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Lextar Electronics February revenues down on month, up on year

Mar 5, 22:10

LED epitaxial wafer maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on March 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.054 billion (US$33.5 million) for February, decreasing 17.05% on month but increasing 19.61% on year, and NT$2.324 billion for January-February, growing on year by 10.67%...

China LED chip production value in 2014 estimated at CNY12.0 billion, says GLII

Mar 3, 12:16

LED chip makers in China generated total production value of an estimated CNY12.0 billion (US$1.95 billion) in 2014, hiking on year by 43%, according to China-based research organization GG-LED Industry Institute (GLII).

Lextar Electronics to expand LED epitaxial wafer capacity

Mar 2, 21:04

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics, in view of fast growing demand for LED lighting, will expand its monthly LED epitaxial wafer production capacity by 20-25% from 300,000 wafers currently to 360,000-375,000 units in the first half of 2015, according...

Epistar 1Q15 gross margin expected to rebound to 20%

Feb 25, 19:52

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has received orders with shipments scheduled through the end of the first quarter of 2015 and consequently is expected to see consolidated revenues for the quarter grow sequentially by 20-25% and corresponding gross margins to rise to 20%, according to industry...

LED demand rebounds early in 1Q15

Feb 16, 18:47

Due to strong demand for LED backlighting in smartphones and LED lighting, global demand for LED chips has rebounded in the first quarter of 2015, earlier than previously as the first quarter is traditionally an off season , according to Taiwan-based LED makers.

Lextar expects 2015 LED lighting revenue proportion to rise to 30-40%

Feb 6, 10:48

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics expects the revenue proportion for LED lighting products in 2015 to rise to 30-40%, approximately double the level in 2014, according to the company.

ITRI to recruit OLED engineers

Feb 3, 10:53

To develop OLED lighting, the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) will recruit OLED engineers in device design, production management, evaporation process, packaging, lighting module/system and production equipment.

China LED chip production value expected to surpass Taiwan's in 2015-2016

Jan 15, 23:29

Many China-based LED chip makers have expanded or been expanding production capacities and consequently, China's production value for LED chips is expected to exceed Taiwan's in 2015 or 2016, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Digitimes Research: TSMC SSL merger to enhance Epistar in the LED market

Jan 14, 23:15

Epistar has invested NT$825 million (US$25.94 million) to merge with TSMC Solid State Lighting (SSL), helping to enhance Epistar's capability in the lighting industry. Before the decision was made, many companies such as SemiLEDs and Advanced Optoelectronic Technology (AOT) had also been talking to...

Epistar to own 94% of TSMC SSL

Stockwatch - Jan 12, 11:06

Epistar and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have both announced that their boards of directors have approved a transaction of TSMC Solid State Lighting (TSMC SSL) shares.

Digitimes Research: Global high-brightness LED shipments in 2015 to reach over 186 billion chips

Jan 8, 07:47

There will be an estimated 186.017 billion high-brightness LED chips shipped globally in 2015, increasing on year by 32.6%, and the corresponding production value will grow much less by 7.5% to US$13.699 billion due to continued drops in the average selling price, according to Digitimes Research.

TSMC subsidiary to merge with Epistar, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 5, 14:40

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will form a strategic partnership with LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar by having its subsidiary, TSMC Solid State Lighting, sell MOCVD sets to Epistar and then acquiring new shares to be issued by Epistar for a 5-10% stake, according to Chinese-language...

Lextar receives urgent orders for LED light tubes

Dec 29, 21:33

LED epitaxial wafer and chipmaker as well as LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics have received orders for LED light tubes with urgent shipments, according to the company.

Taiwan LED makers eyeing DoB market

Dec 29, 14:09

Taiwan-based LED firms are targeting DoB (driver on board) orders from 6,000-7,000 small- to medium-size regional lighting vendors mostly in the US and Europe, according to industry sources.

