AUO to establish an OLED ink-jet production line, to make OLEDs for monitors and automotive applications

According to reports from China, Taiwan-based AU Optronics decided to establish an inkjet OLED production line that will be used to produce OLED monitor displays and OLEDs for automotive applications.

AUO production plant, Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan

The new OLED line will use production equipment made by Japan's JOLED - who started commercial low-volume production of its own 21.6" 4K OLED panels, at the company's pilot 4.5-Gen line. JOLED also announced plans for a mass production 5.5-Gen line that will be established in Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture, by 2020, and similarly to AUO, it is focusing on monitors and automotive applications.

The OLED Crowdfunding Arena - a new way to raise funds for OLED companies

OLED-Info is happy to launch The OLED Crowdfunding Arena, a new platform that connects investors with OLED companies seeking funds. Crowdfunding can work as an alternative to, or in tandem with, angel or venture/strategic financing, allowing businesses to obtain a diverse range of value-added capital.

Are you an OLED-related company looking to raise funds?

OLED-related companies are welcome to take advantage of the largest investor base in Europe - coupled with the world's largest OLED community. Attracting funds from within the OLED industry is a great opportunity - let strategic OLED investors become your best supporters!

New OLED gadget: Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL

Google's 3rd generation Pixel device sports a 5.5" 1080x2160 (443 PPI) notch-type flexible AMOLED display (6.3" 1440x2960 on the Pixel 3 XL), a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, 64/128 GB of storage and a dual-pixel 12.2 mp camera.

Google Pixel 3 photo

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will ship by the end of October 2018, starting at $799 (for the 64GB Pixel 3). The XL model costs a $100 extra.

ETNews: Samsung's rigid OLED production recovers to its 2017 level

According to Korea's ETNews, SDC's rigid OLED production level has recovered fully in Q3 2018 and is now even higher than the production level in Q3 2017. Most of the new demand comes from China-based smartphone producers. ETNews says that SDC's A2 factory's utilization rates were over 90% in Q3 2018 (up from about 80% in Q3 2017).

Samsung's flexible OLED production has also recovered following new shipments to Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max, but the utilization rate in SDC's A3 flexible OLED fab is still lower than last year's.

Meet the OLED-Info team at OLED Korea 2019!

OLED Korea is an international OLED-focused event, organized by UBI Research. The OLED-Info team will attend next year's event, which will take place in Seoul, Korea in March 6-7, 2019. This interesting event, focused on OLEDs, has an impressive list of speakers, an exhibition and several networking opportunities.

OLED Korea 2019 banner

We'll be happy to schedule meetings - so if you plan to attend OLED Korea 2019, do contact us!

Where are the transparent OLEDs?

Transparent displays are of great interest, and many envision a plethora of possible applications that use transparent screens in the retail, commercial and consumer markets. There are many exciting applications - but none with real and immediate demand.

Many OLED makers are developing transparent OLEDs, and in the past we've seen several producers that introduced such displays to the market - only to halt production a few months later. Device makers are on the lookout for such displays, and are still disappointed even though the technology is ready.