Novares invests 5 million Euro in FlexEnable, to help bring OLCDs to the automotive market

FlexEnable announced that Novares, a plastic automotive solutions provider, invested €5 million in the company. This is a strategic investment by Novares that aims to bring FlexEnable's flexible organic LCD (OLCD) to automotive interiors.

Interestingly the press release does not discuss OLEDs at all, only OLCDs which is described as a low-cost, high-reliability, conformable and shapeable display technology. FlexEnable started commercializing its OLCD technology together with Truly Semiconductors in 2017. OLCD production is expected to begin by the end of 2018, and Novares already demonstrated a demo Car that features OLCD displays

OLED-Info's transparent, flexible, VR/AR, microdisplays, automotive and graphene OLED market reports updated to April 2018

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Reports from Korea suggest that LGD signed OLED supply deals with Mercedes, Volkswagen, Toyota and GM

In 2016 it was reported that Mercedes signed an agreement with LG Display to supply its 12.3" FHD flexible P-OLED displays for a future E-Class automobile. A couple of months ago this was confirmed in a new report from Korea, that also said that Mercedes plans to launch cars with LGD's OLEDs in 2022.

LGD 12.3'' P-OLED automotive concept

A new report from Korea, now says that Mercedes-Benz is planning to adopt LGD's flexible OLED displays starting with some of the Mercedes E Class models it will release in H1 2020. Following that, Mercedes plans to use LGD's P-OLEDs in several cars - both in dashboards and in rear-seat monitors. The Mercedes will use LGD's OLEDs in the form of a wide screen, combining the dashboard and the central infotainment display.

The 2018 Audi A8 has a rear seat remote with a 5.7" FHD AMOLED

A few months ago Audi launched its 2018 A8 high-end car, with its OLED lighting rear lights (designed and produced by Hella). Now Audi informs us that the new car also include a rear-seat remote with a 5.7" FHD AMOLED display (produced by SDC).

Audi A8 rear seat OLED remote photo

This is actually the world's first automotive AMOLED displays. We've seen many automobiles with PMOLED displays (in instrument clusters and other controls) but this is the first adoption of an AMOLED display. Depending on the rear equipment specification, the control unit is supplied as standard or an option.

Volkswagen unveils a new autonomous EV concept with transparent OLED brake lights

Volkswagen unveiled a new concept car, the I.D. Vizzion, which is an autonomous electric car. VW actually aims to release this car by 2022 at the latest, although the released model will have a steering wheel, unlike the concept one which does not.

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion photo

The concept I.D. Vizzion, at any case, includes transparent OLED lighting strips embedded into the back windshield that are used as brake indicators. This same idea was demonstrated by Pioneer in early 2016.

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Hella announced it provided Audi with the OLED lighting modules in the A8 2018

Lighting and electronics developer Hella says that it provided a comprehensive lighting package for the Audi A8, developed in collaboration with Audi - including the OLED rear lights.

Audi A8 OLED Rearlights photo

The Audi A8 2018 (which is now available) uses four small vertical OLED modules on each side, each with what seems to be 6 different structured panels, a large red one and five yellow ones which form the turn indicators.

Merck leads a new consortium to develop quantum materials for light emission

Germany launched a new project led by Merck to develop quantum materials as light emissive sources. The three-year project is called "Exploration of quantum materials – New paths to realizing innovative optoelectronic components" (ELQ-LED) and it is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and led by Merck with an aim to conduct basic research on quantum materials as light emitting sources. ELQ-LED is a three-year project that will end on the summer of 2020.

Merck hopes that ELQ-LED materials will enable ultra-pure colors, higher energy efficiency and lower production costs compared to current OLED emitters. The focus of this project will be on cadmium-free quantum materials but the partners will also develop supporting components, processes, transport materials and ink. All components developed in this project will be printable, and the project will test its developments in display prototypes and automotive tail light demonstrators.

Samsung reports a strong quarter, will not be affected by Apple's lower iPhone X sales much, commits to a foldable phone in 2018

Samsung Electronics reported its results for Q4 2017, with a record quarterly profit of $11.2 billion driven by strong demand for memory chips and high-end displays. Samsung Display reports increased OLED shipments for premium smartphones.

Samsung A8 2018 photo

Looking at Q1 2018, SDC says that its OLED business is likely to be affected be declining demand due to seasonality and increased competition from LTPS LCD. For the the whole of 2018, SDC expects OLED to increase its penetration in the smartphone industry, and the company aims to introduce new premium applications such as foldable displays and OLEDs for the automotive market.

Business Korea: Mercedes to adopt LGD's flexible OLED displays in 2022

In 2016 it was reported that Mercedes signed an agreement with LG Display to supply its 12.3" FHD flexible P-OLED displays for a future E-Class automobile. Business Korea now claims that LGD is indeed jointly developing specific OLEDs for future Mercedes cars, and the plan is to launch these in 2022.

LGD 12.3'' P-OLED automotive concept

LGD is already supplying Mercedes with displays for its cars - but these are LCDs and not OLEDs (it also supplies these LCDs to other car makers, including Toyota, GM and Hyundai). LG Display is also supplying Mercedes with OLED lighting panels for its 2018 S-Class Coupe and Convertible.