FRANKFURT Feb 8 German lighting group Osram
cannot yet make a decision about a second phase of
investment and capacity expansion at its new LED chip plant in
Kulim, Malaysia, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
Osram plans to have invested 370 million euros ($394
million) by the time the factory goes into production at the end
of this year. It will make light-emitting diode (LED) chips for
the general lighting market, including buildings and streets.
"We have a good market today but the decision is too early,"
Olaf Berlien told analysts on a conference call.
Chief Financial Officer Ingo Bank said Osram's book-to-bill
ratio was above 1 in optical semiconductors, to which the
Malaysian plant belongs.
($1 = 0.9390 euros)
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Arno Schuetze)