2013-11-08

CLSA Optimistic about Epistar 2014 Gross Profit Performance Despite Recent Loss

Taiwanese LED chip manufacturer Epistar saw earnings turn to losses in 3Q13, due to loss on valuation of financial liability. Although, the company’s gross profit rebound rate was much lower than expected in 2013, higher gross profits from Embedded LED chip (ELC) and AlInGap products will help gross profits return to 17.8 percent levels, CLSA forecasted.
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2013-11-06

Epistar Faces Deficit in 3Q

Taiwanese LED chip manufacturer Epistar has released their 3Q13 financial results, feeling the effects of  LED for TV backlight applications inventory adjustments.
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2013-11-06

Low Price Trend Leads to Surge in Package Free Technology

With the continual low price trend of  in the LED market, manufacturers are beginning to consider options for lowering productions costs. LED package free products have become the focal point of the industry in 2013 with many manufacturers actively breaking into R&D and production.
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2013-10-25

Epistar Qualified LayTec’s Pyro 400 for GaN LED Production

LayTec is proud to announce that Epistar Corp. has qualified LayTec’s in-situ metrology Pyro 400 for its GaN LED production. The LED manufacturer based in Taiwan will not use high accuracy GaN surface temperature sensing with Pyro 400.
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2013-10-22

Epistar Chair Talks about Revenue Prospect and Industry Trends-LEDforum 2013

When asked about his views for the LED industry in the next few years, B.J. Lee Epistar chairman said during an interview at LEDforum 2013 that he expects to see steady revenue growth for the company and the continual restructure of the LED industry.
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2013-10-02

LED Manufacturers Under Pricing Pressure Rush into Package Free Chip

The LED industry after entering into the lighting era still continues to face pressure to lower prices. LED manufacturers have thus begun competitively pushing their way into package free chip development. Manufacturers like Philips Lumileds, Toshiba, TSMS Solid State Lighting, Epistar, and Formosa Epitaxy have already begun promoting package free chip products.
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2013-09-17

MOCVD Production Predicted to Reach 390 Units By 2014

Following international lighting giants Philips, OSRAM, and GE shift towards LED lighting, local manufacturers from various countries followed suit. CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets most recent report showed a good outlook for LED lighting market development in 2014 and believes that LED lighting demands will be the driver for LED manufacturing capital expenditures in 2014. They predict that global numbers for new MOCVD units in 2014 will increase compared to 2013, reaching an estimated 390 units.
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2013-09-12

Epistar Infiltrates CREE’s Supply Chain

Taiwan LED wafer manufacturer Epistar announced more good news for its market layout in LED lighting. According to a report by global financial service firm Morgan and Stanley, Epistar’s infiltration into CREE’s supply chain, controlling production of high efficiency red LED chips and mid-to-low watt sapphire wafer orders, lighting proportion within the company will continue to rise for 4Q.
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2013-09-09

Epistar August Revenue Affected by Decrease in TV Backlight Demand

Taiwan wafer manufacturer Epistar consolidated revenue for August 2013 is NT$1.97 billion with a 2.85 increase month-on-month, .39 percent higher than August 2012. Epistar president Li Bingjie pointed out that although lighting demands for 3Q are continuing to move higher, they have felt affects from decrease in TV backlighting demand. 3Q revenue is predicted to be either level with or less than 2Q and Citibank estimates that Epistar 3Q revenue will decrease 5 percent.
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2013-09-05

Epistar Focuses on Increasing Market Share

Following the expansion of the LED lighting market, Epistar president Li Bingjie during an interview on September 4th pointed out that once LED lighting permeability broke 10 percent, usage rate increased exponentially. LED lighting wafer usage by 2015 is estimated to equal that of backlight usage. Epistar’s lighting market strategy is therefore focused on increasing market share.
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2013-09-05

Epistar Plans to Break into Korean Automotive Lighting Market

LED wafer manufacturer Epistar’s president Li Bingjie revealed that with the company successful entrance into supply chains of European and Asian based automotive makers, their next target is the Korean automotive supply chain.
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2013-08-14

Taiwanese Wafer Manufacturers Turn Sights to Mid-to-High Range LED Market

A mature LED market has seen a surge in demands this year. Upstream die manufacturers one by one are transforming their market strategies in response to continual decrease in prices. Chinese manufacturer Hong Hai has been dropping prices rapidly in the mid-to-low range LED market. Taiwanese wafer manufactures have turned to the mid-to-high range LED market in order to maintain their gross margin performance. Flip Chip technology has become this year’s new battle ground with companies like Epistar and Genesis vigorously racing to start production.
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2013-08-13

Epistar First to Break into Auto Industry, Shipments to Start 1Q14

Epistar has received orders from Japanese automobile manufacturers making it the first Taiwanese chip maker to enter into the automotive industry. The company plans to begin shipments at the beginning of next year. They have also received qualifications by the Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG for TV chips which will also begin shipment 1Q of next year.
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2013-08-13

