One part of the electronics market that seems to be defying recent reports of a slowdown is the high-brightness LED market. Analysts at Technavio forecast that it will grow more than 7% by 2021.
A key driver is the far lower energy requirements of LED lighting; it typically consumes 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb, and energy-efficiency certification programs are helping to promote this. Such energy savings save money and help organisation to reduce their carbon footprint.
Another factor which is promoting the growth is reduction in manufacturing costs, bringing prices down.
Key vendors are: Cree, GE Lighting, LG Innotek, Lumileds, Nichia, OSRAM, Samsung Electronics and Seoul Semiconductor. Most of their output goes into consumer electronics, with general lighting and automotive following.
Technology to watch out for is Organic LED (OLED) as this is increasingly adopted by TV, laptop, tablet and phone manufacturers.
Demand for high-brightness LEDs is highest in the AsiaPacific region.