LED Polishing Facility Earns Key Endorsements
Rubicon's customers demand exceptional quality -- consistently delivered -- and often require vendors to achieve and maintain globally recognized quality standards, such as those set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Rubicon's Malaysia facility recently passed the rigorous audit by ISO inspectors with zero findings and has been recommended for ISO 9001:2008 certification, which is expected to be formally issued upon final review by the registrar.
Most companies in the semi-conductor industry also require vendors to re-qualify products when a new manufacturing facility is opened. Rubicon has been in the re-qualification process with a number of existing customers who have previously purchased six-inch wafers produced in Rubicon's U.S. facility. The Malaysian facility now has qualified with a major customer. The qualification process involves successful production of LED chips on Rubicon six-inch sapphire wafers and rigorous testing of those chips in various applications.
Rubicon's custom equipment and manufacturing processes position the company as the leading provider of high quality, large diameter sapphire wafers to manufacturers of LEDs worldwide. Rubicon's Malaysia facility, combined with its new crystal growth facility in Batavia, IL -- both leveraging large-diameter sapphire -- were established to deliver the sapphire capacity necessary to support the growing demand for LEDs in the consumer electronics and general lighting industries.
Market research firm iSuppli expects the global LED market to nearly double to nearly $14.3bn by 2013, driven by the penetration of LEDs into the general illumination market including light bulbs. LEDs are a popular option for backlighting screens from HDTVs, traffic lights and large displays as well as in a broad range of popular consumer devices including tablets, notebooks, laptops, mobile phones, navigation devices, digital music players, digital photo frames, digital cameras and keypads. LED use in general lighting applications is also increasing significantly, particularly in applications like street lighting, industrial lighting and architectural lighting.