2016-06-14

The Good and the Bad of Epistar’s LED Chip Price Hike

Epistar announced it will be raising certain LED chip costs by 15% in mid- May 2016, which excited certain media and investors, who projected LED chip prices would soar. There is nothing to support this theory, though. More than a month has gone by, and none of the other manufacturers have raised prices. A closer inspection raises questions on the LED chip pricing strategy, and whether it will reach the aim of reducing the company’s revenue losses requires further observations, however, the company is at risk of losing clients.
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2016-05-31

Epistar to Raise InGaN LED Prices due to Uptick in Production Costs

Epistar, a leading Taiwanese LED chip maker, is to be the first manufacturer that raise the price of heavily-oversupplied InGaN LEDs. The company plans to raise up to 15% of the price in order to profit.
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2016-05-24

Epistar Rebuts Reports Claiming it Laid Off 100 Employees

Taiwanese LED EPI-wafer manufacturer Epistar has vehemently denied claims made by local media Apple Daily that it had laid off more than 100 employees following the shut down of its subsidiary FOREPI’s EPI-wafer fab.
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2016-05-17

Epistar Upholds Positive Outlook for Small Pitch LED Display Market

The LED display market preference in 2015 were small pitch LED displays, and high definition products. These products that have been under the industry spotlight last year continued to show strong growth this year, especially in China. Small pitch LED displays is gaining traction in other regional markets including Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. Emerging markets, such as Middle East and South America where the 2016 Olympics will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, also witnessed soaring growth for small pitch LED displays. To learn more about display technology advancements and trend analyses, LEDinside spoke to international and Taiwanese LED chip manufacturers and other related industry players.
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2016-05-13

Epistar to Partner with End Product Manufacturers with Increased Issues of 165M Shares

The board of Taiwanese LED chip manufacturer Epistar decided to invite strategic partners through Global Depository Receipts (GDR) or private equity (PE). Epistar locates at the upstream in the industry supply chain and the partnership with application clients secures the company’s oversea exit, said Epistar Spokesman RiderChang. In other words, the company intends to partner with the clients of their client through stake investment. The company’s shareholder’s meeting is to be launched on June 17, 2016. The stake released by two...
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2016-04-20

LED Luminaire Design Trends at TILS 2016

Several notable trends LEDinside observed at Taiwan International Lighting Show (TILS) 2016, which took place at Nangang Exhibition Hall from April 12-16, 2016 in Taipei, was more manufacturers showcasing filament LED bulbs, smart lighting products, and an emphasis on reducing glare in luminaire designs.
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2016-03-29

Epistar Operations Unaffected by N3 Plant Fire

Smoke and flame shot from Taiwanese LED chip manufacturer Epistar’s plant in Northern Taiwan last night. The source of the fire was located at the waste water tank next to the parking lot at B2 (second level in the basement) in the company’s N3 plant. The fire started at around 6 PM and was soon under control. There were zero casualties, no one was wounded. The fire has no impact on the company finances and sales.
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2016-03-15

Epistar Readjusts Product Portfolio as Revenue Slides in 1Q16

Leading Taiwanese LED epiwafer manufacturer revenues dropped 12% YoY to NT $1.64 billion (US$ 50.63 million), the lowest revenue reported over the last three years, according to a report from Taiwanese media Money DJ earlier this week.
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2016-03-07

Epistar Files Lawsuit Against Epileds for Infringing Three IR LED Patents

Taiwan’s largest LED die manufacturer Epistar has filed a patent infringement complaint against Epileds in Taiwan’s courts for selling infringing products to downstream suppliers, the company announced in a recent press release.
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2016-03-07

Epistar Provides Best LED Filament Technology to Partners

LED filament bulbs is an emerging product on the market that holds great market potential, with high visibility in the Middle East, Americas and Europe. It is also one of the most important lighting products in the Asian manufacturing supply chain. For instance, Taiwanese LED manufacturer Epistar currently holds crucial LED patents that comprise the core technology in LED filament bulbs. In an exclusive interview with Epistar managers and directors including Alexandar Wang, Director of the company’s Marketing Center Segment Group, the company’s Intellectual Property Division Meng-chun Kuo, Director, and Walter K.Y. Chou, Manager of the company’s Intellectual Property Department III, these managers revealed LED filament bulb market’s latest trends, technology development, and patent strategy deployment.
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2016-02-02

Epistar Sells Factory in Hsinchu to Mediatek for Around US$22 M

Taiwan’s largest LED manufacturer Epistar has sold its Duxing factory in Hsinchu Science Park to IC design manufacturer Mediatek for NT$ 736 million (US $21.98 million), reported CNA.
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2016-01-19

Epistar Denies Acquisition and Merger Rumors

Shortly after Epistar held its board meeting on Monday, numerous reports from Taiwanese media claimed the company was about to be merged. MLS, Philips and even Lumileds were named by speculators as potential buyers, following the reports Epistar’s shares climbed up to NT $29.5 (US $0.88) per share, reported TechNews. However, Epistar Spokesman Rider Chang has denied all these claims.
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2015-12-28

