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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.

Global LED shipment volume, value to grow in 2016, says Nichia executive

Nov 26, 10:44

Global LED shipments in 2016 will increase 20-30% on year in volume and about 5% in value, Nichia's chief legal and IP officer Katsuyuki Akutagawa said at a press event in Taipei on November 25.

San'an Optoelectronics, Epistar maintain low utilization rates

Nov 23, 14:29

LED epitaxial wafer and chip suppliers San'an Optoelectronics and Epistar have maintained low utilization rates amid oversupply in the global market, according to industry sources.

Prices of LED light bulbs bounce back slightly in October as aggressive pricing put on hold in the US and Europe, says LEDinside

Nov 13, 11:54

According to LEDinside, the global average price of 40W replacement LED light bulbs rose 2.8% to US$11.10 in October, while 60W replacement bulbs rose 3.5% to US$15. LEDinside analyst Allen Yu said that vendors in the US and Europe have called a truce in their price war after three consecutive quarters...

Epistar reports losses for 3Q15

Nov 10, 11:12

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has released its third-quarter 2015 financial report, recording net loss per share of NT$0.96 from net operating loss for the second consecutive quarter.

Lextar, Unity Opto see on-month growth in October revenue

Nov 9, 11:06

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics saw consolidated revenues of NT$1.308 billion (US$40.2 million) for October increase 2.67% on month and 17.19% on year, while LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology had those of NT$588 million growing...

China LED makers see mixed growth in January-September

Nov 5, 15:37

China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics saw revenues of CNY3.602 billion (US$576 million) and net profit of CNY1.447 billion for January-September 2015 increase 3.55% and 37.82% respectively on year, while fellow maker HC SemiTek had revenues of CNY699 million growing...

Taiwan makers may benefit from Toshiba plans to quit white-light LED production

Oct 30, 11:47

Toshiba, as part of plans to reduce in-house production of LED epitaxial wafers and chips, will stop production of white-light LED chips and increase outsourcing, which is likely to bring in more orders for Taiwan-based LED chip makers, according to industry sources.

Price erosion in sensors and volatility in discretes slows total O-S-D growth, says IC Insights

Oct 29, 16:26

The worldwide market for optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) has turned into a mixed bag of double-digit growth for several major product categories (lamp devices, infrared circuits and CMOS image sensors) combined with single-digit declines in sales for nearly...

Expansion by China makers to increase global LED chip capacity by 8% in 4Q15

Oct 26, 15:15

As subsidies offered by local governments in China for procuring MOCVD sets will end soon, some of China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers are procuring such equipment and most of the additional MOCVD sets are expected to come into operation by the end of 2015, according to industry sources...

Aceplux to set up PSS joint venture in China, says paper

Newswatch - Oct 20, 11:26

Taiwan-based PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) maker Aceplux Optotech will cooperate with China-based LED epitaxial wafer maker Hexalux Optoelectronics and the government of Yunxiao County, southeastern China, on a joint venture basis to set up annual PSS production capacity equivalent to 12 million...

Six China LED makers receive government subsidies in 3Q15

Oct 13, 11:29

Six China-based LED firms obtained subsidies of CNY391.43 million (US$62.1 million) in total from local governments in the country in thrid-quarter 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

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...

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