APEVA received the final acceptance for its OVPD system from its customer

Last year APEVA announced that it has commissioned a 2-Gen OVPD OLED system in a customer pilot production line in Asia. Yesterday Aixtron (APEVA's parent company) announced that it received the final acceptance for its OVPD system from its customer - which is one of the world's largest display manufacturers.

APEVA OVPD OLED R&D cluster photo

APEVA now plans to enter into discussions about the feasibility of a final qualification project (phase III), which would ensure the scalability of the OVPD deposition technology to large area substrates.

SCREEN FT announces a new coater for the forming of color filter films for foldable/rollable OLED production

SCREEN Finetech Solutions developed a new coater (SK-F1500H) for color filter film forming with anti-reflective properties. These color filters are intended to be used in flexible (foldable/rollable) OLED devices. The company says the new coater is able to achieve outstanding efficiency by executing the entire process in a single integrated line (6-Gen / 2 substrate).

SCREEN Finetech Solutions SK-F1500H for rollable/foldable OLED color-filter deposition

SCREEN FT explains that in current rollable and foldable OLEDs, the multi-film structure is a weak point that is one of the reasons these display get wrinkled and damaged when bent. One of the problems is in the multi-layered circular polarizers. Color filter films can replace the polarizers, reduce the number of layers, and enable high transmittance and higher energy efficiency.

DSCC increases its 2020-2023 OLED production equipment spending estimate

DSCC estimates that it has increased its OLED equipment spending estimate for 2020-2023 by 11% compared to its previous outlook. DSCC now sees total OLED equipment spending reaching $45 billion. The increase was due to increased demand for LGD's mobile OLEDs and plans to increase capacity and CSoT's new $6.8 billion IJP OLED fab plans.

Interestingly DSCC also increased its LCD equipment spending estimate by 37% following three recently announced smaller expansion plans. In total for both LCDs and OLEDs, display equipment spending for 2020-2023 was upgraded by 9% vs. DSCC's last estimate to $38B.

Park Systems Announces New 8-Gen+ Atomic Force Microscopy for OLED Inspection

This is a sponsored post by Park Systems

Park Systems Corp, a leading manufacturer of atomic force microscopy systems, announced that it has scaled up its AFM tools for 8-Gen or larger flat panel displays with new Park NX-TSH, based on its Tip Scanning Head technology. According to Park Systems, this is the only automated tip scan head system that can analyze samples larger than 300 mm on the market.

Park NX-TSH is specifically designed for ultra large flat panel display glass and 2D encoders, with integrated micro probe stations for conductive AFM and electric defect analysis. The system can scan up to 100 um x 100 um (x-y direction) and 15 um (z direction), and has a flexible chuck to accommodate samples larger than 300 mm and heavier than 1 Kg, and is so engineered for OLED, LCD and other large sample analysis.

BOE ordered OLED deposition equipment from Sunic to its upcoming OLED Microdisplay fab

Korea-based OLED equipment maker Sunic System announced it has received a $22.6 million order for OLED deposition equipment from BOE. The tools will be used to deposit OLED microdisplays.

Sunic System OLED CVD deposition system photo

BOE is currently producing OLED microdisplays at its $170 million fab in Yunnan - the world's largest OLED microdisplay fab constructed in collaboration with OLiGHTEK. In December 2018 BOE announced its second, and larger, OLED microdisplay fab in Yunnan, which will cost a total of $486 million. It is likely that this new order is aimed for BOE's 2nd fab. Sunic says it will deliver the systems by November 2020.

Riber did not sell any OLED evaporators in Q1 2020, due to a lack of investments in the industry

France-based effusion cells and sources producer Riber reported its financial results for Q1 2020. Total revenues in the first quarter amounted to €5.3m, down 19% from last year.

Riber says that its OLED evaporator business did not generate any significant revenues "due to the lack of investment in the OLED screen industry". This is in line with Riber's previous quarters. In July 2019, Riber said it sees a freeze on investments in OLED screen production equipment following the major investments made in previous years, and said its order book for OLED evaporation systems is empty.

Coherent reports a positive Q4 2019 and sees an increase in OLED system orders

Photonics-based solutions provider Coherent reported its financial results for Q4 2019 - with revenues of $320.8 million, and a net profit of $5.8 million. The company says that these are encouraging results, and full-year outlook is improving.

LTPS laser annealing photo

Coherent's display orders were up significantly for LineBeam systems and service. These systems orders are all destined to China, and the increase in service orders "reflects higher demand for OLED-equipped smartphones in Q4 2019". Orders for OLED cutting using short pulse and CO2 lasers were also up.

Coherent sees the OLED equipment market starting to recover in 2020

Photonics-based solutions provider Coherent reported its financial results for Q3 2019 - revenues of $335.5 million and a non-GAAP gross profit of $122 million.

LTPS laser annealing photo

Regarding the OLED market, Coherent says that it finally started to receive some new orders for OLED equipment (ELA), following a "stretch" where there were no new system orders. Coherent says that it looks forward to the OLED ramp - with 2020 as a "bit of a recovery over 2019" - but the real strength coming in 2021 and 2022.

TEL announces a new OLED R&D ink-jet printing system

Tokyo Electron (TEL) announced a new OLED R&D inkjet printing system, the Elius 500 Pro that is capable of printing on 2-Gen substrates (370x470 mm).

TEL Elius500 Pro photo

The Elius 500 is able to accommodate 12 kinds of inks and can produce red, blue and green sub pixels at the same time. The maximum display density is 200 PPI.

DSCC sees LCD investments drying up in 2023, as the display industry shifts to OLED production

DSCC updated its display equipment spending forecast, and the company now expects LCD spending to stop completely in 2023 - as all new production lines from 2023 forward will be producing OLED displays (DSCC does not include other display technologies in this report, such as QDEL, e-paper and Micro-LEDs).

Display production equipment spending, OLED vs LCD (2016-2024, DSCC)

2019 will see 26% decrease in spending from 2018, with OLED spending down 64%. DSCC sees a rebound in 2020, where OLED spending will jump 132% due to new mobile flexible OLED lines in China.