OLED Daily Issue, April 22, 2019

▶ OLED is also worried about oversupply…” China factory size, twice that of Korea.” (YONHAP NEWS)

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Following LCD panels, there are predictions that oversupply can become a reality for OLED panels.

Concerns are growing as South Korean companies plan to grow OLEDs into new “cash cow” instead of LCDs that China has taken the lead.

According to a recent report released by Hana Financial Management Research Institute on 21th, the number of OLED panel factories currently under construction in China is 419,000 sheets per month, about twice the amount of 225,000 sheets per month, which is the size of South Korea’s expansion.

According to the report, China’s BOE, which ranks first in LCD panel market, is going to increase its size to 144,000 panels. In addition, Chinese panel manufacturers such as CSOT, Visionox, and TCL are also scrambling to expand their facilities on a large scale.

Among South Korean companies, LG Display is set to operate its 90,000-unit monthly plant in Guangzhou, China, and it is expected that there will be a total of 45,000 panels per month in Paju.

Industries predict that size of OLED plant that will be built by Samsung Display in Tangjeong, South Chungcheong Province, will reach 90,000 sheets per month.

“As speed of expansion of OLEDs in South Korea and China is much faster than rate of increase in demands, there is a high possibility that oversupply will worsen.” said Joo-wan Lee, a researcher.


▶ The screen shield that caused controversy over faulty Galaxy folds…Why do I need it? (Yonhap news)

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Samsung Electronics’ first foldable Smartphone was embroiled in controversy over its screen defects even before it was released. Samsung Electronics explains that this happened because early users removed “screen protection film,” which can be misunderstood as screen protection film.

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According to industries on the 21st, current Smartphones are going to protect displays by attaching cover windows with reinforced glass material on top of OLED display panels.

OLED panels themselves are very thin like vinyl and are weak against external shocks. Plastic OLED (Plastic OLED) that is used for foldable Smartphones is more vulnerable to scratch. However, it can’t put glass, which is a material that doesn’t fold, so it is finished by applying film of plastic material.

“Although screen protection films that we already know are additional products that prevent scratching, protective films that are used for flexible displays are very important for displays.” said Professor Hak-seon Kim of UNIST, who is a former vice president of Samsung Display. Ok-hyun Jeong, an electronic engineering professor at Sogang University, also said, “The fact that we took out a protective film from PLED is tantamount to ripping off the display parts themselves.”

OLEDs emit light as organic materials, and due to their characteristics, they are very susceptible to oxygen and moisture components. When a thin panel itself is subjected to strong pressure during a screen’s opening, it can cause the screen itself to become indigestion due to moisture in an empty space.

Plastic has a weaker hardness than glass, making it easier to scratch the surface.

In addition to screen glitches, the media that received Galaxy Folders for review such as Bloomberg and Derverge points out that the protective film is easily dented or scratched. One reviewer said, “I tapped the screen with my fingernails, but there are still permanent marks.”

Some point out that there is a gap between the protective film and the display, which makes it easier for dust and others to get rid of it. One reviewer suggested a photo showing the gap between the screen’s protective screen and bezel, suggesting that it could be misleading.

Due to this reason, Samsung Electronics explained that its screen shield is for ‘replacement’. Since there is a higher chance of damage such as scratch than conventional glass, they were made so that they could be replaced at that time. However, users should not replace them directly and go through a service center.

Experts point out that such precautions should be sufficiently notified to consumers before the launch, and that early users also need to follow basic precautions as they use first-generation products.

Jeong said, “Samsung Electronics seems to have lacked notice of screen protection. “We need to strengthen advance notice when it is officially released.” said a person who dropped it from the company, which is about 100 grams more than normal Smartphones, risks further damage when it is dropped from the same location. This part also requires the user to pay attention,” he pointed out.

“Since the film itself is a plastic material, even if it is attached with protective film, it can be pierced and torn if exposed to sharp needles, unlike glass,” Professor Kim said. “In fact, these precautions should be properly introduced when selling it.”


▶ SK is investing in OLED business? (etoday)

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SK Corp. is considering investing into OLED material business. As OLED markets are rapidly growing, industries that are made of OLED materials are also increasing.

According to mid- and long-term management plan data that SK Corp. held a corporate briefing for analysts of securities companies on Wednesday, SK Corp. is also reportedly considering investing in OLED materials to expand its material business.

SK Corp. has set a mid- and long-term strategy for its material business to expand its high-growth area by utilizing its current material platform.

For OLED materials, LG Display is planning to develop its own technologies by linking current SK Trichem’s technologies such as precursors and others while also considering investing in them.

Industries predict that SK Corp. will be able to expand its business through investments as it is an investment-type holding company.

For battery materials, which are planning to enter markets with high-entry barrier materials through partner companies’ cooperation and investment in technology holding companies, it has quickly entered the market by investing 270 billion won into shares of related companies.

SK Corp. previously acquired the stake in Watson, China’s No. 1 company that manufactures the second-order essential part of the battery, in November last year.

A reason why SK is showing interest in OLED markets is because OLED markets are growing rapidly.

According to a market research company called Ubi Research, size of OLED display market was estimated to be $28.31 billion (31.9568 trillion KRW) last year, which is a 7.1% increase year-on-year and is expected to grow to $32.3 billion (36.457 trillion KRW) this year.

It is expected to grow to $59.5 billion by 2023.

As a result, many other companies are working on OLED materials. Earlier this month, LG Chem stepped up its related business by acquiring material technology for “Solid Organic Light Emitting Diodes,” a key platform for next-generation displays, from DuPont in the U.S.

Doosan also established a new company through division of its business sector to strengthen its material businesses such as OLED.

“We have no specific plan to invest in OLED materials yet.” said a representative for SK Corp.

LG Display “OLED TV will account for more than 20% in total TV sales revenue.”

LG Display OLED TV maintained sales revenue, it through conference call, stated it recorded annual sales revenue of 24.3 trillion won and 92.9 billion won operating profit in year of 2018.

LG Display despite of heightened global competition and downward panel price made an operating profit thanks to OLED TV, super large size TV and high resolution products.

Especially large size OLED TV maintained stable productivity and enlarged consumer bracket which enabled 2.9 million shipment on a yearly basis. It recorded gross profit within 5 years of product introduction which resulted in more than 20% in total sales revenue.

4th quarter 2018 revenue of LG display marked 6.95 trillion won TV panels accounts for 36%, mobile panels 28%, notebook and tablet panels 22% and 14% for monitor panels.

Operating profit recorded 279 billion won, 528% increase compared to the same quarter last year, 99% hike compared to last quarter thanks to high priced IT products, new introductions of small and medium size products and high added value products. LG Display aims to focus on OLED business reconstruction Seo Donghee CFO of the company said, “the ratio of OLED revenue was almost nothing 5years ago, now it is 30% this year and we estimate it is going to reach 50% of the total business.”

