The Ripples of LED Lighting

The Ripples of LED Lighting

CapturealuminaThis week has seen a flood of reports and articles on the rapid growth of the high-purity alumina market. So, what is high-purity alumina and what’s it got to do with LED lighting? Buckle up. We’re about to get scientific.

Alumina, also known as aluminum oxide or Al2O3 (if you’re showing off your chemistry smarts), is a major player in aluminum fabrication. It can also be used to make electrolytic capacitor foils, flat panel displays, thin films, bonding wire, memory discs. High purity alumina (HPA) is exactly what it sounds like, as it is classified as being of a minimum purity of 99.99% Al2O3. It’s characteristic hardness and resistance to corrosion have made it the go-to base material for making the artificial sapphire substrates commonly found in LEDsAlumina_Robocast_Parts

Due to its superior characteristics such as purity, extreme hardness and corrosion-resistance, HPA is the essential base material for artiificial sapphire substrates found in LEDs, also semiconductors, scratchproof artificial sapphire glass, and a growing range of high-performance applications.

Global HPA demand is already sky-high and is anticipated to double by 2020. Although it has multiple applications demand for HPA has been driven largely by the demand for LED lighting products as implementation spreads worldwide. This demand is creating many jobs and driving the industry forward. We’ve got a strong feeling this isn’t the only industry seeing a boost from the growth of LED lighting and we can’t wait to see where else the ripples of its success turn up!

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