Samsung LED, Sumitomo Chemical to set up wafer JV

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – Samsung LED, a joint venture led by Samsung Electronics (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research), and Sumitomo Chemical (4005.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday they had agreed to form a wafer joint venture.

Samsung LED said in a statement that the 50-50 joint venture capitalized at around 80 billion won ($72.02 million) would make sapphire wafers used to make light-emitting diodes (LED).

The company plans to build a production plant this year, with mass production from early 2012, Samsung LED added.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park in SEOUL and Isabel Reynolds in TOKYO; Editing by David Chance)

Samsung LED, Sumitomo Chemical to set up wafer JV