2016-11-18

Hot Picks of the Week Nov. 14-18

Latest developments in Germany this week are making a Chinese investor takeover of Osram, and the outlook of the approval of IDG Capital consortium’s acquisition of LEDVANCE appear rather dim. Germany’s biggest labor union has become one of the latest advocates against a Chinese merger of Osram, as it seeks to keep factory jobs and others in the country.
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2016-11-18

Breaking: Paper and Packaging Prices on the Rise

Since early November, many Chinese carton factories began to reject new orders or restrict orders. The situation has been ongoing till now, with factories in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai areas responded the most. As many as 18 local large and medium-sized carton factories issued emergent notices of the rise in price on the single day of November 12. Paper suddenly became in short supply. Carton factories couldn’t buy base paper even with cash in hand, causing a chain reaction of the entire manufacture industry.
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2016-11-18

Trump Presidency Might Pressure Apple to Move iPhone Production to U.S.

Apple is asking some of its key iPhone suppliers including Foxconn and Pegatron to shift production to U.S. following President Donald Trump’s policies promoting “made in America,” reported Nikkei Asian Review.
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2016-11-18

Arima Optoelectronics Swaps Blue LEDs for Red Chips

Exiting from cut-throat price competitions in the blue LED lighting segment, LED epitaxial wafer and chip manufacturer Arima Optoelectronics (Arima) has halted manufacturing of blue LED chips altogether and shifted to AlGaInP production, reported DIGITIMES.
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2016-11-18

Philips Photonics Doubles Laser Diode Production Capacity in Germany

Philips Photonics, a wholly owned business of Royal Philips announced that it is doubling capacity at its laser-diode facility in Ulm, Germany, to provide the key components for some of the latest developments in data communication, consumer sensing and industrial thermal processing.
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2016-11-18

Littelfuse Appoints New CEO

Littelfuse  announced that Gordon Hunter, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Dave Heinzmann, Chief Operating Officer, will assume the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at that time and will join the company’s board of directors, bringing the size of the board to eight members.
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2016-11-18

Kateeva Wins Technical Development Manufacturing Award at Printed Electronics USA 2016

Last night at the Printed Electronics USA conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Kateeva’s YIELDjet™ FLEX inkjet printing system was named the winner of the prestigious Technical Development Manufacturing Award. Presented annually by conference organizer IDTechEx, the award honors the most significant development of a manufacturing device process or production plant in the printed electronics industry over the previous 24 months. In particular, manufacturing developments that optimize the process of lab-scale or mass-scale production by improving productivity, quality, reliability, uniformity, or scale.
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2016-11-17

Genesis Photonics Inc. Refutes Market Rumors of Bankruptcy

The LED market’s downturn resulted in net losses for certain manufacturers, such as Taiwanese LED die manufacturer Genesis Photonics Inc., leading to rumors that it is on the brink of a shutdown, reported Apple Daily.
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2016-11-17

Can Micro-LED Challenge LCD and OLED Market Position?

Apple’s developments in the market are a hot topic in the technology industry, market rumors that next generation iPhones would be using OLED displays ushered in a large wave of investments in the sector in China. OLED, which was a niche market product, became a hot commodity this year because of Apple’s interest in adapting the technology in next-generation iPhones.
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2016-11-17

EPIC Signs MOU with CSA

The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) and China Solid State Lighting Alliance (CSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their partnership, reported Novus Lighting.
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2016-11-17

German Court Grants Nichia Preliminary Injunctions for Everlight's Patent Infringing White LED Products

On Oct.19, 2016 and Oct. 28, 2016, Nichia  filed a request for three preliminary injunctions in Germany at the Düsseldorf District Court against Everlight Electronics (“Everlight”), alleging that the white LED products “334-15/X1C5-1QSA”, „334-15/T2C2-1TVB“ and „XI3535-KT577J1-03201-000P“ manufactured by Everlight and distributed in Germany infringe Nichia's YAG patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929).
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2016-11-17

Lighting Science® and iHome Announce Co-Marketing Partnership Agreement

Lighting Science announced a collaboration agreement with iHome, a division of consumer electronics manufacturer SDI Technologies. Under the terms of the two-year agreement, the two technology leaders will explore the incorporation of Lighting Science’s patented spectrum control technology into iHome’s Zenergy product line. The agreement also includes co-marketing provisions, including the endorsement of nationally-renowned sleep expert Dr. Michael J. Breus, who currently serves as a member of Lighting Science’s Scientific Advisory Board.
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2016-11-16

Ten U.S. Cities Commit to Reducing Building Energy Waste

The City Energy Project, a joint effort of the Institute for Market Transformation and Natural Resources Defense Council, announced the addition of ten communities that have committed to reducing energy waste in buildings.
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2016-11-16

Meriden in Connecticut Replaces Streetlights with LEDs

Situated in Connecticut, U.S, and home to a population of 60,000 people, Meriden will be replacing its sodium bulb streetlights with LEDs through a citywide upgrade, reported myrecordjournal.
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2016-11-15

China’s Nanchang Optical Valley Launches First Automotive Lighting Plant

Jiangxi Luye Auto Lighting launched the first automotive lighting LED module plant in Nanchang Optical Valley in China, reported Xinhua.
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2016-11-15

