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ITRI's Mobile Electro-thermo Recharger Wins RedDot Design Award

The Taiwan government-backed Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) won the Best of the Best prize in the RedDot Design Award championship in September 2014 with its “Energy-Harvesting Thermal-Electric Generator,” a handheld device that recharges low-voltage mobile devices like mobile phon... Full Story

Published: 2014/12/10

Taiwan's OLED Lighting Strategy Targets International Business Partnerships
Island manufacturers form alliance to promote the lighting source of tomorrow

By KEN LIU At a time when the organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting industry is still in its infancy, Taiwan’s lighting manufacturers are working closely together to develop a complete supply chain for OLED lighting manufacturing with the aim of attracting partnerships with related enterp... Full Story

Published: 2014/11/25

Asensetek's Handset-sized Spectrometers Provide Convenient LED Light Testing
New products help manufacturers provide proof of their quality

By KEN LIU With manufacturers rushing to come out with LED lighting products that can differentiate them from their rivals, it is becoming increasingly important for them to prove the quality of the light their offerings produce. Spectrometer maker AsenseTek Inc. is addressing this issue with... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/16

Daylight Tubular Device Adds Power to Green Lighting
New natural lighting systems save electricity and the environment at the same time

By MICHELLE HSU Since around the beginning of this year, consumers may have noticed reports in newspapers and magazines about a “daylight tubular device” (DTD) which, as its name implies, works on the principle of efficiently collecting natural light in a dome, introducing it into a tube, and en... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/12

Wooden Lamps: Natural and Rustic Meet Stylish and Modern
Wood is re-emerging as one of the most fashionable materials in lighting product today

By MICHELLE HSU Wood is one of the most ancient of materials. But until recently, it was rarely used in lighting products. Today's new generation of energy-efficient lighting seems especially incongruent with wood due to its high-tech nature. In fact, though, wood has been making a splash in new... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/12

International Lighting Market Continues to be Rosy
Taiwan's LED suppliers hope auto-light niche will help upgrade their profit margins

By MICHELLE HSU The outlook for the international lighting market is bright, and Taiwanese manufacturers are well positioned to take advantage of the rosy prospects. Many of the island's lighting companies with their sights set on the mainland Chinese market, such as the LED lighting manufacture... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/10

Design Awards Differentiate Lextar from the Competition
The future is bright for this company's innovative lighting solutions

By KEN LIU In July this year the Taiwanese LED heavyweight Lextar Electronics Corp. won an International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the United States for its intelligent "PANDORA"pendant. Michael Yang, manager and chief designer in the company’s lighting product design dept., says the awa... Full Story

Published: 2014/09/04

Epistar, FOREPI Overcome Rivalry with Merger

By KEN LIU For years, intense competition prevented Epistar Corp. and Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI) from joining as one. Ironically, the same reason is now bringing the two together. Epistar announced on June 30 an all-stock merger with FOREPI at swap ratio of one Epistar share for 3.448 FORE... Full Story

Published: 2014/07/15

Buyers Shop for Energy-saving Lamps at Spring HK Int'l Lighting Fair
Visitors from around the world look for efficiency and innovation in lighting products

By KEN LIU A total of 10,097 buyers from 112 countries and regions eagerly shopped for energy-saving lighting products, especially LED lamps, that were displayed by 1,081 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions at the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) 2014, which was held o... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/14

LED Lighting Industry Develops Rapidly in China's Coastal Provinces
Different provinces have varying advantages and stages of LED development

By JENNY WU The LED lighting industry is developing rapidly in mainland China, where it has already set up integrated supply chains encompassing substrate and epitaxy processing in the upstream sector, chip-making and packaging in the midstream sector, and system applications in the downstream s... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/07

Smart Lighting Challenges Industry to Embrace New Business Models
Information management and people-oriented design will be the make-or-break factors in the emerging market for smart lighting.

By MICHELLE HSU The increasingly close ties between lighting industries across the Taiwan Strait were in the spotlight at the Taipei International Lighting Show (TILS) held in late March this year. The show featured a special cross-strait lighting industry forum on life applications of emerging ... Full Story

Published: 2014/05/07

Everlight, Epistar Team Poised to Unseat Nichia as World's No.1 LED Maker

Chairman Robert Yeh of LED packager Everlight Electronics believes that the team made up of his company and chipmaker Episar Corp. is likely to dethrone Nichia Corp. soon as the world’s No.1 LED maker by revenue. Currently, the two companies are the world’s No.1 LED packager and chipmaker, respe... Full Story

Published: 2014/04/03

Avertronics Releases LED Greenhouses to Boost Revenue

Avertronics Inc., a leading manufacturer of wireless and cable-control module for lighting systems in Taiwan, recently announced plans to promote its LED-lit greenhouses this year as part of its diversification after branching out into smart lighting control system. Company general manager, Aust... Full Story

Published: 2014/02/25

Taiwan's LED Makers Report Mixed Biz Results for Jan. 2014

Revenues for this January showed unevenness among Taiwan’s LED makers, with some gaining and others losing from the previous month. Companies that posted gains include Lextar Electronics Corp., Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd., Genesis Photonics Inc., Edison Opto Corp., and Formosa Epitaxy I... Full Story

Published: 2014/02/24

Green Lights for Green Buildings
The trend towards eco-friendly building design is welcome news for both the earth and green product manufacturers

By MICHELLE HSU From typhoons and floods to global warming, Mother Nature is making her ire over ecological destruction felt with increasing intensity. Countries around the world are heeding the message with redoubled attention to environmental protection, increasingly in the form of green buildin... Full Story

