China makes LED investments coming and going

August 10, 2011 — SEMI released its China LED Fab Industry Report, summarizing China’s rapidly growing light-emitting diode (LED) industry: capital and equipment spending, fab capacity, sales rankings of Chinese LED manufacturers, etc. Subsidies for China fab projects are included, along with new LED fab projects, names of China’s sapphire wafer suppliers, and company profiles of China’s top LED manufacturers.   

China has develped government support infrastructure for LED manufacturing and consumption. China is the world’s leading consumer of solid state lighting and the leading producer of LCD TVs (the main driver for HB-LED consumption).

LED production investments have rapidly escalated in China. Last year, SEMI recorded explosive growth on equipment spending from LED fabs globally, jumping from $606 million in 2009 to $1.78 billion in 2010. Gallium nitride (GaN) epitaxial wafer production capacity in China will grow over 300% in just 2 years (2010-2012), hitting 1,282,000 wafers per month (2" equivalents). Regional equipment spending shows an aggressive investment trend from China. Propped up by subsidy programs from local governments in China, new LED fab projects have blossomed in the past two years in China.  China now accounts for almost 50% of overall equipment spending.

Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) tool installations are growing from a cumulative total 323 tools in 2010 to over 1000 tools by the end 2012. 10 new sapphire substrate projects are beginning in China to catch up with the production rise and non-Chinese supplier bases.

LEDs could go from a $10 billion (2010) industry to over $100 billion worldwide by 2020.
The China LED Fab Industry Report covers LED wafer and sapphire substrate manufacturing projects, government incentive programs, MOCVD tool forecasts, and emerging China-based manufacturing. The report is prepared by SEMI China-based market analysts and is based on the SEMI Opto/LED Fab Watch and Forecast service that monitors LED capital spending at over 160 fabs worldwide, and other sources. Purchase the report at

SEMI is a global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. For more information, visit

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