Germany’s Biggest Labor Union to Block Chinese Investors Takeover of Osram

German’s largest labor union IG Metall announced it will prevent any attempts made by Chinese investors to acquire lighting giant Osram, indicating the escalating backlash against Chinese involvement in the nation’s high-tech sector, reported Financial Times and other media last week.
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2016-11-15

Cree Files Patent Lawsuit Against Emson's TacLight

Cree has filed a complaint against E. Mishan & Sons, Inc. (“Emson”) with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts for infringement of Cree’s patented LED technology in Emson’s flashlights, such as the Bell + Howell Taclight.
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2016-11-15

Idemitsu and Merck Sign OLED Partnership Agreement

Idemitsu Kosan and Merck concluded a collaboration agreement that allows each party to use the other party’s OLED material-related patents in certain areas.
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2016-11-11

JDI Layoff 30% Workforce Amid Weak iPhone Demands

Small to mid-sized display manufacturer Japan Display Inc. (JDI) third quarter financial results were in the red, due to lower demands than expected from Chinese clients and its largest client Apple, reported Chinese-language media Money DJ.
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2016-11-11

ZigBee Alliance Responds to Philips Hue Bulb Hack Reports

The ZigBee Alliance is in continuous communication with its member companies to develop and maintain its suite of market-relevant standards for the IoT. The Alliance is aware of the issues raised in the Weizmann Institute / Dalhousie University report referenced in multiple press articles this week.
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2016-11-11

Tall Trees LED Completes Acquisition of Dallas Lighting and Photonics and another Light Engine Design Company

Tall Trees LED Company is pleased to announce that the company has completed the acquisition of Dallas Lighting & Photonics and Tall Trees LED. Both companies are pioneers in the light engine design and engineering business, enhancing the company's potential for accelerated growth through diversification.
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2016-11-10

Arizona-based LED Manufacturer Optolum Sues Cree for Patent Infringement

An Arizona-based LED luminaire manufacturer Optolum is suing top U.S. LED manufacturer Cree over patent infringement, reported The News & Observer.
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2016-11-10

Canadian Government Subsidizes CA $82M to National Optics Institute for Optics and Photonics Research

The Canadian government recently announced it will be subsidizing in total CA $82 million (US $62.2 million) over a five-year period to National Optics Institute (INO) to support research in optics and photonics for industrial applications.
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2016-11-10

Sunderland in UK Initiates Large Streetlight Project

More than 23,000 sodium streetlights will be replaced with LEDs in a large streetlight project rolled out in Sunderland city in UK. 
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2016-11-10

Lighting Science Launches New LED Grow Light Following Legalization of Cannabis in Six U.S. States

With ballot results confirmed in three U.S. states for the recreational use of marijuana, and three for medical use, the increased demand on energy consumption in pro-cannabis territories is expected to skyrocket, continuing the trend towards LED “grow light” solutions that curb energy consumption and reduce energy costs to growers. Lighting Science’s® patented VividGro™ LED lamp is proven to increase yields by up to 30% while using 45% less energy. Today, the company announced that sales of their VividGro LED indoor grow lights increased by more than 100 percent over the past year alone. The cannabis industry is anticipated to jump from $6 billion to $50 billion by 2026.
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2016-11-10

LED Heat Sink Manufacturer MechaTronix Acquires Cooling House

MechaTronix, part of the Eight Lakes Group and headquartered in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, announced its next major milestone with the acquisition of Cooling House. Cooling House, based in New Taipei City, Taiwan, is a technology leader in advanced two-phase cooling. Their high power cooling solutions are based on advanced heat pipes and thermosyphons. As experts in remote heat transfer, they can offer innovative thermal solutions that save energy on an application level and that enable system builders to use higher performance electronics components.
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2016-11-10

Quantel Laser Appoints New CEO for U.S. Arm

Quantel Laser announced the appointment of Dr. Steve Patterson as CEO of their Quantel U.S. subsidiary. A nine-year US Army veteran with service in the 1st Ranger Bn., Steve comes to Quantel after successfully leading DILAS Diode Laser’s US office through rapid growth and market expansion. Prior to DILAS, Dr. Patterson held technical and management positions at nLight Photonics and Sharp and has been involved in several technology start-ups. Dr. Patterson holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has authored numerous technical papers and has two patents to his name.
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2016-11-09

California Legalization of Recreational Marijuana to Benefit LED Grow Light Industry

A day before the U.S. presidential elections 2016, Californian voters passed a Proposition 64, which legalizes adult marijuana usage for recreational purposes.
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2016-11-09

Lextar’s Successful Transition Boosts Gross Margin in 3Q16

LED manufacturer Lextar third quarter financial results for 2016 recently showed positive developments.
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2016-11-09

Samsung Display to Ramp up OLED Mobile Manufacturing Capacity to 550M by 2017

Samsung Display plans to raise small to mid-sized OLED panels production by 35% in 2017 to meet surging OLED panel demands from Chinese smartphone manufacturers, Korean media Pulse cited a Samsung Display official saying.
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Lumileds introduced the LUXEON MX, a multi-die emitter that delivers industry leading efficiency and flux for outdoor fixtures and high bay lighting applications. Lighting fixtures benefit from the emitter’s 1,200 lumen, 150 lm/W ef... READ MORE

The trading portfolio of IMM Photonics has been expanded in the segment Fabry-Perot laser diodes to include a 830 nanometer (nm) version by the Japanese manufacturer QD-Laser.

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