오스람이 독일에서 열린 Light+Building 2016에서 OLED rear lamp를 전시하고 있다.
Osram is showcasing its OLED rear lamp for cars at Light+Building 2016
LG Chem Flexible OLED light panel has bending radius flexibility of 30mm. Plastic substrate eliminates the danger of shattering when excessive force is applied. You Create, We Light.
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Key companies of lighting industry, such as Osram, Philips, Panasonic, and GE Lighting, occupies approximately 70% of total lighting market and maintains stable entry barrier. Most of the key companies are also actively carrying out OLED lighting development as next generation lighting. As they reveal new OLED lighting panels each year, it is estimated that these companies will play a major role in next generation lighting market.
However, once OLED lighting market is vitalized, the existing lighting companies’ stable market control is expected to be rattled.
OLED Lighting Annual Report, published by UBI Research, pointed out that major lighting companies have already invested in LED lighting in large scale, and estimated until the investment cost is returned new investment for OLED lighting will be difficult. To stimulate OLED lighting market the report suggested push market, a strategy being used in display market. According to the report, the production cost competitiveness can be achieved through aggressive investment by LG Chem. and new OLED lighting companies such as Lumiotec. The report also estimated once OLED lighting market is open through aggressive investment and push market strategy, the lighting market leadership will be transferred to new OLED lighting companies which invested in OLED lighting early from major companies which missed investment timing.
OLED lighting market is currently being formed through specialized uses such as for interior/outdoor design, shop, restaurant, medical, and cosmetic. Konica Minolta has already completed mass production line investment and the line has been in operation since the end of 2014. LG Chem. is also positively considering mass production line investment. When OLED lighting panel’s active mass production begins, the market is forecast to expand as specialized lighting and replacement lighting for incandescent and fluorescent lights. From 2020, when OLED lighting panel is estimated to achieve reasonable price as interior lighting through major panel companies’ active mass production, it is estimated it will grow by encroaching part of LED lighting market.
From 2017 OLED lighting panel market for interior lighting is forecast to grow rapidly at CAGR of approximately 90%, and record US$ 5,700 million revenue in 2025. Flexible OLED lighting panel is estimated to be used where normal lighting application is difficult and occupy approximately 27% of OLED interior lighting market in 2025.
In Euroluce 2015 (April 14-19, 2015) being held in Milan, Italy, LG Chem started enthusiastic European lighting market promotion with their largest booth of the exhibitions they have participated so far.
By showing the solution for OLED lighting and not an exhibition centering on existing panel and luminaire, LG Chem began active customer creation by supplying OLED panel, module and OLED lighting solution.
LG Chem revealed that “the supply is possible to B2C market through solution regarding OLED lighting, and not just to B2B market”, and that they will “strive to obtain more customers through providing various solutions”. Additionally, they emphasized the importance in new application and widening the scope as well as appealing lighting’s merits; “as most of the attendees are attracted toward the main exhibition, ‘Salone del Mobile Milano’ (Milan Furniture Fair), they showed much interest in transparent connection and rail connection that can diversely be applied to furniture and building”.
Furthermore, LG Chem exhibited LG panel applied products by partner companies such as Acuity, and Mackwell and introduced diverse areas where OLED lighting can be used.
In order to proceed with active OLED lighting investment, LG Chem is unfolding dynamic marketing to draw in customers. From February this year, LG Chem began selling DIY KIT OLED lighting module through Korean open market, and opened their first booth in Japan in Lighting Fair Japan 2015 which was held in March. In June, LG Chem is planning to open an OLED lighting exclusive exhibition in Nonhyeon-dong in Gangnam (Seoul, Korea) and intensify marketing.
In February 2015 LG Chem released OLED DIY Kit in Korea so that average consumers can directly experience the high quality of OLED light, closest to the natural light.
OLED is a light-emitting diode formed with organic semiconductors that emit light with its characteristic color. OLED is currently being used for TV and lighting, and receiving attention as the next generation diode. Particularly, spectrum distribution of OLED lighting is closest to the sunlight and produces a sense of stability of being under the natural light. Additionally, with its high color rendering index, colors can be accurately reproduced. Unlike the existing light sources, OLED is not hot to touch, and does not hurt eyes when looked directly. With no UV rays, it is a human-friendly light. It also produces almost no blue light compared to other sources and as such it is effective in eyesight protection. It is thin, light, flexible, and has potential for infinite designs.