He also said “we will put in all assets to create new values focusing on OLED business.”

He replied to the question of large size QD-OLED of competitor, it will strengthen ecosystem and overall OLED industry. To the question of 8K and over 70inch large size OLED mass production, he replied that 8K technology is already secured as exhibited at CES2019 and said that large size OLED mass production will utilize the existing know-how of LCD production. In 2019, LG Display’s OLED demand outlook question suggests that demand for more than 14% of all flexible OLED smartphones is expected.

Regarding the large-area OLED and p OLED capacity in 2019, LGD said that the large-area OLED capacity will be completed at 70K per month in Paju and 60K in Q3 in Guangzhou, China and the pOLED capacity is expected to add 30K to the domestic 45K in 2020.

He announced that capex is estimated 8trillion won in 2019 and 4trillion won in 2020, a half of this year. 60% will be for large size OLED and 40% for pOLED. And he said pOLED mass production is currently concentrated on smart phone and cars. He expects good news from car pOLED by end of this year. He also targets over 3.8 million units large size OLED production this year.


LG Display Vice Chairman Han Sang-Bum, “50% of sales of OLED and upbringing business in 2020”

Growing into the mainstream of OLED growth by expanding large OLED, differentiated products and supply

■ Small and Medium-sized POLED, strengthening fundamental business capacity and preparing future products such as Foldable

■ Develop commercial and automotive products, new technologies / new markets and develop into first-class business

LG Display is one of the world’s largest electronics exhibitors, and will hold a press conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) in Las Vegas on June 7, the day before the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with Han vice chairman, executive vice president Kang In-Byoung, Strategy and Marketing Group Director Song Young-kwon, and other executives.

At the meeting, Han Sang-bum said, “Although there were many difficulties due to excessive supply and enormous investment due to intensified global competition last year, large-sized OLED business turned to surplus and stable profit was generated mainly in high value-added products. “This year, LG Display will focus on OLED investments, accelerating OLED growth, and focus on commercial and automotive businesses. By 2020, LGD will account for more than 50% of total OLED and growth businesses. “He said.

To this end, LG Display plans to expand its large-size OLED market, strengthen its fundamental business capabilities in small- and mid-sized P-OLED (plastic OLED) businesses, and develop new markets with differentiated commercial and automotive products.

■ Large OLED, differentiated products and supply expansion

Since LG Display first supplied OLED TV panels in 2013, LG Display has continued to develop its technology. And last year, it sold nearly 3 million units and developed into a strong player in the premium TV market. This year, the company plans to expand its TV product lineup from the existing 4K resolution to 8K, and to further enhance its competitiveness by further enhancing performance such as luminance and response time. In addition, the company will expand its market by expanding differentiated products such as wall paper, CSO (Crystal Sound OLED), rollable and transparent display. LG Display will complete the G8.5 OLED panel factory in Guangzhou, China in the first half of this year, and mass-produce OLED from the third quarter. Through this, the company plans to expand its sales volume from 2.9 million units in 2018 to 4 million units this year, and to achieve more than 10 million units in 2021.

In addition, LGD will expand sales areas for existing customers, strengthen collaboration with strategic customers, and increase sales of premium products such as ultra-large size panel.

■ Small and mid-sized P-OLED, strengthening fundamental business capacity and preparing future products.

LG Display is targeting the small- and mid-sized OLED market through P-OLED.

This year, it is a great challenge to develop core technologies and products for strategic customers in a timely to raise market share of small- and medium-sized panel.

In addition, LGD plans to increase the production capacity of the Gen 6 Gumi factory, which has a capacity of 15,000 sheets per month, and to expand the P-OLED production capacity by early stabilizing the Gen 6 factory in Paju.

In addition, LGD plans to steadily prepare related technologies and infrastructure so that future products such as Foldable can be released on time.

■ Commercial and automotive displays, Fostering first-class business

LG Display nurtures the rapidly growing commercial and automotive businesses to first-class business.

In the commercial market, LGD plans to pursue differentiated products such as 98 and 86 inches, ultra-slim products such as in-touch, bezel of 0.44 mm, transparent and gaming.

For automobiles, LTPS-based high-resolution LCDs and P-OLEDs are expected to focus on 8-inch and larger screens and high-resolution products. In addition, LGD will prepare its production infrastructure to expand its business in a timely manner and further strengthen its cost competitiveness, thereby achieving the first place in the fast growing auto market.

This year LGD plans to complete investment in preparation for the future, which began in 2017. LGD Han Sang-Bum, vice chairman of LG Display, said, “LG Display will be able to lead the global display market once again with OLED.

LG Display “expects OLED TV sales portion to account for mid 20% of total sales this year, and is to review switching LCD fab to OLED if necessary.”

Kim Sang-Don, LG Display’s CFO, said in a conference call on the 25th, “It has been successful with regard to customer demand forecast and high-end positioning for large area OLED panels.” “OLED TVs accounted for around 15% of LG Display’s sales last year and that number is expected to grow to the mid-20% range this year.” he commented. “In 2018, the production for large area OLED panels will be in the range of 2.5 ~2.8 million units, which makes it difficult to meet all the demand due to the limited capacity. Therefore, LG Display plans to aggressively respond to the market demand by expanding productivity by reducing tact time, mass-producing large area OLED panels in its Chinese fab in 2019, and converting its domestic LCD fabs to OLED fabs, if necessary.” he said.

Also he added “It now has 15 big customers for its OLED TV panels, drawing more manufacturers from China, as well as key buyers Sony and LG Electronics, LG Display will strive to achieve good results in terms of profitability next year”.

Regarding small and medium-sized POLED, CFO Kim said, “As the investment cost is high with the high market volatility, we are considering very conservatively investment. We will make conservative decisions based on the best possible assessment of potential risks.” But he said, the company is constantly working in response to the expectations that POLED will become a design form factor not only for smart phones but also for automobiles and foldable. He further commented that the response and collaboration from its primary customers are favorable particularly for the automotive POLED, the investment stance is to be maintained; however, its speed and scale will be adjusted by monitoring its adaptability and market demand. In addition, for the question of the technical problem of small and medium-sized POLED which is known through recent media, he replied that it might not be filtered with lack of fact checking and it is not based on fact.

On the other hand, LG Display’s revenue fell 19.6 percent to KRW 5,673 billion in the first quarter of 2018 from KRW 7,062 billion in the first quarter of 2017 and decreased by 20% from KRW 7,126 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017. The company also had an operating loss of KRW 98 billion in the first three months this year, compared with the operating profit of KRW 1,027 billion in the first quarter of 2017. The net loss in the first quarter of 2018 was KRW 49 billion, compared with the net income of KRW 679 billion in the first quarter of 2017.

