Formosa Epitaxy to lay off 300 workers
Sep 21, 11:42
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Formosa Epitaxy will lay off 300 employees at the end of September, according to its parent company, Epistar.
Nichia, Taiwan LED chips makers to start UV-C LED production
Sep 20, 11:22
Japan-based Nichia will begin production of UV-C (ultraviolet with wavelength of below 280nm) LED products in fourth-quarter 2016, while Taiwan-based LED chip makers will do so by the end of 2016, according to industry sources.
Everlight Electronics August revenues hit 22-month high
Stockwatch - Sep 9, 11:34
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics on September 8 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.742 billion (US$86.5 million), the highest monthly level since November 2014, with growth of 20.95% on month and 17.42% on year, and NT$19.107 billion for January-August, rising 1.16% on year.
Nichia wins German Federal Court judgment on validity of YAG patent
Aug 19, 12:00
The German Federal Court of Justice on August 16 determined that Japan-based LED maker Nichia's YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) phosphoric material patent EP (European patent code) 936 682, corresponding to German patent code DE 697 02 929, is valid. The judgment is final, meaning Taiwan-based LED packaging...
Epistar, Everlight see mixed July results
Aug 11, 10:53
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar saw July consolidated revenues of NT$2.181 billion (US$68.2 million) increase 3.52% on month and 3.33% on year, while LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics had NT$2.267 billion, decreasing 6.30% on month but growing 0.59% on year, according...
Lextar reports net loss for 1H16
Aug 10, 11:29
LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported net loss of NT$141.million (US$4.49 million) or net loss per share of NT$0.24 for the first half of the year, on consolidated revenues of NT$6.99 billion.
Sanan Optoelectronics to order for 17 MOCVD sets from Vecco
Jul 29, 10:30
The largest China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics will place orders for 17 new-model MOCVD sets (one set is equivalent to two MOCVD sets producing 2-inch wafers) from US-based Vecco Instruments in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the equipment to be installed in 2017,...
Samsung 2Q16 operating profits rise 18% on brisk smartphone sales
Jul 28, 15:11
Samsung Electronics has announced operating profits of KRW8.14 trillion (US$7.24 billion) for the second quarter of 2016, up 21.9% on quarter and 18% from a year earlier, while revenues increased 2.3% sequentially and 4.9% on year to KRW50.94 trillion.
Epistar hikes prices for large-size LED chips due to higher DLC standards
Jul 21, 12:27
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in response to higher LED lighting standards specified in DLC (DesignLights Consortium) 4.0, has increased quotes for large-size LED chips specifically used to make LED lighting for sale in the US market by 30-40%, according to Taiwan-based LED packaging...
Handset LED market to decline, says IHS
Jul 18, 22:14
The market for LEDs used in mobile phones – including backlighting behind the display, keypad illumination and camera flash - will decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% from 2015 to 2021, according to IHS. Increased penetration of organic LEDs (OLED) is a primary reason for...
MLS in strategic partnership with Yah Juang for LED lighting
Jul 11, 11:59
China-based LED packaging service provider MLS has signed a 5-year strategic partnership with Taiwan-based lighting solution provider Yah Juang Enterprise for promoting MLS' own brand Forest Lighting LED lighting products in the Taiwan market.
Epistar to expand production capacity for AlGaInP LED chips
Jul 7, 14:54
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in view of strong demand for AlGaInP LED chips, will modify seven blue-light LED wafer MOCVD sets for making AlGaInP LED wafers to increase production capacity by 20-30% in the third quarter, according to the company.
Lextar revenues drop slightly in June
Jul 6, 11:26
Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.165 billion (US$36.0 million) for June, slipping 1.56% sequentially and 2.14% on year.
China makers count on government subsidies for profits, says report
Jun 24, 14:26
The amount of government subsidies received by major players in China's flat panel, semiconductor and LED industries reached 20-50% of their recurring net income in the latest three years thanks to the China government's subsidy policy, according to a Korea-based ET News report.
Epistar seeks to swing into profitability in 2H16
Jun 20, 12:38
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar suffered net lossses per share of NT$2.81 (US$0.086) for 2015 and NT$1.54 for first-quarter 2016, and has made efforts to improve operational efficiency in order to swing back to profitability in second-half 2016, according to company chairman Lee Biing-jye...
Epistar, Everlight report sequential declines in May revenues
Jun 13, 11:47
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported May consolidated revenues decreased 5.89% sequentially and 4.98% on year to reach NT$2.157 billion (US$66.2 million), while LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has posted NT$2.311 billion in May consolidated revenues, dipping...
Opto Tech to expand IR LED receiver capacity
Jun 13, 11:37
Opto Tech has revealed it will expand monthly capacity by 100 million units for infrared (IR) LED receivers in third-quarter 2016 and another 100 million in the fourth quarter to reach 2.2 billion units by the end of 2016 to meet fast growing demand for these devices from the smart wearable market.
Macroblock seeing strong LED driver IC orders in 2Q16
May 30, 10:13
LED driver IC supplier Macroblock is seeing strong orders from its display customers, and has asked for more capacity from its contract suppliers, according to industry sources. Branded display vendors and module makers have been actively placing orders with Macroblock since the second quarter, said...
