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BOE、中国合肥(Hefei)に1億4,500USD規模のOLED TVの生産ライン設立

BOEが現地時間、2017年2月6日、合肥(Hefei)の新しいOLED TVの生産ラインを設立するために、合肥(Hefei)市政府と10億CNY(約145million USD)規模の共同投資契約を締結した。契約書によると、BOEは、資金の80%を投資し、残りは合肥(Hefei)政府によって提供される予定であるし、プロジェクト会社は、 安徽省(Anhui)に位置するものと見られる。日程や生産規模の正確な内容については、まだ明らかになっていない。

 

現在、合肥(Hefei)のGen8パイロットラインで、少量のOLED TV用パネルを製造しているBOEは、今回のプロジェクトを通じて、プリンティングを含むOLED技術プラットフォームを形成して、OLED産業チェーンを構成するものと期待を集めている。

 

BOEは、SID2014で55inch FHD WRGB OLED TV prototypeを公開したことがあり、2016年11月に開催された「第18回中国ハイテクフェア」では、55inch UHD OLED Moduleが適用されたSkyworthの55inch UHD OLED TVを展示し、大きな話題を集めた。

 

今回の投資を通じて、現在LG Displayが主導している大面積OLED パネルl市場にBOEがどのような影響を与えるか、その成り行きが注目されている。

 

<BOEが公開した55inch AMOLED panel、SID2014>

 

 

<BOEの55inch UHD OLED Moduleと55inch UHD OLED TV、第18回中国ハイテクフェア>

スマートフォン用OLED panel、四半期の出荷量1億台を目前に

Ubi産業リサーチによると2016年第3四半期のスマートフォン用AMOLED panelの出荷量が9,600万台で集計されたと発表した。

前期比103%, 前年同期比で148%増加した数字で、前期に引き続き四半期別最高の出荷量をさらに更新した。

Ubi産業リサーチの関係者は“ギャラクシーノート7に対する生産中断によりノート7用のflexible AMOLED panelの生産量が計画より減少したものの中国向けとギャラクシーs7シリーズ用AMOLED panelの出荷量増加が第3四半期の出荷量アップに大きな役割をしたものと分析される”と述べた。

現在スマートフォン用のAMOLED panel市場はサンスンディスプレイが91%以上を占めていて、BOEとEDO, Tianma, Visionoxなどの中国panelメーカーが少量量産している状況である。

なおAppleも2017年に発売されるiPhoneの一部モデルに対してflexible AMOLED panelを適用すると見込まれて、これからのスマートフォン用AMOLED panel市場は継続して増加する予定である。

Ubi産業リサーチはスマートフォン用のAMOLED panel出荷量は年平均成長率41%で2020年までに約14億台規模を形成すると見込まれ、この中でflexible AMOLED panelは約61%を占めると見通した。

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BOEとCSOT、OLED TV用のpanelで中国初のタイトル獲得

16日に開催された「第18回中国ハイテクフェア」でBOEは55″UHD OLED Moduleが適用されたSkyworthの55″ UHD OLED TVを展示し、大きな話題を集めた。

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CSOTも従来は31inch FHD OLED panelを展示したが、今回は31inch curved FHD OLED panelを公開した。

Curved OLED panel3枚をつけて、約80inchを具現し、解像度は5760*1080、輝度は150nitsである。

両社はLG Displayで量産しているWRGB+CF構造を適用して製造した。

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今回の展示を通じて、BOEとCSOTがそれぞれ55inch UHD OLEDと31inch curved OLEDで中国メーカー初のタイトルを持つようになり、今後、WRGB OLED panel市場の成長に新たな原動力になれると期待される。

BOEは、HefeiのGen8パイロットラインで、CSOTは中国ShenzhenのGen4.5 R&Dラインで、OLED TV用のpanelを製造しており、両社は、大面積OLED量産ラインへの投資を積極的に検討している。

現在、大面積OLED panel市場は、LG Displayが唯一に量産ラインを保有しており、単独でOLED panel市場を導いている。今後、BOEとCSOTが大面積OLED panel市場に加勢すると予想され、大面積OLED panel市場での競争を通じた市場の拡大が行われると期待される。

BOE、Flexible OLEDラインに465億元規模の投資決定

10月28日、中国四川省綿陽市のラジオやTVの情報源によると、BOEが第6世代flexible OLED生産ラインに465億元(約7.8兆円)を投資することを決定した。

2016年12月に着工を開始し、2019年からの量産を目標にしており、capaは月48Kの規模である。これは、中小型ハイエンドのスマートフォンに投入される予定である。BOEは、中国成都にも第6世代flexibleの月45K規模の投資を進めている中で、追加的に増設に乗り出したのである。

