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  • Asustek expects to ship nearly 8 million ZenPhones in 2014

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  • Amazon unlikely to reach target shipments of 2-3 million Fire Phones in 2014, say Taiwan makers

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  • Intel to reportedly invest in China-based Spreadtrum

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  • Sony to increase metal chassis usage in smartphones in 2015

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  • Taiwan makers should develop equipment for use by many industries, says Manz Taiwan

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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...

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Digitimes Research: GTAT estimated to supply up to 1.35-2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhone sapphire covers in 2014

Aug 22, 10:55

US-based GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), the exclusive sapphire supplier for Apple, is estimated to supply enough sapphire to make covers for up to 1.35-2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhones by the end of 2014 based on the progress of GTAT's sapphire production ramp, according to Digitimes Research.

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...

Digitimes Research: Sapphire demand to reach over 108 million mm in 2015

Aug 12, 10:57

Global demand for sapphire for use in LED and optical applications (such as smartphone covers) will reach 80.084 million mm of 2-inch equivalent ingots in 2014 and increase 36.1% to 108.902 million mm in 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

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.

Digitimes Research: Optical-use sapphire demand to reach 12.44 million mm of 2-inch equivalents in 2014

Jul 23, 10:48

There will be an estimated demand for 12.44 million mm of 2-inch-equivalent sapphires for optical purposes in 2014, mainly consisting of 54.3% for use in smartphone button covers, 24.1% iWatch covers and 17.4% smartphone camera lens covers, according to Digitimes Research.

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.

LED makers see increased demand due to Ultra HD TV developments

Jul 7, 15:52

Wide color gamut (WCG) Ultra HD TV panel demand is bringing increased business opportunities for LED makers, according to industry sources.

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...

Epistar to reach 15% GaN wafer capacity market share following FOREPI merger, says IHS

Jul 3, 15:36

Following the announcement on June 30 that Epistar is acquiring Formosa Epitaxy (FOREPI), Epistar will have over 400 MOCVD reactors including those from FOREPI's China subsidiaries, more than double the GaN MOCVD of its nearest competitor, according to IHS.

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.

Patterned sapphire substrate market value in 2014 to reach US$711 million, says LEDinside

Jul 1, 21:05

Strong LED market demand in 2014 has led to expanded patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) production capacity, according to LEDinside. The 4-inch PSS market is currently facing supply shortages caused by Taiwan- and China-based LED chip makers introducing large volume PSS into products. However, since...

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,...

Order visibility for LED driver ICs extends through 3Q14

Jun 27, 15:40

Order visibility for most Taiwan-based LED driver IC vendors has extended to the end of the third quarter of 2014 thanks to the booming LED lighting market in China, according to industry sources.

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.

First China supplier breaks into top 10 LED rankings in 2013, says IHS

Jun 20, 14:51

China's massive investments in LED manufacturing capacity are paying off, with a China-based company entering the top ranks of the global market for the first time ever, according to IHS.

Lite-On Technology expects 2H14 revenue growth to come from CCMs, LED, SSDs

Jun 20, 11:42

Lite-On Technology expects CCMs (compact camera modules) mainly used in smartphones, LED devices and LED lighting products as well as SSDs to be the main sources of revenues growth for the second half of 2014, according to CEO Warren Chen.

High-end LED supply 20-30% short of demand, says Epistar chairman

Jun 20, 11:01

Global supply of high-end LED chips is short of demand by 20-30% currently, according to chairman Lee Biing-jye of LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.

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...

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers take up 28.6% of MOCVD in operation globally in May

Jun 11, 15:54

There were 1,917 MOCVD sets in operation globally in May 2014 and Taiwan-based LED makers accounted for 28.6% of the number, followed by Japan-based makers with 23.8%, China-based makers with 22.9%, and South Korea-based makers with 14.1%, according to Digitimes Research.

Wearable devices such as iWatch to spur sapphire market demand in 2015, says LEDinside

Jun 11, 15:29

Apple's reported iWatch, which is expected to be released in late 2014, will use sapphire watch covers, according to research firm LEDinside. If iWatch sales reach market estimations of 60 million in 2015, the device will make up 27% of overall sapphire usage volume during the year.

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.

Lextar Electronics to showcase products at exhibition in southern China

Jun 3, 21:50

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics will showcase its latest products at the 2014 Quangzhou International Lighting Exhibition in Guangzhou, southern China, during June 9-12, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Global MOCVD shipments to grow 25.7-54.1% in 2014

May 30, 14:07

With the LED chipmakers expanding production capacities to meet growing demand for lighting applications, 186-228 MOCVD sets will be shipped globally in 2014, rising 25.7-54.1% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

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).

San'an Opto and Epistar take more than 50% of China LED chip market share, says LEDinside

May 21, 14:31

The LED chip market reached CNY9 billion (US$1.45 billion) in China in 2013, up 16% on year, according to LEDinside. Spurred by lighting market growth momentum, the LED chip market demand further increased resulting in expanded market size. However, continual price drops caused LED chip market revenue...

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.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan flip-chip LED production value in 2014 estimated at US$160 million

Apr 25, 15:33

Taiwan-based flip-chip LED makers generated a total production value of US$11.63 million in the first quarter of 2014, taking up 3.1% of total LED production value, and flip-chip LED production value in 2014 is expected to reach US$160 million, accounting for 9.2% of total LED production value, according...

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.

C Sun expects LCD, LED equipment to be main source of revenue growth in 1H14

Apr 18, 16:38

Taiwan-based production equipment maker C Sun expects TFT-LCD and LED equipment to be the main source of growth in its consolidated revenues for the first half of 204, the company indicated at an April 17 investors conference.

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%...

Digitimes Research: LED fluorescent powder prices dropping amid waning reliance on China rare earths

Apr 7, 11:11

The China government has lowered its rare earths export quotas for 2014 by 30% compared to 2013 after the actual export volume last year was lower than its original estimates. Prices of cerium, yttrium and terbium oxide (rare earths used in LED production) dropped 38.1%, 0% and 41.3% on year, respectively,...

Lextar to debut white chip LED featuring substrate-free flip chip and phosphor molding process

Apr 1, 14:16

Lextar Electronics will debut a package-free "white chip" LED technology that features substrate-free flip chip and phosphor molding process, and can be fabricated by current SMT equipment. The white chip is a chip scale die without packaging process, featuring high lumen densities, high...

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