LED lighting demand weak in 4Q14
Oct 16, 15:10
Demand for LED lighting products for the fourth quarter will be weak as LED lighting vendors took deliveries in the second and third quarters for products to be launched in the fourth, and some will adjust inventories through the end of the year, according to Taiwan-based LED makers.
Lextar shareholders consent to Cree stake investment
Oct 14, 15:09
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on October 14 held a shareholders meeting to approve an investment of US$83 million by US-based Cree for a 13.32% stake through subscribing to 83 million new shares via private placement, according to Lextar.
Tera Xtal wages patent infringement war
Oct 13, 14:33
Sapphire ingot maker Tera Xtal Technology has filed with Taiwan's Intellectual Property Court a charge against Apple Asia, Apple's subsidiary based in Hong Kong, and Taiwan-based consumer electronics retail chain Senao International and mobile telecom carrier Vibo Telecom for infringement of its Taiwan...
GTAT financial woes likely stem from low yield rates, say Taiwan makers
Oct 9, 11:07
US-based sapphire ingot producer GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has applied for bankruptcy protection possibly because its HEM technology-based ingot growing process has seen much lower than expected yield rates at only about 40%, according to sources with Taiwan-based sapphire suppliers.
Epistar September revenues down sequentially
Oct 8, 20:40
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar on October 8 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.269 billion (US$75.0 million) for September, decreasing 11.89% on month but increasing 21.6% on year.
Tyntek to downsize capital by 33.73%
Stockwatch - Sep 22, 10:26
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Tyntek will reduce its paid-in capital by 33.73% from NT$3.61 billion (US$120 million) to NT$1.218 billion to cover cumulative losses and improve its financial health. The downsizing will be finished before November 3, 2014, according to the company.
Everlight Electronics August revenues hit record
Stockwatch - Sep 10, 15:24
The largest LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics posted consolidated revenues of NT$2.859 billion (US$95.3 million) for August 2014, its highest monthly figure on record, with growth of 9.43% on month and 18.61% on year, and NT$19.390 billion for January-August, increasing 24.95% on...
Lextar August revenues hit record
Sep 5, 10:20
Lextar Electronics, which makes LED epitaxial wafers and chips and provides LED packaging services, has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.419 billion (US$47.3 million) for August, hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive time with growth of 0.31% on month and 14.73% on year.
Samsung developing new Ultra HD TV with 300 LEDs
Sep 3, 20:20
Samsung Electronics is reportedly in the process of launching a new Ultra HD TV that will come equipped with a 300 LED direct-type LED backlit unit, according to supply chain sources.
Rigidtech Microelectronics to expand PSS capacity
Stockwatch - Sep 3, 14:56
Rigidtech Microelectronics currently has a monthly production capacity of 800,000 2-inch-equivalent PSS (patterned sapphire substrates), consisting of 320,000 2-inch PSS and 120,000 4-inch PSS, in Taiwan and will expand capacity to 1.2 million 2-inch-equivalent units by the end of 2014, the company...
Epistar, Genesis may benefit from Cree investment in Lextar, says Epistar
Sep 2, 21:52
Cree will invest in LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Lextar Electronics to secure a steady supply of blue-light mid-power LED chips on a long-term basis, which is likely to drive other LED vendors including Osram and Philips Lumileds Lighting to shift orders from Lextar to fellow makers Epistar and...
LED demand turns weak in 3Q14, says Epistar chairman
Sep 2, 12:10
As clients are adjusting inventories of LED chips used in backlighting and lighting, demand for LED chips in the third quarter of 2014 will significantly decrease sequentially, according to chairman Lee Biing-jye of Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.
LED driver IC vendors look to flat performance in 3Q14
Aug 28, 22:12
LED driver IC vendors including Silergy, Macroblock and On-Bright Electronics are expected to see their sales stay flat in the third quarter of 2014 before riding higher in the fourth quarter, according to industry sources.
Cree to invest in Lextar Electronics
Aug 27, 14:22
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on August 27 announced that US-based Cree will invest US$83 million to acquire 13.32% of its stock through subscribing to 83 million new Lextar shares at NT$30 (US$1) per share via private placement.
Use of sapphire in smartphones may take off in 2015, say Taiwan makers
Aug 27, 12:00
Following the use of sapphire to make covers for the home button and camera of the iPhone 5, China- and South Korea-based smartphone vendors are considering the adoption of sapphire, and therefore the application in smartphones is likely to take off in 2015, according to Taiwan-based sapphire makers...
Tera Xtal to expand PSS capacity, says paper
Newswatch - Aug 25, 11:47
Sapphire maker Tera Xtal Technology will expand its PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) monthly production capacity from 100,000 units currently to 200,000 units by the end of 2014 due to fast growing demand for LED lighting, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...