Published: 2014/02/18

Taiwan's LED Industry Foresees Prosperous 2014

Robert Yeh, chairman of LED maker Everlight Electronic Co., Ltd., announced at the company’s Jan. 19 yearend banquet that its earnings for 2014 will be better than 2013’s estimate of NT$3.5 per share while projecting the company’s revenue for 2014 to rise 25% year on year. According to the LED ... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/28

Taiwan's LED Industry Regains World's Top Place With Unmatched Revenue

Taiwan regained the global lead as LED-components supplier in 2013 with estimated revenue of US$4.8 billion, up 5% from 2012’s US$4.6 billion, according to the nonprofit Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA) of Taiwan. The association recently released its study of the glob... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/27

Taiwan's Top-2 LED Makers See 2013 Revenues Hit New Highs

Both Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. and Epistar Corp. saw their 2013 revenue surge past the NT$20 billion (US$666.6 million) mark to hit new highs, with December revenues topping expectations. Everlight, the world’s No.1 LED packager by volume, had revenue of NT$24.6 billion (US$823 million) by... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/21

Taiwan LED Makers Ramp Up for a Strong 2014

Bright forecasts for the LED lighting market in 2014 have inspired LED makers LiteOn Technology Corp., Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., and Epistar Corp. to ramp up promotions of competitive products. According to market consultant LEDinside, an estimated 1.3 billion LED lamps will be shipped worl... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/15

LED Indsutry in Taiwan and China Swept by Restructuring in 2013

Looking back at the development of the LED industries in Taiwan and China throughout 2013, industry executives generally paint a picture of the Law of the Jungle, with restructuring taking the form of big players encroaching on territories of weaker competitors, similar players banding against prim... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/15

Unity Opto Issues Upbeat Outlook for 2014 LED Lighting Market

Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd. Chairman Alpha Wu said recently at the company’s yearend banquet that the company’s revenue from LED lighting sales as a percentage of the company’s total revenue will double this year while the global LED market will surprisingly boom this and next year. In Janu... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/15

Taiwanese LED Bulb Makers Cut Prices to Boost Demand

With Cree cutting prices of its 60W and 40W replacement LED bulbs by at least 70% as of November 2013 from the same month of 2007, Taiwan’s LED bulb makers are struggling to follow suit to shore up shipment volume, sparking buzz that in 2014 household LED lamps will become major revenue generator f... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/09

LED Execs Predict Upbeat 2014 Market Amid Surging Orders to Taiwan's LED Makers

While the top executives of world’s five leading LED makers recently issued upbeat market forecast for 2014, several Taiwanese manufacturers in this line landed rush orders that will keep production humming throughout the first quarter of 2014. B.J. Lee, chairman of chipmaker Epistar Corp., pre... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/08

Chip Shortage in the West May Spell Windfall for Epistar

Lighting-fixture heavyweights in the United States and Europe searching for LED chips in Asia to offset inadequate in-house LED device productions are approaching Taiwanese maker Epistar Corp., the world’s No.1 blue-chip maker by quantity. Acuity, Cooper, Hubbell, and Philips together command h... Full Story

Published: 2014/01/06

Formosa Epitaxy Sees Bright Outlook for 2014

Formosa Epitaxy Inc. Chairman F.J. Jian feels that the LED industry as a whole will continue booming through 2014 and into 2015 after bottoming out in 2013, thanks mostly to surging demand for LED lighting. With this improvement, Jian expects his company--Taiwan’s No. 2 LED chipmaker--to turn fr... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/31

LED Bulb Shipment Forecast to Spike 68% YoY in 2014

Market consultant LEDinside projects global shipments of LED bulbs to soar 68% year on year to 1.32 billion units in 2014 in anticipation that LED bulbs to replace 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs will fall below US$10 apiece, to fuel higher consumption. Industry executives estimate market penetr... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/24

Taiwanese Lighting Executive Optimistic About the Industry's Future
C.F. Lin: Manufacturers need to form partnerships for mutual assistance

C.F. Lin, chairman of the Cross-Strait Lighting Committee of the Taiwan Lighting Fixture Export Association (TLFEA), recently brightened up a committee meeting by making such comments as “The lighting business is better in 2013 than in 2012”; “Almost every Taiwanese manufacturer in this line has gr... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/20

Temple of Light Creates New Domain for Lighting Applications
Through lighting design, the “Temple of Light” illuminates the harmonious beauty of a historic shrine

The “Temple of Light,” a result of collaboration between Tainan City Government’s Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Coretronic Culture and Arts Foundation (CCAF), formally lit up in mid-September, 2013 year after two years of planning and preparation. The Temple of Light is actually the historic ... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/20

Taiwan Excellence Pavilion Highlights Innovation and Design Aesthetics
Today, the emphasis has shifted to soft economic innovation to create momentum for Taiwan's new industrial development

Anyone traveling along section three of Zhongshan North Road in Taipei recently would certainly have noticed that there is a new addition to the buildings clustered in the flower, art, and culture area which includes Flower Expo Park, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and Zhongshan Soccer Stadium. The new a... Full Story

Published: 2013/12/20

Photonics Festival 2013 Draws 9.1% More Attendees

During its June 18-20 run, the Photonics Festival in Taiwan 2013, inaugurated in 1984, drew over 33,000 attendees and buyers, up 9.1% from the 2012 event, to visit 650 exhibitors in over 1,500 booths at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, run by the semi-official Taiwan External Trade Development Cou... Full Story

Published: 2013/09/05

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