News-Spot | Business News | May 05, 2015

Epistar Promotes Co-Activation Service Model

Competition in the LED market has been heating up with China-based LED firms aggressively integrating the whole supply chain vertically from chips to packaging to modules. China-based firms are able to provide one-stop-shop services and use low-price strategies to expand their presence in the LED application market. This is negatively impacting Taiwan’s LED makers, especially small- and medium-size packaging and module firms, who are experiencing shrinking market share. Against this backdrop, Taiwan-based LED chipmaker Epistar began promoting Co-activation Service Model three years ago hoping to turn the tide by teaming up with Taiwan-based packaging and module firms. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Apr 29, 2015

Advanced Power Components Is Now ProLight Opto Technology's Official Franchise Partner for UK and Ireland

A new distribution franchise has been awarded to UK specialist electronic components distributor, Advanced Power Components (APC); by leading LED manufacturer, ProLight Opto Technology Corporation (ProLight). Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Apr 17, 2015

San'an Licenses Japanese LED Patent Portfolio to Luminus Devices

Band state view and a view showing a state density distribution of carriers according to the second embodiment of the invention of U.S. Patent No. 6,081,540 San'an Optoelectronics Co., Ltd. today announced that it has licensed the United States patents of an LED patent portfolio it recently acquired from a major Japanese company to its subsidiary, Luminus Devices, Inc. The portfolio comprises over 125 issued patents, including over thirty United States patents as well as issued patents in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Germany. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Apr 13, 2015

Plessey Expands Its Distribution Network to Turkey

Plessey Semiconductors announced today that it has entered into a sales representative agreement with ROM Electronik Ltd., an electronics distributor and provider of advanced complete solutions headquartered close to Istanbul, to expand its European network with coverage in the Turkish market for its GaN-on-Silicon LED products. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Apr 06, 2015

Xicato Expands Production Lines to Meet Growing Demand for XIM and XTM

Xicato, a leading manufacturer of intelligent light sources, announced today that it has expanded its XIM and XTM LED module production capabilities four fold with line expansion in the Philippines. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Apr 03, 2015

Welcome to the Future of Light - A Letter from Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre

I am pleased to announce that as of April 1, Philips Lumileds and Philips Automotive Lighting division have officially joined forces to form a new company: Lumileds. Our combined strengths promise to keep us on the leading edge as we continue to shape the future of light. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Mar 26, 2015

Nanoco and Marl Cooperate to Develop Lighting Products with Cadmium-free Quantum Dots

Quantum dots are recognized to being a promising solution for tuning white light from LEDs for a high CRI and improved light quality Nanoco Group plc, a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, and Marl International, a pioneer of the LED lighting industry, today announced that they have entered into a partnership to bring novel LED lighting products to market. The new products will feature Nanoco’s cadmium-free quantum dot technology. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Mar 19, 2015

Lambda Research Corp. Collaborates with LUXeXceL to Produce Printed Optics

A custom lens array designed by TracePro and printed by LUXeXceL Lambda Research Corporation, a leading designer and publisher of the TracePro illumination and optical design software, has collaborated with LUXeXceL to produce customized 3D printed plastic optics. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Mar 11, 2015

Epistar Licenced ALLOS’ GaN-on-Si Epiwafer Technology

Epistar licenced GaN-on-Si technology from ALLOS Semiconductors and concluded the first phases of the technology transfer successfully Leading LED maker Epistar Corporation, Taiwan and the engineering and consulting company ALLOS Semiconductors, Germany announced today that Epistar licensed ALLOS’ unique gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology and that the initial phases of the technology transfer project have already been concluded successfully. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Mar 04, 2015

Samsung Electronics Expands Digital Display Portfolio with YESCO Electronics Acquisition

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced its acquisition of Logan, Utah-based YESCO Electronics, LLC, a leading LED sign and display manufacturer with more than 2,000 installations across the U.S. and abroad. The acquisition reinforces Samsung’s entry into the LED display market, extending the reach of the company’s pioneering technologies and expertise beyond large-format displays (LFDs) using LCD panels, where the company has been the worldwide market leader for six consecutive years. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Mar 02, 2015

Dutch Chipmaker NXP to Buy Freescale Semiconductor for $12B

NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction which values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion1. The merger creates a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of greater than $10 billion. The merged entity will become the market leader in automotive semiconductor solutions and the market leader in general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products. The combined company will capitalize on the growing opportunities created by the accelerating demand for security, connectivity and processing. Read more »

