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Epistar, Lextar Electronics September revenues up on month, down on year

Oct 8, 10:43

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar posted consolidated revenues of NT$2.147 billion (US$65.3 million) for September, increasing 11.84% on month but decreasing 5.36% on year, while fellow maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics had those of NT$1.274 billion growing 10.57%...

Tera Xtal to shut down northern Taiwan plant

Oct 5, 11:14

Sapphire ingot and wafer maker Tera Xtal Technology will close its Yangmei plant in northern Taiwan by November 25 because the lease of the factory will expire soon, according to the company.


Sapphire pricing drops 30% in September due to weak demand in LED market, says report

Oct 1, 15:48

The average monthly price of sapphire has fallen by more than 30% on year in September 2015, according to LEDinside. This decline is the result of suppliers expanding their production capacities despite the weaker-than-expected demand.

Epistar to invest in Malaysia-based Dominant Opto Technologies

Oct 1, 10:17

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will acquire 11 million shares of Dominant Opto Technologies Sdn Bh, a Malaysia-based SMT LED packaging service provider, at a total price of MYR64.845 million (US$14.55 million), with the investment to strengthen existing strategic cooperation, according...

Epistar, MLS to set up joint-venture in India

Sep 29, 13:46

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar and China-based LED packaging service provider MLS will establish an LED lighting joint-venture in New Delhi, India, to tap the large local market, according to industry sources.

Taiwan, China IT industries reach consensuses for cooperation for next 12 months

Sep 24, 15:53

The 12th Cross-Strait Information Industry and Technology Standards Forum hosted by Sinocon Industrial Standards Foundation, Chinese Electronics Standardization Association and China Communications Standards Association closed on September 23 with participants from China and Taiwan reaching 32 consensuses...

Lextar to cooperate with Cree, Leadray to develop LED street lamps

Sep 23, 12:09

Lextar Electronics has announced a partnership with Cree and LED lighting vendor Leadray Energy to develop LED street lamps specifically for competition for government open-bid procurement.

China LED capacity expansion to lead to global chip oversupply in 2015

Sep 21, 11:33

Global supply of LED chips will be 22% in excess of demand in 2015 mainly because China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers have been expanding production capacities, according to Taiwan-based LED makers.

MLS to invest in Epistar China joint venture

Sep 14, 10:56

MLS, the largest China-based LED packaging service provider, will invest CNY180 million (US$28.3 million) to acquire a 10.91% stake in KFES Lighting (Xiamen), a China-based joint venture established by Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, according to MLS.

Epistar to lay off 65 employees at factory in southern Taiwan, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 14, 10:54

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will lay off 65 employees working at its factory in the Southern Taiwan Science Park on September, according to Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).

Equipment spending slows but still positive in 2015 and 2016, says SEMI

Sep 10, 15:44

Front-end fab equipment spending (including new, used, and in-house) is projected to increase 5% in 2015 to US$37 billion, and rise another 6.6% in 2016 to US$39.4 billion, according to SEMI. Data indicates that some companies still plan to increase equipment spending in the second half of 2015, compared...

Epistar, Everlight post mixed results for August

Sep 9, 11:09

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported August consolidated revenues of NT$1.920 billion (US$59.1 million), decreasing 9.05% sequentially and 25.44% on year. LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has posted August consolidated revenues of NT$2.335 billion, growing 3.61%...

Lextar Electronics August revenues up on month, down on year

Sep 8, 14:19

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on September 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.152 billion (US$35.5 million) for August, increasing 5.61% on month but decreasing 18.78% on year, and NT$9.345 billion for January-August, slipping 5.11% on...

Taiwan 1H15 LED production value down, says PIDA

Sep 7, 15:06

Taiwan-based LED wafer and chip makers generated total production value of NT$19.786 billion (US$623 million) in first-half 2015, slipping 19.49% on year, while LED packaging service providers saw NT$44.883 billion in revenues during the same period, down 0.49% on year, according to Photonics Industry...

Lextar direct-type TV backlighting completely based on flip-chip LED technology

Sep 4, 14:53

Lextar Electronics has completely adopted flip-chip LED technology for direct-type LCD TV backlighting, according to company chairman David Su.

Taiwan, China to see LED chip sector consolidation, says Epistar president

Sep 4, 12:21

Due to increasingly intense competition, Taiwan-based LED chip makers are expected to be consolidated into 1-2 makers and so will China-based fellow makers, according to president Jou Ming-jiunn for Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.

Everlight, Lextar licensed to use PFS phosphor from GE Lighting

Aug 12, 11:23

LED packaging service providers Everlight Electronics and Lextar Electronics have obtained licensing from GE Lighting for using PFS (potassium-fluorosilicate)-based phosphor (so-called red phosphor), a technology able to hike richness of displayed red color, to produce high-end LED backlighting packaging,...

