Impacts on Lighting If China Weaponizes Rare Earth Metals

The 17 rare-earth elements are cerium(Ce), dysprosium (Dy), erbium (Er), europium (Eu), gadolinium (Gd), holmium (Ho), lanthanum (La), lutetium (Lu), neodymium (Nd), praseodymium (Pr), promethium (Pm), samarium (Sm), scandium (Sc), terbium (Tb), thulium (Tm), ytterbium (Yb), and yttrium (Y). Despite their name, rare-earth elements are – with the exception of the radioactive promethium – relatively plentiful in Earth’s crust. Do you remember when China last manipulated rare earth exports, in 2010 / 2011?  It was a

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China Local Governments Slash Subsides for LED Makers

Shifting the focus of subsidization from procuring MOCVD sets to R&D for technological innovations and patent applications, according to industry sources. Many China-based LED chip makers, regardless of market demand, expanded production capacities in 2017-2018 by virtue of local governments’

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China LED Inventory Piles Up to Record Level

Six major China-based LED chip makers saw combined inventory value rise from US$943 million at year-end 2018 to a record high of US$1 billion at the end of March 2019, thanks to oversupply arising from weak demand and production capacity

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Automotive Lighting is Becoming Intelligent

China’s LED Market Revenue for Conventional Passenger Vehicles to Reach 800 Million in 2018. As V2V applications emerge, LED automotive lights are also emulating smartphones by adding emotes for drivers to display and engage in simple communication. According to TrendForce’s

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We Could Lose the 5G Race to China, Warns US DOD

A new report on the risks and opportunities presented by the introduction of 5G Networksby the Defense Innovation Board – an arms-length consultation panel of the US Department of Defense focusing on technology and innovation – suggests “China has taken the

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China LED Chip Makers See High Inventory

China-based LED chip makers saw inventory pile up to CNY6 billion (US$882 million) at the end of 2018 due to oversupply, according to industry sources. With local government subsidies, many China-based LED chip makers expanded production capacities in 2018, but

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U.S. – China Trade War Truce Increases Uncertainty in the LED Industry

The LED industry has been involved in the trade war between the United States and China as LED components and related lighting products were included in the list of extra tariffs. The two countries have recently reached a trade truce

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Lite-On Expands Its Investment in Vietnam and Jordan in Response to the Trade War

Lite-On has increased its investment in Lite-On Vietnam with US$ 77.4 million to build new factories; also has reported an increase in capital of US$ 20.14 million in its Jordan subsidiary, KBW-LITEON. Nearly 80 percent of Lite-On’s production is from

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China Increases Duty Drawback Rates for Luminaires to Fight the Trade War

The Chinese government has launched new policies to reduce the impacts of the U.S. tariffs on Chinese exporters. One of them is to raise duty drawback rates for the exported products. The policy will become effective on November 1st, 2018.

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Everlight Wins Patent Lawsuit Against Nichia In China

China’s intellectual property authorities has dismissed Nichia’s claim that Everlight Electronics’ China patent concerning flip-chip LED packaging technology, CN 101 400 197, is invalid, which is tantamount to upholding its validity in China, according to industry sources. Everlight indicated that

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LED Business Not Very Profitable in Past Fiscal Year; IoT is the One Bright Spot

With the beginning of September comes the start of the new fiscal year for the LED business. Unfortunately, the report card for most LED makers and LED lighting makers has not been good. In recent years the LED lighting industry

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NEMA Urges USTR to Hone China Tariffs with Narrow Targets and Time Limits

On August 21, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) testified on behalf of its Member companies that would be materially affected by additional tariffs proposed by the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on products made in China. The Administration

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The Impacts of the U.S. – China Trade War on Global LED Lighting Business

In April, the U.S. government has proposed a list of 1300 Chinese exports and announced to impose 25 percent tariffs on these products, following the Section 301 investigation. Later in July, the Trump administration released the second tranche of additional

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Siemens Partners with Alibaba to Power Industrial IoT in China

Siemens and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Monday to partner to foster the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in China. The two companies will leverage each other’s technology and industry

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The Impacts of Trump’s $200 Billion China Tariff List on the LED Industry

On July 10th , the Trump administration announced plans to propose additional tariffs on US$200 Billion worth of Chinese goods and released the tariff list. LEDinside analyzed the list right after the announcement and anticipated that the new tariff list

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Iran and China Build Joint LED Lamps Plant

With the cooperation of with Chinese investors, Iran plans to build a LED lamps plant in Ardabil Province in Iran. The new plant will provide employment opportunities for local people and it is expected to produce nearly 12,500 LED lamps

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LEDinside 2018 Chinese Automotive Lighting Market Trend

Chinese conventional passenger car shipment volume in 2017 has reached 23.8 million units, and is expected to reach 25.5 million units in 2018. The consumption of passenger vehicles in China has grown rapidly, and the penetration of LED in Chinese

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Price Fear as Trump Hits Chinese LEDs

Light emitting diodes, filament lamps and arc lamps as well as aluminum and solid-state electronic parts are all included on a proposed list of 1,200 products issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative. The stand-out item from

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California Indoor Farming Startup Plenty Plans to Launch Global Operations in China and Japan

Ambitious U.S. indoor farming startup Plenty is seeking urban sites for new farms in Chinese cities as part of a global drive to set up high-tech facilities growing organic vegetables in warehouses under banks of LED lights. Matt Barnard, chief

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Singapore Airport’s T4 Opens with Acclaim for Lighting

Singapore Airport’s (Changi Airport) new Terminal 4 has opened to acclaim for its lighting, which is technical blend of natural and artificial lighting. The client placed highest emphasis was put on visual comfort, guidance and creating a sense of place.

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