LED/Lighting Business News

Cree CEO to Step Down

Cree, Inc. reported that company chairman, president, and CEO Chuck Swoboda will step down from his executive positions and his membership of the board of directors. Mr. Swoboda plans to stay at the company until the board of directors appoints a successor. Afterward, he will remain available as a consultant …

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Aixtron Reports Revenues Down Sharply, But Recent Orders and Market Consensus Point to Improvement in 2013

Aixtron of Aachen, Germany reported revenues that are down sharply for 2012 compared to 2011. The company announced revenues of EUR 227.8m and an EBIT loss of EUR -132.3m a decline of 68 percent for the fiscal year 2012. However, the company points to signs of market stabilization and an …

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Osram and Philips Sign a License Agreement for LED and OLED

Rengensburg, Germany… OSRAM and Philips have signed crosslicense agreement covering optoelectronic semiconductors. The agreement involves the mutual licensing of patents for all inorganic and organic LED. “We expect this to put us in an even better position to use LED technology to serve the demands of the market,” said Dr. …

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LED Consolidation Underway in Taiwan with Epitech’s Reputed Acquisition of South Epitaxy

As predicted by our keynote speaker, Chuck Swoboda, President/CEO of Cree, Inc. at Blue 2004 in Taiwan last May (ref: our May 11 editorial), consolidation of Taiwan-based LED epiwafer and device makers indeed seems to be underway. Two key members of that Asian manufacturing community, South Epitaxy and Epitech, are …

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Kopin’s Unnamed Partner in Blue Spectrum LED JV in China is Bright LED

More information has come in regarding Kopin Corporation of Taunton, Massachusetts USA’s announcement that its blue spectrum LED operation has found a home (Reference our Feb. 9 coverage ). The Taiwan partner for the new China-based JV that was unnamed in the original press release is Bright LED Electronics Corp. …

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Cree and Nichia Agree to New Cross License

Updated from our initial coverage Feb. 9th. Two of the “Big 5” blue spectrum LED manufacturers, and the only two actively declaring their involvement in the GaN laser diode development sector, Cree Inc. of Durham, North Carolina USA and Nichia of Anan, Tokushima Japan, have entered into a new SSL …

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