|Traded as||NASDAQ: CREE|
|Headquarters||Durham, North Carolina, USA|
|Revenue||$1.3 billion |
|USD $56,255,000 (Year Ending Jan 2010)|
Number of employees
Cree Inc. is a multinational manufacturer of semiconductor light-emitting diode (LED) materials and devices, headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Most of its products are based on silicon carbide.
Cree was formed in 1987 by researchers from North Carolina State University.
In March 2007, Cree acquired Cotco Luminant Device Ltd of Hong Kong for $200 million. Cotco is a supplier of high brightness LEDs in China.
In 2009, Cree announced an agreement to purchase a 592,000-square-foot (55,000 m2) facility in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China, Cree’s first chip production facility outside of North America. Also in 2009, Cree announced an expansion at its Durham plant.
On February 8, 2012, Cree announced the XLamp XT-E, which they said delivers twice as much light for the same price as older LEDs.
In October 2013, Cree announced that two of its household LED bulbs had qualified for Energy Star rating by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, qualifying them for an (up to) $5 at-the-register rebate from many utility companies, bringing the final cost to between $5 and $8. The bulbs represent Cree's first consumer products, and are being marketed in the US exclusively through Home Depot. The company stated it was challenging established lighting manufacturers with aggressive pricing because it wanted to speed up the adoption of LED lighting and that it would work toward producing less expensive LED household bulbs.
- 40W-equivalent Cree LED, 450 lumens
- 60W-equivalent Cree LED, 800 lumens
- 75W-equivalent Cree LED, 1100 lumens (December 2013)
- 100W-equivalent Cree LED, 1600 lumens (March 2014)
In March 2013, it introduced an A19 lightbulb called the Cree LED, which was one of the first LED offerings below $10.
Competing companies in the LED industry include Bridgelux, Inc, Nichia Corporation, Osram Opto Semiconductors, General Electric, and Philips Lumileds Lighting Company. Cree has 10% of the North American market.
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