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Digitimes Research: Global MOCVD shipments in 2015 estimated at 252 sets
Jessie Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

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, according to Digitimes Research.

China-based LED wafer makers will account for the largest proportion, 73.8%, of new MOCVD sets in 2015 because the China government will continue to offer subsidies for procuring LED wafer production equipment and China's global market share for LED chips used in low-price LED lighting is on the rise, Digitimes Research indicated. Sanan Optoelectronics, HC SemiTek, Elec-Tech International and Xiamen Changelight, the four largest China-based LED wafer makers, will add 50, 48, 20 and 50 MOCVD sets respectively in 2015.

There will be a global stock of 2,937 MOCVD sets in operation or installed by the end of 2015, consisting of 1,019 sets (34.7%) belonging to China-based makers, 749 sets (25.5%) to Taiwan-based ones, 538 sets (18.3%) Japan-based makers, 417 sets (14.2%) South Korea-based makers, and 214 sets (7.3%) US- and Europe-based makers.

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