100 companies in the world to have passed the review. This is Delta's renewed commitment after achieving its target of reducing electricity intensity by 50% compared with 2009 in 2014. Delta has demonstrated its determination to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, while responding to the specific goal of keeping global warming below 2°C.
Digital Projection, an affiliate of Delta, unveiled the world's first 25,000 lumens ultra-high-brightness DLP® 8K projector at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018 EXPO. This projector, the model of INSIGHT Laser 8K, was based on the INSIGHT Laser model that has been well received by the market. With Delta’s proprietary optical and signal processing technology, as well as Delta’s strengths in power and heat dissipation, the projector fully presented 8K resolution (over 33-million-pixel) images to the audience.
When USGBC held the Greenbuild China Conference and Expo in Shanghai, Delta was invited to deliver keynote speeches and share its experience in the promotion of green buildings with global green building industry leaders, experts, and pioneers. At the conference Delta was awarded the 2018 Green Pioneer Award and the Industry Pioneer Award.
Delta won the third Presidential Innovation Award, which was the highest honor of the diverse innovation awards, presented in the name of the head of state. There were 249 applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for that year, and the review process lasted six months. The judges believed that Delta's innovation and the adoption of a sustainable business model had not only made outstanding contributions to Taiwan's social and economic development, but also made Taiwan's innovations shine on the international stage.
Delta also stood out from the fierce competition of more than 100 applicants and won the National Talent Development Awards (NTDA), organized by the Workforce Development Agency. Delta possessed four major characteristics that were highly favored by the judges, namely: a comprehensive global talent development system, an effective integration of talent development with internal and external training resources, provision of various innovative global talent development programs, and the establishment of a timely and transparent knowledge sharing and learning platform.
The IT data center at Delta's headquarters was reviewed by the USGBC and passed eight indicators. It obtained not only the platinum certification but also the highest scores among all data center applications for LEED V4 worldwide. The data center has adopted a number of Delta’s own data center and energy-saving solutions, including high-efficiency power systems, precision air-conditioning and airflow management, LED energy-saving lighting solutions, and comprehensive energy monitoring systems. Its enhanced virtualization management strategy for IT data centers was developed by the Information Service Department. The data center was the world’s first to obtain full marks for energy efficiency optimization under "Energy and Atmosphere" in the USGBC review.
Mr. Bruce Cheng, founder of Delta Electronics and Honorary Chairman of the Board, won the Distinguished Contribution Award at the China Power Supply Society Science and Technology Awards for his outstanding contributions to power supply technology, industrial development, and talent cultivation. The China Power Supply Society is a very influential organization in the power electronics industry in China, and this award is the highest individual honor presented by the society. 。
Delta has responded to the severe challenges of climate change with specific actions. In the highly competitive Dow Jones Sustainability Indices rating of the world's leading companies, Delta was named Industry Leader five times for three consecutive years, while also included in the DJSI World Index for 10 consecutive years and in the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Index for eight consecutive years.
Established in 1990, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) is the world's first social index to track leading companies and one of the world's most credible corporate sustainability ratings, jointly issued by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones. Every year, DJSI invites 2,500 global major companies and conducts an in-depth evaluation and analysis in terms of economic, environmental, and social criteria in 60 categories of industries. DJSI provides an important indicator for global investors to invest in "sustainable enterprises".
Delta has been included in this rating for 10 consecutive years, and its brand value has grown for eight consecutive years. In 2019 Delta’s brand value increased 11%, reaching US$331 million. Delta’s brand emphasizes innovation and energy conservation and features a combination of business development and corporate social responsibility. 2020 was the 10th anniversary of Delta's brand. Delta has upheld the brand vision and commitment of "Smarter. Greener. Together" along the way, while fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. The brand value has grown steadily over the past 10 years, as Delta has successfully transformed from a component supplier to a system integration solution provider.
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The documentary was filmed by NHK Enterprises of Japan and commissioned by the Delta Electronics Foundation, and is the world's first 8K ultra-high-quality documentary on environmental issues. It was aired on NHK BS 8K channel in 2019 and on tour around Taiwan, calling on the public to take seriously global warming and water resources issues. With a total of more than 10,000 views, the film won the Gold Award in the Independent Short Subject-Films & Video - Documentary at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in 2020.
According to CDP's evaluation, Delta obtained the double "A" scores at the leadership level on the two environmental issues of "climate change" and "water security." As one of the leading industrial companies in Taiwan, Delta won double A scores for the first time among the 9,600 companies worldwide annually evaluated by CDP. In the same year, Delta obtained the UL 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill Platinum certification (the highest rating), fully recognizing its efforts in responding to climate change and water security risks with specific actions in line with the global sustainable development trends.
Delta announced it has joined RE100, a global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses that entails the commitment of 100% renewable energy use and carbon neutrality in their global operations. With the aforementioned pledge, Delta becomes the first high-tech company in Taiwan to target the RE100 goal by 2030.