Business News | Feb 23, 2015

Chroma ATE's LED Driver Test Equipment Available from MDL

Beside Chroma ATE's LED driver test equipment, an extensive range of equipment for testing LED drivers is available from MDL Technologies Drivers are a key element in the performance and reliability of LEDs, and an extensive range of equipment for testing LED drivers is now available from MDL Technologies. The Chroma instruments include programmable AC and DC sources, high precision power meters and an LED load simulator specifically designed for LED power drivers. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Feb 09, 2015

Edmund Optics and LUXeXceL Bring 3D Printed Plastic Optics to the Photonics Industry

Recently, LUXeXceL improved the manufacturing process to make printed optics up to 20 mm hight as demonstrated at Lps 2014 in Bregenz for the first time Edmund Optics® (EO), the premier provider of optical components, announced today that it has formed a working relationship with LUXeXceL Group BV to bring 3D printed plastic optics to the photonics industry. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Feb 03, 2015

LightingEurope Announces Election of Executive Board

LightingEurope is pleased to announce the election of Jan Denneman as President of the Executive Board, Peter Hunt as Vice-President, Alfred Haas as Treasurer for 2015, and Yves Robillard as Treasurer for 2016. Additional Board members include: Thomas Walentowski (BLV), Zoltan Koltai (GE Lighting), Peter Dillen (Havells-Sylvania), Klaus Breisch (Panasonic), Dietmar Zembrot (TRILUX), Johan Segers (AGORIA), Alfredo Berges (ANFALUM), Massimiliano Guzzini (ASSIL), Nathalie Coursière (IGNES), André ten Bloemendal (NLA), Lionel Brunet (Syndicat de l'Eclairage), and Dr. Jürgen Waldorf (ZVEI). Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Jan 14, 2015

Infineon Technologies AG Successfully Finalizes Acquisition of International Rectifier

Infineon Technologies AGannounced today the closing of the acquisition of International Rectifier. With effect from today, the El Segundo based company has become part of Infineon following the approval of all necessary regulatory authorities and International Rectifier’s shareholders. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Jan 13, 2015

Megaman® Partners with Contech Lighting as Distributor for North America

Megaman® is delighted to announce a partnership with Contech Lighting as the exclusive distributor of Megaman branded products and lighting solutions throughout North America. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Jan 13, 2015

GL Optic Light Measurement Spins off as an Independent Entity

GL Optic based in Weilheim/Teck, Germany has launched operations as a separate business unit. Following a spin-off from parent company Just Normlicht, the brand name has now become an independent entity. The move is the result of a sharp increase in demand for all types of light measurement instruments and measurement systems, as well as the positive response to the GL Optic brand. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Jan 12, 2015

Epistar Acquires 94% of TSMC SSL from TSMC and Subsidiary

Epistar Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC ) held Board of Directors’ meetings today and approved a sale of TSMC Solid State Lighting (TSMC SSL) shares. Epistar will acquire all shares of TSMC SSL held by TSMC and TSMC’s subsidiary TSMC Guang Neng Investment Ltd. for NT$825 million, or NT$1.46 per share. After the transaction, Epistar will own 94% of the company, and TSMC will completely exit TSMC SSL. The company will be operated by Epistar and TSMC SSL’s current team. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Dec 22, 2014

Future Lighting Solutions Announces Availability of Philips Lumileds' Newest Luxeon CoB Array

Lumileds newest Luxeon CoB 1202 array with a small, 6.5 mm light-emitting surface (LES) enables the highest center beam candle power with the high efficacy and color quality of all Luxeon CoB solutions Future Lighting Solutions, a division of Future Electronics, has announced availability of the latest addition to Philips Lumileds Luxeon CoBs, delivering exceptional punch for spotlights and directional lamps. Lumileds’ newest CoB array with a small, 6.5 mm light-emitting surface (LES) enables the highest center beam candle power with the high efficacy and color quality of all Luxeon CoB solutions. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Dec 02, 2014

Private Equity Company Ratos Acquires LEDiL

Ratos has signed an agreement to acquire approximately 67% of the shares in the Finnish LED optics company Ledil Oy from the company's founders. The purchase price (enterprise value) for 100% of the company amounts to EUR 97m, of which Ratos will provide equity of approximately EUR 50m. Ledil is a leading global player in secondary optics (lenses which focus light from a source to achieve a desired lighting solution) for LED lighting. The company started in 2002 and is owned today by the two founders and Ledil's CEO. Ratos is acquiring approximately 67% of the company and the founders and other key people will own approximately 33%. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Nov 28, 2014

