New German OLED technology alliance founded

Mar 28, 2017

Four companies in Germany have established a new industry alliance, the German OLED Technology Alliance, or GOTA. The aim of this alliance is to combine the experience of its partners in the area of OLED manufacturing. Each partner's expertise lies at a different stage of the value chain, and the four partners will support a joint sales effort - mostly in China, Taiwan and Japan.

The four partners are VON ARDENNE (systems engineering and technology development for PVD vacuum coating system), Notion Systems (functional materials inkjet platforms), Fraunhofer IAP (organic electronics research) and MBRAUN (protective gas atmosphere solutions).

Is LG selling OLED equipment to Shanghai Tianma?

Mar 25, 2017

A report from SinoCast claims that LG has decided to sell OLED production equipment to Tianma. The deal was signed in May 2016 and deliveries of the equipment have now commenced.

This is a rather strange report. First of all, the company mentioned was LG Electronics, which do not produce OLED displays - LG Display (the report does say that "LGD uses the same equipment").

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Von Ardenne and the Fraunhofer FEP to intensify their cooperation on flexible glass coating

Mar 07, 2017

Von Ardenne announced that the company developed an innovative machine to process flexible glass. The FOSA LABX 330 Glass enables a roll-to-roll glass coating process. This first of its kind machine was developed as part of the German KONFECT project, launched in 2015, together with partners Fraunhofer FEP, Schott and Tesa.

Von Ardenne FOSA LabX 330 Glass photo

Von Ardenne now says that it intends to intensify its cooperation with the Fraunhofer FEP in the flexible glass coating field. The Fraunhofer will present coating samples of glass produced using the new machine for the first time at LOPEC 2017.

Applied Materials says that we're just at the beginning of the OLED adoption cycle

Feb 19, 2017

Applied Materials' CEO, Gary Dickerson, says that demand for advanced chips and technologies will keep rising as the smartphone race gets tighter and tighter. Specifically regarding OLED displays, Gary estimates that we are in the early innings of the adoption of OLED into mobile devices.

Applied Materials PECVD chamber photo

Gary says that even at the rate of equipment being purchased today, the OLED market represents at least a $2 billion opportunity for Applied. And it is expected that the rate of adoption of OLED displays will increase.

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%.

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.

SFA Engineering to supply OLED production equipment to Visionox in a $93 million deal

Dec 21, 2016

Korean manufacturing equipment maker SFA Engineering announced that it secured a $93.5 million order from China's Visionox. SFA will deliver the equipment by August 2017.

Visionox 4.85'' 604 PPI AMOLED prototype

Visionox has started mass producing AMOLED panels in June 2015, but the company's production capacity is still limited. Visionox's Gen-5.5 AMOLED line in Kunshan can currently produce around 4,000 monthly substrate, and once yields stabilize they will reach a full capacity of 15,000 monthly substrates. The company is mulling a $673 million investment to expand the capacity of this fab.

EverDisplay officially launches its 6-Gen flexible AMOLED fab in Shanghai

Dec 11, 2016

A few months ago we reported that China-based AMOLED producer Everdisplay is planning to invest $4.1 billion USD to build a 6-Gen AMOLED factory. Today the company launched this new AMOLED fab officially in a ceremony in Shanghai, China.

EverDisplay 6-Gen launch ceremony photo

On December 9th Everdisplay started constructing the new fab in the Jinshan Industrial Zone in Shanghai. Investment in the new fab, according to EverDisplay, will actually be 27.2 billion yuan - or almost $4 billion USD. The fab will be able to produce 30,000 monthly substrates (1500 x 1850 mm) and will be used to produce small and medium sized flexible AMOLEDs (1 to 15 inch).