220 GaN MOCVD reactors to be installed in 2015, says IHS
Apr 1, 10:54
Due to the major aggressive expansion plans of some China-based LED companies, IHS forecasts that 220 gallium nitride (GaN) reactors will be installed in 2015. This new capacity expansion is slightly different from what happened several years ago, when large numbers of LED companies in China purchased...
Niching 2014 profits hit 3-year high
Mar 31, 10:41
IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial has posted net profits of NT$61.37 million (US$1.96 million) in 2014, up 116% on year and hitting a 3-year high. The earnings translated into a net EPS of NT$1.57.
Sapphire makers seeing strong orders in March
Mar 27, 15:17
Patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) maker Rigidtech Microelectronics is seeing strong orders in March and expects continued growth into April, with 4-inch units expected to be at the forefront, according to company president Hung Wen-ching.
Taiwan International Lighting Show begins
Mar 25, 15:42
The 2015 Taiwan International Lighting Show and LED Taiwan both started today (March 25) in Taipei, with 337 exhibitors from 10 countries to use 898 booths, according to the government-sponsored Taiwan External Trade Development Council. The shows run till March 28.
Taiwan LED makers ask for PSS price cuts
Mar 23, 21:57
As PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) makers have been expanding production capacities, PSS supply has significantly increased and therefore Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers have asked PSS makers to lower quotes for a 4-inch PSS to US$40, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Lextar, Everlight see increasing capacity utilization
Mar 20, 10:35
Lextar Electronics and Everlight Electronics have seen utilization rates rise to 80% and expect the rates to further rise to 100% and 85%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2015 due to increasing orders for LED lighting and backlighting, according to the companies.
Crystalwise reports net profit for 2014
Newswatch - Mar 13, 12:27
Sapphire substrate and PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) maker Crystalwise Technology has reported record net profit of NT$42.3 million (US$1.34 million) for 2014 after consecutive net losses for 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times (CT).
Epistar acquires GaN-on-Si technology from Allos
Mar 13, 10:37
Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has announced is has received a license for GaN-on-Si technology from Germany-based Allos Semiconductors and the two firms have already completed the first phase of technology transfer.
Nichia to launch E-LEDS in October 2015
Mar 12, 15:27
Japan-based Nichia has finished development of E-LEDS, flip-chip LED chips made using internally-developed special materials, and will launch it in October 2015, with the product to be initially used in high-end outdoor lighting and LCD TV backlighting, according to the company.
Taiwan LED makers to adopt 6-inch sapphire wafers
Mar 10, 22:36
As prices for 6-inch sapphire wafers are on the decline and China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers are increasing their use of 4-inch sapphire wafers, Taiwan-based LED makers are poised to shift mainly to 6-inch wafers to reduce the competitive pressure from China-based makers, according to...
Lite-On Technology revenues drop in February
Stockwatch - Mar 10, 14:56
Lite-On Technology Corporation has reported consolidated revenues of NT$14.383 billion (US$455.85 million) for February 2015, representing a 24.2% drop on month and 6.54% drop on year.
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%...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...