China-based display maker CSOT held a ceremony yesterday as it started construction on its upcoming T7 large-area display production fab. The T7 fab, which has a total cost of around 42.7 billion Yuan ($6.15 billion USD), will produce both LCD and OLED displays.

Total capacity in the T7 line will be 105,000 monthly substrates (according to our information, the OLED capacity will be 20,000 monthly substrates). The T7 OLED line will use IGZO backplanes and inkjet printing deposition. CSOT's plan is to start production by the end of 2020 - with real mass production starting in 2021.

CSOT is collaborating in its ink-jet printing project with Kateeva, Sumitomo Chemical, Merck, Dupont and Tianma - in addition to University research groups in China. It's not clear if all these groups joined Guangdong Juhua Printing Display Technology which was established in 2016 by CSOT and Tianma.

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