USA - IMS Research (www.imsresearch.com) has cut its forecast for 2012 GaN MOCVD shipments to 281, according to the second quarter 2012 MOCVD update of its GaN LED Quarterly Supply and Demand report.
IMS Research Analyst Jamie Fox commented: “The decline in 2012 is due to sufficient tools being in place for backlighting, lighting not yet fully taking off and expiring subsidies in China. The revision to our forecast is due to an analysis of the latest supplier earnings calls and our latest surveys of manufacturers which showed that some companies’ purchase plans have been cut back more than expected in recent months, particularly in China. We have heard about capacity utilization moving up in Taiwan this quarter, but we don’t see this as a worldwide trend at the moment.”
The graph above shows that 2012 will be much lower than 2010 and 2011, but will still be higher than 2009. 2012 will be a quiet year as, in terms of equipment installation, it will be the low point between the backlighting and lighting cycles. After a huge rush to buy in China in 2011 (it peaked at 92 percent of shipments in the fourth quarter), sales here are dropping markedly in 2012.
The entire worldwide market in the first quarter of 2012 was about the same size as the one largest order in China in the fourth quarter of 2011. However IMS Research believes the market has bottomed out in the first half of 2012. Modest growth should return in the second half of 2012.
While the industry is currently in an overcapacity situation which will continue in the short term, longer term projections show that many more reactors will be needed over the coming years to meet the demand in lighting. At the end of June IMS Research will release the latest demand and supply and demand projections. At present, big changes to the long term outlook are not anticipated.
Last quarter IMS reported on a strong quarter for Aixtron which regained the lead in the fourth quarter of 2011. However, as anticipated, this has not lasted, and Veeco was well ahead again in the first quarter with an estimated 59 percent market share. Veeco will also have a clear lead over Aixtron for GaN LED for the full year 2012, according to surveys of end customers.
Other highlights from the second quarter report include: • China was the No. 1 region for shipments in the first quarter, followed by Taiwan.
• Typical tool prices remain about $2 million.
• K465i was the most popular tool in the first quarter.
• Epistar is the leader in cumulative tools installed, Elec-Tech is ranked 1st in projected 2012 customers.