2014-04-24

San'an Opto Patent Strategies a Looming threat to Taiwanese Manufacturers Oversea Business

San’an Optoelectronics (San’an Opto) has big plans to become a force to be reckoned with both domestically and internationally. The company is expanding production capacity, releasing announcements one after another, according to a Money DJ report.
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2014-04-02

LED Industry Flourished in March

Market listed companies have released their March revenue reports this week with the LED industry coming out on top, according to an article by Economic Daily News. LED manufacturers had unusually good performance in January and February, a traditionally slack season for the industry. The growth trend continued into the peak season where it picked up pace in March. Order visibility already extended to 3Q14. The second half of this year is anticipated to be smooth for the industry. 
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2014-03-27

FOREPI Faces Financial Challenge in 2014

Taiwanese LED chip manufacturer FOREPI announced their fiscal 2013 financial report. The company reported losses and was hit hard during the second half of 2013 when backlight demands dropped sharply. 
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2014-03-19

Die Manufacturers Turndown Sapphire Substrate Price Uptick Demands

Sapphire substrate price uptick has built up momentum for a while, according to a recent Commercial Times report. Sapphire substrate manufacturer’s price quotes for 2Q13 were up 3 percent, but LED die manufacturers have not accepted the price increase demands so price continues to fluctuate, said FOREPI Chairman Chien Fen-ren. 
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2014-03-17

FOREPI Chairman Speaks Out on Flip-chip Mobile Applications

Flip-chips various features are now also being valued in the mobile application market, said FOREPI Chairman Chien Fen-ren during Leadray Energy’s Taipei office opening ceremony on March 17, 2014.
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2013-12-19

Taiwanese Manufacturers Head of the Pack for Flip Chip Application in Large-Size Backlight

LED manufacturers cost control pressure for has not eased  as TV retail prices continue to drop. Low priced direct- type LED TVs are projected to become mainstream in 2014. LED manufacturers also plan continual release of low-cost solutions. Taiwanese manufacturers are optimistic about flip chip products ability to expand beam angle and conduct higher voltage electric currents, with Taiwanese manufacturers such as Epistar and Forepi leading the way in introducing flip chips into large sized backlight applications.
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2013-12-18

FOREPI Utilization Rates to Rise Earlier than Expected in 1Q14

Affected by the traditionally low season in 4Q, Taiwan LED chip manufacturer FOREPI utilization rates were down to 60 percent. However, there is a possibility for large-sized backlight demands to rebound earlier than expected, as Korean manufacturers have decided the new TV models for 2014. FOREPI projects utilization rates might return to higher levels in 1Q14.
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2013-10-15

Industry Voice: LED Integration Should Start from Specs

As the industry enters LED lighting era, Taiwan needs to speed up its smart driver IC network (power control and ballast), which has interchangeable spec and electrical interface, said FOREPI Chairman Chien Fen-Ren at the 2013 Renewable Energy Summit. In the short term, the LED industry needs to prioritize solving electrical specification protocol and integration for drivers and luminary modules to resolve bottleneck situation.
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2013-10-11

San’an Opto’s Many Benefits from Investing in FOREPI

Chinese LED manufacturer San’an Optoelectronic Co. (San’an) has been picking up its pace in internationalization and deployment of business strategies this year. In the LED chip field, the company has become a top international manufacturer with its acquisition of Luminus, with its investments in Taiwanese LED manufacturer FOREPI has greatly improved its competitiveness. In terms of its overall business strategies, the company has set up a lighting sales company, and plans to extend its reach in downstream applications.
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2013-07-22

FOREPI and San’an Optoelectronics Joint Venture Halted, no Approval from Taiwan’s Investment Commission yet

