LEDinside:China’s MOCVD activation rebounds in light of positive LED lighting market outlook

In accordance with statistics in Gold membership reports of LEDinside, Green Energy Division of the Global market research firm TrendForce, thanks to strong demand in the global LED lighting market in the first half of this year, the utilization rate of MOCVD machines that the major chip manufacturers have installed and debugged shows rising trend. The chip price has been stable this year, but with the increasing capacity of chip manufacturers, it remains to be seen whether the LED chip price will be falling in the second half of this year, but in the long term, only the quit of invalid production capacity in China can help LED industry to return to supply and demand balance.

【Chart 1】Chinese Major LED Chip Manufacturer’s MOCVD Utilization Rate


  Source: LEDinside

The rise of LED lighting market has directly stimulated the upstream chip market to achieve rapid demand growth this year, the Chinese chip makers who have originally specialized in the production of display applications actively adjust product strategy and improve the ratio of lighting chips in the product segment. HC SemiTek and Silan Azure used to have chip for LED display as core business, now they adjust production capacity in response to increasing market demand for LED lighting chips, all newly added MOCVD equipments are put into use for the production of lighting chips. Overall, the growth in display market has slowed down since 2012, more competitive, more difficult to make profit for manufacturers, which also is one the reasons why the chip manufacturers switched to produce LED chips for the lighting application.

Sanan Optoelectronics totally owns 149 units of MOCVD, currently, more than 90% of its MOCVD machines have completed the testing stage and have been put into operation, and utilization rate also exceeds 80%. ETI has 92 units of MOCVD as of 1H13, 45 units have been put into use for mass production, both its installation volume and mass production amount are the second in China. Due to less MOCVD machines, HC SemiTek's MOCVD machines and Silan Azure's MOCVD machines have already fully come into use. Other chip vendors also have achieved some growth in utilization rate of equipments.

The growth in utilization rate of MOCVD increases manufacturers' confidence to expand production; the manufacturers who delayed expansion plan because of poor market also restart the program. According to the statistics in LEDinside Gold membership report, The number of MOCVDs in China reached 1,013 in late 2012, and it is estimated China will be adding more than 100 new MOCVD equipments (calculated according to the number of chambers) in 2013.

LEDinside said that in view of the current total number of MOCVD equipment in mainland China, overcapacity still exists. But look carefully, many manufacturers have not put their newly added equipments into operation since the equipments were introduced, and most machines are old, performance and efficiency are far less than the new machines, these invalid capacities may exit the market after 2013, which is helpful for the market to return to supply and demand balance.

【Chart 2】MOCVD Installation Volume(Chambers)

 Source: LEDinside

LEDinsde – Gold Member Report

Chapter 1: Worldwide LED Market Forecast and Summary 

  • Market Introduction and Overview
  • LED Supply Chain
  • WW High Brightness LED Market Forecast
  • (Revenue / Unit / Material Type / PKG)

Chapter 2: Worldwide LED Demand Forecast  (2010-2016)

  • (Revenue / Unit / ASP)
  • WW High Brightness LED for Mobile Application Forecast
  • WW High Brightness LED for Medium-Large Display Backlight Application
  • WW High Brightness LED for Lighting Application Forecast
  • WW High Brightness LED for Automotive Lighting Application Forecast
  • WW High Brightness LED for Signs and Traffic Signals Forecast
  • Quarterly Movement in M-L Display BLU Market- by Set / Penetration Rate/Revenue/ unit NEW!

Chapter 3: Worldwide LED Supply Forecast  (2010-2016)

  • Equipment Maker-- WW MOCVD Vendor's Revenue
  • Equipment Maker-- WW MOCVD Vendor's Shipment
  • Chip Maker--LED Chip vendors' MOCVD installation volume in Gan Base
  • Chip Maker--LED Chip vendors' Epi Wafer volume in Gan Base (wafer size) 
  • Chip Maker--LED Chip vendors' Epi Wafer volume in Gan Base (region) 
  • Pkg Maker--WW LED package  revenue
  • Pkg Maker--LED package vendors' revenue Ranking

Chapter 4: Cost Analysis Compare to Traditional Light Source

  • LED Lamp Cost Structure-40W Replacement
  • LED Lamp Cost Structure-60W Replacement NEW!
  • LED Lamp Cost Structure- 12W PAR30 NEW!
  • LED Tube Light Cost Structure- T8 Tube Light Replacement
  • Monitor BLU Cost Comparison between LED vs CCFL-20" Monitor
  • Mainstream TV Cost Analysis 
  • TV BLU Cost Appendix

Chapter 5: Price Forecast in White LED / LED Light Bulb

  • Sapphire Substrate Price Trend-2" / 4" / 6" 
  • PSS-2" / 4" 
  • LED Lamp Cost Structure- 12W PAR30 NEW!
  • LED Chip Price Trend 
  • LED Package Price Trend
  • 40W Equiv LED Light Bulbs Price in the UK, Germany, the US, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China NEW!
  • 60W Equiv LED Light Bulbs Price in the UK, Germany, the US, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China NEW!
  • European LED Light Bulb Market Strategy
  • US LED Light Bulb Market Strategy
  • Japanese LED Light Bulb Market Strategy
  • Korean LED Light Bulb Market Strategy


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