Albis Plastic and Röber Kunststoffe Collaborate in Lighting Segment

With immediate effect, the polyCarbonate-based Alcom LDM (Light Diffusion Matt) from Albis Plastic will be used in the R. CarbonatE Alcom LED production line at Röber Kunststoffe. This specialist for extruded and transparent Plastics, located in Kroppach in the German Westerwald, is now expanding its product line of glazing materials for the lighting sector. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Nov 18, 2014

MSC Technologies Signs Distribution Agreement with Inventronics

MSC Technologies, a business group of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA, a business region of Avnet Inc., announced today that it is now an authorised distributor of Inventronics. MSC will carry the company’s entire product portfolio in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy with immediate effect. Alongside embedded computing and display solutions, MSC also provides LED lighting solutions. Inventronics’ wide range of LED power supply units (PSUs) is an ideal complement to the CREE range of LEDs, which have played a large part in MSC’s success for many years. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Nov 12, 2014

TÜV SÜD Offers One-Stop Service for LED and Battery Products Covering the S-JQA Mark

TÜV SÜD now also can offer S-JQA Mark certification which has a high reputation on the Japanese Market The international quality and safety solutions provider TÜV SÜD supports manufacturers of LED and battery products all over the world in meeting the safety standards of the Japanese market. Following recognition by the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA), TÜV SÜD can now provide the relevant product testing services for the S-JQA Mark. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Nov 04, 2014

EBV Elektronik Signs Agreement with Samsung Semiconductor for Distribution of LED Components in the EMEA Region

EBV Elektronik, an Avnet company and a leading specialist in EMEA semiconductor distribution signed an agreement with Samsung Semiconductor Europe GmbH, an European subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, for distribution of Samsung’s LED component products in EMEA region. The agreement is effective as of October 2014. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Oct 14, 2014

Nanoco Signs Joint Development Agreement with Osram

Nanoco Group plc., a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, announces that it has signed a follow-on joint development agreement with Osram, one of the world’s largest lighting companies, in connection with the use of Nanoco cadmium-free quantum dots in general lighting. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Oct 14, 2014

Aledia’s Nanowire LED Technology Endorsed By 2014 Physics Nobel Prize Winner

Nanowires are the basis of Aledia's 3D LED technology that promises several advantages over the conventional LED technology Prof. Hiroshi Amano, a member of Aledia’s Scientific Advisory Board, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, alongside Shuji Nakamura and Isamu Akasaki for their roles in inventing the blue light emitting diode (LED), that has revolutionized the lighting and display worlds. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Oct 06, 2014

Albis Plastic and Eastman Expand Successful Partnership

Albis Plastic GmbH will soon be adding technical plastics to the list of Eastman Chemical Company products it distributes in Turkey. The company's distribution rights for the Turkish plastics market are valid as of October 2014. This agreement expands the long-standing partnership between ALBIS and Eastman, which continues to enjoy great success in many areas of Europe. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Oct 06, 2014

Advantek Expands Support for LED Packaging Solutions with the Acquisition of Tempo Electronics

Advantek, Inc. today announced they have acquired all the assets of Tempo Electronics and the Surftape® product line. Effective immediately Advantek will be offering Surftape® through its extensive global sales organization. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Sep 22, 2014

Yole Predicts: In the LED Packaging World, Flip Chip Technology Is Rising

Predictions of the volume percentages for different LED types show the expected growth of the Flip Chip technology from 2013 to 2019 In the LED packaging world, a wind of change is blowing. A LED TV crisis, and new Chinese players have totally modified the LED industry and its supply chain. Under this context, with a high competitive environment, new challenges have been identified by Yole Développement (Yole) analysts: efficacy improvement, cost decrease … To answer to the LED market needs, companies have today to innovate their technologies and implement new solutions like Flip Chip for LED packaging. Read more »

News-Spot | Business News | Sep 22, 2014

ESCATEC Expands Its LED and Micro Manufacturing Facilities to Meet Growing Demand

ESCATEC's expanded MOEMS cleanroom ESCATEC, one of Europe's leading providers of contract and manufacturing services, has nearly doubled the size of its ISO Class 7 cleanroom to meet the increasing need for miniaturized, multi-function components and 'smart materials/systems' with new equipment for material preparation, components creation and assemblies. The expansion includes a 'Future Lab' with advanced state-of-the-art R&D, custom designs, specialised prototyping, and novel process development that will offer leading-edge LED solutions as well as a dedicated workspace next to the cleanroom for 'hands-on' design work with ESCATEC's partners. Read more »

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