Without Taiwan’s Investment Commission approval, Taiwanese LED manufacturer FOREPI’s and Chinese manufacturer San’an Optoelectronics’ (San’an) ownership stake acquisition deal was thwarted. FOREPI’s board of directors approved San’an as a shareholder in private investment in late June, and recently planned to start a new LED company through a joint venture with TCL and Refond. The two approaches show FOREPI’s ambition and strategy in the Chinese LED market.
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2013-07-17

TCL and REFOND Cooperates with Wholly-owned Subsidiary of FOREPI to Establish LED Joint Venture

Last night (July 16), Refond revealed announcement that it cooperates with TCL Group and wholly owned subsidiary of Taiwan-based FOREPI to set up a LED joint venture in Guangdong Huizhou Zhongkai High-tech Development Zone with 200 million Yuan. The new company named "Huarui Optoelectronics Technology (Huizhou) Co., Ltd.", located in Zhongkai High-tech Development Zone, Huizhou of Mainland China, and it has capital of 200 million Yuan, of which, TCL Group is the leading company, holding shares of 51%, about investment of 102 million Yu...
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2013-06-25

Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs to Reconsider Sanan Taking a stake in FOREPI

The case that Sanan Optoelectronics takes a stake in Taiwan's Formosa Epitaxy was suspended because the scandal that the financial statements of Sanan are unclear was exposed in this April. Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will reconvene the special review meeting, and the results will be handed over to the Investment Commission of MOEA, the cooperative case has not been canceled. Fengren Jane, chairman of FOREPI, pointed out that the schedule of this case is still unclear, and it is still waiting for the res...
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2013-06-20

FOREPI Debuts at Taipei International Optoelectronics Week with Package Free Chip

FOREPI displayed three newly released products at Taipei International Optoelectronics Week, and FOREPI said that two of the three models adopt Package Free Chip technology the company exclusively developed, namely 3.5 watts / 350 lumens candle light and up to 10-watts / 2000 lumens bulb, and the third product is new chip used in headlights, the current products used in headlights were shipped in small amount in June, and it will begin to be shipped in large volume in July. FOREPI said that the company publicly released in last September that it has developed a...
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2013-02-28

FOREPI Orders AIXTRON’s CRIUS II-L MOCVD Production Systems

AIXTRON SE announced that in the third quarter of 2012 long-term customer Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI), Taiwan, placed a new order for multiple CRIUS II-L MOCVD production systems in a 69x2-inch configuration. All systems will be used for the manufacturing of ultra-high brightness (UHB) GaN-based blue and white LEDs. AIXTRON’s local service team has started installing and commissioning the new systems in the fourth quarter of 2012 at FOREPI’s new state-of-the-art factory in the Pin-Jen industrial zone, Taiwan. Delivery...
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2012-11-29

Mitsui Helps FOREPI to Penetrate Japanese Market

Taiwan LED maker Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI) has entered into  the Japanese and global markets under the help of Japanese shareholder Mitsui & Co. Ltd., which is taking orders for the Taiwanese manufacturer using its shops in Japan and overseas. As San’an Optoelectronics of mainland China is approved by Taiwan government to buy into FOREPI in a private equity placement, Mitsui's stake in FOREPI will be watered down to 12% and becomes  the No.2 shareholder of FOREPI. According to Mitsui executives, for the time bei...
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2012-11-15

FOREPI Intends to Deepen Cooperation with Mainland Chinese LED Makers

Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI) has signed a deal with mainland Chinese LED maker San’an, which makes San’an the No.1 institutional shareholder of FOREPI. FOREPI Chairman F.J. Chien said San’an s 19.9% acquisition of his company’s ownership will help his company enter mainland China’s LED market and bring down his company’s production cost. What’s more, Jien noted that after cooperating with San’an, his company will enter into alliance with mainland China’s No.1 LCD maker, BOE Co., Ltd...
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2012-09-12