最近、中国のOLEDへの投資速度が加速している。 BOEだけでなくVisonox、EDOなどの中国panel企業もGen6 flexible AMOLED panel量産ラインの投資決定や増設が進められている。

現在まで投資が決定されたり、進行中であるBOEのGen6 flexible AMOLED panel量産ラインだけをみても、三星ディスプレーのGen6 flexible AMOLED量産ラインであるA3 lineの総capaの約120kの75%規模である。他の中国panel企業の投資が決定され、capaと検討しているcapaを合わせると、三星ディスプレーとLGディスプレーの追加投資を勘案しても、韓国のflexible AMOLED panel量産capaを超える数値である。

このように、中国の積極的なflexible AMOLED panel量産ラインへの投資が進むにつれて、中国のAMOLED panel市場が急速に成長すると予想される。

[SID 2016] BOE Foldable AMOLED

BOE is showcasing 4.35“ Foldable AMOLED at SID 2016

[SID 2016] BOE Foldable AMOLED

BOE is showcasing 4.35“ Foldable AMOLED at SID 2016

Not Only Samsung and LG, but BOE and JDI Also Shows OLED Surge in SID

a Flexible OLED Panel at BOE Booth(San Francisco = OLEDNET)

a Flexible OLED Display at BOE Booth (San Francisco = OLEDNET)

During the SID 2016, not only Samsung Display and LG Display, but other companies including BOE, Japan Display (JDI), and Tianma also presented OLED. The extent of OLED by Korea, China, and Japan drew much attention.

In SID 2016 (22-27 May), these companies exhibited many new OLED panels for diverse devices such as smartphone, VR, and TV.

Samsung Display revealed rollable panel, diverse 5 inch level OLED panel products such as VR panel with 806 ppi, the highest value within the industry, and Bio Blue, a VR panel which minimized harmful blue light.

LG Display showed 77 inch UHD OLED panel for TV, 55 inch dual side panel for signage, 65 inch concave OLED, and demonstrated their strength as the leader in large size OLED panel.

a Flexible OLED Display at JDI Booth (San Francisco = OLEDNET)

a Flexible OLED Display at JDI Booth (San Francisco = OLEDNET)

At this exhibition, BOE revealed flexible OLED display for mobile device. Particularly, the 4.35 inch foldable panel is BOE’s first. The product’s bending radius of 5 mm and has the brightness of 350 nits.  

Tianma displayed 55 inch on-cell touch equipped TFT-HD AMOLED panel. The flexible display has 270 ppi and bending radius of 20 mm.

JDI exhibited flexible plastic OLED (POLED). The 5.2 inch product has 423 ppi with the resolution of 1080 x 1920.

an OLED Display for Mobile at Tianma Booth (San Francisco = OLEDNET)

an OLED Display for Mobile at Tianma Booth (San Francisco = OLEDNET)

Quantum dot sector also presented a strong front against OLED in SID 2016. Nanosys and QD Vision exhibited OLED TV and quantum dot TV next to each other and presented merits of quantum dot.

According to QD Vision, quantum dot could consume 50% less power compared to OLED. Nanosys explained that while white OLED panel TV shows brightness of only up to 500 nits, their own quantum dot TV can actualize 1,200 nits of brightness.

Not Only Samsung and LG, but Also BOE and AUO…Panel Profit Plunges due to LCD

Source = BOE

Source = BOE

 Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

Although Samsung and LG both had smooth Q1 2016 for set businesses including TV, display sectors were different. The majority of the industry believes that global oversupply of LCD’s effects was great. Key LCD players in China, who could be seen as responsible for the LCD oversupply, also showed bleak performance. Key global LCD panel companies, including BOE and AUO, also revealed much reduced Q1 2016 profit.

On 28 April, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics announced that the business profit in Q1 2016 improved. Samsung Electronics recorded KRW 6.68 trillion business profit, a 12% increase compared to Q1 2015. LG Electronics also announced operating profit of KRW 505.2 billion, up 65.5% from last year. Both companies emphasized favorable TV business.

On the other hand, Samsung and LG both received significant damages in display sector. In Q1 2016, Samsung Display recorded operating loss of KRW 270 billion. Samsung Display recorded a profit against expectations. However, the business profit of KRW 39,500 million in Q1 2016 is a 94.7% fall from last year.