Saying “The loss was due to the weak demand for panels with the decline in LCD panel prices and an unfavorable exchange rate”, CFO Kim Sang-Don commented “ In order to secure future competitiveness, LG Display will reduce LCD investment and shift to OLED business to secure long-term profit. Given the company’s strategy of shifting to an OLED-focused business structure, it will continue to focus on differentiated products.”

LG Display “올해 OLED TV 매출 비중 20% 중반 예상, 필요하다면 LCD fab을 OLED로 전환 검토”

김상돈 LG Display CFO는 25일에 열린 컨퍼런스 콜에서 “대형 OLED 패널 고객들의 수요와 하이엔드 포지셔닝과 관련해 성공적으로 판단하고 있다”며 “작년 OLED TV 매출 비중은 10% 중반대였지만 올해는 20% 중반대로 성장할 것으로 예상한다”고 밝혔다.

이어서, “2018년 대형 OLED 패널 생산은 250~280만대 수준으로써, capa 제한으로 인해 모든 수요를 감당하기는 힘든 상황”이라며, “택 타임 축소를 통한 생산성 확대와 2019년 중국 fab의 대형 OLED 패널 양산, 필요 시 국내 LCD fab을 OLED fab으로 전환을 통해 시장 수요에 적극적으로 대응 할 계획”이라 밝혔다.

또한, 편중 된 고객 구조를 15개 수준으로 확대 하였기 때문에 내년 수익성 측면에서는 좋은 성과를 내도록 노력하겠다고 언급했다.

중소형 POLED와 관련하여 김상돈 CFO는 “내부적으로 투자비가 높고 시장의 변동성이 큰 만큼 굉장히 보수적으로 투자를 생각하고 있다”며 “적절한 범위내에서 리스크를 최대한 고려하여 보수적으로 의사 결정을 해 나갈 것”이라고 답했다.

다만, POLED는 스마트폰 뿐만 아니라 자동차용과 foldable 등 디자인 폼팩터로 자리 잡을 것으로 예상됨에 따라 이에 대응해서 지속적으로 노력을 기울이고 있다고 언급했다.

특히 자동차용 POLED는 1차 고객들로부터 반응과 협업은 순조로운 상태라며, POLED의 투자 스탠스는 유지하되 자사의 적응력과 시장의 수요 등을 모니터링 하여 POLED 투자의 속도와 규모를 조절할 것이라고 밝혔다.

또한, 최근 미디어를 통해 알려진 중소형 POLED의 기술적 문제 질문에 사실 확인이 부족하고 필터링이 안된 것으로 보여진다며 팩트에 기초한 기사는 아닌 것으로 판단하고 있다고 대답했다.

한편, LG Display의 2018년 1분기 매출은 5조6753억원, 영업손실은 983억원을 기록했다. 전년 동기 대비 매출은 7조621억원에서 19.6% 감소했고 영업이익은 1조 268억원에서 적자로 전환되었으며 당기순이익도 6794억원에서 489억원 손실로 전환되었다.

김상돈 CFO는 “LCD 패널 가격 하락과 원화강세가 실적 부진의 원인으로 분석된다”며, “미래 경쟁력 확보를 위해 LCD 투자는 축소하고 OLED 사업 전환을 통해 장기적인 수익 확보에 나설 것”이라 밝혔다.

LG디스플레이, 2018년 OLED 매출 비중 2배로 확대

LG디스플레이는 25일 진행된 3분기 실적 컨퍼런스 콜을 통해 2018년까지 OLED 매출 비중을 10%에서 20%로, 2배 확대할 예정이라 밝혔다.


LG디스플레이 김상돈 전무는 ‘대형 OLED 생산 capa. 확대를 통해 OLED TV 출하량이 증가하고 있고, wallpaper와 CSO(crystal sound OLED) 등 프리미엄 신제품 등이 좋은 반응을 얻고 있다’며, ‘LCD TV와의 차별성이 인정되고 있다’고 설명했다.


이에 따라 ‘2017년 OLED TV 패널 출하량은 170만대로 예상하고 있다’며, ‘2018년에는 출하량이 250만~280만대, 2020년에는 650만대 이상이 될 것으로 기대하고 있다’고 말했다.

LG디스플레이는 ‘OLED 패널의 수익성을 확보하기 위해 경제적인 규모를 늘리고 있다’고 설명했다. 동시에 ‘재료비와 제반비를 줄이기 위해 중국에 OLED 패널 공장을 짓고, 효율적인 라인과 규모의 경제, eco system 확대 등을 통해 원가를 절감할 것’이라 덧붙였다.

2017년 4분기 출하 면적은 ‘연말 및 내년 춘절 등 성수기 대응 영향에 힘입어 한자리 수 중반 증가하고, 판가는 제품별, 사이즈별 수급 상황에 따라 차이는 있겠지만 전반적으로 하락할 것으로 예상되나 하락세는 점차 둔화될 것’이라 전망했다.
모바일용 디스플레이에 대해서는 현재 ‘LCD에서 POLED로의 전환되고 있다’며, ‘LCD패널의 매출이 전체 매출의 30%를 차지하고 있으나, 2019년 투자가 완료되는 시점에서 매출이 본격적으로 이루어질 것’이라 설명했다.


이어 ‘LG디스플레이는 장기적 미래 준비 계획으로 향후 OLED 중심의 투자를 진행할 예정인 가운데, 어려운 시장 환경이 지속될 수 있다는 보수적인 기조 하에 LCD 차별화 제품 위주의 수익성 극대화 및 OLED 사업 확대를 통한 수익성 개선 노력을 지속하겠다’고 덧붙였다.


한편, LG디스플레이는 판가 하락세 지속에도 불구하고 2017년 3분기 기준 매출 6조 9,731억원, 영업이익 5,860억원으로 22분기 연속 영업이익 흑자를 달성했다. 매출은 OLED TV 제품 확대 등 프리미엄 제품 강화 및 계절적 성수기에 따른 중소형 모바일 제품 출하 증가 영향으로 전분기 6조 6,289억원 대비 5%, 전년 동기 6조 7,238억원 대비 4% 증가했다.
2017년 3분기 매출액 기준 제품별 판매 비중은 TV용 패널이 40%, 모바일용 패널이 27%, 노트북 및 태블릿용 패널이 17%, 모니터용 패널이 16%를 차지한 것으로 나타났다.

LG Display, 2020년 총 매출 중 OLED의 비중 40% 전망


LG Display는 7월 26일 진행된 2017년 2분기 컨퍼런스콜을 통해 OLED 매출 중심 구조로 매출을 바꿔나가겠다고 밝히며 전체 매출 중 OLED가 차지하는 비율이 2017년 10%에서 2020년에는 40%로 확대할 것이라 전망했다.

