Stavropol factory monocrystal expands the production of sapphire, reports trade publication DigiTimes. The expansion of the monthly production volume is planned to increase from 4 to 5 million equivalent units of finished product. This will allow the manufacturer to the end of the year to take 30% of the world market.
ZAO monocrystal is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of synthetic sapphire plates. The company produces EPI-polished wafers with a diameter of 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10 inches, and is cut and polished billet — both standard and manufactured to customer specifications. The crystal growth method is used kyropoulos.
According to a source, “monocrystal” and the Chinese company Harbin Aurora Optoelectronics Technology are the main suppliers of two-inch sapphire wafer, which is made from heavy-duty panel displays for Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. Chinese manufacturer hopes that local smartphone makers will one day start to use sapphire in its products, but so far none of them didn’t go. The fact that tempered glass for five-inch screen costs about $3, and a sapphire crystal protecting the same size — $40.
Industry observers believe that the Russian company “the crystal” and the Japanese company Kyocera has been in a favorable position due to the depreciation of local currencies, the ruble and the yen respectively. The “single crystal” offers a four-inch sapphire wafers that comprise 60% of supply, even at a more attractive price than the Kyocera.
A few years ago there were rumors that Apple has ordered a batch of new displays made of sapphire wafers for iPhone Russian company. In the “single Crystal” refused to comment on this information, citing their possible unreliability.