Epistar, Everlight Electronics loses NT$0.11, nets NT$0.74 per share for 2Q15

Stockwatch - Aug 7, 14:50

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar suffered net loss per share of NT$0.11 for the second quarter of 2015, while LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics recorded net EPS of NT$0.74, according to the companies.

Lextar Electronics sees decreased July revenues

Aug 6, 15:01

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker as well as LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on August 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.091 billion (US$34.6 million) for July, decreasing 8.35% on month and 22.86% on year, and those of NT$8.193 billion for January-July, falling 2.81% on ye...

Cree and Epistar sign LED chip patent cross-license agreement

Aug 5, 16:11

Cree and Epistar have signed a worldwide patent cross-license agreement for LED chips to further advance the growth of the LED lighting and LED bulb markets. Cree and Epistar both hold broad LED chip patent portfolios that are important for making blue LEDs, the foundation of white LEDs found in most...

Epistar lands orders for UV-A LED chips

Aug 5, 14:41

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has obtained orders for UV-A (ultraviolet-A, with wavelength of 320-410nm) LED chips for use in making cosmetics products, according to industry sources.

Demand for UV-A LED may take off in 2015, say Taiwan makers

Jul 29, 12:08

As the LED backlighting market is approaching saturation and prices for LED lighting, despite growing demand, have been falling, many LED makers have been developing UV (ultraviolet)-A LED and prices for UV-A LED are expected to drop 20-30% in 2015. Consequently, demand for UV-A LED is likely to take...

Everlight dismisses Nichia patent claims

Jul 27, 21:12

Taiwan-based LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has dismissed Nichia's claims that it has obtained two new white LED patents, coded EP 2 197 053 and EP 2 276 080, from the European Patent Office (EPO).

Epistar licenses LED filament patent to China-based Leedarson Lighting

Jul 24, 12:01

LED Epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has licensed its LED filament patent to China-based LED lighting maker Leedarson Lighting for making LED filament style light bulbs. The patent is valid in Taiwan, China, the US, Europe and other countries, according to the company.

LED prices in 3Q15 expected to be stable

Jul 23, 15:33

As prices for LED chips and LED packaging services dropped 10-17% in the first half of 2015, prices are expected to be stable in the third quarter due to peak demand, but may fall again in the fourth quarter and the first quarter of 2016 due to slow demand, according to Taiwan-based LED makers.

China-based CEC to acquire Bridgelux

Jul 22, 11:35

Bridgelux, a developer and manufacturer of solid state lighting (SSL) technologies, today announced it has entered a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investment group led by the China Electronics Corporation (CEC), and ChongQing Linkong Development Investment Company.

Digitimes Research: Cree lowers 2Q15 forecast revenues due to keen competition

Jul 21, 11:30

Cree has lowered its revenues forecast for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 (the second quarter of calendar year 2015), including a big decrease by US$35 million attributable to LED devices which consisted of US$27 million reduction in total inventory value of channels and US$8 million short of original...

Global market value from external sales of LED chips reach US$4.35 billion in 2014, says LEDinside

Jul 15, 16:04

The global market value from the external sales of LED chips grew 18% from US$3.677 billion in 2013 to US$4.35 billion in 2014, according to LEDinside. The share of Chinese companies in the external sales market also rose from 27% in 2013 to 36% in 2014.

Tyntek 2Q15 gross margin hits nearly 10-year high

Jul 14, 22:23

LED chip and optical communication device maker Tyntek recorded gross margins of 22%, a nearly 10-year high quarterly level, and net EPS of NT$0.4 for the second quarter of 2015, resulting in net EPS of NT$0.74 (US$0.024) for the first half of the year, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: LED makers extend development to IR, UV applications

Jun 30, 11:10

An international LED forum held in Taiwan in mid-June showed that makers have extended development and production from general lighting to IR (infrared), UV (ultraviolet) chips, and high-end automotive lighting, according to Digitimes Research.

Lumileds may need to renegotiate patent licensing after acquisition, says Epistar chairman

Jun 30, 10:58

Philips has decided to sell an 80.1% stake in its subsidiary Philips Lumileds Lighting to China-based Go Scale Capital, and the Lumileds management team may have to renegotiate patent licensing, according to chairman Lee Biing-jye for Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.

Epistar expects business operations to peak in 3Q15

Jun 29, 21:29

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in view of large growth in demand for LED lighting and LED backlighting from China-based LCD TV vendors, expects its business operations to peak in the third quarter of 2015, with the corresponding net operating profit to exceed that for the first half of...

Taiwan LED makers faced with decreased global TV demand, competition from China makers

Jun 29, 21:25

Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers and LED packaging service providers have been faced with decreasing orders for LED backlighting from international LCD TV vendors due to stagnant growth in global demand for LCD TVs as well as increasing competition from China-based fellow makers, according...