Demand for LED chipsets to increase to 1.4 billion in 2018, says DisplaySearch

Dec 25, 12:37

The demand for LED chipsets, primarily for the LED lighting market, is forecast to increase substantially through 2018. According to DisplaySearch, measured in standard units (500 by 500 micron chip size), demand for LED chipsets are expected to increase 293% from 35.8 million in 2013 to 1.4 billion...

Lextar aims to ship over 40 million LED light bulbs in 2015

Dec 24, 22:57

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics has received LED lighting orders with shipments scheduled through June 2015 and aims to ship more than 40 million LED light bulbs in 2015, according to the company.

GT Advanced Technologies to sell sapphire furnaces

Dec 24, 11:51

GT Advanced Technologies has announced that following the bankruptcy court's recent approval of its settlement agreement with Apple, GT is now pursuing ASF furnace opportunities for sapphire cover glass applications across the broader smartphone market as well as ongoing opportunities in the LED and...

China government to end financial aids to LED makers

Dec 22, 11:15

China's State Council (central government) has ordered its subordinate agencies and local governments to stop offering subsidies and tax incentives for China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers because such offering has disrupted market mechanisms and may violate WTO rules, leading to international...

Epistar expects December revenues to grow sequentially

Dec 16, 22:07

LED Epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar expects its consolidated revenues for December to increase significantly on month mainly due to orders from China-based LCD TV vendors with urgent shipments to meet peak demand before the 2015 Lunar New Year in late February, according to company chairman...

China-based San'an Optoelectronics to procure 50 MOCVD sets from Veeco

Dec 15, 22:07

China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics has ordered 50 MOCVD sets worth US$134 million from US-based Veeco Instruments, with the equipment to be delivered during December 2014-August 2015, according to the company.

Genesis Photonics expects 10-15% sequential drop in 4Q14 revenues

Dec 10, 21:28

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics expects consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 to decrease on quarter by 10-15% and sales for the first quarter of 2015 to increase by about 10%, according to the company.

Everlight, Epistar see sequential drops in November revenues

Dec 9, 21:52

LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics on December 9 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.744 billion (US$89.2 million) for November, decreasing on month by 2.21% but increasing on year by 21.47%, while LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar had November consolidated revenues of...

Digitimes Research: Global MOCVD shipments in 2015 estimated at 252 sets

Dec 3, 22:18

Based on LED epitaxial wafer makers' capacity expansion plans, there will be 252 MOCVD sets shipped globally in 2015, growing 10.5% on year and consisting of 186 sets to be added by China-based makers, 30 by Taiwan-based ones, 19 sets by Japan-based makers and 17 sets by South Korea-based players,...

YoungTek 4Q14 sales to fall up to 10%

Dec 1, 10:18

YoungTek Electronics, which provides backend services for LED and IC testing and sorting, is expected to post an up to 10% sequential decrease in fourth-quarter revenues due to a seasonal slowdown in demand, according to market watchers.

SemiLEDs reports fourth quarter and fiscal year end 2014 financial results

Nov 27, 15:58

SemiLEDs, a developer and manufacturer of LED chips and LED components, has announced its financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2014, ended August 31, 2014.

Epistar sees decreasing capacity utilization

Nov 26, 20:05

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has seen its overall capacity utilization drop from about 50% in October to below 50% in November and the utilization is expected to further slip in December, according to the company.

LED lighting marks a new era: Q&A with Hubie Notohamiprodjo, SSL products marketing director, Dialog Semiconductor

Nov 26, 14:17

With the global LED lighting application market taking off, and business opportunities emerging fast, semiconductor firms, particularly LED driver IC vendors, around the globe have been exerting efforts to enhance their presence in the LED lighting market.

Hubie Notohamiprodjo, SSL product marketing director

China and US boost worldwide industrial semiconductor market in 2014, says IHS

Nov 21, 10:38

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent US economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications in 2014, according to IHS.

Falling LED bulb prices put pressure on LED driver IC firms

Nov 21, 10:34

Falling retail prices for LED light bulbs have put the LED driver IC market under pressure, according to industry sources. Some LED driver IC suppliers incapable of lowering their manufacturing costs will be forced to leave the market in 2015, the sources indicated.

