Chinese LED Market to Double by 2017

December 11, 2013 By William Opalka

Lux-ChinaLEDLux Research reports that China’s light-emitted diode (LED) lighting market will more than double to $7.4 billion in 2017 from $3.1 billion today. Urbanization, local energy savings targets, and lower prices are cited as market drivers.

Both residential and commercial segments will drive LED lighting to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24 percent, far outpacing the 5.6 percent CAGR for the broader lighting market. LED lighting will double its market share to 18% from 9.6 percent.

The report, “Running to the Light: Sizing China’s LED Lighting Market” observes that LED has changed from an expensive product to one that has become accessible to cost-conscious Chinese consumers.

Lux Research studied the Chinese LED market and industry value chain to assess opportunities for global players and investors. Among their findings:

  • Guangdong, Shanghai, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu are premium markets. In Lux’s Market Adoption Grid, these provinces emerged as the upper tier of “premium” markets for LED adoption. Guangdong offers the best overall combination, driven by the largest new and existing building floor space in 2015.
  • Residential segment shows fastest growth. The Chinese residential LED market will grow from $23 million in 2013 to $310 million in 2017, a CAGR of 92%, the highest among five market segments – as average prices fall the fastest, from $6.02 per fixture in 2013 to $3.13 in 2017.
  • Consolidation is coming. China’s end-product market is highly disaggregated, with more than 5,000 players. The top 50 suppliers account for only 33% of the market and the top 10 take merely 18%. Industry consolidation is imminent over the next five years, with suppliers of poor-quality products facing elimination.

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