Epistar, Epileds and High Power Lighting Join Invisible LED Bandwagon

The LED lighting industry outlook for invisible LED business opportunities has been increasingly optimistic, with many international and Taiwanese companies jumping in this new blue sea market. Japanese, Korean, European and American manufacturers are all developing UV LEDs for curing, sterilization, medical, water and air purification systems. Security, retina recognition markets that require IR LED, are also presenting new business and technology opportunities for LED companies specializing in these fields.
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2015-12-18

MLS Denies Rumors of Acquiring Epistar

Chinese LED maker MLS as a potential acquisition of Taiwanese LED chip manufacturer Epistar has become the latest gossip in Taiwan’s LED industry. Following the market rumors, the LED chip maker’s shares have soared, giving the LED stock market a major boost. Market rumors claim Chinese manufacturers potential investments in Taiwanese companies have allowed local LED enterprises to reevaluate their market value. However, LEDinside interviews with local market research companies noted the chances of MLS acquiring Epistar was fairly low, and the Chinese company’s current focus was mostly directed towards bidding Osram’s lighting business.
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2015-12-08

Epistar’s Merger and Alliance Strategies

Epistar has come a long way from its foundation in 1996 to become one of the largest players in Taiwan’s LED industry, mergers and acquisitions played a significant role in the process of building up the company. The company Chairman B.J. Lee shared some insights on the company’s business strategies at the 2015 Pan Wen Yuan Prize Award Ceremony on Monday, which took place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taipei.
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2015-12-07

Epistar Chairman: Lighting Market and Tube Light Breakthroughs to Support LED Market Growth in 2016

The LED backlight industry might still experience an exceptionally cool season in 2016, but breakthroughs are expected in the tube light replacement market, said Epistar Chairman B.J.Lee at the 2015 Pan Wen Yuan Prize Award Ceremony at the Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan earlier today.
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2015-11-27

Boston University Wins $13.7 M Jury Verdict in IP Row against Taiwanese LED Manufacturers

A Massachusetts federal jury in U.S. has decided recently, Epistar, Everlight Electronics and Lite-on need to compensate $ 13.7 million to Boston University (BU)for willfully infringing LED patents, reported Law360.
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2015-10-29

Epistar Moving into GaN Power Device and Specialized Lighting Markets

Left bleeding from price wars over the past few years, LED manufacturers are seeking alternative markets and restructuring business strategies. Epistar for instance is looking into niche markets including GaN power devices and specialized lighting, said Carson Hsieh,Vice President, R&D Center,Epistar during his presentation at LEDforum 2015, which took place recently at Room 201, National Taiwan University Hospital International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
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2015-10-07

UBS Downgrades Everlight and Epistar Ratings

UBS forecasted oversupply situation in the LED industry will continue into 2016, while sliding LED prices will nullify growing shipment volume advantages, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
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2015-10-01

Epistar Invests US$14.95M in Malaysian LED Package Company

Leading Taiwanese LED manufacturer Epistar has acquired nearly 10% stake in Malaysian LED manufacturer Dominant OptoTechnologies, according to a latest report from Chinese-language media UDN.
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2015-09-30

Robert Yeh: Epistar is Still Everlight's Top LED Chip Supplier

Everlight Chairman Robert Yeh recently refuted market rumors in Taiwan claiming the company’s decision to use Chinese manufacturers LED chips in its products has impacted Epistar’s revenue performance, according to a UDN report.
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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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2015-09-14

Epistar Cuts Jobs as Part of Restructure Strategy

Taiwan’s LED industry was affected by China’s supply chain, even top LED chip manufacturer Epistar has announced plans of slashing jobs as part of its restructure process, reported UDN recently.
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2015-08-07

Everlight and Epistar Faces Tough Market Situations in 2Q15

Top Taiwanese LED manufacturers Everlight and Epistar revenues for second quarter of 2015 were impacted by trending low LED prices on the market, according to a China Times report.
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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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2015-07-22

LEDinside: CEC Acquisition of Bridgelux Will Shield Epistar from Competitors

Epistar will be reaping benefits from China Electronics Corporation (CEC) acquisition of leading U.S. LED manufacturer Bridgelux, said Roger Chu, Research Director of LEDinside.
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2015-07-22

[Breaking News] Epistar Grants LED Filament Patent License to LEEDARSON

Epistar announced it has granted license to LEEDARSON LIGHTING to use Epistar’s filament patents in its products. Epistar holds key intellectual property regarding the LED filament technology used in making LED filament style lamps. This patent portfolio covers Taiwan, China, U.S., Europe and other territories.
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2015-07-01

Epistar Chairman: Lumileds Aims to Acquire Greater Market Share in China with Go Scale Capital Investment

Go Scale Capital’s ultimate motive for acquiring Lumileds is to list the LED chip company on the Chinese bourse, a Commercial Times report cited Epistar Chairman B.J. Lee saying at a recent company shareholder meeting.
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2015-07-01

Epistar Chairman Projects LED Orders to Rebound in 3Q15

LED market underperformed in 2Q15, due to waning backlight market during the quarter and cutthroat pricing competition in the lighting market, a CNA report cited Epistar Chairman B.J. Lee saying.
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