China may raise LED tariffs to 10%
Aug 22, 11:01
Rumors are spreading that China's Ministry of Commerce may raise LED tariffs from 4% to 10%. Word broke out in several China-based newspapers that the government is considering the move in order to further advance China's LED chip industry as well as protect against monopolization by international...
Tera Xtal wins AAA arbitration over dispute with GTAT
Aug 15, 11:08
Sapphire ingot maker Tera Xtal Technology has disclosed the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has decided that US-based equipment supplier GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) should return payment Tera Xtal made in 2012 for sapphire crystal growing furnaces which failed to work, plus interest, for...
Lextar Electronics expanding LED capacity
Aug 15, 10:57
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics is expanding production capacity for LED lighting chips to 140 million units a month, as well as capacity for flip-chip LEDs used in direct-type TV backlighting, and models used in wide-color-gamut TVs, the company...
Epistar, Unity Opto net NT$0.81, NT$0.40 for 2Q14
Aug 8, 10:40
LED epitaxil wafer and chip maker Epistar and LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology on August 7 published financial reports for the second quarter of 2014, recording net EPS of NT$0.81 and NT$0.40 respectively, according to the companies.
Genesis Photonics June revenues down sequentially
Stockwatch - Jul 11, 18:09
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics on July 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$397 million (US$13.2 million) for June, decreasing 5.82% on month but increasing 27.54% on year, NT$1.206 billion for the second quarter, growing 10.69% on quarter, and NT$2.295 billion for January-June,...
Everlight sales down 2.63% in June
Stockwatch - Jul 11, 18:00
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics on July 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.532 billion (US$84.4 million) for June, decreasing 2.63% on month but increasing 33.83% on year, NT$7.690 billion for the second quarter, growing 23.48% on quarter, and NT$13.918 billion for January-June,...
Lighting-use LED market scale to reach US$4.88 billion in 2014, says LEDinside
Jul 10, 15:03
The global high brightness LED market scale will reach US$14.4 billion in 2014 and is estimated to increase to US$16.6 billion by 2018, with a compound annual growth rate of 4%, according to LEDinside. The LED package market value for lighting applications meanwhile will reach US$4.88 billion and maintain...
Epistar June revenues hit record for 4th time straight
Stockwatch - Jul 9, 15:07
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar on July 8 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.82 billion (US$94 million) for June, hitting a monthly record for the fourth consecutive time with growth of 0.87% on month and 46.45% on year.
Digitimes Research: Epistar-Forepi merger to help stabilize LED industry
Jul 3, 16:20
Taiwan-based LED maker Epistar announced a merger with Formosa Epitaxy (Forepi) on June 30, 2014, with the former aiming to fully acquire the latter and become the surviving company. Epistar explained that the merger is meant to improve its strengths in competition for first-tier international lighting...
Lextar June revenues hit record
Jul 3, 11:01
Taiwan-based vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.355 billion (US$45 million) for June, the highest monthly figure ever with growth of 7.35% on month and of 5.02% on year.
Epistar to completely own Formosa Epitaxy
Jul 1, 12:05
Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar on June 30 announced that it will issue 174.612 million new shares to acquire a 100% stake in fellow maker Formosa Epitaxy through a stock swap of one Epistar share for 3.448 Formosa Epitaxy shares, with the swap to be finished by December 30,...
Digitimes Research: Taiwan PSS makers keep expanding capacities in 2014
Jun 23, 14:44
Taiwan-based PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) makers have been expanding production capacities, with total monthly capacity to increase from 2.19 million 2-inch-equivalent substrates in the first quarter of 2014 to 2.63 million units in the second, 3.55 million units in the third, and 4.27 million...
Epistar acquires factory via court auction
Stockwatch - Jun 23, 10:58
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has acquired a factory in northern Taiwan with total floor space of 39,295 square meters (422,963 square feet) at NT$835.875 million (US$27.8 million) through auction held by a local court, according to the company.
Formosa Epitaxy inks strategic alliance with TCL, says paper
Newswatch - Jun 19, 11:45
Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Formosa Epitaxy has formed a strategic alliance with China-based vendor TCL with a chief aim to increase supply of backlights-use LED chips for TCL's LCD TVs and smartphones, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (
Genesis Photonics aims at flip-chip LED revenue proportion of 20-25% in 2014
Jun 18, 20:03
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics began flip-chip LED shipments to China-, South Korea- and Japan-based vendors in the fourth quarter of 2013 and aims to increase the revenue proportion from 15% for the first half of 2014 to 20-25% for the whole year, according to company chairman...
Formosa Epitaxy expects over 50% sequential growth in 2Q14 revenues
Jun 13, 10:55
Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Formosa Epitaxy expects its consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2014 to increase more than 50% sequentially and operations to possibly swing from the red in the third quarter, company chairman Frank Chien said at its 2014 shareholders meeting...