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Smartphone, LED lighting apps to boost sapphire substrate market

Posted: 04 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TrendForce  sapphire substrate  smartphone  LED lighting  iPhone 5S 

LEDinside, a subsidiary of TrendForce, has reported that sapphire substrate manufacturers have been actively expanding their production capacity. The reason behind this is the rising demand from LED lighting and mobile device market, added the market research company.

The top five sapphire ingot manufacturers for instance, have seen 2in equiv. sapphire substrate monthly production capacity grow by 75 per cent to 7800Kmm compared to 2012.

LED industry development has been driven by LED lighting market's high demands, especially for LED bulbs, LED tubes and MR16. To meet the above demands, major LED chip manufacturers still have expansion plans for 2013-2014, including Korean manufacturer Seoul Viosys, Taiwan manufacturer Epistar, and Chinese manufacturers San'an Opto and HC Semitek. Major chip manufacturers are also continually raising 4in wafer production capacity, which has led to 40 per cent production share in 2013, and is expected to reach 43 per cent in 2014.

Handheld device applications have the strongest demands among non-LED application market demands. Since Apple introduced sapphire substrate material into the iPhone5 and iPhone 5S camera lens, and into the 5S home buttons with the entry of fingerprint identification feature. LG is also following this latest technology trend and introduced sapphire camera lens in its latest smartphone LG G2. This will hopefully drive other smartphone manufacturers to use this material. LEDinside estimates the non-LED market application market share will reach 36 per cent in 2014, with handheld device application demands even reaching 31 per cent.

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