2016-11-08

LG OLED Signage Focuses on High-end Commercial Market in Taiwan

Debuting its OLED signage product portfolio for commercial applications on Tuesday, large Korean consumer electronic manufacturer LG is moving away from big-screened OLED TVs for home entertainment in Taiwan.
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2016-03-30

Three Major Chinese Automotive Lighting Manufacturers Business and Development Strategies

Proliferation of LEDs in the general lighting market has ushered the industry into a new phase of intense competition, contracting net profits, increasingly homogenous products and business models. Innovation has stagnated in the industry. To cope with these difficult market conditions, many companies have turned to niche lighting markets, such as automotive lighting which has a higher entry barrier, and higher profits. The less explored market has become a main development highlight for many companies.
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2016-01-12

Analyses of Five Major LED Manufacturers Vertical Integration Strategies (Part 2)

In part one of these series, LEDinside explored Philips, Osram and Cree’s vertical integration strategies. In the second part of this series we will take a closer look at major Chinese LED companies MLS and Elech-Tech International’s (ETI) vertical integration strategies.
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2016-01-12

Analyses of Five Major LED Manufacturers Vertical Integration Strategies (Part 1)

Upheld as the classical business models in the LED industry, Dutch lighting giant Philips and leading German lighting manufacturer Osram business models have been the most discussed among market insiders. The two European companies vertical integration models are considered textbook cases in the industry. In contrast, many Chinese manufacturers have adopted a strategy of diversification in the industry, with the exception of ETI that has been diligently following the vertical integration creed. Since absorbing Guangdong Jiang Longda (健隆達) in 2009, through various investments ETI has been able to gradually piece together its missing links throughout the LED supply chain. The company has become a fully vertically integrated company with a comprehensive supply chain incorporating LED chips, LED packages and lighting products.
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2015-12-28

[Breaking News] Siemens Considers Selling Stake in Osram

Osram’s largest shareholder Siemens might be considering selling its 17% stake in the company, reported Reuters.Citing a report from leading German newspaper Handelsblatt, a source in the industry revealed Siemens might sell its stake in Osram to an Asian manufacturer. No further details were offered about the potential Asian candidate.
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2015-12-21

Changelight Appoints Weiyong Wang as New Chairman

Chinese LED manufacturer Changelight Chairman Dianming Deng has retired from his role as the company chairman, and successor has been chosen by the company board, according to a recent company statement.
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2015-12-15

TongYiFang Optoelectronic Expands Business Strategy to Target Specialized Markets

How do people manage a company? Do they try expanding the company business to make it big and comprehensive? Or do companies focus all their resources on a few selected businesses? Manufacturers’ business strategies may vary. For TongYiFang Optoelectronic (TongYiFang) both strategies are equally important, it is important to have a narrow focus to clarify the company's market position before expanding into other business markets.
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2015-10-15

Fairchild Semi Rumored to be Seeking Potential Buyers

According to a latest Bloomberg report, Fairchild Semiconductor International hired Goldman Sachs Group to help it find a potential buyer, potential suitors in the lineup include ON Semiconductor and Infineon.
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2015-10-08

GE’s Metamorphizing Century Old Lighting Business

When GE sold its home appliance division in September 2014 for US $3.3 billion to Swedish company Electrolux, market rumors surfaced that the company might sell its lighting business too. The company denied intentions of selling its century old lighting business at the time. Instead of selling its lighting business, GE announced it would be spinning off its commercial LED lighting business, solar energy, and energy storage devices into a new startup company on Oct. 7, 2015. According to aBloomberg report, the new business is expected to increase annual sales to about US $5 billion from its current start of US $1 billion.
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2015-09-22

Noribachi Forges LED Lighting Partnership with Samsung in U.S.

Noribachi, a leading U.S.-based custom LED manufacturer and Samsung Electronics, a global leader in advanced component solutions, announced establishment of a major partnership. This broad partnership will draw upon the technology and engineering strengths of each company to spark innovation in an initial step toward redefining the U.S. LED lighting industry.
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2015-09-18

Epistar Rumored to Raise Number of Layoffs

Leading LED chip manufacturer Epistar’s has raised the number of job cuts from the previously announced 65 to about 180, reported UDN.
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2015-09-01

Philips Lighting CEO Speaks About Business Opportunities in India

Philips Lighting CEO Eric Rondolat recently met with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the biannual “key market visit” to discuss smart cities, smart lighting and solar lighting opportunities in Indian metropolitans, reported LiveMint.
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2015-08-27

[Correction] GE Discontinues Certain Traditional Lighting Products, Turns Focus to LED Lighting

In an internal memo, GE announced it will be discontinuing production of certain traditional lighting products including HID, incandescent lamps, fluorescent lamps and other interactive or sensor embedded lighting products as of Jan. 1, 2016.
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2015-08-05

Cree and Epistar Consolidate Market Position through LED Patent Cross-License Agreement

Cree and Epistar announced on Aug. 4, 2015, the two companies signed a global LED patent cross license agreement. The move signals large LED manufacturers strategy of maintaining market positions through patent advantages, said LEDinside analysts.
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2015-08-05

[Breaking News] Cree and Epistar Sign Global LED Patent Cross-License Agreement

Cree and Epistar have signed a worldwide patent cross-license agreement for LED chips to further advance the growth of the LED lighting and LED bulb markets. Cree and Epistar both hold broad and substantial LED chip patent portfolios that are important for making blue LEDs, the foundation of white LEDs found in most lighting products manufactured worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, each party receives a license to the other’s nitride LED chip patents and is granted certain rights to non-nitride LED chip patents. Over the term of the agreement, Cree will receive a licensing fee and royalty payments from Epistar.
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2015-07-23

