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Chinese Panel Company, Reborn as Center of Mobile Device Display Market?

Truly’s OLED panel mass production is smoothly being carried out. According to OFweek, Zhang Jintao (Senior Manager of Truly) revealed on May 20 that ‘the construction of Phase I of the company’s AMOLED production plant will be completed in June, and the equipment will be installed in October’. He also added that the production line will begin operation in the first quarter of 2016 after passing through tests.

 

Truly’s AMOLED project was approved by EIA (Energy Information Administration) in May 2014, and began line construction in July. The investment cost is approximately 63,000,000 yuan. For mass production, Truly purchased Samsung Display Gen4.5 line’s LTPS equipment, and ordered SFA’s evaporator. The total area of mass production line is 310,000m2, and total capa. is 30K.

 

Mobile device AMOLED panel companies in China are Visionox, EverDisplay, Tianma, Truly, and BOE. Visionox and EverDisplay are in the process of mass production using evaporators of SNU Precision and ULVA respectively, and supplying panels to several companies. Tianma and BOE are aiming for mass production in the second quarter of 2015.

 

At present, Samsung Display is occupying over 90% of total mobile device display market. However, as Chinese panel companies are expected to actively begin mobile device AMOLED panel mass production from 2016, it is estimated that there will be a significant change to the market flow.

Chinese Companies’ Aggressive Chase, BOE’s Active Secondary Investment for OLED

It was revealed that public tendering began regarding BOE’s 5.5G AM-OLED project on ICB Operator, a Chinese international tendering network site.

BOE possesses Gen 5.5 AMOLED line in Ordos, and is preparing mass production using SNU’s evaporator. It is analyzed that the additional investment regarding Gen 5.5 AMOLED project has been confirmed as SNU evaporator yield has mostly settled. It is estimated that BOE’s mass production of AMOLED panel for mobile will be able to begin earnestly in the second half of the year.

BOE, OLED Project Public Tender List

BOE, OLED Project Public Tender List

<Source: ICB Operator>

Chinese panel companies aiming for mass production of AMOLED panel for mobile in 2015 are Visionox, Truly, Tianma, and EverDisplay as well as BOE. Of these, EverDisplay is known to be already supplying panel’s sample base.

The focus is now on how the active mass production of Chinese OLED panel companies will affect the OLED industry which is currently being led by Korea’s Samsung Display and LG Display.