SHENZHEN, China, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The 1st International Forum on Sapphire Market & Technology organized by Yole Developpement and hosted by China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) will take place from Aug 31- Sept 1, 2015 in Shenzhen, alongside the 17th China International Optoelectronic Expo.
Following a long period of depressed prices and stagnated revenue, 2014 started with a welcome price recovery that lifted the spirit of many industry players. The announcement by GTAT and Apple in late 2013 of a more than $1 billion combined investment to set up the largest sapphire crystal growth facility in the world had raised hopes that adoption of sapphire in smart phones would rapidly reach a massive scale, with Apple leading the way and forcing competitors to follow suit. Apple's display cover and sapphire component suppliers Biel and Lens Technology invested an estimated $600m in 2014, and together with Lens Technology's announcement of a $620M investment in sapphire manufacturing, plus the building of a US$532M sapphire facility in Changsha, China capable of producing 300 million camera lens covers, 240 million fingerprint reader covers and 30 million smart watch covers a year, also prompted various sapphire manufacturers in China to announce plans for significant capacity increase.
Against this backdrop, Yole Developpement and CIOE have gathered a world-class panel of experts from Monocrystal, Huawei, Aurora, GTAT, Silian, Aurora Sapphire, DK-Aztec, Saint-Gobain, Namiki, Meyer Burger and other industry-leading companies to look at the sapphire market, the latest technologies, established and emerging applications, manufacturing and supply chain issues. It will provide participants invaluable insights into the status and future of the sapphire industry and many networking opportunities with industry leaders.
The 1st International Forum on Sapphire Market & Technology will take place together with CIOE, the largest fair of its kind with more than 3,200 optoelectronic enterprises in an area of 110,000 square meters, comprising four specialized zones - optical communications and sensors, lasers and infrared applications, precision optics, and LEDs. An extensive conference program will unveil the latest technologies, trends and issues in optoelectronics. In 2014, CIOE attracted 72,060 visitors to the show.
Learn more about and register for the 1st International Forum on Sapphire Market & Technologies and CIOE at http://www.cioe.cn/EN/International%20Forum.html or contact Ms. Hyacinth Nie at email@example.com, +86-755-8629-0891.
The China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) is a world-renowned event bringing the most advanced optoelectronics technologies and innovations to thousands of visitors annually.
Established in 1999, CIOE is now the largest show of its kind in the world featuring over 3,000 optoelectronic enterprises and their latest products in the area of over 110,000 sqm at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. There are five concurrent specialised expositions focusing on optical communications and sensors, lasers and infrared applications, precision optics, LEDs and Smart Cities. To learn more about CIOE, please visit www.cioe.cn
With a strong bond built over the years with companies and professionals in the field of optoelectronics, CIOE is committed to supporting the industry's continuous growth and technological development.
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