CSOT starts constructing its 6-Gen flexible AMOLED fab in Wuhan

In April 2017 it was reported that TCL-subsidiary China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSoT) decided to construct a 6-Gen LTPS flexible AMOLED production line in Wuhan, China, in a $5.08 billion investment. Yesterday the company officially started the construction of the new display fab.

CSOT 6-Gen AMOLED fab, Wuhan, China, construction begins

The new production fab is expected to begin production in Q2 2019, with full mass production achieved by Q1 2020. The fab's capacity will be 45,000 substrates per month, which will be used to make small and medium-sized flexible and foldable OLEDs.

Novaled celebrates its new premises corner stone foundation, OLED-Info pays a visit to its current one

In January 2017 Novaled started constructing its new fab and office buildings in Dresden, that will comprise of a renovated old mill that will be turned into a prestigious office building and a new 110-meter long R&D plant with state-of-the-art research areas, laboratories and clean rooms. Today Novaled celebrates the corner stone foundation for the new company premises.

Novaled's future Dresden HQ (render, 2017)

Samsung's decision to invest over €25 in the property purchase and construction shows the Korean OLED developer commitment to Novaled. The site's total space will be 10,200 m² - the old mill, which is under monument protection, will be renovated and transformed into a prestigious office building. and a 110 meter long new R&D plant will be built - and it will include research area, clean rooms and new laboratories.

Idemitsu Kosan to expand its OLED material production capacity next year by 70%

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Japan-based OLED material maker Idemitsu Kosan plans to expand its production of OLED materials by 70% by March 2019 (end of Fiscal Year 2018). Its Korean subsidiary Idemitsu Electronic Materials Korea will increase annual production by 60% to 8 tons (this was already announced last year) while it's Shizuoka plant will double its capacity to 4 tons.

IDEL Korean OLED plant photo

The Asian Review says that Idemitsu and Merck together hold a market share of about 70%-80% from all OLED material sales. Idemitsu generated around $135 million in revenues from OLED materials in 2016, with a high profit margin.

Oppo R11 / R11 Plus

Oppo's R11 / R11 Plus are two smartphones that features a 5.5" (6-inch on the R11 Plus) FHD AMOLED display, dual cameras (20MP + 16MP), Octa-Core CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a Micro-SD slot.

Oppo R11 Plus photo

Oppo did not disclose the launch date and pricing of the R11 and R11 Plus.

Sony may be JOLED's first customer for its 21.6" 4K medical OLED monitors

Last month JOLED announced that it started to sample 21.6" 4K OLED monitors. JOLED plans to develop these OLED monitors for medical applications - it will produce these in low volume at its current 4.5-Gen pilot production line, and will start mass production in 2019.

JOLED 21.6'' 4K oled medical monitor prototypes photo

JOLED's CEO, Nobuhiro Higashiiriki, said in a conference that these first samples were shipped to Sony, which may become JOLED's first customer. JOLED says that the company managed to achieve a high quality and long lifetime, which was a challenge due to the printing process used.

SKK Gooseneck OLED Lamp

The Gooseneck OLED lamp, designed Studio SKK in London, is a cordless desk lamp that uses a single 100 mm diameter round OLED lighting panel, made by LG Display. The panel features a brightness of 75 lumens, efficiency of 55 lm/W and a lifetime of 40,000 hours. The color temperature is 4,000K. The battery lasts for 8.5 hours (charging time 3.6 hours).

SKK Gooseneck OLED Lamp photo

Kyulux recruits Kateeva's Dr. Chris Brown as VP of products

Dr. Chris Brown photoHyperfluoresence TADF materials developer Kyulux announced that Dr. Chris Brown will join the company as VP of Products. Dr. Brown will lead Kyulux's product development and delivery efforts ahead of the company's anticipated first commercial deployments of TADF and Hyperfluorescence materials in the coming year.

Dr. Brown joins Kyulux from OLED inkjet equipment maker Kateeva, where he was Vice President of Process Engineering. Dr. Brown has been granted 31 US patents and has 34 publications.

Researchers develop new OLED deposition approach

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Dow Chemical Company have chosen a bottom-up approach to patterning emissive polymers, aiming to solve some of the problems that plague Solution-based protocols for OLED manufacture.

The team started with a layer of indium tin oxide and used light-activated chemistry to pinpoint specific locations on the surface for polymer growth. Key to the success of this approach are designer iridium photocatalysts that serve two roles: First, as the catalyst to build the emissive brush polymers, and then as a necessary dopant for the resulting OLED arrays.

BOE to use Kateeva's inkjet printed to establish a pilot OLED TV production line in Hefei

In February 2017 BOE Display announced that will establish a new R&D OLED TV production line in Hefei. According to Digitimes, BOE Display is intending to use an inkjet printing process in this line, and the company already placed an order for an inkjet deposition system from Kateeva last month. BOE will use the systems to produce 55" OLED TVs.

BOE 55'' UHD panel prototypes (Nov 2016)

In February BOE announced that the new line will cost 1 billion CNY (around $145 million USD). BOE will invest 80% of the funds, with the rest provided by the Hefei government. Digitimes now states that the new line will only cost 600 million CNY - so it may be that the inkjet printing line is an addition to the 1 billion CNY line (which in that case, will probably be based on an evaporation process).

ETNews: SDC to start producing flexible OLEDs for Apple within a few weeks

ETNews reports that Samsung Display is expected to initiate flexible OLED production for Apple's first OLED iPhone later this month. Apple recently approved the prototype panels, and Samsung is getting ready to increase its production rate.

SDC will ship over 10 million flexible OLEDs to Apple every month, as Apple ordered over 80 million OLEDs for 2017 alone. According to ETNews, Apple will not bend the flexible OLED - the iPhone's display will be flat.