Seoul Semiconductor in Unique Position on the Newly-Announced Tariffs on LEDs - Energy Watch News


Seoul Semiconductor in Unique Position on the Newly-Announced Tariffs on LEDs

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced today that a 25% tariff is scheduled to be imposed on a wide range of products imported to the US from China, including LEDs. Some 80% of the LED industry relies on either LED production or packaging facilities based in China. Seoul Semiconductor is uniquely positioned to provide LED customers an alternative source of supply that will avoid the complications created by the newly-imposed tariffs. Based in Ansan, South Korea, Seoul Semiconductor is the fourth largest LED supplier in the world and manufactures all its LED chips in its facility in Korea. Like virtually every other LED supplier, Seoul has packaging and subassembly facilities in China; however, the company invested in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Vietnam about eight years ago, and that facility became fully operational in March of 2017. Located near Hanoi, the Seoul Semiconductor VINA facility is now the lowest cost high volume LED manufacturing facility in the world, capable of making LEDs cost competitively for a wide range of applications. For more information, Mark McClear, Seoul Semiconductor’s president for North America, can be reached directly at: mark.mcclear@seoulsemicon.com

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