News-Spot | Business News | Jan 31, 2013

Lextar Announces Official Merger with Wellypower

Lextar Electronics Corp. announces that its official merger with Wellypower Optronics (Wellypower) is set to take place on February 1, 2013. Upon the merger of the two LED subsidiaries of AU Optronics (AUO), Lextar will have capital values at NT$5 billion (US$169 million) and will be able to achieve a more complete and vertically integrated business model as well as further expand its LED lighting and backlighting product lines and customer base. These developments will take place under the wing of Dr. David Su, who will proclaim status of Chairman and CEO while Mr. Allen Huang will act as President.

Lextar is excited about the expected result of the merger. In the past, the Company’s backlighting products were mostly for monitor and TV applications but instead will also be used in notebook and smartphone applications. Additionally, aside from developing mostly on solid-state lighting products such as lamps and board lights, Lextar’s new merger will give the Company a line of products that also include T5 tube and CCFL lighting applications along with LED bulbs and fixtures.

Also resulting from the merger is an expanded customer portfolio, which gives Lextar OEM businesses in the US and Japan. Lextar will also be continuing to expand its reach in addition to supplying its own Industrial Design team to provide more value-added service. On the supply chain side, Lextar is enlarging its economies of scale, increasing the Company’s access to materials and resources while at the same time improving cost competition.

Chairman Su noted that Lextar and Wellypowers’ product lines, system platforms and personnel have already merged to form a competent team that will be even more well-versed in lighting operations and able to improve Lextar’s output value in the market.

About Lextar Electronics:
Lextar Electronics Corp. (TAIEX 3698), founded on May 23, 2008, is a subsidiary of AU Optronics. It specializes in manufacturing high-brightness LED epi wafers, chips and packages, as well as energy-saving and smart lighting products. The range of applications includes LCD backlighting, LED light module, LED light source and luminaires. Lextar officially acquired LightHouse Technology Inc. in March 2010, and Wellypower Optronics in February 2013. The company now houses nearly 4,000 employees and its headquarters is in the Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan. Its manufacturing plants are located in the Hsinchu Science Park, Hukou Industrial Park and Chunan Science Park in Taiwan, and an assembly plant in Suzhou, China. Lextar’s turnover in 2012: USD 339.5 million. Corporate website: Lextar.com


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