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  • An LED automotive taillight
    LED packaging service provider Edison Opto saw the revenue proportion for LED automotive modules slip to 22% in the third quarter of 2019 due to additional US customs tariffs on China-made products, but expects the ratio to rise to 27-28% beginning from fourth-quarter 2019, according to the company...
  • Everlight saw November sales rise on month
    LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has reported November consolidated revenues of NT$1.9 billion (US$62.3 million), increasing 7.48% sequentially but decreasing 3.15% on year, while LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar saw those of NT$1.367 billion slip 5.77% sequentially and...
  • Laster and Excellence plan to set up new factories in Taiwan
    LED automotive lighting module maker Laster Tech will invest NT$450 million (US$14.8 million) to build a plant to make components of smart LED automotive lighting modules in northern Taiwan and will begin trial production in 2020, while fellow maker Excellence Optoelectronics (EOI) will invest NT$2.4...
  • Taiwan poised to strive in global micro LED market
    Taiwan has opportunities to strive in the global micro LED market by leveraging its technological advantages in the LED, semiconductor, and backend industries, according to Louis Huang, CEO of Taiwan's Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association (PIDA).
  • Competitiveness of mini LED backlighting hinges on feasible applications
    As smartphone-use OLED panel prices have dropped since 2018, mini LED backlighting for handset-use LCD panels has become disadvantageous in cost. Market opportunities for mini LED backlighting, therefore, lie in application segments where OLED panels are less competitive in production cost.
  • Supply chain ready for Apple adopting mini LED
    Mini and micro LEDs are being touted as strong candidates to play a key role in the next-generation display market. Now Apple is said to be developing a 12.9-inch mini LED-backlit iPad Pro for launch in third-quarter 2020. Many Taiwan-based supply chain partners are eyeing the mini...
  • Apple reportedly will launch a mini LED-backlit iPad Pro
    Taiwan-based supply chain makers including Epistar, General Interface Solution (GIS), Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT), Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect are poised to receive orders for components to be used in a 12.9-inch mini LED-backlit iPad Pro that Apple reportedly will launch...
  • Notebook vendors to adopt mini LED backlighting in 2020
    Notebook vendors are ready to adopt mini LED backlighting for their devices, paving the way for the technology to move beyond public signage to consumer electronics, according to industry sources.
  • JDI has announced it has developed a prototype micro LED display
    Japan Display Inc (JDI) has announced it has developed a prototype micro LED display, a strong candidate to become a next-generation mainstream display technology, and it will be exhibited at FIinTech Japan 2019 in Makuhari Messe during December 4-6.
  • Nichia is seeking damages for alleged patent infringement
    Japan-based Nichia has disclosed it has filed charges with a court in the Judicial District of the Capital of the State of Sao Paulo against Karimex Componentes Eletronicos and Arrow Brasil, two Brazil-based sales agents for Taiwan-based LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics, and against...
  • Demand for 8K TVs is growing
    LED packaging service provider Advanced Optoelectronic Technology (AOT) will begin shipping LED backlight units (BLUs) for use in 8K LCD TVs in third-quarter 2020, according to the company.
  • Everlight to expand production capacity for automotive LED devices
    LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has disclosed it will expand monthly packaging capacity for LED automotive lighting devices by 50% from 100 million chips at present to 150 million chips in 2020.
  • Taiwan's manufacturing sector has seen three consecutive quarters of on-year declines in production
    Production of Taiwan's manufacturing industry totaled NT$3.37 trillion in the third quarter of 2019, down 7.01% on year, making the third consecutive quarter of on-year declines due mainly to the US-China trade tensions, according to figures from Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • Anylayer HDI boards demand rising
    Chinese handset vendors are eager to adopt anylayer HDI boards for their high-end smartphones, but they currently have to source such boards from outside of China despite the country's bid to raise self-sufficiency for electronics components. Taiwan-based PCB makers Compeq...
  • Epistar to expand capacity in 2020
    LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has disclosed plans to set aside a capex budget of at least NT$5 billion (US$164 million) for 2020, mainly for expanding production capacities for mini LED chips, mini LED backlight units (BLUs) and VCSEL epitaxial wafers and diodes.
  • Micro LED seems promising for display devices
    Micro LED seems promising for being use in display devices, but mass transfer yield rates during and production costs remain problems in commercializing the technology.
  • Opto Tech expects shipments for fine-pitch LED displays in 2019 to increase 30% on year
    LED chip maker Opto Tech expects shipments for fine-pitch LED displays in 2019 to increase 30% on year due to strong demand from the North America and Europe markets mainly arising from US-China trade disputes, according to the company.
  • Epistar and Lextar have reported net operating losses
    LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar and vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics have reported net operating losses of NT$874.6 million (US$28.7 million) and NT$145.8 million respectively for third-quarter 2019.
  • Laster will invest NT$450 million to construct a factory for making smart LED automotive lighting
    LED automotive lighting module maker Laster Tech will invest NT$450 million (US$14.8 million) to construct a factory for making smart LED automotive lighting modules in northern Taiwan with trial production scheduled for 2020.
  • Everlight to expand mini LED packaging capacity
    LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics will expand monthly packaging capacity by 180 million mini LED chips in 2020, consisting of 50 million chips for automotive displays, 100 million UV (ultraviolet) chips and 30 million IR (infrared) chips, according to the company.
  • A mini LED-backlit LCD TV
    While mini LED chips has begun seeing adoption for high-end LCD monitor and TV backlighting, the technology is not expected to be widely used over the next 3-4 years, according to industry sources.
  • Opto Tech expects significant on-year sales growth in fourth-quarter 2019
    LED chip maker Opto Tech expects significant on-year sales growth in fourth-quarter 2019 - a traditionally off-season period - due to strong demand for Si-based sensor chips used in smart watches and wrist bands, and increased orders for LED displays.
  • Everlight Electronics has obtained orders for LEDs used in automotive 3D taillights
    LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has obtained orders for LED devices used in automotive 3D taillights from US, South Korean and Chinese automakers, with shipments having already begung in third-quarter 2019, according to industry sources.
  • Unity Opto has disclosed it has received orders from North America
    LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology has disclosed it in the third quarter of 2019 received orders from North America for LED lighting for use in Home Depot, Walmart and other large retail chain stores, with shipments to begin in November 2019.
  • Epistar's consolidated sales for September reached NT$1.345 billion
    LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics' September consolidated revenues reached NT$1.730 billion (US$55.7 million), decreasing 2.47% sequentially and 15.36% on year. LED wafer and chip maker Epistar's consolidated sales for September reached NT$1.345 billion, shrinking 6.06% sequentially...

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