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19 August 2008


Walsin Lihwa buys Aixtron CRIUS reactor to enter GaN LED market

Aixtron AG of Aachen, Germany says that, in second-quarter 2008, Walsin Lihwa Corp of Taipei, Taiwan (which makes wires and cables, including fiber optics) placed an order for a Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) CRIUS MOCVD reactor in 31x2-inch wafer configuration.

Walsin Lihwa, a new MOCVD customer for Aixtron, has ordered the system to kick off its plan to become a large-scale manufacturer of ultra-high-brightness (UHB) gallium nitride-based LED products. The system is scheduled to be delivered in third-quarter 2008. The CCS CRIUS multi-wafer MOCVD reactor will form the basis of Walsin’s plans to enter the lighting products business.

Since it was founded in 1966 as Pacific Electric & Wire Co Ltd, Walsin Lihwa has become a leading optical cables and wire company, expanding to become an international business. It merged with Lihwa Electric Wire and Cable Corp in 1969, when the firm’s name was changed to Walsin Lihwa Electric Wire and Cable Corp. The company went public in 1972 and is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (being renamed again in 1992 as Walsin Lihwa Corp). In 1987 the firm entered the high-tech sector, starting by investing in Winbond Electronics Corp and Wha-yo Electronic Materials Corp (although its core business remains cable, wire and steel manufacturing).

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Aixtron orders dip 15% in Q2, but backlog still rises


See: Aixtron Company Profile