Reports at Fukuyama Plant in Japan indicate that Sharp Corporation will now start mass production of blue LED chips within this year.
This follows rapid growth in demand for LED backlights for LCD TVs and LED lighting fixtures which has also led to a rapid increase in the demand for blue LED chips. The blue LED chip production at Sharp’s Mihara Plant in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture started in January this year. This development is seen as a positive move to meet market demand in the mid to long term. The development is further believed to boost Sharp’s production capacity of blue LED chips to approximately five billion units a year in fiscal 2011.
Sharp’s blue LED chip production business at the Fukuyama Plant has been adopted as a project under the “Fiscal 2009 subsidy scheme for promoting the location of low-carbon industry and creating employment” run by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
The Plants at Fukuyama and Mihara are expected to produce approximately 5 billion units per year with a Capital investment of 15 billion yen.