Since Strategies Unlimited began tracking the LED market in 1995 there has never been a down year, although the market in 2001 was flat. However, that was during a worldwide recession in which all other technology- based markets experienced dramatic downturns (for example, the silicon semiconductor market contracted by 32%). In the current economic environment, it is not surprising that a number of end-use sectors that consume LEDs are experiencing downturns. Worldwide automobile production is expected to shrink by 20% in 2009, while mobile phone handset shipments are expected to decline by 10% in 2009 after years of steady growth. These two segments accounted for 15% and 42%, respectively, of LED consumption in 2008.
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