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Packaging vital for continued success of LED manufacturers

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Yole? LED? packaging? growth? CAGR?

A new study from market researcher Yole Developpement found that in the LED market environment, where packaging represents the largest single opportunity for cost reduction and dozens of different packaging styles resist any attempt for standardising, packaging materials and equipment are enjoying a stable growth.

The good news amongst the hodgepodge of packaging types is that LEDs have started becoming mainstream, but they are not becoming a mature commodity soon. Nevertheless, packaging is a very critical factor for the commercial success of LED manufacturers.

They need to tightly watch the developments in the areas of materials, substrates and processes. According to the report titled "LED Packaging", the package substrate market will attain a CAGR of 20 per cent over the period from 2010 through 2017only that we are already halfway into this period and the growth will flatten around 2016 and even turn negative in 2017. While there is plenty of headroom for innovation, it remains paramount that these solutions offer LED manufacturers an overall reduction in terms of dollar per lumen, the report says.

The LED packaging equipment market, which stagnated in 2012 due to oversupply, has returned to growth. But again, this market will peak out around 2016, predicts Yole. The current situation in this segment is characterized through the fact that LED packers are widely using retrofitted equipment from the IC industry, which means that they rely on existing materials and technologies.

In this constellation, the LED manufacturers benefit from decades of R&D efforts in the general semiconductor industry, but it limits the LED industry somewhat since the manufacturing platforms it is utilising is not really optimised for LED production. In the meantime, the LED industry has gained enough momentum to become attractive for equipment and materials providers to develop dedicated solutions for LED manufacturing.

Based on this situation, the Yole report describes materials and equipment used in LED packaging, market size, volume, trends broken down to process steps, and key suppliers. Key features are, among others, a detailed technical analysis of LED packaging processes, LED market metrics, supply chain analysis and a technology roadmap.

-Christoph Hammerschmidt
??EE Times

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