Nichia tops LED supplier ranking

Nichia remains the top supplier by revenue for the second year in a row, but will be challenged in 2011 by Samsung LED, which currently holds the number two position, reports IMS Research,Wellingborough,England. The market research firm projects that Samsung LED will overtake Nichia in 2011 when demand for LCD-TVs with LED backlights starts to pick-up in the second quarter of 2011.

Other top-ranked suppliers include Osram, Lumileds, Seoul Semiconductor and Cree.

The market for LEDs, including standard, AlInGaP and InGaN, has grown from $6.1 billion in 2009 to about $10.0 billion in 2010, driven by economic recovery and growing demand in lighting as well as TV and monitor backlights, according to IMS. However, LED TV backlighting demand has dropped in the fourth quarter of 2010 due to supply chain corrections.