Oct 20, 2017: Osram Licht AG’s new LED chip factory in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Malaysia, will soon start its operation. As claimed by the company, the new plant will be the world’s largest and most advanced 6-inch LED chip plant. The final construction will complete in 2020.
Osram has invested EUR 1 billion (US$ 1.18 billion) in the Kulim plant. The plant, which will generate 1,500 jobs, will be connected with an airport and close to another Osram plant in Penang. The high quality infrastructure in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park will also benefit production of advanced LED chips.
The Kulim factory, which covers an area of about 48 acres, will help Osram’s production volumes to see a drastic ramp-up, which will lead to competitive product prices against rivals in Asia like Nichia and Epistar.
The company’s first vertical manufacturing site, Kulim will produce high-end LED chips for automotive, smart lighting, and infrared applications for sensors.
Currently, Osram and Epistar are the only two companies to be able to manufacture chips for micro-LED that is likely to be used for automotive displays and wearable devices. If Kulim plant produces the biggest 6-inch wafer plant of Osram for the next few years, then, accoring to industry experts, there is a chance that the plant might produce LED chip for the production of micro-LED chips.