Not only Samsung and LG, but display leaders in Greater China region also showed much diminished performance. BOE, which has been aggressively investing in large area LCD mass production, showed a 6.7% increase from previous year with approximately CNY 12,300 million for Q1 2016 revenue. In Q1, BOE showed business profit of CNY 108 million, but profit ratio plummeted compared to the same period in 2015. The profit ratio in Q1 2016 fell to 0.8% from 8% in Q1 2015. On 28 April, Taiwan’s AUO also revealed TWD 5.58 trillion business loss in Q1 2016.

BOE and AUO are both key players within the global LCD TV panel industry, and within the top 5 in the Greater China region. BOE, in particular, is chasing the leader LG Display with aggressive product supply. The fact that BOE recorded dismal results despite this is analyzed to be due to price fall due to the oversupply of LCD and spread of OLED among others.

For global OLED leader for mobile device, Samsung Display, was known to have recorded deficit of approximately KRW 900 billion in LCD despite Samsung Electronics’ strength in OLED smartphone. Essentially, LCD eroded the profit that OLED brought. For LG Display, experts believe that as a leader of OLED for TV market, the company could avoid deficit by making up for the damages from the LCD price fall.

An expert of the display industry explained that LCD leaders such as BOE might have expanded market share with the product supply, but would have received significant damage in profit ratio. However, he explained that compared to 30 inch LCD panel, 50 inch and 60 inch level large area LCD panel received less fallout from the price fall. He then estimated that as the large size TV demand is increasing, the LCD industry could be improved in Q2.

 

“CSOT Invests 7,740 Million USD in Gen11 LCD Line Construction”

 

TCL Corporation Which Includes CSOT(Source=TCL)

TCL Corporation Which Includes CSOT(Source=TCL)

 

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

Chinese media reported that CSOT (China Star Optoelectronics Technology) is planning to invest $ 7,740 million in constructing Gen11 TFT-LCD panel mass production line.

According to the Chinese media, this company is planning to establish the Gen11 LCD mass production line in factory located in Shenzhen, south of China. The line is for 45 inch and 66 inch large area panel for TV. This mass production that CSOT is newly building is known to produce 3000mm x 3000mm or larger using glass substrate, and cut in 18 different sizes with the highest cutting efficiency of 97%.

Of Chinese panel production companies, CSOT has the second highest market share after BOE. At present, CSOT is operating Gen8.5 mass production line for large area panel and Gen6 LTPS line for small to medium-sized panel in Wuhan area in China. It also intends to establish another small to medium sized OLED panel mass production line for smartphone and tablet in Wuhan this year.

Higher the Generation of the line, it is more advantageous for large area panel production. If BOE completes Gen10.5 line construction, and CSOT Gen11 line, this means China is equipped with superior price competitiveness within large area LCD panel sector such as 60 inch panel for TV. Accordingly, the trend of LCD panel market leadership transference from Korea to China looks to be accelerated.

In fact, Korean key display companies, including Samsung Display and LG Display, only possess, at maximum Gen8 mass production line manufacturing equipment. Many display experts estimate that due to the supply of LCD pouring out from China, Korean display companies will record deficit in Q1 2016.

Foxconn’s Large Size Panel Yield, Equal to Samsung·LG within 2016

Foxconn is expected to occupy approximately 22% of 2016 Q4 global large size panel yield(Source : Foxconn)

Foxconn is expected to occupy approximately 22% of 2016 Q4 global large size panel yield(Source : Foxconn)

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

Foxconn is expected to occupy approximately 22% of 2016 Q4 global large size panel yield, similar to the levels of Samsung Display and LG Display.

Foxconn, recently confirmed to buy 66% of Sharp’s stake for $ 3.5 billion, is estimated to actively invest in improving Sharp’s panel competitiveness against Samsung Display and LG Display.

DigiTimes recently reported their research indicates Sharp’s large size panel yield will occupy 5.3% of global market in Q4 2016. This places the company on the 7th place after Samsung Display, LG Display, Innolux, AUO, BOE, and CSOT.

However, Sharp and Innolux are under Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn Technology). If the Q4 2016 large size panel yield of Sharp and Innolux are combined, the global occupancy is added to 21.9%. This is approximately the same level as Samsung Display (23.7%) and LG Display (22.7%).

Foxconn is analyzed to be investing in Sharp mainly with focus on OLED. According to a recent DigiTimes article, Foxconn is planning to invest approximately US$ 1.8 billion in OLED development.

DigiTimes estimates that Foxconn will actively begin mass production of OLED for smartphone from 2018, and expand the production to large and medium-sized OLED panel for TV, notebook, etc. Foxconn is forecast to begin shipment of OLED for TV from 2021, and annually ship 7,200,000 units of OLED panel for TV in 2025.