A Chinese optoelectronics manufacturer has ordered metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) systems from a New York-based firm.
Sanan Optoelectronics, the largest manufacturer of full colour LEDs in the country, has placed the order from Veeco Instruments as it begins production of high brightness diodes at its plant in Wuhu.
Simon Lin, Sanan's chief executive, said the factory will possibly be the largest of its kind in the world and admitted that it chose Veeco as it believes it is the best choice for such high volume manufacturing.
"Given the increased demand for LEDs in such applications as general illumination, TV backlight and outdoor displays, we intend to ramp our production quickly with Veeco as our chosen partner," he added.
Mr Lin went on to confirm that the company expects to purchase around 200 of the systems over the next four to five years.
According to Corporate Information Snapshots, Sanan's sales exceeded CNY454 million (£43.4 million) in 2009.