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TV backlighting drives LED growth

Posted: 13 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LED  market report  lighting 

IMS Research reports that the LED market growth has been driven by economic recovery, lighting and above all backlights, especially for TV sets, necessitating the growth of suppliers by as much as 64 per cent just to maintain market share. This is despite a temporary drop in TV backlighting in Q4 2010 due to weaker demand and supply chain corrections.

The firm said that the market for LEDs—including standard, AlInGaP and InGaN—has grown from Rs.27,248.78 crore ($6.1 billion) in 2009 to about Rs.44,670.13 crore ($10 billion) in 2010.

According to IMS Research, Nichia remains on top of the LED ladder, followed by Seoul Semiconductor, Samsung LED and Cree as the suppliers posting strong growth in 2010.

Nichia held the top spot by total revenue in 2009 and 2010, but will be challenged by Samsung LED in 2011. Samsung LED now has the capacity to take the top slot, and increasing demand for LED TVs from Q2 2011 onwards should enable them to do so.

In 2009 IMS Research ranked Samsung as third, and in 2010 as second, changing places with Osram which occupied the number 2 rank for many years. Lumileds, which was ranked third by IMS Research in 2006, 2007 and 2008, fell to the fourth position in 2009 and is at a provisional sixth in 2010. Lumileds' market share has actually been fairly steady as they are estimated to have grown in line with the market, but they provisionally look set to fall in rank in 2010 due to tremendous growth from Seoul Semiconductor and Cree. Along with Samsung, these suppliers are among those who have grown even more than 64 per cent in 2010.

Market shares vary by application segment. For lighting, IMS Research believes Cree is the market leader. For automotive, Osram is the market leader. Nichia is also strong in both these sectors as well as backlighting and signage/large displays. 2011 will be an interesting year for the LED industry in terms of market shares, with Samsung and others further continuing to challenge Nichia's longstanding position as market leader.

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