Arima Lasers expects automotive laser modules to drive revenue growth in 2018

Arima Lasers, a maker of laser epitaxial wafers, diodes and modules, expects laser modules for automotive applications to drive revenues growth in 2018.

Industrial range-detecting laser modules currently account for 30-40% of its revenues and over 10% for laser modules for VR (virtual reality) devices, Arima Lasers said.

Arima Lasers has developed automotive range-detecting laser modules for ADAS (advanced drive assistance system) and automotive PM2.5 laser sensors. The PM2.5 laser sensors can withstand temperatures of 95-100 degrees C, higher than automotive standard of 75ºC, and have been shipped in small volumes.

Arima Lasers posted consolidated revenues of NT$483.1 million (US$15.9 million), gross margin of 26.12%, net operating profit of NT$61.4 million, net profit of NT$36.2 million and net EPS of NT$1.29 for January-June 2017. Its consolidated revenues for August reached NT$60.9 million, slipping 16.20% sequentially and 29.20% on year, and those of NT$616.7 million for January-August fell 13.35% on year.