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IHS sees the OLED production equipment market reaching $9.5 billion in 2017

Feb 10, 2017

IHS says that the OLED industry is now entering a huge capacity-growth phase, and IHS estimates that the AMOLED production equipment market will reach $9.5 billion in revenues in 2017.

AMOLED equipment revenue (2015-2018, IHS)

Almost half of that amount will go to TFT backplane equipment ($4.4 billion in 2017), while the organic layer deposition market will reach 2.2 billion and the encapsulation tools market will reach $1.2 billion. IHS estimates that Canon Tokki is the leader in OLED deposition equipment, and has a market share of over 50%.

The DoE grants two new SBIR OLED lighting projects

Jan 26, 2017

The US Department of Energy (DoE) announced new SBIR and STTR grants for solid state lighting projects. The DoE announced five new grants out of which two are related to OLED technologies.

Pixelligent Technologies were awarded an SBIR project titled "Light Extraction for OLED Lighting with 3-D Gradient Index". This project will explore the application of a novel and unique 3D gradient index (GRIN) layer to improve the efficiency and lifetime of OLED devices. Using such a unique structure, OLEDs could be produced that achieve the theoretical maximum extraction efficiency.

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Encapsulix to supply ALD-TFE equipment to a leading Asian AMOLED producer

Jan 23, 2017

Encapsulix logoALD equipment maker Encapsulix announced that a leading Asian AMOLED manufacturer has chosen its ALD-TFE deposition systems, to be used as flexible AMOLED encapsulation. The first tool is already under construction and will start operating in the spring of 2017.

Encapsulix says that the order was awarded following an extensive evaluation of available ALD platforms, and this confirms the technological superiority and leading cost-of-ownership of the company's ALD-TFE equipment.

Meyer Burger ships an inkjet+PECVD OLED encapsulation system to an Asian customer

Jan 06, 2017

Meyer Burger announced that it has shipped a CONx TFE OLED thin film encapsulation system to an Asian customer. This system includes two deposition technologies, inkjet printing and PECVD to offer a complete encapsulation solution for flexible OLEDS.

Meyer Burger CONx TFE system photo

The CONx TFE system compreses of Meyer Burger's proprietary remote plasma PECVD for inorganic coating and its PiXDRO inkjet printing technology for the deposition of accurately positioned and homogeneous organic layers. Meyer Burger says that the system provides excellent water and oxygen barrier properties without compromising the optical transparency of the encapsulation layer all the while operating at low temperatures and low ion bombardment.

Researchers develop a cheap and efficient MgO-based OLED encapsulation layer

Nov 11, 2016

Researchers from South China University of Technology (SCUT) demonstrated a new MgO-based OLED encapsulation layer. The researchers say that MgO provides an efficient barrier at a low cost, and can be deposited in low temperatures.

MgO OLED encapsulation tests (SCUT 2016)

The researchers say that this is the first time that MgO is used for OLED encapsulation, but this material has a number of advantages - a low refractive index, a wide bandgap, high dielectric constant, high chemical stability and the lack of UV irradiation treatment requirements.

Veeco significantly reduces its ALD investments

Nov 02, 2016

Veeco logoIn September 2013, Veeco acquired Synos Technology for $185 million for the company's FAST-ALD flexible OLED encapsulation technology. Veeco did received a purchase order from SDC for a first-generation FAST-ALD prototype system, but the significant orders Veeco hopes to achieve never materialized.

In early 2015 Veeco announced that they do not see near-term revenue coming from this sector. Yesterday Veeco decided to significantly reduce future investments in its ALD technology development. Veeco says that some "competitive technologies" solved the display makers problems and it now sees ALD business pushed back two or three years.

Both Samsung and LG to switch to ALD for in-organic TFE?

Sep 24, 2016

A few days ago we reported that Kateeva says it has taken a "commanding lead" in the OLED thin film encapsulation (TFE) market with its ink-jet based systems. Kateeva's ink-jet printers are used to deposit organic materials, but the full TFE stack also contains in-organic materials.

Currently both LG and Samsung producers are using PECVD to deposit the in-organic materials, but according to a report from ETNEws, both Korean display makers are thinking about switching to ALD. Several companies, including Jusung Engineering, WONIK IPS, AP Systems and TES has ALD-based encapsulation deposition systems ready to be used in display production. Both LG and Samsung have finished with R&D work on ALD technology and are ready to introduce commercial systems into their production lines.

Kateeva says it takes a commanding lead in the OLED TFE market

Sep 22, 2016

OLED ink-jet developer Kateeva started to offer ink-jet based encapsulation systems in 2014, used to protect flexible OLED panels. Kateeva's encapsulation performance is excellent and it was already reported tha/t these systems are used in flexible OLED mass production - and today Kateeva announced that it takes a "commanding lead" in the OLED thin-film encapsulation (TEF) market.

Kateeva yieldJet system photo

Kateeva further says that it secured the "vast majority" of available TFE orders, and its customers include the world's largest flat-panel display makers in three key Asia regions - which probably includes Korea and China - and the third region is either Taiwan or Japan.

Smithers Apex sees the barrier films for printed electronics market growing at CAGR of 25%

Sep 01, 2016

Smithers Apex released a new report (Future of High-Barrier Films and Coatings for Printed Electronics to 2021) in which they see the global barrier film (encapsulation) market growing from $61.2 million in 2016 to $192.4 million in 2021 - a CAGR of 25%.

OLED display is the largest application for barrier films. In 2016, small rigid OLED displays barrier films were worth $16 million. Looking forward, small flexible OLEDs will be where growth will come from.

Encapsulix announces a new 200 mm ALD system for flexible OLED encapsulation

Jul 27, 2016

Encapsulix logoALD equipment maker Encapsulix developed a new ALD system (the Infinity 200) that is optimized for deposition on 200 mm substrates - for both R&D or manufacturing systems. The new system offers several advanced features especially suited for thin-film low-temperature encapsulation deposition on flexible substrates, particular for OLED displays.

Encapsulix announced that the new system was successfully installed and qualified for ultrafast OLED encapsulation at Leti, the CEA Tech research institute in Grenoble, France. Additional systems will be delivered in the next 12 months to customers in Asia.