TOKYO Nichia Corp. and Stanley Electric Co. Ltd. have signed a white-LED licensing contract that gives Stanley access to Nichia's white-LED chips and patents. Through the contract, Nichia aims at strengthening its white-LED sales in the automotive lighting-device market, where Stanley is a major supplier.
The deal makes Tokyo-based Stanley the second licensee of Nichia's white-LED technology. Citizen Electronics Co. Ltd. was the first, in 2002.
Stanley is one of the world's major LED manufacturers, but the company expects the supply of high-power white-LED chips from Nichia to enrich its product portfolio for a wide variety of applications, a spokesman said. In the future, Stanley will consider entering licensed white-LED production as the second step, according to the spokesman.
Nichia is already collaborating in the development of automotive LED headlights with Koito Manufacturing Co. Ltd., a major player in car-mounted lighting. Koito announced in March that it had developed the first headlight using Nichia's white LEDs. The headlight will be used on Toyota's Lexus LS600h, the flagship model of the Lexus, to be introduced this month.