Digitimes Research: Cree to downsize LED capacity due to price competition from China makers

Jun 26, 11:26

US-based Cree will spend US$85 million to restructure its LED device business through reducing total production capacity for LED chips. The move is mainly due to negative impact price competition from China-based LED makers, according to Digitimes Research.

Monocrystal expanding sapphire capacity to target global share of 30%, say Taiwan makers

Jun 24, 12:30

Russia-based Monocrystal is expanding its monthly sapphire production capacity from 4.0 million 2-inch wafers in equivalent currently to 5.0 million units to target a global market share of 30% at the end of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Lextar showcasing products at Taipei 2015 LED Lighting

Jun 16, 12:31

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics is showcasing LED lighting products including lamps, light panels, light engines and ultraviolet (UV) applications at the 2015 LED Lighting show in Taipei, whcih runs till June 18.

Photonics Festival in Taiwan set to begin

Jun 15, 22:21

The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei during June 16-18, with more than 500 exhibitors showcasing the latest optoelectronics technologies and development trends from the optoelectronics industries and featuring 1,011 booths to attract more than 30,000 visitors from over 40...

The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei

Genesis Photonics sees rising shipment ratio for flip-chip LEDs

Jun 15, 11:19

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics saw flip-chip LEDs account for 10-15% of total LED chip shipments in first-quarter 2015 and expects the ratio to rise to 20-25% in the second quarter and 30% in the second half of the year, according to company chairman David Chung.

Genesis Photonics chairman David Chung

China market: LED industry set for more merger deals in 2015

Jun 12, 15:07

The LED industry in China is expected to enter a new phase of consolidation in 2015 with combined merger and acquisition deals to reach over CNY20 billion (US$3.22 billion) in the year compared to CNY6 billion in a year earlier, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: UV LED to take up 40.3% of production value for UV light sources in 2018

Jun 12, 11:22

As UV (ultraviolet) LED applications are growing fast, production value as a percentage of total production value for all UV light sources will rise to 40% in 2018, according to Digitimes Research.

Epistar revenues down in May

Jun 9, 11:25

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.27 billion (US$73.8 million) for May, decreasing 12.11% on month and 18.82% on year, while sales of NT$11.498 billion for January-May dropped 0.42% on year.

Three trends driving optoelectronics market growth through 2019

Jun 8, 22:02

Over the past 15 years, strong growth in optoelectronics has been fueled by several different product categories at different times. Laser transmitters for high-speed optical networks were a major growth driver before the "" implosion in 2001. Image sensors and lamp devices (primarily...

Lextar Electronics to showcase DCOB modules at Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition

Jun 8, 13:55

Lextar Electronics will exhibit DCOB (driver on chip on board) light engine modules at the 2015 Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, June 9-12, according to the company.

Genesis Photonics obtains loan of NT$2.55 billion

Jun 8, 11:18

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics has obtained a syndicated loan of NT$2.55 billion (US$82.4 million) from five local banks, according to the company.

San'an Optoelectronics to raise funds to expand capacity

Jun 3, 14:57

China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics will issue 157.399 million new shares for private placement to raise additional paid-in capital of CNY3.51 billion (US$566 million), with CNY1.91 billion of it earmarked for expanding production capacity of LED wafers and chips and...

Digitimes Research: 385nm UV-A LED competitive with mercury-vapor lamps

Jun 2, 19:03

Lighting is a major application of UV (ultraviolet) LED currently and 385nm (spectral wavelength) UV-A LED is competitive with mercury-vapor lamps in terms of performance-cost ratio while 365nm UV-A LED is expected to increase in power output by 84.8% and decrease in production cost by 71% during 2014-2016,...

Lextar expects capacity utilization to rise to 80-90% in 3Q15

May 29, 13:58

Lextar Electronics, which provides LED epitaxial wafers, chips and packaging services, expects its capacity utilization rate to rise from about 80% currently to 80-90% in the third quarter of 2015, according to company chairman David Su.

Prices declining for 4-inch PSS

May 26, 22:05

Prices for a 4-inch PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) have fallen from US$50 in the first quarter of 2014 to US$40-42 in the first quarter of 2015 and further to US$38-39 currently. Pricing is expected to drop to US$35 by the end of 2015, according to Taiwan-based PSS makers.

Crystal Applied Technology unveils sapphire substrate plant in Taiwan

May 22, 10:32

Sapphire substrate maker Crystal Applied Technology (CAT) on May 21 inaugurated a new factory with a monthly production capacity of 300,000 substrates in northern Taiwan, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: US, Japan firms dominate UA LED

May 20, 11:46

Leading companies developing UV (ultraviolet)-A LEDs include Japan-based Nichia and Nitride Semiconductors, South Korea-based LG Innotek and US-based Lumileds Holding. Japan-based Riken and Nikkiso as well as US-based Crystal IS and HexaTech lead in the UV-C LED segment, according to Digitimes Resea...

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