LG Display to Spend US $908 M on New OLED Plant

LG Display announced on Thursday it will be investing 1.05 trillion won (US $908 million) to construct a new OLED display plant, reported Reuters.
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2015-07-20

Nanoco Establishes Lighting Division to Manufacture Cadmium-Free Quantum Dot

To capitalize on the growing interest in cadmium-free quantum dot (CFQD) technology within the lighting industry, Nanoco Group announced the formation of a new division dedicated to furthering CFQD® Quantum Dot technology in the lighting industry. The new division is part of the company’s business expansion strategy to accelerate commercialization and further development in its four key target markets – electronic display, LED lighting, biological imaging and solar power. Nanoco’s Torsten Schanze will lead the division as its General Manager.
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2015-07-16

Unilumen Drops Plans of Acquiring Foreign Firm for US$ 300 M

Chinese LED manufacturer Unilumen recently announced it has cancelled plans of acquiring a foreign firm for US $300 million, according to a cnledw.com report.
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2015-07-13

Ledman to Acquire LED Luminaire Company for RMB 230 M

Chinese LED manufacturer Ledman announced it is planning to acquire a new LED luminaire company as of July 8, 2015.
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2015-07-07

MiPow Plans to Introduce Ultra Low Priced US $8 Smart LED Bulb

The trending smart living concept has failed to enter average households because of smart devices high price tags, according to a report by ZOL.com.
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2015-06-26

Eaton Cooper Rebrands Lighting Business as Eaton

Eaton Cooper announced recently it has dropped the Cooper name for its lighting business, details of the transition can be seen in the statement below from Mark Eubank, Preident of Eaton’s Lighting Division.
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2015-06-17

Lumileds Stays Ahead of Competition with Advanced LED Technology Developments

San Jose-based LED chip manufacturer Lumileds has continued to thrive in the increasingly harsh cutthroat pricing LED market environment, by focusing on its LED technology development, introducing more cost effective CSP technology, and refining its mid-power and CoB market strategy, said the company CEO Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre during an exclusive interview with LEDinside at Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE), China from June 9-12, 2015.
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2015-06-12

U.S. Manufacturer Global Tech LED Partners Up with Jabil Circuit to Enter Indian Market

Global Tech LED, fast-growing south Florida-headquartered creator and manufacturer of energy-, money- and labor-saving LED new construction and retrofit outdoor, indoor commercial lighting systems, announces substantial further market and product-production expansion beginning this year.
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2015-06-04

GE 3-Pack 60W LED Light Bulb for Less than US $10

GE unveiled Bright StikTM LED, a redesigned, entry point 60-watt replacement LED, accelerating consumers’ transition from CFL to LED lighting—according to GE industry estimates. With an LED 3-pack for under US $10 every day MSRP, Bright Stik is available at www.homedepot.com today and in-store at The Home Depot locations nationwide starting in mid-summer.
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2015-05-29

Zentel Electronics Signs Legacy Electronics as Their Authorized North American DRAM and LED Distributor

Legacy Electronics, a U.S. designer and manufacturer of high-density memory modules, circuit boards and solid-state drives (SSDs) has expanded their management team by selecting Mike Ridling to fill the new position director of business development. In addition, Legacy is broadening their portfolio of components and memory modules through a contract to be the authorized North American distributor of Zentel Electronics DRAM and LED products.
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2015-05-26

Osram’s Future LED Chip Strategy

LEDinside recently interviewed Louis Lam CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors Asia about the company’s future LED product outlook for niche market applications, including IR LED, laser diodes, and the automotive lighting market and German government subsidies that are supporting industry developments.
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2015-05-25

Acolyte LED Lighting Opens New Office In Dubai

Acolyte LED and PROGEN have teamed up to offer full support to lighting designers, architects, and distributors in the Middle East by opening an office in Dubai’s Media City. Paul Bedard of Acolyte LED will head the new full-time Dubai office. For the past two years, Mr. Bedard has helped to build and manage Acolyte’s Asia manufacturing facility and has overseen sales for Asia and the Middle East. Paul’s new position will allow Acolyte to have full sales and customer service support throughout the Middle East.
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2015-05-23

MLS to Launch US $1.67 LED bulb in Thailand

MLS is planning to release a new LED bulb that will be retailed at about half the price of existing products, said the company’s Marketing and Sales General Manager Lawrence Lin at an interview at LED Expo Thailand 2015.
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2015-05-19

After a 5-year Uphill Struggle Absen Quits LED Lighting Sector

No manufacturer wants to easily give up on the lighting sector because of the bright prospects ahead. Yet, Absen a Chinese LED manufacturer that previously heavily invested in the LED lighting sector decided to put a stop to bleeding losses, and terminate investments in the LED lighting businesses.
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2015-05-19

Cree to Focus on Lighting Business by Spinning Off Power and RF Subsidiary

Cree announced that Cree’s wholly owned Power and RF subsidiary has submitted a draft registration statement on a confidential basis to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a potential initial public offering of the subsidiary’s Class A common stock.
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 “As the demands on our customer’s fixtures become more challenging, we need to ensure our Color portfolio enables them to meet these demands. This increase in flux across several key colors will give our customers a significa... READ MORE

Samsung Electronics announced a new family of chip-on-board LED lighting packages, labeled the “Samsung D-series Special Color.” 

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