JOLED Starts Construction of New Printed OLED Facilityby Anton Shilov on April 9, 2019 2:00 PM EST
JOLED this week started construction of a new manufacturing facility that will be used to make displays using printed OLED technology. The factory will be able to produce hundreds of thousands medium-sized OLED monitors used for computer monitors, automotive applications, and so on.
JOLED, which absorbed the OLED operations of Sony and Panasonic, currently uses a 4.5 Gen production line in Nomi, Japan, to make its printed OLED screens. In addition, the company is building a new 5.5 Gen pre-process printed OLED plant near the same location that will become operational in 2020.
This week the company started construction of yet another a new post-process printed OLED facility in Chiba, which will be complementing the Nomi 5.5 Gen line. The factory will go online next year.
The production capacity of JOLED’s facility in Chiba will be approximately 220,000 units of 10 to 32-inch OLED screens per month. Total floor area of the factory will be circa 34,000 square meters.
JOLED did not say how much money it invested it is new production facilities, but indicates that is using some of the funds amounting to ¥25.5 billion ($229.449 million) in total that the company had raised by a capital increase through the third-party allocation of shares.
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nathanddrews - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkThat's great - whatever helps drive down the price of OLEDs!
Alistair - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkIt's hard to get excited after they announced a $5000 22 inch monitor. If they can't make a 144hz 1440p (or even 1080p) for less than $1000, they may as well not bother.
quiksilvr - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkIf people had your attitude nothing would get cheaper. You have to start low volume high cost then over time the prices will drop. Remember back in 2004-2005 when the first 50" 1080P TV came out for over $10,000? People thought that it would never catch on and it was crazy. Now you can get a 50" 4K TV for literally 1/50th of that price.
Alistair - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkMy attitude? OLED is nothing new. We've had many before, we have TVs and we have the Dell monitor that also released for a lower price. I just don't have any reason to believe that JOLED will release a <1000 OLED monitor for gaming.
Alexvrb - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkAgreed, OLED price and performance hasn't been advancing as much as I had hoped in recent years, especially for larger displays. Heck, even among smaller displays OLED isn't perfect. Look at the HP Reverb... they went with LCD and achieved massively higher subpixel density vs similarly priced OLED competitors, eliminating the screen door effect entirely.
So it's like OK, they've got their advantages and large cheap OLED displays are nice in theory, but I'm not going to wait. Someone else can eat the "early" adopter prices for the next half decade.
StevoLincolnite - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkI think skipping OLED entirely is probably what I will do... And wait for Micro-LED to catch on.
FXi - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkProblem is that micro-led brings a whole host of problems with it, not the least of which is that it's vastly more expensive to manufacture than any prior technology. And for those of us who remember how "fast" OLED was going to take over the world back decades ago, I tend to read those "it's right around the corner" prognostications with significantly more doubt nowadays.
rhysiam - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkI see where you're coming from, but 55" LG 4K OLEDs can easily be had new for $1700, which is less than current premium gaming monitors and competitive with mid range LCD TVs. 1440p OLED phones are reasonably priced and again, competitive with high end LCDs. Beyond burn-in concerns (which admittedly are significant in the monitor space!) there is no reason I can see why OLED monitors need to remain an ultra-premium option. Surely it's just a matter of time and early/adopter tax before OLED monitors are price competitive in the mid-high end monitor space?
FXi - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - linkI back up your comment in a sense. The news for JOLED is now irrelevant as they are pricing themselves in the stratosphere. That's ok if it works for them. But for most readers, we're never going to touch these products outside of a tradeshow.
Samus - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - linkOLED may be nothing new but producing it with modern pixel density is a technical challenge. Most OLED displays have historically has incredibly large pixels (as in dot-matrix replacements or large-format media screens) or were tiny screens where they made sense for power savings or their contrast ratio (such as in smartwatches)
The fact LG can make 77" 4K OLED TV's for $4000 is a scaling marvel.