AIXTRON Supplies R&D Encapsulation Equipment OPTACAP

On 9 September, AIXTRON, a deposition equipment production company, revealed that they supplied encapsulation equipment OPTACAP to a major Asian display maker.

 

OPTACAP encapsulation is a research equipment that handles substrates size of 200mm x 200mm. AIXTRON revealed that this was ordered in the third quarter in 2015 and is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2016. The OPTACAP’s PECVD technology enables the deposition of barrier film used in TFE process of OLED display, OLED lighting, organic photovoltaic and flexible electronic device.

 

CTO (chief technology officer) of AIXTRON, Andreas Toennis, said, “thin-film encapsulation is an essential step within the OLED manufacturing process. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to provide an innovative solution to the industry which delivers excellent barrier films at high throughput. Therefore, this solution contributes to a significant reduction of manufacturing costs for the critical encapsulation process step within the production of flexible as well as rigid OLED devices”.

 

In April 2015, AIXTRON acquired PlasmaSi, located in Silicon Valley in order to develop OPTACAP encapsulation technology.

If the 600ppi Soluble process OLED is to be possible?

As a company producing ink-jet equipment for the soluble process OLED, Seiko Epson has already developed the ink-jet head which could realize up to 360ppi by arranging the 180ppi nozzles in 2 rows. Given that the resolution of the evaporation method RGB OLED is still in the 260ppi as a real RGB, it is a significantly useful technology in the development of high-resolution display.

Seiko Epson developed the technology to maintain total amount of ink in a fixed rate per pixel with the ink volume control and multiple nozzles, and also holds the technology to apply emissive layer evenly on the entire surface of HTL by making the surface of HTL and the contact angle of separation equal. In addition, the productions of the bottom emission OLED as well as the top emission OLED were succeeded in ink-jet. Top emission is possible when the HIL thin layer is applied extremely evenly using special combination of ink as the thickness of HIL layer influences greatly on the optical character.

Seiko Epson is planning to develop the 600ppi ink-jet head that arranges the 400ppi nozzles in two rows in order to develop the equipment producing hyper-resolution soluble process OLED. It is anticipated if it is possible to manufacture a hyper-resolution OLED of 600ppi, it will be the moment to replace LCD in the mobile display area for it could easily resolve the greatest weakness of OLED which is high-resolution issue.

AMOLED manufacturing equipment market, expected to be about 36 trillion won from 2015 to 2020

According to an equipment report, “2014 AMOLED manufacturing Equipment Technology Analysis and Market Forecast (2015~2020),” published by a market research firm, UBI Research, the AMOLED manufacturing equipment market size will be about 36 trillion won from 2015 to 2020. Stepper appears to be the largest sector in the equipment market by forming about 10 trillion won and taking up about 30 % of market share. Evaporator will take 17% with about 6 trillion.

 

It is forecasted that Chinese makers will start to invest in AMOLED business. Predicted market size is about 6 trillion won in 2015. In 2017, full-scale investment on the AMOLED panel line for TV will be started. About 9.5 trillion won market will be formed and become the largest market size by 2018.

 

From 2015 to 2020, the market share of backplane manufacturing, encapsulation and OLED manufacturing equipment will be 69%, 17% and 14%, respectively, in the overall AMOLED equipment market.

 

In the overall AMOLED equipment market by country, Korean market size is expected to grow to about 20 trillion won taking up 55% market share for six years and it is analyzed that Korea will continuously lead the AMOLED industry.

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Samsung leads Flexible OLED, Samsung Display’s investment in A3

As major equipment companies publicly announced their contracts to supply manufacturing equipment for OLED to Samsung Display (SDC), it is expected that SDC will begin its investment in A3 line in full swing.

SDC began its investment with a plan to complete stocking the equipment of A3 line by December. Except encapsulation equipment, PO of the remainder is completed. And order for the encapsulation equipment will be done by August.

A3 Gen6 Phase 1 Line of SDC for this investment is a flexible exclusive line to mainly produce tablet products and a method to divide a 1850x1500mm substrate in to two (1500x925mm) will be used. The investment is expected to consider mass production of 65” OLED TV panel from phase 2.

Currently, the amount that the equipment companies publically announced is about 220 billion won but actual mass production may be possible from 1Q of 2015 if supply of equipment is completed by the end of this year.140718_삼성장비업체공시eng

 

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