LG Display (CEO Sang-beom Han, 韓相範 / www.lgdisplay.com) and OLED materials firm Idemitsu Kosan (CEO 月岡隆, Takashi Tsukioka, hereinafter “Idemitsu”) entered into the agreement on the 11th about the ‘mutual cooperation concerning OLED technology and related patent license’ to further strengthen their competitiveness in the OLED industry.
In 1997, Idemitsu developed what was then the world’s brightest blue light organic emitting material for OLED and since then, every effort has been made to develop high-tech OLED materials and diverse device technologies based on its own molecular design and organic synthesis technologies. Consequently, Idemitsu Kosan, the original OLED material technology firm of a top global level possesses numerous major patents in relation to the OLED technology.
Through this strategic partnership, LG Display will be accessible to the excellent OLED materials and device structures of the Idemitsu Kosan which will lead to consolidate the research, product development and production of the OLED for TV and flexible OLED, and this eventually will accelerate the expansion of OLED market. By providing high performance OLED materials to the LG Display and collaborating in terms of technology development and commercialization, Idemitsu Kosan is expected to secure leading global clients in the display field.
The industry prospects that the two companies have made a chance to perform sound leadership by maximizing the synergy in the OLED business through this partnership.
Sang-deok Yeo, president of LG Display OLED Business unit said that, “Through the latest partnership, LG Display is to gain momentum to create OLED TV market on the basis of the OLED related patents of Idemitsu Kosan as well as accelerate the developments of flexible and transparent OLEDs” and added that “This win-win collaborative relationship is expected to have a huge synergy effect on OLED business for both companies.”