Benefitting from flourishing growth of automotive electronics and telecommunication markets, Taiwan's No. 1 aluminum electrolytic capacitor manufacturer Lelon Electronics has recently posted 2017 revenue of NT$7.18 billion, up 18% on year, the highest in the company's history.
Looking into 2018, burgeoning automotive applications and 5G deployments will continue to fuel growth in the demand for aluminum electrolytic capacitors.
Lelon's new production lines of polymer capacitors are scheduled to begin full-scale operation in the second half of 2018, which will satisfy the massive market demand for polymer capacitors. Lelon can expect record-setting revenue for the year with growingly strong market demand and increased production capacity.
For the purposes of meeting road safety and environmental protection standards, manufacturers are adding an increasingly large number of electronic control units (ECU) in each automobile. Lelon's automotive-grade aluminum electrolytic capacitors are used in original automotive electronics produced by many tier-1 automotive electronics providers in the world. With power systems used in cars transitioning to 48V, Lelon is also working with several automotive electronics providers to develop aluminum electrolytic capacitors specifically for 48V automotive power systems. The new automotive aluminum electrolytic capacitors will begin shipping this year, which will change the current market dominance by a few American and European manufacturers.
Featuring long life, low impedance and high heat resistance, Lelon's automotive-grade aluminum electrolytic capacitors are AEC-Q200 and VDA6.3 compliant. As a result of its continuing efforts in the automotive electronics market over recent years, automotive applications contributed more than 10% of Lelon's aluminum electrolytic capacitor revenue in 2017 and the company expects to see steady increase in the future.
Furthermore, telecom operators around the world are stepping up efforts on 5G infrastructure buildup. Lelon has also engaged in collaborations with major manufacturers in China, US and Europe to develop aluminum electrolytic capacitors for 5G base stations. Telecom and network applications account for approximately 20% of Lelon's aluminum electrolytic capacitor revenue. The category can expect to perform even better this year with 5G deployments picking up speed.
Targeting automotive electronics and 5G developments in addition to high speed computing, robotics and Industry 4.0 applications, Lelon has been ramping up efforts toward high-end electronics markets in recent years and is benefitting from the efforts. For the year 2018, Lelon will respond to continuingly strong demand for high-end aluminum electrolytic capacitors with new products and added capacity, which will further buoy the company's overall performance.
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