Taiwan`s LED-Lamp Makers Report Strong Sales in Japan

Mounting energy-saving awareness across Japan following the March 11 Sendai earthquake and ensuing tsunami has fueled consumption of LED (light emitting diode) lamps in this East Asian nation, thereby contributing to strong sales of Taiwan`s LED-lamp makers there.

According to Japan office of market consulting firm GfK Group of Germany, in the last week of May LED light bulbs constituted 42.3% of all types of bulbs sold in 4,000 stores across Japan, spiking 2.9 folds from the same week of last year and for the first time outnumbering incandescent bulbs, which accounted for 39%.

The office`s statistics show that sales of LED bulbs in Japan had never broken through the ceiling 20% of the product-lineup combination since August 2010. The office estimated LED bulbs are likely to further rise to account for half of the combination sometime this summer, a bright sign for Taiwan`s LED-lamp makers.

Delta Electronics Inc. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Yancey Hai pointed out that the company`s LED-lamp shipments to Japan has increased significantly in the wake of the disastrous earthquake. Delta has recently won orders from other Japanese buyers than Hitachi, which has been Delta`s foremost contract buyer in Japan.

Genesis Photonics Inc. executives noted that the company has recently landed contracts to supply LED-lighting equipment to a leading steelmaker in Japan, which is equipping its steel mills with high-power LED lamps as replacements for traditional lamps to save energy. The orders are estimated to boost the company`s revenue for May to over NT$412 million (US$14 million at US$1: NT$29) recorded in April.

Ledtech Electronics Co., Ltd. has won contracts to supply LED light bars to several convenient stores in Japan while Cal-Camp Electronics & Communications Co., Ltd. has been contracted to supply LED lamps to Toshiba.

(by Ken Liu)

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