Samsung, LG, BOE, Sharp, and JDI Separately Announce Their OLED ExSamsung, LG, BOE, Sharp, and JDI Separately Announce Their OLED Expansion Planpansion Plan
August 24, 2018
Samsung, LG, BOE, Sharp, and JDI, the five largest panel makers in Asia, have separately announced their production expansion plan for OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays with an aim to tap the rising demand in the smartphone market, the Economic Daily News reported on August 20. It is rumored that new iPhones to be launched next year will all embrace OLED displays instead of LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays). For this reason, Samsung plans to reopen its A4 OLED factory this October and expects to produce 30,000 OLED displays per month. Recently, Samsung has also obtained an order from a Chinese client to exclusively produce the Y-OCTA (Youm On-Cell Touch AMOLED) flexible OLED displays which are now only for Samsung's own devices. Meanwhile, shipment volume of LG’s OLED television sets also significantly grew to 1.3 million in the first half of 2018, doubling that of last year. Chinese BOE has also speeded up its OLED expansion and has reportedly supplied displays for Huawei smartphones. As one of major iPhone LCD suppliers, JDI has the goal of mass producing OLED displays by 2019. Sharp recently confirmed that in June the company has started producing OLED displays, which will be initially used for its own smartphones in this quarter though. Unlike their counterparts, Taiwanese AU Optronics and Innolux both stated that they will not join the OLED bandwagon but foucs more on displays for wearable applications.