Epistar Receives Orders of Japanese LED Car Lights to be Shipped in Next Q1

According to reports, Epistar won orders of Japanese LED car lights, it is the first time for Taiwan-based LED chip manufacturers to enter into high-threshold and high-profit car lights supply chain. It is expected to begin a small shipment early next year. Meanwhile, Epistar also won Samsung's and LG's new TVs certification; also they will be shipped in Q1 of next year. Legal persons pointed out that Epistar has accessed to the Japanese car supply chain and received orders of brake lights and turn signals, the major markets are in Asia, mainly focusing on J...
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2013-08-09

Lextar and Epistar Restart Expansion Plans Due to Rising LED Lighting Demand

The oversupply of LED die still exists; however, the demand for LED lighting fixture is expected to achieve explosive growth in next year under the great support of lighting equipment factories in the mainland China, highly anticipated next year. Taiwan-based Lextar has officially completed one-stop production line in its mainland-based plant, Epistar also restarts its expansion plan. Epistar and Lextar are expected to start new LED epitaxy production capacity in the fourth quarter of this year, and volume shipments will be conducted in the first quarter next year. 
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2013-07-23

LED Bankruptcy Wave: Chinese Companies “Trip”, Taiwanese Companies “Stuffed”

Chinese banks’ recent credit crunch has impacted the LED industry. More than 100 LED manufacturers have defaulted as a result in Eastern and Southern China this year. Taiwanese LED manufacturers have emerged as the beneficiaries of the industry restructuring, as foreign investors purchase stock from industry leaders Epistar and Everlight.
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2013-07-15

Advertising.my Working with Epistar to Offer High Resolution, Flexible LED Displays

Advertising.my is a reputable agency that has been advocating the use of new technologies in this industry. As part of its new offerings, Advertising.my will be bringing High-Resolution and Flexible LED displays for the industry in light of its recent partnership deals. Advertising.my recently signed a partnership deal with Epistar of Taiwan, one of the leading global manufacturers of LED components which will launch P3 indoor LED displays in the country. With that, Advertising.my will now be able to provide affordable and cost-effective options for advertisers to better...
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2013-06-18

Intermolecular Helps Epistar to Improve Power of LED Equipments and Reduce Production Cost

Intermolecular announced on the 17th that it has signed a collaborative development program (CDP) and royalty-bearing IP licensing agreement with Taiwan Epistar, in order to jointly improve power of LED devices and reduce production costs of the latter. The engineers from Epistar and Intermolecular will take the advantages of Intermolecular's highly productive combination (HPC) technology platform based on this agreement to vigorously promote the development and manufacturing of advanced new materials and processing technology for LED products. "After a r...
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2013-06-18

Epistar Chairman Says the Global Shipments of LED Light Bulbs to Reach 600 Million Units in 2013

Epistar chairman Biing-Jye Lee, said that global shipments of LED light bulbs in 2013 may reach up to 600 million units which is three times as much as that in 2012. The growth rate will surge to 300%. However, Lee thought that this figure is still small, if the growth rate can stay around 300% per year, the global shipments of LED light bulbs are likely to rise to 2 billion units. Lee added that when global shipments of LED light bulbs rise to 1.8-2 billion units, it will need 300 MOCVD equipments to meet the output. Considering the demands for LED tubes and oth...
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2013-06-13

Epistar Considers Terminating the Cooperation with Luminus Devices

According to reports, Bingjie Li, the chairman of Epistar stated on June 9 that Epistar considers terminating the cooperation with Luminus Devices purchased by Sanan at $ 22 million a few days ago. In recent years, Epistar has being faced major challenge from Sanan, it not only dugs talents from Epistar, it also follows the steps of Epistar in the layout of blue LED products. The action that Saman entered AlGaInP LED from the blue LED has become a topic the industry discussing on the competition between Epistar and Sanan in the past year, especially when ...
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2013-06-09

Epistar Corporation Achieved a Growth of 16% in Its Revenue in May for the Increasing Demand for AlGaInP Chip

It is learned from the earnings report recently released by Epistar Corporation that its consolidated revenues in May reached 2.223 billion NTD, a growth of 15.85% over last month, also an annual growth of 19,42%. In view of the company's operation, Jye Lee who is the Chairman of Epistar Corporation said that the market demand for LED blue chip has started from March, while the demand for LED AlGaInP Chip in the initial stage has been weak, but in May, the market demand for LED AlGaInP chip increased significantly, which has become the main reason for ...
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2013-06-07

Epistar: LED Lighting Demand will Keep on Rising in 2H13

Demand for LED backlighting rebounded in the first half of 2013, Taiwan-based LED chipmaker Epistar believes demand for LED lighting will show strong growth in the second half of 2013 and lighting applications may account for 35-40% of its total revenues. LED firms said judging from past experience, international tier-one TV makers usually slow down procurement in July-August with only China-based makers continuing to procure products. However, as China's energy-saving appliance procurement subsidies are set to end soon, demand for TV backlighting products in th...
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2013-05-17