China firm proposes to buy Aixtron
May 23, 22:33
Aixtron has announced that the company and China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) have entered into an agreement under which FGC will take over Aixtron through its indirect German subsidiary Grand Chip Investment (GCI).
Lextar to move part of Taiwan LED packaging capacity to China
May 23, 11:20
Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics will move part of LED packaging capacity at its factory in Taiwan to its factory in Suzhou, eastern China, to reduce production cost, with the relocation to be completed at the end of June 2016, according to the company.
LED driver IC firm Macroblock 1Q16 profits increase
May 11, 21:18
LED driver IC specialist Macroblock has reported net profits of NT$45.46 million (US$1.4 million) for the first quarter of 2016, up significantly from profits of NT$17.08 million in the prior quarter and only NT$0.44 million a year earlier.
Everlight, Epistar report April revenues
Stockwatch - May 10, 14:05
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.412 billion (US$74.4 million) for April, decreasing 1.27% sequentially and 0.51% on year. LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar's April consolidated revenues reached NT$2.292 billion, growing 2.65%...
Lextar expects LED lighting to drive 2016 growth
May 6, 11:09
Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has begun to ship LED light tubes with ET8 electronic ballast and will offer LED light tubes in compliance with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification and DLC (DesignLights Consortium) v4.0 technical requirements specifically for the North America...
Sanan Optoelectronics to put 50 MOCVD sets into use at end of 2016
Apr 21, 10:41
The largest China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics, despite global overcapacity for LED chips, will begin operation of 50 new MOCVD sets at the end of 2016, and this is likely to push down LED chip prices, according to industry sources.
Ledvance likely to be sold to China-based firm
Apr 20, 11:33
Osram Licht AG is looking to sell its subsidiary lighting vendor Ledvance (LED + Advance) and is negotiating with 2-3 final candidates, including two China-based firms, according to industry sources.
Taiwan analog IC firms develop automotive-related products
Apr 19, 15:48
Acknowledging the steady growth of the automobile market, Taiwan-based analog IC companies have developed new product lines for auto-related applications, such as LED driver ICs for car headlights, and power management ICs for electric vehicles and ADAS.
Lextar expects over 10% revenue contribution from car lighting products by 2019
Apr 14, 10:20
Taiwan-based vertically-integrated LED maker Lextar Electronics is aggressively pushing into the car lighting product business and has entered the supply chains of China's automobile and high-speed rail players. The company expects the new business' revenue contribution to reach a double-digit percentage...
Epistar strives to hike shipments of AlGaInP LED chips for automotive use
Apr 14, 10:06
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in order to decrease operating losses due to low prices for general-use LED chips, has been making efforts to increase shipments of AlGaInP LED chips for automotive use and of infrared LED chips for industrial use, according to company chairman Lee Biing-j...
Russia-based sapphire maker Monocrystal expanding capacity
Apr 13, 11:59
Russia-based sapphire maker Monocrystal has expanded monthly production capacity from four million mm in 2015 to 4.5 million mm currently, and aim to reach five million mm by the end of 2016, according to Monocrystal Taiwan.
Epistar, Everlight, Lextar see March revenues rise on month
Apr 11, 12:26
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported March consolidated revenues of NT$2.233 billion (US$68 million), up 35.77% on month but down 5.61% on year. LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics's MArch consolidated revenues totaled NT$2.443 billion, increasing 16.1% but decreasing...
Macroblock seeing demand pick up
Apr 8, 15:23
LED driver IC vendor Macroblock, which had poor results in 2015, has seen demand pick up since 2016 and has expressed optimism about its business outlook for the year.
Fire strikes Epistar Hsinchu factory
Stockwatch - Mar 30, 16:31
A fire broke out at LED chipmaker Epistar's factory at the Hsinchu Science Park, northern Taiwan in the late hours of March 28. No employees have been reported injured by the fire, and the company expects no material impact from the accident.
Nichia aims at revenues of JPY330 billion for 2016
Mar 25, 15:51
Japan-based LED maker Nichia, while forecasting 5% on-year growth in 2016 global LED production value, aims to increase its revenues by 11.9% from JPY295 billion in 2015 to JPY330 billion (US$2.93 billion) in 2016 due to the high performance and differentiation, according to company chief legal and...
US leads growing global industrial semiconductor market, IHS says
Mar 23, 22:13
The industrial semiconductor market will post an 8% CAGR, as revenues rise from US$43.5 billion in 2014 to US$59.5 billion in 2019, according to IHS. Increased capital spending and continued economic growth, especially in the US, will spur demand and industrial semiconductor sales growth.
Epistar suspends some MOCVD tools
Mar 15, 11:25
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in view of global oversupply of LED chips and consequently continual price drops, has temporarily stopped operation of more than 100 relatively old MOCVD sets, equivalent to 15-20% of its total production capacity, to reduce output, according to industry...
Epistar and Everlight see February revenues decrease
Mar 10, 11:55
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar and LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.644 billion (US$49.2 million) and NT$2.104 billion respectively for February, with the former dropping 24.60% on month and 11.80% on year and the latter slipping...