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Development status, industry development trend and broad market prospect of sapphire industry in China in 2017
First, sapphire industry development status Sapphire is a unique crystal with excellent optical properties, physical properties and chemical properties. It is an important basic material of modern industry.
Its unique crystal structure, excellent mechanical properties and good thermal properties make sapphire crystal an ideal substrate material for practical applications such as semiconductor lighting (LED), large scale integrated circuit SOI and SOS, and superconducting nanostructured thin films. At the same time, sapphire has high strength, hardness and erosion resistance.
As a screen material, sapphire is widely used in intelligent equipment, infrared military equipment, satellite space technology, high intensity laser window and other fields.
From 2006 to 11th Five-Year, the state has promoted the semiconductor lighting project as a major project. In 2009, China's "ten cities, ten thousand" LED lighting demonstration project, led the development of GaN blue LED tube core, as well as GaN epitaxial growth and chip preparation technology progress. "Semiconductor lighting technology development" 12th Five-Year "special plan" requirements, by 2015, LED industry scale will reach 500 billion yuan.
At present, sapphire applications on LED substrate occupy nearly 80% of the sapphire market share, in the short term, LED market trends determine the sapphire industry trends. Consumer electronics applications for the sapphire market provides a broad imagination, sapphire materials may be widely used in the future of smart phones and wearable devices.
The three hardware innovations of apple iPhone 5S are fingerprint recognition, processor and camera, in which both the fingerprint identification and the camera components use the sapphire material.
As the leader of the smart phone industry, Apple Corp has become the wind vane of the whole industry, which has caused the imitation of other mobile phone manufacturers.
Since the launch of Google Glass in 2013, mobile wearable devices have become the focus of the market.
In the near United States CES 2014 electronic consumption exhibition, wearable devices shine brilliantly, many products will use the sapphire to manufacture, such as Wellograph company launched Sapphire health watch screen will use sapphire.
The downstream of the sapphire industry is mainly related to the LED industry related semiconductor lighting, consumer electronics industry and so on.
In the emerging applications, the new application of lens cover, home bond applications (mainly with its hard and optical properties), conservatively estimated in 2015 will pull the demand of 2 inches, about 37 million pieces, about 30% of the global total output.
Greater demand elasticity comes from the mobile phone screen: assuming that Apple mobile phones (about 200 million parts) all use sapphire, demand will reach 7 times the global sapphire production in 2015, then the diamond line value needs to increase to around 15-20 yuan.
If other smart phones other than Apple also promote sapphire screen applications, then the demand will be large-scale explosive growth. With the further increase of the rapid development of LED industry, consumer electronics and speed sapphire application materials,.
civil defense industry form demand, market demand for sapphire material will continue to maintain rapid growth, as supplies of sapphire material processing, products have broad market prospects.