India's Ministry of Power is expected to procure 200 million LED light bulbs via open bids in 2018, with Philips Lighting and Ledvance expected to remain as the largest two competitors, according to industry sources.
Korea-based Seoul Semiconductor has filed with a court in Itlay a charge against US-based electronic component distributor Mouser Electronics for selling LED products made by Taiwan-based Everlight Electronics that allegedly infringe its patents.
Unity Opto expects gross margin to rise to 25% in 2018
LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology expects business in 2018 to improve, with gross margin to rise to 25%, compared to 21.9% for the first three quarters of 2017, according to company chairman Wu Ching-huei.
Taiwan-based LED packaging service providers face increasing pressure from China competitors for automotive lighting orders from China's automakers and after-market.
Tyntek and Epileds see January sales rise
LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers Tyntek and Epileds Technologies have reported consolidated revenues of NT$292 million (US$10 million) and NT$110 million respectively for January, the former increasing 6.55% sequentially and 28.99% on year, and the latter growing 49.80% sequentially and 32.98% on...
Everlight, Epistar see mixed growths in January
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has reported January consolidated revenues grew 11.9% sequentially to NT$2.391 billion (US$81.9 million), while the LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has posted NT$1.876 billion, down 8.59% sequentially.
LED lighting solution provider StrongLED Lighting Systems (Cayman) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$231 million (US$7.9 million) for January, hitting a monthly record with growth of 61.60% sequentially and 398.91% on year.
Unity Opto sees increased January revenues
LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$549 million (US$18.8 million) for January 2018, increasing 18.3% sequentially and 6.42% on year.
Everlight attends ISE 2018
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics is showcasing its LED products at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018 in Amsterdam during February 6-9 - the firs time it has taken part in the world's largest audio-video system integration show, according to the company.
Ledvance appoints new chairman
Ledvance has appointed Jacob C Tarn as chairman and CEO. As-suming his position on February 1, 2018, Tarn will focus on accelerating the company's transformation from a traditional lamps manufacturer to an industry-leading, innovation-driven full LED lighting company, according to Ledvance.
Innolux is set to commercialize its new active matrix (AM)-based mini LED products by the end of 2018, according to Ting Chin-lung, senior vice president and head of the technology development center of Innolux.
Laster January revenues up on year
LED automotive lighting module maker Laster Tech has reported consolidated revenues of NT$485 million (US$16.6 million) for January, slipping 4.29% sequentially but growing 43.69% on year.
Epistar poised for VCSEL, mini LED production
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar is modifying about 10 of its 4-inch wafer MOCVD sets to 6-inch tools in first-quarter 2018 in preparation for production of VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) wafers and diodes and mini LED epitaxial wafers and chips, according to the company.
Shenzhen MTC to invest in LED chip production
China-based LED packaging service provider Shenzhen MTC will have its subsidiary Jiangxi MTC Semiconductor purchase 100 MOCVD sets from Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC), according to industry sources.
Lextar sees increased January revenues
Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$968.5 million (US$33.2 million) for January, growing 11.96% on month and 1.04% on year, driven by increased shipments of backlighting devices and lighting modules.
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics expects infrared (IR) and automotive LED product lines to drive growth in 2018, both of which will see double-digit revenue growths, according to company chairman Robert Yeh.
LED market to favor buyers in 2018, says MLS
It will be a buyer's market for LED in 2018 as a result of China-based chip makers' capacity expnasion, giving packagers an upper hand in price negotiation, according to China's biggest LED packaging service provider MLS.
AcBel expects new products to boost 2018 revenues
Despite a nearly 10% on-year drop in 2017 consolidated revenues, Taiwan-based power supply maker AcBel Polytech still expects its 2018 revenues to benefit from volume production of new products and orders from new clients.
MLS revenues up 48.5% in 2017
The largest China-based LED packaging service provider MLS has reported consolidated revenues of CNY8.2 billion (US$1.21 billion) for 2017, increasing 48.54% on year. Its net operating profit reached CNY663.669 million, up 14.66%, and net profit totaled CNY651.352 million, up 37.57%.
LED overcapacity likely in 2018
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers began massive expansion projects in 2017 and most of their new production capacities will come online in 2018, likely resulting in global overcapacity and price drops, according to industry sources.
Sanan tops China LED makers in 2017 government subsidies
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics obtained about CNY400 million (US$59.2 million) in government subsidies for equipment purchases in 2017, the highest amount among all China LED firms, according to research firm GGII.
High Power Lighting ships EV-C LED devices
Invisible LED packaging service provider High Power Lighting (HPL) has begun shipments of UV-C LED devices for water purification and household disinfection, according to company chairman Charles Wei.
Veeco confirms Focus Lighting orders
Veeco Instruments has maintained that China-based Focus Lighting Tech remains committed to the order it has placed with the US-based MOCVD tool supplier.
IC testing equipment maker MJC Probe (MPI) is expected to see its shipments of LED testing equipment expand significantly in the first half of 2018 thanks to growing demand for VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) components from the mobile device sector, according to industry sources.
EMS provider Lite-On Technology has disclosed it has won procurement orders for smart city solutions based on connected LED streetlamps from Taiwan, the US, the UK, China and the Middle East, and expects shipments in 2018 to increase 40-50% on year.
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