SAFC Hitech has strengthened its position in the LEDs market with the announcement that $2 million (£1.2 million) will be invested into the production of trimethylgallium (TMG) in the UK.
TMG is key in the production of high brightness LEDs (HBLEDs) which are being increasingly used in the manufacture of flat-panel televisions and energy-efficient lighting.
As global trends push energy efficiency and energy consumption reduction to the fore of electronics production, LEDs are set to replace old and inefficient technologies from fluorescent lighting strips to backlights for electronic devices.
The boom in demand for LEDs has been put down to TMG and its ability to fulfil technical criteria for several markets.
SAFC Hitech's decision to expand its UK plant, with its expertise in TMG production, looks set to help the company meet increased customer demand.
It is believed the expansion will generate jobs at the plant as well as securing SAFC's place in the LED market.
The news comes after the HBLEDs market dropped during 2009's economic downturn, according to LEDs Magazine.