LED chip makers to see drops in 4Q14 shipments

Nov 19, 11:43

Due to inventory adjustments at lighting makers and weak demand for TV backlighting applications, LED chip makers are expected to suffer significant on-quarter decreases in shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to LED supply chain makers.

China-based San'an Optoelectronics to add 100 MOCVD equipment sets

Nov 17, 22:04

China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics, due to subsidies of CNY1.0 billion (US$163 million) offered and orders worth CNY3.0 billion arranged from the government of Xiamen City, southeastern China, will set up a factory to house 100 additional MOCVD sets in the city with...

Epistar adjusts swap ratio for Formosa Epitaxy stock

Nov 14, 14:40

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has adjusted the stock swap ratio from one Epistar share for 3.448 shares Formosa Epitaxy, originally determined in late June 2014, to one Epistar share for 3.603 shares of the latter, according to Epistar.

Lextar posts 3Q14 net EPS of NT$0.59

Nov 6, 11:45

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics has released its third-quarter 2014 financial report, recording net profit of NT$309.3 million (US$10.2 million) or EPS of NT$0.59.

Taiwan makers tapping emerging markets of LED lighting

Nov 5, 11:14

Taiwan-based makers from the LED lighting sector have been tapping emerging markets, including Indonesia, Thailand, India, Russia and Brazil, as they face fierce competition in North America, Europe, Japan and China, according to industry sources.

Contrel invests in PSS production using soft mask photolithography

Oct 31, 12:12

Contrel Technology, which makes TFT-LCD, PV and LED inspection and testing equipment, will invest in production of PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) using soft mask photolithography technology developed by a R&D team under National Cheng Kung University.

MOEA conditionally approves Sanan Optoelectronics stake in Epistar

Oct 29, 20:06

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on October 29 approved the conversion of China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics' 19.9% stake in Taiwan-based Formosa Epitaxy into a 3.1% stake in Epistar, with the following strings attached: Sanan cannot transfer patents and...

China LED makers cut prices, Taiwan makers to follow suit

Oct 28, 10:54

China-based LED makers' production capacity expansion in the first half of 2014 has since resulted in oversupply, forcing them to reduce quotes to compete for orders in the fourth quarter. Taiwan-based competitors will follow suit in cutting prices, with quotes for backlighting products used in hand-held...

Tera Xtal cancels plan to raise additional capital

Oct 20, 15:40

Sapphire wafer maker Tera Xtal Technology has cancelled a plan to issue 25 million new shares mainly due to large drops in its stock prices.

Taiwan, Japan LED makers to face price competition from China, says Nichia executive

Oct 17, 12:12

China-based LED makers have been rapidly developing their operating scale and technological capability and are expected to pose price pressure for Taiwan- and Japan-based makers in 2015, according to chief legal and intellectual property officer Katsuyuki Akutagawa for Japan-based Nichia.

Nichia chief legal and intellectual property officer Katsuyuki Akutagawa

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.

Digitimes Research: GTAT woes disrupt sapphire industry

Oct 16, 11:14

GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) move to seek bankruptcy protection on October 6 came as a surprise to the IT industry especially because the maker was a major supplier of Apple for sapphire screens.

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.

Cree investment is good for Taiwan LED development: Q&A with Lextar chairman David Su

Oct 8, 12:35

US-based Cree will invest US$83 million to take a 13.32% stake in Taiwan-based Lextar Electronics, which provides LED epitaxial wafers and chips, as well as packaging services, as it looks to secure steady supply of blue-light mid-power LED chips. Lextar in turn will obtain licensed use of Cree's patents...

Lextar Electronics chairman and CEO David Su

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...

Digitimes Research: US$30 to be competitive price for 5.5-inch sapphire covers to be adopted by smartphone vendors other than Apple in 2015

Sep 5, 15:39

Whether major smartphone vendors follow Apple to adopt sapphire-screen covers will hinge on cost, and US$30 for a 5.5-inch sapphire-cover will be a competitive price in 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

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.

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