Sapphire market: supply and demand back in check
Lyon, France – Nov. 2nd, 2011 – Yole Développement announces its report “Sapphire Market”. “Our extensive tracking of the Sapphire industry on a daily-basis, allows us to provide a complete analysis of the sapphire substrates industry along with key market metrics”, explains Eric Virey at Yole Développement.
This report provides updated volume and $ forecast for finished wafers and material through 2020 along with capacity analysis, price trends and new company profiles. In addition, an extensive review of the raw material and crystal growth equipment suppliers is provided, offering the most complete view of the Sapphire wafer industry available to date.
“The sapphire substrate industry, driven by LED applications, was initially developed based on a 2” diameter platform. Companies like Lumileds and Nichia were the first to move to 3” around 2003 while Osram pioneered the adoption of 4” shortly after. Due to the large concentration of MOCVD capacity in Taiwan, and the current ramp in China, 2” is expected to remain the dominant platform through 2012”, explained Eric Virey.