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Korean, Taiwan companies toughen LED competition

Posted: 14 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Competition is stiffening in the global LED market as fast-growing Korean and Taiwan companies threaten to end the long-reign of the top three vendors, according to a market research firm.

In 2007, Japan's Nichia Corp. held onto its spot as the world's biggest supplier of LEDs with a 24 percent market share, according to IMS Research. Osram and Lumileds/Philips were the Nos. 2 and 3 LED suppliers with 10.5 percent and 6.5 percent market share, respectively.

IMS Research analyst Jamie Fox said 2008 data were not yet available but noted that he believes the top three companies held onto their respective positions for the year.

The ranking may change in coming years, though, if Korea's Seoul Semiconductor continues its aggressive growth in the LED market, according to Fox.

Lumileds may face competition for the third spot from Seoul Semiconductor in the next few years. "For several years now, Seoul Semi has grown aggressively and faster than the overall LED market and has risen steadily through the top 10 to reach the number 4 spot," Fox said.

Other companies in the Top 10 LED market ranking include Citizen and Toyoda Gosei, both based in Japan, and Taiwan's Everlight and Kingbright.

Eyeing long-term lighting
IMS Research said some "other LED companies are more focused on profit margin and quality of products, or developing a portfolio with an eye on the long-term lighting market, rather than just the largest total revenues."

The research firm believes Cree is in this category, noting that the company is "considered to be one of the top 4 or 5 LED companies although in terms of packaged LED revenues this is not actually the case."

- EE Times

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