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...
Epistar, Everlight May revenues hit records for 3rd, 2nd time straight
Stockwatch - Jun 10, 14:09
Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar on June 9 reported May consolidated revenues of NT$2.796 billion (US$92.7 million), hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive time, while LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics saw those of NT$2.601 billion, hitting a monthly...
Lextar Electronics May revenues up sequentially
Jun 6, 10:38
Taiwan-based vertically integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.262 billion (US$41.9 million) for May, increasing 7.31% sequentially but decreasing 4.39% on year. January-May consolidated revenues reached NT$5.660 billion, rising 4.34% on year.
Aceplus Optotech to expand PSS capacity
Stockwatch - May 26, 10:25
Taiwan-based PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) maker Aceplus Optotech will gradually expand its monthly production capacity from 150,000 units currently to 300,000 units, the company said at a May 23 investors conference.
Epistar lands orders for HV LED chips, says paper
Newswatch - May 23, 14:33
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has obtained orders for high-voltage (HV) LED chips from Philips Lumileds Lighting, Osram and General Electric, with shipments to begin in second-quarter 2014, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).
LED driver IC vendor Macroblock reports earnings for 1Q14
Newswatch - May 15, 11:52
LED driver IC vendor Macroblock has reported net profits of NT$34.44 million (US$1.14 million) for the first quarter of 2014, increasing 10.6% sequentially and 79% on year. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.05 for the first quarter compared to NT$0.59 a year earlier.
Epistar April revenues hit record
May 12, 10:21
Epistar, the largest Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker, posted consolidated revenues of NT$2.510 billion (US$83.0 million) for April, its highest monthly figure on record, with growth of 5.92% on month and 30.81% on year, and NT$8.751 billion for January-April, hiking 40.17% on year,...
Lextar April revenues up on month
May 6, 10:46
Taiwan-based vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.176 billion (US$38.9 million) for April, increasing 4.76% on month but decreasing 5% on year. January-April consolidated revenues grew 7.14% on year to NT$4.398 billion.
Taiwan LED firms hold rosy business outlook for 2Q14
Apr 21, 10:10
Taiwan-based LED chip makers and packaging houses are generally optimistic about their business operations in the second quarter of 2014 mainly due to strong demand from LCD TVs and mobile terminal devices, and in lighting, according to some LED companies.
Digitimes Research: Global sapphire capacity to remain unchanged in 2014
Apr 10, 16:02
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...
Lite-On Technology March revenues increase
Apr 9, 11:40
EMS provider Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$18.275 billion (US$602 million) for March, rising 18.76% sequentially and 11.21% on year, and January-March consolidated revenues reached NT$51.392 billion, up 10.68% on year.
Epistar March revenues hit record
Stockwatch - Apr 9, 11:20
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported record consolidated revenues of NT$2.37 billion (US$78 million) for March, growing 19.54% sequentially and 38.29% on year.
Lextar, Unity Opto see increased March revenues
Apr 8, 10:54
Lextar Electronics, a vertically-integrated LED firm, has reported March consolidated revenues of NT$1.123 billion (US$37.0 million), up 27.42% sequentially and 3.22% on year. LED packager Unity Opto Technology had NT$753 million in March consolidated revenues, growing 25.17% sequentially and 6.88%...