Taiwan LED Makers Target Automotive-application Market

Epistar, recently pulled aside the curtains to reveal a hint of its next big-time product late this year to boost revenue, with industry insiders guessing the new launch to be automotive LEDs. Other major LED companies in Taiwan, including Everlight, Lextar, Unity Opto Technology, Formosa Epitaxy, are all reportedly aggressively developing business in this lucrative field with low profile. Epistar's high-voltage LED successfully tapped into Philips' supply chain in 2012, and the company has been aggressively trying to widen the gap with its mainland Chines...
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2013-04-01

Epistar to See Gross Margin Rebound with Rise in Demand for LED Lighting

As demand for LED lighting products is heating up amid the improving global economy, Epistar is expected to see its gross margin rebound this quarter after posting a record loss last year. Due to oversupply in the LED market, which resulted in a drop in product prices, Epistar’s performance fell short of analysts’ expectation last year, JPMorgan Securities said in a note on Tuesday last week. Because of a decreased utilization rate and continual price decreases, Epistar last quarter posted a net loss of NT$1.11 billion (US$37.18 million) after booking a...
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2013-03-27

Innovative products shine at Taiwan International Lighting Show 2013

The Taiwan International Lighting Show 2013 took place at the Taipei World Trade Center on March 26, 2013, gathering most of the Taiwanese LED manufacturers as well as experts and scholars in the LED field. Numerous excited exhibitors implied the importance of this annual event, and a variety of innovative lighting products also suggested a maturing LED industry.  The lighting products displayed at the exposition can be divided into three categories: power drivers, dimmers, and light bulbs. Almost all of the products, however, were highly efficient and innovative. TESS, for example, introduced a series of disposable light bulbs as well as innovative modularized power engines that could be applied to different light sources. They emphasized that with the combination of high efficiency power engines and energy-saving light bulbs,......
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2013-03-26

Lighting Japan 2013 Broadcast 3: Taiwanese manufacturers shine throughout the Japanese exposition, market acceptance of LED lighting products increases

Taiwanese manufacturers that set significant booths at Lighting Japan 2013 including Everlight, OPTOTECH, Genesis Photonics Inc., and Ledlink Optics, as well as exhibitors of the Taiwanese pavilion have all acquired numerous orders at this exposition.  Genesis Photonics Inc. announced that they have acquired an order of 100,000 of their patent candle light bulbs. LED chips produced by the company are applied to these bulbs that share several features of incandescent light bulbs, and mass production is expected to take place in the second half of 2013.......
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2013-03-04

Global LED Business to Embrace an Increasing Demand in 2013

As the world's economy stages a rebound, the global LED industry is expected to ride the wave of an uptrend in demand, in particular for lighting applications. According to some industry experts , since the beginning of 2013 sales in LED lighting has expanded at a quicker-than-expected pace. As the peak season for the LED industry will arrive in the second quarter of this year, momentum is expected to continue, leaving behind a slow year of 2012, which was partly impacted by the financial turmoil in the eurozone. LEDinside: global LED industry is expected to rise ...
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2013-01-23

KaiStar Orders Veeco’s MOCVD for LED Manufacturing

Veeco has received an order for multi- and single-chamber TurboDisc® MOCVD Systems, including the new MaxBright® M™, from KaiStar Lighting Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Epistar Corporation and Shenzhen Kaifa Technology Co., Ltd., which is based in Xiamen, China and began LED production in 2012. The systems will be added to KaiStar’s existing fleet of Veeco MOCVD systems as part of their 2013 capacity expansion plan. MJ Jou, President of Epistar Corporation commented, “This latest capacity expansion in Xiamen i...
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2012-12-25

Nan Ya Photonics to Scramble for Orders from GE, Philips

Nan Ya Photonics Inc., a joint venture by Taiwan’s Epistar and Nan Ya Plastics Corp., recently has completed its first automatic production line and targeted to scramble for orders from international brands such as GE and Philips. Nan Ya Photonics’s chairman Wilfred Wang noted at a press conference held earlier that the addition of the advanced production line will enable the company to achieve maximum monthly output of 500,000 LED bulbs for sale at home and overseas. The president B.J. Wu confirmed that his company is vying for orders from GE, P...
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2012-12-06

Epistar’s Patent Portfolio Reaches New Milestone of 1,000 Granted Patents

Epistar recently was granted its 1000th patent. This number will continue to grow as there are about another 1,000 applications pending worldwide. Since its establishment in 1996, Epistar has firmly believed that technology innovation is the foundation for being a leader in the industry, and that acquisition and strategic deployment of intellectual property rights, such as patents, is a key to success. In Epistar’s extensive patent portfolio, ITO technology is one core technology that Epistar’s founders developed while they were at ITRI (Industrial Technolog...
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