Business Korea - LG may decide to shut down its flexible OLED smartphone business to focus on automotive OLED displays

LG Display currently produces flexible OLEDs (branded as pOLEDs), for both wearable devices and smartphones, is the exclusive supplier of AMOLED displays for Apple's Watch smartwatch (although this could change soon) and it also supplies OLED displays for various smartphones, including the company's own flagship phones.LG V40 ThinQ photo

LG Display has been struggling, though - with low yields, poor display quality and securing orders. According to a new report from Business Korea, there is some skepticism regarding the viability of this business - including some inside LG Display's management itself.

ETNews: LG Display to focus on automotive OLED lighting and not quit the OLED lighting market completely

A couple of weeks ago we reported that LG Display has decided to quit the OLED lighting market, as it found it difficult to ramp out production and lower its production costs. It was not clear what's the future of LGD's automotive OLED lighting business, but now we have an update from Korea.

LG Electronics OLED Taillights (2017)

According to ETNews, LG display has indeed found it difficult to win orders for its consumer OLED lighting products, and has decided to "reduce" its Luflex OLED lighting product line. LGD, however, is not quitting the OLED lighting market - but is stepping up its efforts to supply automotive OLED lighting solutions.

Reuters details Japan Display's upcoming $2.1 billion bailout

In August 2017, Japan Display announced a last-resort strategic focus on OLED displays as the Japanese display maker failed to shift to OLED displays in time. In 2017 JDI announced it is beginning to seek funds for the change in focus, and since then we have heard of several plans in place.

Reuters now details the upcoming $2.1 bailout now being prepared for JDI. According to Reuters, a group of investors from Taiwan and China, led by TPK and the Harvest Group will invest 80 billion Yen (around $720 million) in JDI. In addition, the Japanese government INCJ fund will provide 77 billion Yen in bonds and will also accept a debt-to-equity swap worth 75 billion. The total deal is worth around $2.1 billion.

The 2019 International TADF Workshop marks the 10 years since TADF discovery

TADF, or Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence, is a relatively new class of OLED emitter materials that promise efficient and long-lifetime performance without any heavy metals. TADF was discovered 10 years ago, and the 4th International TADF Workshop will mark the event.

Blue TADF emitter molecules

The TADF Workshop will cover a diverse range of topics in TADF, excitonic materials, physics and devices - including a special focus on device architectures, up-conversion mechanisms, radical (doublet) emitters and perovskite emitters.

New OLED gadget: Vivo X27 Pro

Vivo's X27 Pro is a high-end smartphone that features a 6.7" 1080x2460 full-screen Super AMOLED display, an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, an Octa-Core chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, a 48MP triple-lens camera and a motorized pop-up 32MP selfie camera.

Vivo X27 Pro photo

The Vivo X27 Pro will ship by the end of April 2019 for around $600.

Everdisplay's 1.91" 240x536 AMOLED display is now available in the OLED marketplace

Many device makers have been seeking 2 to 4 inch AMOLED displays for a long time, as most display makers are focusing on either smartphone-sized displays or wearable ones. We have some good news on that front - China's Everdisplay has started to produce 1.91" 240x536 AMOLED displays, and these are now available in the OLED Marketplace.

These new small AMOLED displays can be great for many applications - i you are interested in this display for your device or new project, contact us now, or check out more information over at the OLED Marketplace.

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