GS Group has launched large-scale LED packaging operations under the GS LED brand based on the Technopolis GS innovation cluster in the town of Gusev, Kaliningrad Oblast. Once opened, production capacity will stand at 145 million LEDs per year and will later increase to 400 million per year. This is the largest production operation of its kind in Russia.
The product range includes LEDs with three main packaging types: 2835 PLCC, 3030 EMC, and 5050 EMC. These three types combined currently make up over 90% of the Russian lighting market. The first production line to be launched was of LEDs with 2835 packaging. Commissioning work should be completed, and production of 3030 and 5050 LEDs launched by the end of 2021.
Technopolis GS was founded on the idea that Russia must and can develop modern technologies and produce its own high-quality electronics and microelectronics at a global standard. We are delighted that today this trajectory is being supported at every level by the government. The technological prowess achieved by the cluster’s enterprises over the course of its 10-year history, together with the technical infrastructure and unique abilities of the specialists who work here allow GS Group to launch new large-scale production projects in short timeframes and with comparatively little investment. GS Group plans to expand its range of light technology components and to become a leading supplier in this industry in Russia. A number of projects are already underway.” – Andrey Tkachenko, President of GS Group.
“Our LED production is geared towards the competitive domestic market. We believe that providing standardised and transparent access to our products, combined with reasonable pricing, will help to solve the deficit of domestically produced LEDs. By the end of 2022, we plan to reach a capacity of 400 million pieces per year, allowing us to meet the demand of light technology manufacturers for these components, in order to satisfy state and municipal contracts. Furthermore, healthy competition stimulates Russian manufacturers to improve the quality of their products, expand their ranges, and continue to localise their component base, all of which has a positive effect on the industry as a whole.” – Fedor Boyarkov, Head of Production Development, GS Group.
“Launching the largest LED production operations in Russia is a major event for the development of the country’s radio-electronic industry. Producing 145 million LEDs each year, with the potential to increase to 400 million, will help to make these products more competitive and to improve the quality of these LEDs. I would also like to note that light technology is a key future technology market in the industry and is set out in the Strategy for Development in the Electronics Industry.”– Vasily Shpak, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
“Launching large-scale operations of LEDs - the most technologically advanced in the segment - is a great new step for the investment and industrial holding GS Group in developing its business and represents a sizeable investment in the economy of Kaliningrad Oblast. For us, it is of particular importance that this project is being implemented in the region’s east, creating jobs and ensuring a stable future for our small towns.” –Anton Alikhanov, Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast.
The new GS LED production operations are being implemented at the cluster’s high-tech enterprises. The production infrastructure includes 700 m2 of class 7 cleanrooms, with the prospect of expansion up to 1,500 m2. GS Group is the only LED manufacturer in Russia with its own cleanrooms with this level of infrastructure. This made it possible to launch this new project in such a short timeframe as 1 year. The production operations have received more than RUB 300 million in investments. The main technology used for packaging the LEDs is a method of fixing the chip to the frame, followed by micro-welding, sealing with luminiferous gel, and testing its commercial characteristics. The production includes high-performance equipment to facilitate all these operations.
In January 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Trade approved the production of a line of LEDs on the territory of the Russian Federation. The products were entered into the register of industrial products produced in the Russian Federation.