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the leading trends about LED demand and supply market in the year 2018

27-12-2017
LED market trend in the year 2018

According to a latest market report from TrendForce, LED market value in 2017 is estimated to increase by +7.4 %YoY to USD 17.16 billion, facing 2017 trends that the LED light market price stayed stable and that the automotive led lights and architectural led lighting field are enlarging fast.

Based on the above-mentioned market report, we describe top 10 LED demand and supply market trends in 2018, including IT display market, general lighting market trend, architectural and landscape lighting market trend, automotive LED light market trend, display market trend, infrared LED market trend, UV LED market trend and LED supply market analysis.

1-- Mobile application Market- Mini LED Backlight Products are possible to Be Used into Mobile Phone Backlight Application in 2018

The recent supply of AMOLED panel is very short. Except Samsung and Apple, other Android manufacturers may face the difficulty of short of OLED panel. Therefore, to make the products more attractive, other manufacturers will combine Mini LED with flexible substrate to achieve high curved backlight. The relevant products of Mini LED backlight applications are expected to be released in 2018.

2-- TV Market- WCG and QD (Quantum Dot) are the Directions to Make Differentiation for TV Manufacturers

In response to wide color gamut (WCG) solutions, TV manufacturers emphasize HDR and needs WCG at the same time, and with the approach of WCG on HDR market, the percentage of wide color gamut in 2018 will possibly increase. For HDR, the basic requirement is about NTSC 85%, and it may become higher in the future. This will result in NTSC 85% solution usage of B LED +R (KSF) G(Phosphor), B LED+R (Nitride) G (Phosphor) and BG LED +R(KSF) increase. On NTSC ≧100% project, now except QDEF, Korean manufacturers have developed QD In Open Cell. Due to material of QD, it only needs blue light LED chip, and does not requires traditional phosphor powders. Therefore, in the future, the phosphor usage volume will decrease as the QD in Open cell increases.

3-- General Lighting Market- The Time it Takes to Make the Market Become Full for Potential LED Lamp Installation is 10 Years.

The potential LED lighting installation around the world is about 60-70 billion. The period of growth for LED light industry is in 2012 to 2016. LED light industry has finished the installation of 11.872 billion LED lights products around the world. Similar plans of global lighting challenge receive wide requests from lighting industries. It is expected that before 2020, there will be 6-7 billion LED lights being used per year. It will achieve the goal of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

4-- Architectural and Landscape Lighting Market- Evening Economy Boosts Architectural and Landscape Lighting Market

Seeing the great market demand, all cities put great efforts in increasing the ranks and constructing travel attractions. Especially in China that every cities spend lots of money creating evening economy. With the combination of dynamic image control technology with LED screen, they create cultural experience by the form of light and music shows at riverside, coast, lakeside and city square. There are 300 prefectural-level cities and 2,800 county-level cities in China. If only 5% of the cities adopt lighting engineering per year, it can bring the demand of architectural and landscape lighting market worth billions of US dollars.

5-- Automotive LED lighting- Fast-Growing China Represents the Largest Automotive Market Opportunities Worldwide

China is currently the largest automobile market in the world, and the total passenger car sales in the country for 2018 are anticipated to grow by 7.14% annually to reach 25.5 million cars. Chinese demand growth is supported by several factors. First, the country second and third-tier cities are making new economic developments and growths. Second, the expansion and upgrading of the country transportation infrastructure help vehicle growth as well as the replacement of traditional two- and three-wheelers by four-wheeled cars. The vehicle per capita in China has gone up from a low of 100 and is on a gradual path to reach the per capita figures of the developed countries (ranging from 500 to 800). The third major factor that drives the Chinese car market is the various government policies that support the development of domestic vehicle brands.

6-- Automotive Market- LED Usage Volume for Automotive Panels is On the Rise

Automobile design is using newer display technologies, and automotive panels are being used in dashboards, CIDs and entertainment displays. The configuration of the automotive panels on dashboards have transitioned from 3.5- to 10-inch panels (stitching type) to one integrated display sized 10.3 to 12.5 inches. The size and format of panels for CIDs have also changed. At the beginning, a CID consists of a 6- to 9-inch panels showing basic controls. Now, a CID can be a large panel sized 10.1 to 17 inches and designed for showing the operational details of the entire vehicle. Similarly, the development entertainment displays have changed from 7- to 9-inch panels for embedded displays to larger panels sized 10.3 to 11.4 inches for non-embedded displays. In addition to the increase in size, some basic specification requirements that automotive panels must have include wide viewing angle and high brightness. Other design-related needs that have also been on the market such as curved and irregularly shaped panel structures. For the reason of the above-mentioned trends, the total global LED market value in automotive panels is expected to increase sharply from USD 67 million in 2016 to USD 173 million in 2021, with the CAGR during this period at 21%.

7-- Digital Display Market- Mini LED Takes the lead among Digital Display and Challenges Medium-Density Retina Display Technology

Although Micro LED is popular, the challenges that mass transfer bring are hard to overcome in a short time. It takes time to industrialize. For digital display industry, high-density retina display technology is the threat to current market, however, it brings new opportunity with the market development through display technology and brand channel as well. Therefore, Mini LED, the technology between fine pitch LED and Micro LED, becomes popular among digital display companies. With COB packaging, it is possible to make the pitch below P0.7 for digital display.

8-- Infrared LED Market- IR LED Market Value Will Grow at CAGR of 15% in 2016-2021

Because some Chinese manufacturers join in the infrared LED chip market, some mainstream Infrared LED prices decrease rapidly. However, with the release of various new applications, such as industrial surveillance security, virtual reality, and facial and iris recognition, infrared LED market value continues to grow. It is expected that infrared LED market (exclude optical sensors market) in 2017 is about USD 441 million. In 2021, it is expected to increase at USD 699 million.

9-- UV-C LED Price Driver Market Scale becomes bigger

Prices of UV-C LEDs can vary widely in terms of  wavelength specification, product quality, lifespan and order volume. Besides great differences in quotation, the current UV-C LED market is also influenced by the introduction of new materials and more efficient chip manufacturing technologies. By introducing flip-chip and vertical-chip solutions, UV-C LEDs can work with high-power drivers to achieve greater levels of brightness. Unlike UV-A LEDs that target the curing application, UV-C LEDs are focusing on the market for consumer lighting products. UV-C LED suppliers such as LG Innotek, Seoul Viosys and Bioraytron are currently enlarging the consumer market with mature products. As these suppliers price their offerings greatly, they also make it difficult for new market entrants to develop and promote their UV-C products.

10-- LED Chip Market Reboot the Expansion Plan

There is a new peak of expansion for LED chip industry in 2017. Because the current prices of LED chip are low, also, the tier-one LED chip manufacturers in China have the advantages in cost, the orders focus on Chinese LED lights factories. Working at full speed, the tier-one LED chip manufacturers in China start to remake the new expansion plan. We predict that the number of new equipment in 2017 will reach 401 sets (Equiv. K465i). It becomes the peak period for expanding capacity in recent years.
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