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LED Market Trend

Following declines of 45% in 2011 and 30% in 2013, LED wafer fab equipment spending will rise 17% to nearly $1.2bn in 2014 as the LED industry is working through its over-capacity problems and will renew capital spending and capacity increases in 2014, according to the SEMI Opto/LED Fab Forecast quarterly on high-brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) front-end wafer fabrication plants.

Compensating for some of the decline in packaged LED prices are the steep declines in sapphire wafers, which are used by over 80% of the LED industry. Patterned sapphire substrates (PSS) have rapidly become standard at 2” and 4” diameters and are promising for 6” wafers.

Declining sapphire prices and the continued competitiveness of silicon carbide (SiC) have dampened prospects for the penetration of GaN-on-silicon in LEDs once thought to be the likely technology going forward.

The global LED industry now appears to be stabilizing as leading manufacturers invest in 6” wafer production systems and associated equipment purchases to deliver improved yield and throughput, said the recent SEMI report.

Nearly all of the leading manufacturers appear to be modernizing their production systems, with increased investments in metrology, automation, etch and lithography.

In conclusion, says SEMI, the global LED manufacturing market appears to be stabilizing and working through its rapid capacity expansion of 2010-2012. Significant packaged LED price declines have been partially offset by wafer cost reduction, yield improvements and wafer size increases. Global leaders like Nichia, Cree, Philips, Osram and LG Innotek have continued to modernize their production operations for improved yield and throughput. The shakeout of the China market has begun and the survivors look to have staying power for long-term competitiveness.


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