LG Display의 김상돈 CFO는 4년에 걸쳐 파주 P10 공장에 약 15조원 규모의 10.5세대 OLED과 6세대 POLED 생산라인을 투자할 예정이라 밝혔다. 김상돈 CFO는 “파주 P10 투자는 OLED TV 수요가 2018년에 250만대, 2020년엔 600만대로 예측되는 등 그 수요가 빠르게 증가하고 있기 때문에 양산과 효율성 증가를 위한 선행적 과제”라며 “파주 P10 공장을 OLED 허브로 삼겠다”고 언급했다.


또한, 김상돈 CFO는 “파주 P10 공장 10.5세대 OLED 라인은 2017년 7월부터 2019년 1월까지 필요한 장비를 발주와 설치를 진행하고 이후 6~12개월 동안 테스트 기간을 거쳐 원장 기준 월 3만장 규모의 OLED를 양산하는 게 1차 목표”라고 밝히며 “P10 공장에 투자금액 5조원을 들여 월 3만장 규모의 6세대 POLED 신규 라인을 증설할 계획이며 2019년부터 생산을 시작할 예정”이라 설명하였다.


이어서 LG Display는 기존에 투자한 구미 E5는 올해 안으로 월 1만 5000장 규모의 6세대 POLED를 양산할 것이며 파주 E6라인은 2018년 2분기 안으로 월 1만 5000장 규모의 6세대 POLED를 양산할 계획이라 밝혔다. 또한 중국 광저우 OLED 신규 라인에는 투자금액 5조원을 들여 2019년 상반기부터 월 6만장 규모의 8.5세대 OLED를 양산할 것이라 언급했다. 최근 이슈가 되고 있는 중국 광저우 8.5세대 OLED 투자로 인한 기술 유출 우려에 김상돈 CFO는 “OLED는 카피가 어려운 복합적인 기술로 지난 2013년부터 현재까지 광저우 LCD라인에서 기술유출 사례가 없었다”며 “오히려 국산화 장비와 제반 투자로 오는 수혜가 클 것”이라 답했다.


한편 LG Display의 올해 2분기 매출액은 6조 6290억원으로 전분기(7조 620억원)대비 6% 하락하였지만 작년 동분기(5조 8550억원)대비 13% 증가하였다. 제품별 판매 비중은 TV용 패널이 전분기 대비 3%p 증가한 46%, 모바일 패널이 4%p 감소한 22%, 모니터용 패널이 2%p 증가한 17%, 노트북ㆍ태블릿용 패널이 1%p 감소한 15%를 차지했다. 상반기는 계절적 비 성수기에 속해 실적이 감소했지만 성수기인 하반기에는 상반기 대비 출하량이 증가할 것이라 LG Display는 설명하였다.

LG Display, Expects 40% of OLED out of total sales in 2020.


LG Display spoke that they plan to change the sales structure by focusing on the OLED sales at the conference call in Q2, 2017 which was held on 26 July, and they expected that the OLED sales portion among the total sales would be from 10% in this year to 40% in 2020.

Sang-don, Kim, the CFO of LG Display said that they will invest about 15 trillion won of production line for the Gen10.5 OLED and the Gen6 POLED(Plastic OLED) at Paju P10 factory against 4 years. He said that “The investment of Paju P10 is a leading task for the mass production and the improvement of efficiency because the demand of OLED TV is rapidly increasing by the forecasting of 2.5 million units in 2018 and 6 million units in 2020. We will take the P10 factory as an OLED hub.”

The CFO also said that “We plan to order and install the necessary equipment from July 2017 to January 2019 for the Gen10.5 OLED line in Paju P10 factory, and through test period for 6~12 months, the 1st target will be to mass-produce the OLED of 30,000 units per month based on single unit. 5 trillion won will be invested to the P10 factory to install new lines of the Gen6 POLED with 30,000 units per month and it would be started to produce it in 2019.”

Accordingly, LG Display announced that E5 in Gumi, which was previously invested, plans to mass-produce the Gen6 POLED with monthly 15,000 units of scale in this year, E6 in Paju plans to mass-produce the Gen6 POLED with monthly 15,000 units of scale in Q2 2018. In addition, they mentioned that at the OLED new line in Guangzhou, China, will mass-produce the Gen8.5 OLED with monthly 60,000 units of scale from the first half of 2019 by the investment of the 5 trillion won. For concerns on the technology leakages about the investment of the Gen8.5 OLED in Guangzhou, the CFO, Sang-don, Kim, said “There was no cases of technology leakages in the LCD line of Guangzhou until now from last 2013 since the OLED is complicated technology to copy, and there would be much benefit by the localized equipment and all investment instead of it.”

Meanwhile, the sales of LG Display for the Q2 this year were reduced QOQ 6% (7,620 billion won) as 6,629 billion won, but, increased 13% versus same quarter of last year (5,855 billion won). The portions by the products are following: 46% for TV panels (QOQ +3%p), 22% for Mobile panels (QOQ -4%p), 17% for Monitor panels (QOQ +2%p), 15% for Laptop/Tablet panels (QOQ -1%p). LG Display explained that the performance in first half declined due to the seasonality impact, but the shipments in second half considered as high-season, will be increased versus first half.

LG Display, 70% of facility investment focused on large-sized OLED and POLED in this year


LG Display announced that it will concentrate 70% of CAPEX(investment cost for future profits) on large-sized OLED and POLED, and among them, the proportion of POLED will be higher than that of large OLED through the 2017 Q1 conference call held on April 26.

Kim, Sang Don, CFO of LG Display said “The specific size and timing of the investment is under review, but investing more than 70% of the investment in OLED remains unchanged.” Also revealed LG Display’s future investment direction by adding “Since OLED investment costs are high, we will deeply examine the confidence of our customers and the certainty of market demand, and will invest in a conservative position.”

LG Display said it will continue to secure LTPS-LCD competitiveness. Kim, Sang Don, CFO said ”We plan to switch the Gumi E5 line to POLED instead of LTPS-LCD in the second half of this year, but we think there still is demand for LTPS-LCD and opportunity for high-resolution smartphone manufacturing.”

For the LG Display’s plan for OLED Lighting business and OLED panel shipment, mentioned “OLED lighting will be produced about 15,000 sheets in the second half of 2017, and POLED will be mass-produced in Gumi E5 at the end of 2Q 2017.

For a plan for OLED TV production expansion, said “The reaction for OLED wall paper TV and Crystal Sound OLED released at CES 2017 in January this year, is better than expected in the TV market.” and mentioned “We expect OLED TV shipments to reach 300,000 units in 1Q and 500,000 units level in each quarter of the second half of this year.”

