Not surprisingly, Asia-Pacific is the largest market for LEDs in the world. The market in this region features aggressive expansion of production facilities by manufacturers as well as investment in infrastructure, according to a report by ApacMarket.com. The Asia-Pacific LED market is expected to reach $35.79 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 15.7% during the forecast period (2015-2020). The high brightness LED segment is expected to grow swiftly and continue to account for the highest market share, contributing to over 60% of the total market revenue.
The UV LED segment, though at nascent stage, is forecast to grow at a rapid rate due to its increasing application in medical treatments and forensic tests. Early adoption of UV LED technology in Japan and China, and growing prospects in healthcare sector across developing regions such as India, are expected to largely contribute to the growth of UV LED technology. Growth in medical tourism and the lower cost of treatments are expected to further strengthen the adoption of UV LED technology, especially in developing countries of the region.
General lighting and mobile devices are the two largest segments where LED technology is implemented. Mobile devices segment accounts for about 27% of the total LED market revenue in 2014 and would remain the top segment throughout the forecast period. On the other hand, general lighting segment accounts for nearly 25% of the total revenue of Asia-Pacific LED market in 2014. Both residential and commercial applications will boost the market for general lighting during the forecast period. However, residential users are expected to drive the market with a slower adoption rate than commercial applications in offices, hotels, hospitals and other areas.
Key findings of the study:
- Growing display and large screen backlighting market, increasing initiatives in green construction and the falling costs of LEDs would drive the Asia-Pacific LED market during the analysis period (2014-2020)
- Growth of the Asia-Pacific LED market would be supplemented by the replacement of traditional lighting and CFL bulbs along with the increased application in mobile devices as well as in signal and signage
- High brightness LED is the most prominently used LED technology in the Asia-Pacific LED market, followed by the basic LED segment. However, the OLED segment is expected to grow swiftly during the forecast period
- India is forecast to be one of the most lucrative markets, largely supplemented by favorable government initiatives and growth of the smartphone and automotive market
Increasing application of LEDs in general lighting, mobile devices and other applications has compelled manufacturers to focus on innovative LED lightning products and amplify their production. Companies are adopting alliance and partnership, and product launch as their key strategies to gain a higher market share. For instance, OSRAM entered into an agreement with Sharp Corp. for the cross licensing of patents. The agreement comprises patents of both the companies in the field of opto-electronic semiconductor components and lighting products.
Other prominent companies in the market include Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Cree Corporation, Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd., Osram Licht AG, Nichia Corporation, LG Innotek Co. Ltd., GE Lighting Solution, Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd., Philips Lumileds Lightning Company and Panasonic Corporation.