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Sapphire product is serving mainly 2 applications in the electronics field:
GaN-based LED and RF devices, both for mobile phones (Silicon-on-Sapphire
The sapphire substrate market for electronic applications has reached a
market volume of approximately 9 million wafers (2″ equivalent) for LED
augmented by some 10′s of thousands 6″ and 8″ wafers for SoS RF applications
Despite the 2009 economic situation and thanks mostly to LCD LED
backlight applications, the c-plan sapphire wafer market grew +4% over 2009
compared to 2008 in the LED segment.
On the other hand, r-plan sapphire business for SoS applications has been
strongly affected by the recession as the main application markets are
related to consumer appliances (mainly mobile phones). As a result, a -55%
revenue decline has been observed on the r-plan side.
2″ sapphire price as low as ever but shortage risk could generate
turbulence The price pressure on 2″ remains critical and our models showed
that most of the suppliers are having a very tiny margin on that material and
some of them are even losing money in that business. The 2″ price level,
has probably been reached. However, we stay confident that 2″ wafer price
will gain +15% to 20% in 2010 as a shortage situation cannot be excluded.
Indeed, our Demand-Capacity analysis shows a “risk-zone” that should
occur during the second half of 2010, where all the planned capacity won’t be
fully installed, facing a demand in LED that can create some turbulence. Now,
we feel comfortable saying that this stress period should end early in 2011
with the full ramp-up of sapphire producers.
Is 6″ sapphire economically viable for LED? 2009 saw the introduction of
first industrial tools running 6″ diameter for LED manufacture. It is still
unclear how 6″ sapphire can bring a strong added-value on the LED
manufacturing cost as the market price of these substrates stays very high in
comparison to $/sq. inch costs for 2″ and 4″ wafers. We ran our proprietary
Sapphire Growth Cost Model tool and found that only Kyropulos and EFG growth
techniques could generate a sub
which is again very expensive compared to smaller diameter materials.
Japanese sapphire producers are again leading the business in 2009. Kyocera
and Namiki are now collecting more than
substrates and non-substrate (Optical applications) products. Shinkosha and
Sumitomo Metal Mining are also part of the TOP-12 players.
In the US, Rubicon has faced a severe downturn on the r-plan segment as
its main client Peregrine has strongly reduced its orders. In
Monocrystal Plc. remains the number one actor.
This report provides a complete analysis of the 2 main applications
targeted by the sapphire substrates along with key market metrics. It
describes the involvement of the major material suppliers and gives a
snapshot of the sapphire industry playground.
The report presents the $ and unit values on the 2006-2013 time scale for
the GaN-based LED and SoS-based RF devices and their equivalence in substrate
consumptions and related material market size.
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