BOE Display is starting to build its Gen-6 LTPS LCD/AMOLED production line in Chengdu, China. The company held the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for this project - in which the total investment is estimated at $3.54 billion.
The fab, which is scheduled for production in H1 2017, will produce high-end small-sized mobile displays, and will have a capacity of 45,000 substrates per month. It's not clear what will be the ratio between the OLED and LCD production at the fab.
BOE is quite active with OLEDs - the China-based company is constructing a 5.5-Gen LTPS fab in Ordos, which will also produce both LCDs and AMOLED displays with a monthly capacity of 54,000 substrates (LCD and AMOLED). BOE aims to start OLED production in the second half of 2015 in the Ordos fab.
In addition to Ordos 5.5-Gen LTPS fab, BOE is planning to build a Gen-8.5 OLED TV fab in Hefei Xinzhan. The company secured a $20 million subsidy from the local government and they expect the total cost of the first line at around $1 billion. BOE already has a Gen-8.5 pilot line in place that was used to produce 55" 4K OLED panel prototypes demonstrated back in 2014.