Samsung Breaks Ground for New OLED Fab (A4)
May 15, 2017
To meet burgeoning demand for small/medium flexible displays, Samsung Display Co. broke ground for a new 6th Gen OLED Fab with an estimated cost of 13 trillion won ($11.4 billion) to 16 trillion won. The A4 fab built in Asan, South Chungcheong Province based on the same 6-generation (1850x1500mm) production line as the A3 location in Cheonan active since 2015, will be ready to start operation in the latter half of 2018 with a capacity of 135,000 substrates/month, which could supplies 20 million to 30 million phones, said the company. Samsung Group said capital investment in semiconductor and display would sharply increase this year due to strong demand. Samsung Electronics said it spent 5 trillion won and 4.2 trillion won respectively to increase production capacity in memory chips and displays in the first quarter. [THE INVESTOR reported that Samsung Display on May 11 denied the news report and said, “We are leveling the ground in an area adjacent to our existing manufacturing site in the city but we have not yet decided on what to do with the land. Earlier in the day Maeil Business News reported that Samsung Display has begun construction of a new plant, called A4, early this month with plans to invest up to 16 trillion won (US$14.20 billion) by 2018. Its affiliate Samsung Engineering was reported to be in charge of the construction.