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LED business booming with 165 billion shipments in 2011

This massive demand is fuelling niche markets for equipment according to The Information Network. Also, Veeco gained market share from Aixtron in 2010 for MOCVD shipments from 2009.

The LED market is expected to explode as unit shipments increase more than 40% in 2011 and double between 2010 and 2013, according to the report “The Solid State Lighting Revolution: Market Analysis And Insight On Reducing Manufacturing Costs,” recently published by The Information Network, a New Tripoli, PA-based market research company.

“The rapid increase in the market for LEDs used in various applications such as notebook backlights and automobile headlights is also spurring heavy capital investments by LED makers, noted Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network. “LEDs are creating a niche market for conventional suppliers of semiconductor processing tools and a lucrative market for MOCVD suppliers.”

High brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs) will reach nearly 135 billion units shipped in 2011 from less than 100 billion in 2010.  Backlight LEDs (BLU-LEDs) will reach 30 billion units shipped, up from 20 billion in 2011.

In 2010, Nichia led the market with a 15% share, down from a 16% share in 2009.  Samsung LED rocketed to the number two position with a 10.5% share, up from only a 6.5% share in 2009.



In 2010, Aixtron led the market in MOCVD tool shipments with a bit more than a 55% share followed by Veeco with a 41% share of 786 tools sold.  In 2009, Aixtron held nearly a 70% share followed by Veeco with a 25% share of only 228 tools sold.

“Pushing for further growth in MOCVD installations is China, which introduced a MOCVD stimulus program that is expected to result in $1.6 billion in spending on MOCVD tools from 2010 to 2012 ,” added Castellano.  “In 2010, China represented nearly 35 % of MOCVD installations.”

LEDs are currently a $10 billion niche market compared to the $250 billion semiconductor market.  The consensus forecast of 786 MOCVD tools represents a market of nearly $2 billion based on an average selling price of $2.5 million for each MOCVD tool.  MOCVD represents 8% of the typical cost breakdown for a packaged LED. 

Other front-end tools represent more than 3% of the cost and equates to an additional $500 million market for lithography and metrology tools.  The biggest sector, 65%, represents back-end processes such as substrate removal, chip separation, and packaging.

The backlight sectors will exhibit the fastest growth in the HB LED market with an overall compound annual growth rate of more than 40%, led by the LCD TV sector exhibiting a CAGR of 300.3% between 2007 and 2012.
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