September 16, 2010

Showa Denko Ups Blue LED Chip Production Capacity to 340 Mil. Units/Month

Tokyo, Sept 16, 2010 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has increased its production capacity of blue LED chips at its Chiba site to 340 million units per month, from 200 million units per month. After completion of expansion work in July, SDK made a trial run to secure product quality and stable operations. Commercial operation has already started.Demand for blue LEDs is expected to grow around 10% a year on the average in coming years due to increased use in such applications as backlight for LCD TVs and general lighting. SDK will promote technical development to further increase output of LED chips and improve production efficiency, thereby providing high-quality, high-performance products that fulfill customers' requirements.SDK is aiming to reduce impact on the environment and address such issues as the depletion of resources. In its ultrabright LED business, SDK will continue providing energy-saving products in order to contribute to sustainable development of society.About Showa DenkoShowa Denko K.K. ('SDK'; TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods), electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials (ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers. For more information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp .Source: Showa DenkoContact:Copyright 2010 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.japancorp.net