The forecast for ultra-large TV market in 2017, it is forecasted “LG OLED TV occupies an overwhelming share in ultra-large OLED TVs of 60 inches and above, and the ultra-large TV market is expected to grow continuously and record more than 30% of growth rate in the future.”

For the LG Display’s counterplan forward for the Chinese panel makers’ LCD technology, mentioned “Until 2020, it is concerned that the Chinese LCD panel makers are expected to improve their LCD technology and invest in Gen 10, however, LG Display’s IPS technology, consistent quality of mass production and stable supply chain are enough to overcome.”

Meanwhile, said that the sale proportion by product based on LG Display’s sales amount in Q1 this year were 43% for TV panels, 26% for mobile panels, 16% for notebooks and tablets, and 15% for monitors. Also, quarterly operating profit reached a record profit of 1.269 trillion won through continuous overall price increase trend of panel and the mix operation of profit-oriented products of high-resolution, high-end IT products and etc.

LG Display, 올해 설비 투자금의 70%을 대형 OLED와 POLED에 집중

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LG Display는 4월 26일 진행된 2017년 1분기 컨퍼런스콜을 통해 케펙스(CAPEX, 미래이윤창출 목적의 투자비용)의 70%을 대형 OLED과 POLED에 집중할 것이며 이 중 대형 OLED보다는 POLED의 비중이 더 높을 것이라 밝혔다.

김상돈 LG Display CFO는 “구체적인 투자 규모나 시기는 내부적으로 검토 중이지만, 투자의 70% 이상을 OLED에 투자하는 것은 변함없다”고 말했다. 또한 “OLED 투자 비용이 큰 편이므로 고객사의 확신과 시장 수요 확실성 등을 깊게 살펴보고 보수적인 입장에서 투자를 집행하겠다”며 앞으로의 LG Display의 투자방향성을 밝혔다.

LG Display는 LTPS-LCD의 경쟁력 확보도 지속할 것이라 말했다. 김상돈 CFO는 ”올해 하반기 구미 E5 라인을 LTPS-LCD 대신 POLED로 전환할 계획이지만, 여전히 LTPS-LCD 수요가 존재하며 고해상도 스마트폰 제조 등의 기회가 있다고 생각한다”고 말했다.

LG Display의 OLED 조명 사업과 OLED 패널 출하량 계획으로 “OLED 조명은 2017년 하반기에 약 1만 5000장을 양산할 예정이며, POLED는 2017년 2분기 말에 구미 E5에서 양산될 예정”이라 말했다.

OLED TV 생산 확대 계획으로는 “올해 1월 CES 2017에서 공개한 OLED Wall paper TV와 Crystal Sound OLED가 TV 시장에서 반응이 기대 이상으로 좋다”면서 “1분기 OLED TV 출하량이 30만대, 하반기에는 각 분기별로 50만대 수준으로 출하할 것”이라 밝혔다.

2017년 초대형 TV 시장 전망에는 “LG OLED TV는 60인치 이상 초대형 OLED TV 분야에서 압도적인 점유율을 차지하고 있으며, 초대형 TV 시장은 앞으로 지속적으로 성장해 시장점유율 30% 이상을 확보할 것”으로 전망했다.

중국 패널 업체들의 LCD 기술력과 향후 LG Display의 대응방안으로 “2020년까지는 중국 패널업체의 LCD 기술력이 향상되고 Gen 10 투자 등의 우려가 있지만, LG Display만의 IPS 기술력과 안정된 양산 품질, 안정적인 서플라이 체인 등으로 충분히 극복이 가능하다”고 말했다.

한편 LG Display의 올해 1분기 매출액 기준으로 제품별 판매 비중은 TV용 패널이 43%, 모바일 패널이 26%, 노트북ㆍ태블릿용 패널이 16%, 모니터용 패널이 15%를 차지했다. 또한 전반적인 패널의 가격 상승과 더불어 고해상도, 하이엔드 IT 제품 등 수익성 중심 제품을 다양하게 판매하여 분기별 영업이익은 1조 269억원으로 사상 최대 기록을 달성하였다고 밝혔다.

LG Display, OLED Investment Ratio 50% this year → Next year 70%

During the 3Q performance conference call on 26th, LG Display mentioned that their investment ratio in OLED was 50% this year, and plans to increase its ratio to at least 70% next year.

Small and medium sized mobile display market will quickly change from LCD to POLED, and plans to strengthen business cooperation in 1Q of next year, such as mass production of 6th generation E5 line and technological competitiveness, in order to make the basis of OLED extension. It means they started to concentrate on small and medium sized OLED business starting next year.

They also revealed their production plan and future strategies of POLED production line. Gumi E5-1 line and E5-2 line are productions lines with monthly production capacity of 7500 sheets each, where they are proceeding POLED investments after converting existing LTPS facility, and also Paju E6 line is in process of investment to increase the monthly capacity of 15,000 sheets. It seems they will be capable for mass production by 2H 2018.

OLED TV market indicated that they will continue to put effort in cost reduction from improvements in rate, process, and production. They mentioned to establish OLED market more firmly in 1H of next year after successfully increasing the mass production capacity to 25,000 sheets. Among the entire TV panel, OLED sales took up 10%, and among OLED TV panel, 55-inch screen took up 70%, and they forecasted 65-inch market ratio will increase.

They noted they have high expectations of market growth in large screen HD field in large LCD. China is catching up in the market very fast but, they emphasized they will be able to easily acquire profitability by concentrating in high-end LCD such as OLED.

The biggest reason that they choice OLED as their next generation business is because there are possibilities in extension in automobile and commercial other than existing TV•monitor IT devices, and in case of automobiles, they said they are currently in cooperation with many other companies, and also informed many companies are interested in currently ongoing topic, VR, where they plan to adopt plastic OLED products.

In case of commercial products, they are proceeding developments with their customers in various fields such as medical and broadcasting other than public signage. They also mentioned that they are planning to proceed OLED light business after collecting many applications in one place.

From price increase of large LCD panel and extension of large-scale trend of all products, LG Display continued their profit relay for 18 consecutive quarters by resulting 3rd quarter sales of 6,723,800 million KRW and profit of 323,200 million KRW. Sales increased by 15% (5,855,100 million) compared to past quarter, operating profit increased by 634% compared to past quarter (44,400 million KRW) due to improvements in high-valued products such as ASP, UHD, and IPS.
On the other hand, according to Yubi industry research, LG Display forecasted to ship out 900 thousand large OLED panel in 2016, and 1,500 thousand in next year.

LG디스플레이, OLED 투자 비중 올해 50% → 내년 70%

LG디스플레이는 26일 진행된 3분기 실적 컨퍼런스콜을 통해 올해 OLED관련 투자 비중은 50%이며, 내년에는 적어도 70% 수준으로 투자비용을 늘릴 것이라고 밝혔다.