Chinese Chipmakers Show Interests in Taiwan LED Industry

Recently, enterprises from mainland China such as BOE Technology Group and San’an Optoelectronics Co., Ltd. have privately inquired about corporate details of two Taiwanese LED chip makers, namely Formosa Epitaxy Incorporation (FOREPI) and Lextar, indicating an interest to invest in Taiwan’s LED industry after the lifting of maximum investment by Chinese investors. Chinese operators are interested in Taiwan’s LED epitaxy plants for their advanced technologies, according to institutional investors. Insiders say that the parent compan...
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2012-06-29

Mitsui Supports FOREPI to Tap Mainland China’s LCD TV Market

Recently, Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI) will ship LED devices to LCD TVs and lighting supplied by mainland Chinese manufacturers via its Japanese shareholder Mitsui & Co., Ltd in the third quarter, according to FOREPI’s Chairman F.R. Chien. And the orders will keep the company’s production lines busy throughout the first quarter in 2013. Chien pointed out that in the second half of 2012, the mainland’s economic stimulus packages and subsidization project for rural consumers of LCD TVs would give a boost to the mainland market f...
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2012-02-01

Taiwan FOREPI, Unity to Benefit from Q1 Sales for LED TV Backlights

Taiwan Unity Opto Technology Inc. and Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI) have seen a bright outlook as demands for LED backlights meat for LCD TVs are picking up. Opposite to a low season for the first quarter for the LED industry, FOREPI’s order visibility is quite clear into this quarter thanks to strong orders from Unity, which supplies LED backlight modules to the world’s top five TV brands—Samsung, LG, Sharp, Matsushita and Toshiba. According to FOREPI executives, volume of the orders from customers has increased more...
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2011-12-02

FOREPI May Take Place of Epistar to Receive Samsung’s Backlight LED Contracts

Recently, Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI) is reported to regained Samsung’s contracts for LED chips used in TV backlights since October, and the South Korean company will gradually move the contracts originally placed with Epistar Inc. back to FOREPI over the next three years. Both Epistar and FOREPI have declined to comment. However, FOREPI executives said that the company has landed more contracts in November than October from South Korean buyers by an unexpectedly high margin. FOREPI used to be Samsung’s major supplier o...
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2011-05-26

LEDinside: LED Perspective from Mr. Feng-Ren Chien, Chairman of Formosa Epitaxy

Formosa Epitaxy is specialized in LED chip and wafer production, its product lines including blue, green, UV LED chips. Currently, Formosa Expitaxy is not only holding a significant role in the LED backlight market through joint-ventures with the downstream panel makers, but also actively tapping into the lighting market. Recently, it has further forged a strategic partnership with Mitsui&Co., LTD, one of the Japanese largest enterprises, receiving much attention from the LED market and industry. In the increasingly fierce competition in LED industry, Formosa Epitaxy has found out its outlets by means of joint venture and alliance.
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2010-12-24

Chairman of FOREPI, Mr. Feng-Ren Chien, Expects Canyang Optoelectronics Co. to Become the Biggest LED Epi Wafer Plant in China

The chairman of FOREPI, Mr. Feng-Ren Chien, indicated at an interview with LEDinside in Yangzhou that the MOCVD equipment owned by Jiangsu Canyang Optoelectronics Co. has reached 25 units by the end of 2010. While many LED Epi Wafer plants in China claimed their capacity goals without specific clients, Canyang Optoelectronics has ensured that there is a healthy outlet for their production capacity through successful vertical integration model. Hence, Chien is confident that by the end of 2011, the company will expand its capacity to 50 units, poised to become the largest foreign-invested LED Epi Wafer manufacturer in China.
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Osram Opto Semiconductors now enables remote control functionality to be incorporated in a lower profile than ever before thanks to the first flush-mountable infrared LED. The compact side-looking T-shaped Midl... READ MORE

Cree, Inc. introduces the new 8000-lumen LMH2 LED Module, a no-compromise, easy-to-use solution for high-ceiling applications. The 8000-lumen LMH2 is designed to replace 150-watt ceramic-metal-halide (CMH) lamps while using only 63 percent of ... READ MORE