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Japan Display to produce OLED smartphone panels from 2018

Rumours continue that Apple is gearing up to adopt OLED displays in iPhones and iPads - Japan Display as a strategic partner to Apple is well placed to take advantage of this move

21 Jan 2016 | Editor

According to news reports Japan Display Inc has said it will begin mass production of OLED panels in 2018, with the ambition to become effective competitors with Korean rivals - this adds to the grwoing speculation that Apple is on the verge of adopting OLED displays for the iPhone and possibly iPads.

The announcements also comes as Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), Japan Display's biggest shareholder and state-backed fund, is in talks to invest in Sharp Corp and merge its display unit with Japan Display, according to unnamed sources.

Japan Display was formed in a government-backed deal in 2012 from the ailing display units of Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd.

There is much to support this speculation as Japan Display already supplies smartphone screens to Apple, but faces strong competition from Asian rivals such as South Korea's LG Display and Samsung.

Japan Display - Slide from recent JDI presentation

Figure: Japan Display - Slide from recent JDI presentation

Japan Display - JDI showcased the latest state-of-the-art technologies

Figure: Japan Display - JDI showcased the latest state-of-the-art technologies

Akio Takimoto's presentation can be found here

Akio Takimoto, chief of Japan Display's research centre, said, "We will take advantage of our advanced thin-film transistor technology in developing OLED screens."


About Japan Display

Japan Display Inc. (JDI) is the leading global manufacturer of advanced small- and medium-sized LTPS LCD panels. By leveraging its advanced technologies and the world's largest LTPS production capacity, JDI provides high resolution, low power consumption and thin displays for smartphones, tablets, automotive electronics, digital cameras, medical equipment and other electronic devices.

JDI, which commenced operations in April 2012, was formed through the consolidation of the display panel businesses of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba. The company's common stock is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with the securities code number 6740.

Source: Japan Display


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