The Russian company turned out to be the supplier of sapphire glass for Apple Watch
The Russian company Monocrystal and the Chinese Harbin Aurora Optoelectronics Technology are the main suppliers of 2-inch sapphire plates from which they make glass for the Apple Watch. It is reported DigiTimes, citing sources familiar with the situation on the market.
Due to the depreciation of the ruble, the products of the Russian company became more competitive, which will allow it to increase the monthly production of 2-inch plates from 4 to 5 million pieces by the end of 2015, suppliers in Taiwan told the resource. At the same time 40 percent of deliveries make 2-inch plates, and 60 percent - 4-inch. The company's website says that it also produces 8 and 10-inch sapphire plates.
If these plans are implemented, Monocrystal will occupy 30 percent of the global market.
The Japanese Kyocera found itself in a similar situation - due to the depreciation of the yen, its competitive position increases. However, the cost of its 4-inch plates is one dollar higher than that of a Russian company.
Chinese Harbin Aurora Optoelectronics Technology is also trying to convince local smartphone developers to use sapphire glass in smartphones, but manufacturers are embarrassed by its too high cost. For example, a 5-inch screen made of impact-resistant glass costs three dollars, while sapphire glass of the same size will cost $ 40.
Earlier it was reported that Apple Advanced was going to deliver Apple sapphire glass, but it went bankrupt due to a very hard contract with Apple.
Sapphire plates are the source material for creating screens, they require further processing and imposition on the matrix to create screens and their price in the cost price of devices is small. Even for 5-inch wafers, the price is $ 40, then the cheapest Apple Watch costs $ 350 in the US, and Vertu smartphones with a 5-inch screen are sold at 5-10 thousand dollars.
The Monocrystal company, part of the Energomera concern, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of synthetic sapphire for high-tech applications in the electronic and optoelectronic industry, as well as pastes for the metallization of solar cells. Production is in Stavropol.