In order for the average consumers to experience the OLED lighting with these advantages, LG Chem prepared the OLED DIY Kit with simplest possible components and connection method. Single Kit contains one LG Chem’s 100x100mm OLED module, Double Kit contains two modules for wider choice, and DIY Kit includes an OLED panel (a bulb equivalent), switch, and wiring set linked to connectors. It has an accessible and simple structure so that the light comes on just by linking the connectors two or three times, and connecting a micro 5-pin adaptor (compatible with normal Android mobile phone charger). The panel thickness of LG Chem’s 100x100mm module is only 0.88mm so that even with the neat aluminum case the thickness is 2.2mm. If the module and switch are attached by using wood, paper, or wire, or by reforming existing products, lighting of desired shape is complete.
To showcase environmentally friendly nature of OLED lighting, LG Chem minimized using extravagant packaging material and exuberant colors, and produced a simple cardboard box. It is an ultra-energy conserving light of high energy efficiency with less than 2.5W required for Single Kit, and less than 5W for Double Kit.
Of the OLED lighting industry, LG Chem is producing the world’s best performing OLED lighting panels with largest size and best lifetime surpassing other companies such as Philips and Osram. Due to their own key material production and advanced process technology, LG Chem also has an edge in price. In order to accommodate consumers’ requests, a testing team made up with staff of LG affiliated companies was formed and generated various DIY production ideas. The final DIY Kit was produced with improvements suggested by the testing team.
In Korea, OLED DIY KIT is currently being sold on internet shopping sites such as G Market and 11St. LG Chem is planning to release the product in Japan and China from April, and rest of the world, including Europe and USA, from May.
<Example of LG Chem.’s OLED DIY KIT Use, Source : LG Chem.>
<LG Chem.’s DIY Kit Components and Connection Method, Source : LG Chem.>
LG Chem estimates mass production of highly efficient 100lm/W OLED lighting panel in April this year. In Lighting Fair Japan 2015 (March 3 – 6) LG Chem announced that they have achieved 2014 target of 100lm/W development, and that mass production will be possible from April 2015. Additionally, they presented the 140ml/W roadmap until 2017, and LG Chem is forecast to keep on leading the OLED lighting market.
Until now OLED lighting had lower efficiency compared to the existing fluorescent light (approx. 100lm/W) and LED (approx. 100lm/W or higher), and was mostly used as luminaire rather than down light. However, if active mass production of 100lm/W products begins, utilization as down light will also be possible.
In this exhibition, LG Chem showcased solution concept of down light, and not a luminaire focused exhibition. They also demonstrated OLED lighting’s competitiveness as down light by securing lifetime of 40 thousand hours. This is approximately twice as long as fluorescent light and rivals LED. The biggest issue for OLED lighting is the cost. If the price becomes competitive through active investment, it is analyzed that the OLED lighting market will grow rapidly.
According to UBI Research’s OLED Lighting Annual Report 2014, OLED lighting market is forecast to grow by 100% of compound annual growth rate and form US$ 4,700 million market in 2020.
By HyunJun Jang, firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to actively open LG Chem’s OLED lighting market, they began intense marketing in Korea and Japan, following Europe. Formerly, OLED lighting marketing took place centering on Europe’s high-end luminaire market. However, LG Chem opened their first booth in Japan in Lighting Fair Japan 2015, and showed how easily OLED lighting can be applied in everyday life by exhibiting solution for down light rather than focusing on luminaire. LG Chem revealed their anticipation for Japan’s OLED lighting market’s growth explaining, “Japan’s conversion rate to area lighting is increasing rapidly and it is estimated the demand for OLED lighting will increase.”
<Front View of LG Chem Booth, Lighting Fair Japan 2015>
LG Chem also began their marketing in Korea for the public. Average consumers were able to come in contact with OLED lighting easily as OLED lighting DIY Kit and table lamp “FRAME” appeared on the open market. Particularly, OLED lighting DIY Kit provided 100x100mm OLED lighting panel, wire, and switch that can control the light (30/60/100lm), and allowed the public to apply the kit for various uses. Currently OLD lighting DIY Kit is being sold for approx. US$ 86, and OLED table lamp “FRAME” for approx. US$ 254. However, when LG Chem’s active investment and mass production begin, the price is expected to fall further.
<LG Chem’s OLED table lamp “FRAME” and OLED DIY KIT Being Sold in Korea’s Open Market>
<Example of OLED DIY KIT Use, Lighting Fair 2015>
By HyunJun Jang, email@example.com