China already has a complete SSL industrial supply chain, with more than 4000 enterprises, and 2009 sales of $11.8 billion. Lighting is a key application: architectural and functional lighting enjoy market shares of 23% and 13%, respectively, compared with 21% for backlighting and 20% for displays. Both the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo – which used around 1.05 billion LED chips in various installations – were important showcases for LED lighting.
Wu Ling explained that China has a Municipal Showcase Project involving 21 cities, which between them have already installed over 1.7 million LED fixtures (including 200k roadway lights, and 720k in architectural applications). China also has 4 LED industrial areas and 7 national LED industrial parks.
China’s National Development and Reform Commission has set industrial targets for 2015 of sales in excess of RMB 500 billion ($75 billion), annual electricity savings of 100 billion kWh, and the creation of 1 million jobs. By this stage, China would aim to have 2-3 large-scale LED chip companies and 3-5 leading SSL application companies, said Wu Ling.