AET takeover boosts Arima’s LED capacity

Two more Taiwan-based LED makers have joined forces, and Epistar has ordered more growth equipment for LED wafers.

Arima Optoelectronics, a Taiwan-based LED maker, is increasing its LED manufacturing capacity by entering into a strategic partnership with fellow Taiwanese company Advanced Epitaxy Technology (AET).

The move, which is expected to be finalized by the end of March, will increase Arima’s AlGaInP LED capacity from the current value of around 550 million units per month.

According to the DigiTimes website, Arima acquired 67% of AET, which has 13 MOCVD production machines for growing AlGaInP and InGaN LED wafers.

The additional capacity will help Arima to fulfill its $98 million target for this year’s LED revenue, which is a $17 million increase on sales in 2005.

The deal between Arima and AET follows last year’s merger of both UEC and Epistar (see Taiwanese LED makers Epistar and UEC to merge), and South Epitaxy Corporation and Epitech, and reflects the ongoing consolidation in Taiwan’s LED manufacturing industry.

[This article first appeared on the Compound Semiconductor website.]

More MOCVD machines for Epistar

In related news, Epistar has ordered five more MOCVD machines for growing gallium nitride (GaN)-based LED wafers. The new machines, supplied by Aixtron, include one AIX 2800G4 with a capacity of 42 2-inch wafers and four AIX 2600G3 units with 24 x 2-inch capacity.

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