중소형 모바일 디스플레이 시장은 LCD에서 POLED로 전환이 가속화 될 것이며, 내년 상반기 6세대 E5라인 양산 안정성과 기술경쟁력을 확보하는 등 비즈니스 협력을 강화하여 OLED 확대 기반을 쌓는 원년으로 만들 것이라고 강조했다. 내년부터는 중소형 OLED 사업에 주력하기로 한 것이다.

POLED 생산라인의 생산계획과 미래전략도 밝혔다. 구미 E5-1라인과 E5-2라인은 각각 월 7500장 규모의 생산라인으로 기존 LTPS 설비를 전환해 POLED 투자를 진행하고 있으며 파주 E6라인도 월 1만5000장 규모로 투자를 진행중이다. 2018년 하반기에 양산이 가능할 것으로 밝혔다.


OLED TV 시장은 수율 및 프로세스 개선, 생산성 향상 등으로 코스트 절감 노력을 지속할 것이라고 밝혔다. 내년 상반기 8세대 2만5000장 capa를 성공적으로 양산하여 고객 다변화를 통한 OLED TV 시장을 더욱 견고히 구축할 것이라고 밝혔다. 올해 전체 TV 패널 중 OLED 매출 비중은 10%였고, OLED TV 패널 중 55인치 비중은 70%였으며, 내년에는 65인치 비중이 조금 더 증가할 것으로 예상된다고 전했다.

대형 LCD에서는 대형화 고해상도 영역에서 시장 성장의 기대감이 높다고 밝혔다. 중국의 추격이 거세지만 OLED 등 하이엔드 LCD에 집중한다면 2~3년 동안 충분히 수익성을 확보할 수 있다고 강조했다.


OLED 비즈니스를 차세대 사업으로 꼽은 가장 큰 이유는 기존 TV·모니터용 IT 기기 이외에 자동차, 커머셜용 등으로 확장성이 있으며 자동차의 경우 여러 업체와 협업을 진행 중이며 최근 화두인 VR 또한 플라스틱 OLED 제품 채택에 여러 업체가 관심을 보이고 있다고 밝혔다.

커머셜용의 경우 퍼블릭 사이니지 외에 의료용, 방송용 등 다양한 분야에서 실질적으로 고객과 개발 협업을 진행하고 있으며 OLED 조명 사업도 여러 애플리케이션을 한 곳으로 모아 조만간 방향성을 가지고 진행할 것이라고 덧붙였다.


LG디스플레이는 대형 LCD 패널 가격 상승과 전 제품군에 걸친 대면적 트렌드 확대로 3분기 매출 6조7238억원, 영입이익 3232억원을 달성하며 18분기 연속 영업이익 흑자 행진을 이어갔다. 매출은 전 분기(5조 8551억원) 대비 15% 상승했고, 영업이익은 평균거래가격(ASP)이 상승하고 UHD, IPS 등 고부가가치 제품 비중 증가에 힘입어 전 분기(444억원) 대비 634% 급증했다.


한편, 유비산업리서치에 따르면 LG디스플레이의 50인치이상 대면적 OLED panel은 2016년에는 90만대, 내년에는 150만대가 출하될 것으로 전망했다.

[OLED summit 2016]LG Display, presentation of must-be developed pOLED’s core technology

In OLED summit 2016 held in San Diego, USA on 21st(local time), general manager of LG Display Joosu Im gave presentation on “Going forward with pOLED & future challenges” which is about 5 core technology that must-be developed in pOLED and the next pOLED.

As 5 types of core technology of pOLED, dream picture quality, design freedom, process simplication, cost innovation, a diversity of pOLED products were selected.

The presentation focused on topics such as, in dream picture quality, HDR and BT-2020 are applied in high resolution, and in design freedom, new TSP sensor development such as low stress TFT and metal mesh, and durability improvement of flexible window cover.

Also, he emphasized the process development for reducing the panel layer such as low temperature process and touch integration for process simplification, and the need for cost innovation through it. Lastly, he suggested material development (such as phosphorescence, TADF blue) in low power for diversity of pOLED products such as monitor for VR and PC, and automobile diversity of pOLED products, and also suggested changes of pixel design for enhancing the open ratio.

As a new opportunity for pOLED, he pointed out applications on foldable, automotive, and VR devices, and mentioned transparent display as the next pOLED.

This LG Display presentation is very much similar to Samsung’s previous presentation about Samsung Display in IMID 2016, and it looks like the development process and roadmap of the two companies are identical in pOLED (flexible OLED).

Especially, seeing that BT2020 application in AMOLED panel for mobile is previously mentioned by Samsung Display early this year, and now also mentioned by LG Display, it is expected that BT2020 application will become another main issue.


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[OLED summit 2016] LG Display, 반드시 개발 되어야할 pOLED의 core technology 발표

21(현지시간) 미국 샌디에이고에서 개최된 OLED summit 2016에서 LG Display의 임주수 부장은 “Going forward with pOLED & future challenges” 라는 주제로 pOLED에서 반드시 개발되어야 할 5가지 core technologynext pOLED에 대해 발표하였다.

pOLED 5가지 core technology로서 dream picture qualitydesign freedom, process simplication, cost innovation, a diversity of pOLED products를 꼽았다.

Dream picture quality에서는 고해상도에서의 HDR BT2020 적용을, design freedom에서는 low stress TFTmetal mesh등의 신규 TSP sensor개발, flexible window cover의 내구성 향상을 핵심 과제로 발표하였다.

또한 process simplication을 위한 저온 공정과 터치 일체화처럼 panel layer를 감소시킬 수 있는 공정 개발과, 이를 통한 cost innovation이 필요함을 강조하였다. 마지막으로 VRPC용 모니터, 차량용 등 diversity of pOLED products를 위해서 저전력을 위한 재료개발(인광블루, TADF 블루 등), 개구율을 높이기 위한 pixel design 변경을 제안하였다.

pOLED의 새로운 기회로서는 foldable automotive, VR 기기에 적용을 꼽았으며, next pOLED로서 transparent display를 언급하였다.

이번 LG Display의 발표는 지난 IMID 2016에서의 Samsung Display의 발표와 굉장히 유사하며, pOLED (flexible OLED)에 대한 두 회사의 개발 방향과 로드맵이 일치하고 있는 것으로 분석된다.

특히 mobile 기기용 AMOLED panel에서 BT2020 적용은 Samsung Display에서 올해 처음 언급한데 이어 LG Display에서도 언급하여, 모바일 기기의 BT2020 적용이 또 하나의 핵심 이슈가 될 것으로 예상된다.

<LG Display의 임주수 부장>

<Samsung Display 발표내용, IMID 2016>

LG Display ‘POLED, Key Differentiation of Automotive Cluster and CID Design’

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LG Display’s Automotive Sales and Marketing director Sanghyun Ahn

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LG Display emphasized that the automotive industry can differentiate design through plastic OLED (POLED).


