Global leaders in the sapphire industry, in attempts to return to profits from losses incurred in 2012-2013, will focus on increasing utilization rates rather than expand capacities in 2014. Therefore, the global sapphire capacity in 2014 will be approximately the same as that in 2013, Digitimes Research estimates.
Korea-based STC is the globally largest sapphire maker with a monthly capacity of 1.37 million mm, followed by US-based Rubicon Technology and Russia-based Monocrystal (each with one million mm), China-based Harbin Aurora Optoelectronics Technology (500,000-600,000mm), Taiwan-based USI Optronics (400,000-500,000mm) and Taiwan-based Tera Xtal Technology (200,000mm), according to Digitimes Research.
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