SEOUL -- LG Innotek unveiled an aggressive business plan to become a top player in the global ultraviolet light-emitting diode (UV LED) market, based on its ability to produce advanced products that can emit ultraviolet light strong enough to sterilize air and water in broad places.
LG Innotek, an affiliate of LG Group, produces core components for LED, mobile, automotive, display, semiconductor and IoT. The company believes its technology has been leveled up fast to catch up with Japan's Nichia, the world's top UV LED producer. In November last year, LG developed the world's first 100mW (mill watts) UV-C LED used in sterilizing and hardening devices.
UV-C LED, also called Deep UV, is a product that emits ultraviolet light with short wavelengths. Compared to conventional ones, LG Innotek's UV-C LED can rapidly sterilize flowing water and even air.
LG Innotek CEO Park Jong-Seok said his company would develop 150mW UV LED in the third quarter and 200mW UV LED next year.
"UV LED is an innovative light source that can improve the quality of life by making our life cleaner and safer," Park told reporters, suggesting LG Innotek would provide a total solution including modules and platforms to business partners.
He said his company has been in contact with a number of companies interested in sterilization, hardening devices and hygiene. UV LED can be used in a wide array of household appliances from water and air purifiers to air conditioning systems for buildings and automobiles as well as water treatment devices.
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