During the Industrial Forum IMID 2016 held on 23 August in Jeju ICC of South Korea, LG Display’s Automotive Sales and Marketing director Sanghyun Ahn gave a key note presentation titled ‘Plastic-OLED Market Projection and Application in Automotive Display’, and explained advantages that POLED brings to automotive interior design. In particular, Ahn emphasized that POLED allows design freedom for automotive cluster and CID (center information display).


Ahn told the audience that cluster and CID related design differentiation and large size actualization is possible in the automotive market and requires unbreakable panel. POLED allows for integration of CID and cluster, a large size CID, and unconstrained cluster design, and can become a differentiation point in the automotive industry.


Compared to LCD, OLED is thinner and superior in contrast ratio, color gamut, and response speed. However, Ahn added that OLED’s lifetime and burn issues remain to be solved. He explained that POLED’s lifetime at 25°C LT80 is expected to increase to 15,000 in 2020 from 10.000 and reliability is estimated to improve from 2016’s 240 hours to 2018’s 500 hours.


Ahn revealed that regarding POLED for cluster and CID use LG Display is planning to release 13 inch FHD curved POLED in 2018, and curved and freeform 25 inch POLED in 2019.

LG디스플레이 “POLED, 자동차 클러스터와 CID 디자인 차별화의 핵심”

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LG디스플레이 안상현 부장이 기조연설을 하고 있다.

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LG디스플레이가 플라스틱 OLED(POLED)를 통해 자동차 업계가 ‘디자인 차별력’을 가질 수 있다고 강조하고 나섰다.

8월 23일 제주도 제주ICC에서 열린 ‘인더스트리얼 포럼 IMID 2016’에서 LG디스플레이 안상현 부장은 ‘자동차 시장에서의 플라스틱 OLED의 전망과 애플리케이션’이라는 제목의 기조연설을 통해 POLED가 자동차 내부 디자인에 가져다주는 장점들을 설명했다.

POLED는 특히 차량 내 클러스터와 CID(center information display) 디자인을 자유롭게 할 수 있다고 안 부장은 강조했다.

안상현 부장은 “자동차 시장에서는 클러스터와 CID 관련 디자인 차별화 및 큰 사이즈 구현이 가능하며 깨지지 않는 패널을 필요로 한다”며 “POLED를 통해 CID와 클러스터를 통합하거나, 큰 사이즈의 CID, 자유로운 형태의 클러스터 디자인이 가능해 자동차 업체의 차별화 포인트가 될 수 있다”고 말했다.

OLED는 LCD에 비해 명암비, 색역, 응답속도, 얇은 두께 구현 등은 더 뛰어나다. 하지만 life time과 burn in 부문은 뒤쳐진다는 게 해결과제라는 게 안 부장의 설명이다.

그는 “POLED는 라이프타임이 25도C 환경에서 LT80 기준 10000에서 2020년 15000까지 올라가며, Reliability는 2016년 240hrs에서 2018년 500hrs까지 개선될 것으로 예상된다”고 했다.

안 부장은 “LG디스플레이는 클러스터 및 CID용 POLED 관련해 2018년 13인치 FHD 커브드, 2019년 25인치 커브드 및 프리폼의 POLED를 낼 예정”이라고 밝혔다.

LGD Invests KRW 1.99 Trillion in Flexible OLED Line

LGD will invest KRW 1.99trillion in 6G flexible OLED line. (Source = LGD)

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LG Display, the world’s leading innovator of display technologies, announced today that it will invest KRW1.99 trillion in a new 6th generation (1,500mm x 1,850mm) flexible OLED display production line in Paju, South Korea, as part of its preemptive efforts to change and lead the approaching era of flexible OLED screens for mobile devices.
Dr. Sang-Beom Han, CEO and Vice Chairman of LG Display, said “A paradigm shift to OLED represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the display industry.” He added, “LG Display is determined to become the leader in the fast-growing OLED market through timely investments to maximize efficiency.”
The new production line, E6, will be installed at its P9 plant in Paju with KRW 500 billion already invested to build supporting infrastructure. The E6 line is scheduled to start mass production in the second half of 2018 and will produce 15,000 input sheets per month. In addition to this new line, LG Display already has a 4.5th generation flexible OLED display production line (E2) in Paju, and is building another new 6th generation production line (E5) in Gumi which was announced in July 2015.
LG Display announced in November 2015 that it planned to invest a total of more than KRW 10 trillion for the new P10 plant in Paju to produce mainly OLED displays including large-size OLED displays and flexible OLED displays. With the investment in P10, which is now under construction, and the expansion of the P9 facility, the company is laying a firm foundation to lead the next generation market for smartphones with its advanced OLED technology.
LG Display was the first to introduce the era of large-size OLED TVs with its world’s first 55-inch OLED TV display in January 2013. It also introduced the era of flexible OLED displays with the world’s first plastic substrate-based 6-inch OLED display for smartphones in October 2013 and the world’s first 1.3-inch circular flexible OLED display in September 2014. LG Display has established an industry reputation for its recognized expertise and knowledge of flexible OLED displays.
OLED specializing research company UBI Research expects flexible OLED shipment to greatly increase to approximately 653.1 million units in 2020 from 76.7 million units in 2016. Another display market research company IHS estimates the flexible OLED market will grow to 416 million units in 2020 from 59 million units in 2016.
According to IHS DisplaySearch, this market is expected to grow rapidly with shipments increasing from 59 million in 2016 to 416 million in 2020.


LG디스플레이, 파주에 2조원 규모 POLED 투자 결정…”POLED 스마트폰 시장 선공격”

LGD가 파주에 2조원 규모의 POLED 투자를 단행한다.

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LG디스플레이가 POLED 스마트폰 시대를 선제 공략하기 파주 사업장에 약 2조원 규모의 POLED 투자를 단행한다고 27일 발표했다.

LG디스플레이(대표이사 부회장 한상범, 韓相範 /는 26일 정기이사회를 열고 경기도 파주 사업장 내 P9 공장에 월 1만 5,000장 규모의 6세대(1,500㎜×1,850㎜) 플라스틱 OLED 생산라인 구축을 위한 1조 9,900억원의 투자를 결정했다.

POLED는 유리 기판 대신 플라스틱을 사용하기 때문에 원형, 다각형 등의 2차원 디자인은 물론 벤더블, 롤러블, 폴더블 등 플렉서블 디스플레이로 대변되는 3차원 디자인 혁신을 가능케 한다.

OLED 전문 리서치 업체인 유비산업리서치는 2016년 플렉서블 OLED 출하량이 약 7,670만대에서 2020년 6억5310만대로 크게 성장할 것으로 전망한다. 또 다른 디스플레이 시장 조사업체 IHS는 플렉서블 OLED 시장이 2016년 약 5,900만대에서 2020년 약 4억 1,600만대로 성장 할 것으로 예상한다.

