Taiwan, China LED industries agree on specifications

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 - Page 13

LED lighting industry alliances in Taiwan and China yesterday reached agreement on a set of specifications for LED products, following two years of discussions.

The cross-Taiwan Strait agreement is aimed to help unify standards of LED light-emitting modules and other key components used to make LED lighting products, the Taiwan LED Lighting Industry Alliance (TLLIA) said.

“For several years, LED lighting products have been specified by various sorts of standards set by firms themselves,” TLLIA chairman Chien Fen-ren (簡奉任) told a press conference.

“Consumers could not tell the difference between all the LED lighting products displayed on the shelves because they carried too many different, but seemingly superb features such as extra-long durability and ultra-high quality,” Chien added.

Chien made the remarks on the back of the TLLIA, China Solid State Lighting Alliance and the Guangdong Provincial Government yesterday inking a letter of intent at the Display Taiwan trade expo in Taipei.

Chien, who is also chairman of Taiwan-based LED chip supplier Formosa Epitaxy Inc (ForEpi, 璨圓光電), said unified specifications would enable LED lighting product makers to develop their products in shorter time, while consumers would benefit from the simplicity of LED product specifications when making purchases.

“Unified specifications for LED lighting products is expected to reduce the concerns of both LED makers and consumers,” Chien said.

According to the TLLIA, more than 75 percent of LED lighting products are manufactured in China’s Guangdong Province. The inking of the letter of intent symbolizes a good start for the development of LED lighting products in Taiwan and China, the alliance said.

“Taiwan’s LED industry has been evolving for more than 20 years,” Chien said.

“With great innovation, Taiwan must accelerate collaboration with other countries to export products so that it can export products to markets as large as China,” he added.