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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 chairman Lee Biing-jye

Taiwan LED makers to see fast growing demand for automotive lighting, says Lextar chairman

Jun 16, 11:44

Taiwan's LED industry will see fast growth in the automotive lighting segment, which will account for over 10% of total LED production value in the near future, up from the curent 3%, according to Lextar Electronics chairman and CEO David Su.

Lextar chairman and CEO David Su

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.

Lextar begins trial production of UV, IR, automotive LED devices

Jun 6, 10:48

Lextar Electronics has begun trial production of UV and IR LED applications and LED automotive lighting, with shipments expected to significantly increase in second-half 2016, according to company chairman and CEO David Su.

China 1Q16 LED production value reaches CNY109.7 billion, says GGII

Jun 2, 11:06

China-based LED makers recorded total production value of CNY109.7 billion (US$16.8 billion) for first-quarter 2016, increasing 23.1% on year, according to research organization GGII.

Epistar hikes blue LED chip quotes, says report

Newswatch - May 31, 15:40

Epistar has hiked quotes for some models of blue LED chips by about 15%, according to Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).

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...

PTI to buy factory building from Epistar for NT$620 million

Stockwatch - May 5, 21:51

IC packaging and testing company Powertech Technology (PTI) has announced the acquisition of a factory building and related facilities from LED chipmaker Epistar for a total of NT$620 million (US$19 million).

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...

Lextar chairman and CEO David Su

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.

Genesis Photonics offers LED chips for automotive Bi-beam headlights

Apr 7, 12:26

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics has developed LED chips for Taiwan- and China-based makers to produce automotive Bi-beam headlights for the Taiwan and China after-markets, according to the company.

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...

Epistar accuses Epileds Technologies of infringing IR LED patents

Mar 8, 14:46

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has filed charges with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Court against Epileds Technologies for infringement of four infrared (IR) LED invention patents issued by the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office

Lextar nets NT$0.45 per share for 2015

Mar 8, 10:56

LED epitaxial wafer, chip and packaging service provider Lextar Electronics has reported net profit of NT$33 million (US$985,100) for fourth-quarter 2015, leading to net profit of NT$270 million and net EPS of NT$0.45 for 2015.

Nan Ya Photonics to quit LED wafer production, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 1, 11:01

Nan Ya Photonics will stop producing LED epitaxial wafers and chips and focus on LED lighting products, according to Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times (CT).

Lite-On Technology revenues decline in January

Stockwatch - Feb 15, 15:26

Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$17.339 billion (US$524.79 million) for January 2016, representing a 8.89% drop on month and 8.62% drop on year.

Taiwan LED makers expected to benefit from US objection to Philips selling Lumileds, says report

Newswatch - Jan 26, 15:10

Philips has canceled the planned sale of an 80.1% stake in Philips Lumileds Lighting to China-based GO Scale Capital due to objections from US authorities concerned for the sake of national security. The move is expected to free Taiwan-based LED chip makers of the worries that China-based makers would...

Genesis Photonics supplies LED automotive lighting devices for Japan vendors

Jan 15, 15:21

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics has begun supply of LED devices used in automotive interior lighting for Japan-based vendors, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Global high-brightness LED shipments in 2016 to grow 31.8% in volume, 3.4% in value

Jan 12, 16:16

There will be an estimated 245.237 billion high-brightness LED chips shipped globally in 2016, increasing 31.8% on year, and the corresponding shipment value will reach US$12.821 billion, growing 3.4%, according to Digitimes Research.

Epistar, Everlight Electronics see mixed growth in December revenue

Stockwatch - Jan 8, 14:57

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar on January 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.160 billion (US$65.7 million) for December, increasing 19.12% on month and 6.45% on year, while LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics had those of NT$2.579 billion rising 1.58% on month but...

Lextar Electronics, Unity Opto technology post mixed on-month growth in December revenue

Stockwatch - Jan 7, 15:59

Lextar Electronics has reported December consolidated revenues of NT$1.135 billion (US$34.5 million), decreasing 2.74% on month but increasing 1.03% on year, while LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology reported NT$731 million, growing 7.40% on month and 10.01% on year.

Genesis Photonics starts shipments of CSP

Jan 4, 23:13

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics has begun to ship CSP of (chip scale package) of chips for use in automotive headlights, backlighting of LCD TVs and camera flashes, with shipments expected to significantly increase in March 2016, according to company chairman David Chung.

Epistar, MLS jointly developing omni-directional LED filament light bulbs

Dec 28, 11:55

Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epsitar is developing omni-directional LED filament light bulbs jointly with China-based LED packaging service provider MLS, and such products are being certified, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

NTU research team discovers optoelectronic application for molybdenum disulfide

Dec 25, 15:43

A research team under the National Taiwan University (NTU) has discovered an optoelectronic application for molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a 2-dimensional semiconductor material, according to the team.

LED device prices to fall 30% in 2016

Dec 22, 17:08

Mainly because China-based makers have expanded production capacity and lowered quotes to be more competitive, prices for LED devices in 2016 are expected to drop 30% on year and prices for LED light tubes and bulbs will slip 20-30% and 30-40% respectively, according to industry sources.

Taiwan science parks post January-October revenues of over NT$1.9 trillion, says MOST

Dec 18, 12:00

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.92 trillion (US$58.53 billion) during January-October 2015, growing 2.48% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Apple Taiwan lab developing flexible OLED technology, say sources

Dec 16, 15:03

Apple's new lab in Longtan, northern Taiwan is dedicated to developing flexible OLED technology for new displays for use in its devices including iPhones and iPads, and has a team of R&D engineers recruited from local companies, according to sources in Taiwan's LCD driver IC sector.

Epistar, Lextar see November revenues drop sequentially

Stockwatch - Dec 11, 14:51

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar saw November consolidated revenues of NT$1.813 billion (US$55.8 million) slip 6.88% on month but grow 2.37% on year, while fellow maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics had those of NT$1.167 billion shrinking 10.77% and rising 7.19% respectively,...

Epistar, Opto Tech poised to produce infrared LED chips for iris recognition

Dec 11, 10:32

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar is in the process of certification for its infrared LED chips for use in iris recognition by supply chains of US-based smartphone vendors, while fellow maker Opto Tech is doing so by Taiwan- and South Korea-based smartphone-use CCM (compact camera module)...

Epistar may cut output in 4Q15

Dec 8, 11:30

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar is likely to reduce production, decreasing utilization from an average of 70% in third-quarter 2015 to 60% in the fourth quarter in order to lower inventory, according to company chairman Lee Biing-jye.

Taiwan LED makers should develop invisible-light LEDs to avoid overcrowded market, says HPL chairman

Dec 4, 16:08

Large-scale price completion from China-based makers in the visible-light LED market has caused product prices to keep falling, resulting in an overcrowded market, according to chairman Charles Wei for high-power LED packaging service provider High Power Lighting (HPL).

Opto Tech sees booming shipments of LED display panels

Nov 30, 23:14

LED maker Opto Tech, despite weak demand for LED lighting and backlighting, has seen booming shipments of LED display panels to the US, Japan and other markets, according to industry sources.

US court fines Epistar US$9.3 million for patent infringement

Nov 27, 11:18

The jury of a US district court in Massachusetts has made a preliminary decision to fine Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar US$9.3 million for infringing US patent No. 5,687,738 possessed by Trustees of Boston University.

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