LG디스플레이는 이러한 시장 확대에 적극 대응하기 위해, 경북 구미 사업장에 6세대 POLED 생산 라인(E5)을 투자한 데 이어, 파주 사업장에도 약 2조원의 6세대 생산라인(E6)을 추가 투자하기로 한 것이다.

한편, LG디스플레이는 이번 투자의 효율성 극대화를 위해, 파주에 약 5,000억원 규모의 관련 인프라 조성을 진행해 왔으며, 구미에 이어 파주에서 P생산이 오는 2018년에 본격화 되면, LG디스플레이는 POLED 스마트폰 사업 확대의 기반을 마련하게 된다.

LG디스플레이는 금번 투자 발표한 6세대 생산라인 외에도 월 1만 4,000장 규모의 4.5세대 POLED 생산 라인에서 스마트와치 등을 생산 중이며, 현재 건설 공사 중인 P10 공장에 향후 10조 이상을 투자해, OLED를 통한 디스플레이의 르네상스 시대를 연다는 각오다.

LG디스플레이 한상범 부회장은 “디스플레이산업에서 OLED로의 패러다임 전환은 새로운 도전이자 기회”라며, “LG디스플레이는 적기 투자와 투자 효율성 극대화를 통해 미래 성장 동력으로 떠오르는 OLED 시장에서 반드시 선도적 지위를 확보할 것”이라고 말했다.

한편, 2013년 1월, 세계 최초로 55인치 OLED TV 패널을 양산해 본격적인 대형 OLED 시대의 개막을 선언한 바 있는 LG디스플레이는 POLED에 있어서도 2013년 10월, 세계최초로 6인치 스마트폰용 POLED를 양산한 데 이어 2014년 9월에는 세계최초 1.3인치 원형 POLED를 양산하는 등 꾸준히 관련 기술과 공정 노하우를 축적해 왔다.

LG디스플레이, 6세대 POLED 장비 구미 E5공장에 반입

LG디스플레이 POLED장비반입식 (출처 = LGD)

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LG디스플레이(대표이사 부회장 한상범, 韓相範 /가 6일 경상북도 구미시에 위치한 E5공장에서 6세대 POLED 생산장비의 반입을 축하하고 성공적인 라인 셋업을 기원하는 POLED 반입식을 가졌다고 6일 발표했다.

이날 반입식에는 LG디스플레이 CPO(최고생산책임자) 정철동 부사장을 비롯 장비 협력사 모임 ‘베스트클럽(Best Club)’의 회장사인 탑엔지니어링 김원남 회장과 원자재 협력사 모임 ‘트윈스 클럽(Twins Club)’ 회장사인 신성델타테크 구영수 회장 등 약 200여명의 협력사 대표단 및 임직원이 참석, 장비반입을 축하했다.

LG디스플레이는 차세대 디스플레이인 OLED 시장 선점과 구미지역경제 활성화를 위해 지난해 7월과 올해 4월에 각각 1조 500억, 4,500억원 등 총 1조 5,000억원의 투자를 결정한 데 이어 7월부터 POLED 핵심장비의 반입을 본격 시작한 것이다.

이번 반입을 시작으로 LG디스플레이는 생산라인 셋업,시험운용 등을 거쳐 2017년 상반기 중 양산을 시작할 계획이다.

LG디스플레이는 구미시에 2008년부터 4년간 약 4조원을 투자해 IT/모바일 디스플레이 생산시설 집적화에 주력해 왔으며, 2012년부터는 중소형 디스플레이 기술력 강화를 위해 2조 9,000억 원을 투입하는 등 1995년부터 약 18조원 이상 투자를 해왔다.

이번에 LG디스플레이가 OLED 분야에 총 1조 5,000억원을 구미시에 투자함에 따라 경기부진을 겪고있는 구미시에 새로운 먹거리 및 일자리 창출에 크게 기여할 것으로 전망되고 있다.

플라스틱 기반의 POLED는 벤더블, 롤러블, 폴더블 디스플레이 등 OLED기술의 장점을 다양하게 구현할 수 있는 기술로 그 중요성이 점점 부각되고 차세대 디스플레이 핵심기술이다.

LG디스플레이 CPO 정철동 부사장은 “디스플레이 분야에서 핵심 장비 반입은 성공적인 투자 진행을 상징하는 뜻 깊은 의미가 있다.”며 “이번 투자를 기해 앞으로 구미 사업장을 중소형 POLED 생산의 전진기지로 만들어 나갈 계획”이라고 덧붙였다.

LG디스플레이, 중국 특허심사관들에게 POLED 기술 설명

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LGD가 중국 특허심사관들에게 POLED 기술에 대한 설명회를 진행했다. (Source = LGD

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LG디스플레이는 17일, 중국 쑤저우에 위치한 중국 특허청 장쑤심사센터에서 70여명의 전자분야 특허심사관들을 대상으로 POLED를 중심으로 OLED 주요 기술에 대한 설명회를 진행했다.

이날 설명회에서 LG디스플레이 CTO 강인병 전무가 OLED 등 주요 기술을 소개한 후 OLED 연구팀의 정상훈 수석연구원이 POLED(플라스틱 올레드)기술에 대해 설명했다.

플라스틱 기반의 POLED는 차세대 디스플레이의 핵심 기술로 벤더블, 롤러블, 폴더블 디스플레이 등 OLED기술의 장점을 다양하게 구현할 수 있는 기술로 그 중요성이 점점 부각되고 있다.

이번에 중국 특허청 소속 심사관들을 대상으로 기술설명회를 실시하는 것은 LG디스플레이의 앞선 기술력을 확실히 인식시키고, 특허청과의 교류와 협력의 장을 마련함으로써, 중국內 특허 출원, 등록 및 보호하는데 있어 유리한 환경을 조성하기 위한 특허경영의 일환이다.

이날 설명회에서 CTO 강인병 전무는 “LG디스플레이는 최근 5년간 해외특허 출원건중 30%를 넘는 특허가 중국에서 출원되는 등 중국 특허 출원을 강화하고 있다.”고 강조했다.

한편, LG디스플레이의 글로벌 누적 특허 등록건수는 약 3만건에 이르며 특허가치지수인 오션토모(Ocean Tomo 300 Patent Index) 지수에서 최상위 등급인 “Value” 등급을 받는 등 양과 질적 측면에서 세계적인 특허경쟁력을 인정받고 있다.

[CES 2016]LGD Automotive pOLED

LG Display가 차량용 디스플레이로 오목한 형태와 볼록한 형태를 전시하였으며, 12.3인치의 FHD 해상도이다.