China makers defer placing orders for MOCVD sets
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers originally planned to order 280-300 MOCVD sets in total in 2018, but in view of continual drops in LED chip pricing, have temporarily deferred release of orders for more than 100 sets, according to industry sources.
China-based LED packaging service provider MLS expects Germany-based Ledvance - a lamp business which it has acquired from Osram - to become a main growth driver in 2018, during which the company's revenues are expected to grow at least 30%, according to MLS president Lawrence Lin.
LED oversupply resulting mainly from China-based makers' capacity expansion will remain in 2018, but if demand for mini LEDs for smartphone display backligting starts taking off in the third quarter, the oversupply may ease next year, according to Lee Biing-jye, chairman of Taiwan-based LED epitaxial...
LED firms Everlight Electronics, Epistar and Lextar Electronics have reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.108 billion (US$72.2 million), NT$1.776 billion and NT$921.4 million respectively for March, increasing 19.16%, 18.70% and 21.49% sequentially.
Apple plans micro LED panels for small- and large-size devices, says Digitimes Research
Apple is gearing up efforts developing micro LED panels for both small-size and large-size applications and has received support from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for the making of small-size ones, according to Digitimes Research's senior analyst Luke Lin.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has approved applications by PlayNitride and First Vertical Laser to invest NT$500 million (US$17.1 million) and NT$150 million respectively in setting up facilities at Hsinchu Science Park.
Opto Tech nets EPS NT$1.33 for 2017
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Opto Tech has reported net profits of NT$672.3 million (US$23.13 million) or NT$1.33 per share for 2017 in which it posted revenues of NT$5.59 billion.
Lextar intros ADB smart LED headlight module
Lextar Electronics has introduced an ADB (adaptive driving beam) smart LED automotive headlight module.
Lextar showcasing products at Light+Building 2018
Lextar Electronics is showcasing its latest products, including high-power LED lighting modules, high-voltage COB and DOB modules, infrared (IR) sensing modules and VCSEL devices, at Light+Building 2018 in Frankfur during March 18-23.
Epistar turns profitable in 2017
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has posted net EPS of NT$1.55 (US$0.053) for 2017, turning profitable from losses in 2015 and 2016.
Lextar 2017 gross margin hits 6-year high
Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has released its 2017 financial report, posting gross margin of 14.93%, the highest since 2011.
LED packaging firm Everlight Electronics and LED wafer and chip maker Epistar have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.769 billion (US$60.5 million) and NT$1.496 billion respectively, both hitting the lowest monthly levels since March 2013.
Epileds posts strong profit growth for 2017
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epileds Technologies has released its 2017 financial report, recording consolidated revenues of NT$1.235 billion (US$41.0 million), falling 1.43% on year, with net profit rising 779.74% to reach NT$62.7 million.
HC SemiTek to expand capacity
The second largest China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker HC SemiTek will invest CNY10.8 billion (US$1.71 billion) to develop a production base in a high-tech industrial park in Yiwu, eastern China, according to media reports.
Samsung reportedly to invest in PlayNitride
Samsung Electroncis, in line with its plan to launch micro LED TVs in August 2018, will reportedly invest in Taiwan-based micro LED technology developer PlayNitride, according to industry sources.
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.
GaAs epitaxial wafer maker LandMark Optoelectronics is currently developing 3D sensing solutions in cooperation with handset makers using its VCSEL devices with shipments of such sening products slated to begin in May-June, according to company sources.
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.
EMS provider Lite-On Technology has erected several LED lamp posts that are equipped IoT devices in Taipei, in a project to demonstrate smart city solutions, according to the company.
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.
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.
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