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  • veeco
    Veeco Instruments has maintained that China-based Focus Lighting Tech remains committed to the order it has placed with the US-based MOCVD tool supplier.
  • IC testing equipment maker MJC Probe (MPI) is expected to see its shipments of LED testing equipment expand significantly in the first half of 2018 thanks to growing demand for VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) components from the mobile device sector, according to industry sources.
  • A connected LED streetlamp with sensors for smart city solutions
    EMS provider Lite-On Technology has disclosed it has won procurement orders for smart city solutions based on connected LED streetlamps from Taiwan, the US, the UK, China and the Middle East, and expects shipments in 2018 to increase 40-50% on year.
  • UL Taiwan country manager Jonathan Chen (center) unveiling the new lab
    Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has unveiled its Laser/LED Optical Radiation Laboratory in Taiwan to undertake testing and certification for laser and LED products for photobiological safety.
  • In the China market, electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to drive growth for LED penetration of automotive lighting in 2018, according to industry sources.
  • Commercialization of Micro LED displays have come closer to reality since Sony unveiled CLEDIS (crystal LED integrated structure) display based micro LED technology in 2016.
  • Leading China-based smartphone vendors, including Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Xiaomi Technology, plan to adopt mini LED-backlit panels as an alternative to AMOLED for smartphones to be launched in second-half 2018 and have asked Taiwan-based makers to start producing mini LED backlighting in June...
  • LED automotive lighting module maker Laster Tech has reported consolidated revenues for December, the fourth quarter and full year 2017 all hit record levels, driven by strong demand from China.
  • Due to oversupply of LED chips and off-season effects, China-based LED packaging service providers have been asked mainly by lighting vendors to lower quotes by 10-15%, according to industry sources.
  • LED wafer and chip maker Epistar have reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.052 billion (US$68.4 million), increasing 13.04% sequentially but decreasing 0.68% on year. LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics' December consolidated sales reached NT$2.137 billion, slipping 4.7% and 15.72...
  • Samsung Electronics has introduced "The Wall," a consumer modular micro LED 146-inch TV, at its CES 2018 event. The modular, self-emitting micro LED TV was featured alongside Samsung's latest innovations in display technology, demonstrating how TV is evolving to act as a centralized connected smart...
  • Innolux has unveiled at 2018 CES what it calls the world's first active matrix (AM) mini LED automotive panels, which it says rival the performance OLED panels.
  • Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$865 million (US$28.8 million) dropped 3.11% sequentially and 17.89% on year in December.
  • PlayNitride began trial production of micro LED engineering samples for 10-20 potential clients in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 5-6 of them are willing to continue developing micro LED products, according to company chairman and CEO Charles Li.
  • LED lighting solution provider StrongLED Lighting Systems (Cayman) has reported January-November 2017 consolidated revenues reached NT$1.279 billion (US$42.3 million), increasing 59.07% on year mainly due to significant growth in landscape lighting projects from local governments in China.
  • Average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market decreased 0.8% in December 2017 compared to CNY24.1 (US$3.9) seen two months earlier, while 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescent) saw prices increase 20.9% to CNY28.4, Digitimes Research has fo...
  • LED automotive lighting device and module maker Excellence Optoelectronics has obtained approval from the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) to list on the local Emerging Stock Board, according to company sources.
  • Taiwan-based LED packaging service providers, to cope with increasing price competition in the blue-light LED segment, are shifting production focus to infrared (IR) and sensing devices, according to industry sources.
  • LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will see its stake in Kaistar Lighting (Xiamen), its joint-venture in southeastern China, decrease as a result of new investment from others, according to industry sources.
  • The use of LEDs to illuminate buildings and outdoor spaces reduced the total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of lighting by an estimated 570 million tons in 2017, which is roughly equivalent to shutting down 162 coal-fired power plants, according to IHS Markit. LED lighting uses an average of 40% less...
  • LED automotive lighting for the after-market
    Along with continued growth in China's car market in 2014-2017, replacement demand for automotive LED lighting in the after-market is expected to take off in 2018, according to industry sources.
  • Tons Lightology ramping own-brand LED lamp sales
    LED lamp and lighting solution provider Tons Lightology expects the revenue proportion for own-brand lamps and lighting projects to rise from about 15% in 2017 to over 20% in 2018, according to company sources.
  • LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has set up a marketing team in China for tapping its market of automotive applications, and expects the revenue proportion for the product line to rise from 5% currently to over 10% in 2018, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan-based LED firms Epistar, Tyntek and Lextar Electronics Bright Led Electronics and Harvatek, to cope with pricing campaigns for commodity products from China-based competitors, have developed devices for market-niche applications, according to Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times
  • China-based automakers are expected to increase adoption of LED headlights for high-end car models to be launched in second-half 2018, with such devices' penetration to rise from 8-9% at present to 15%, according to industry sources.

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