More LCD Fab Closures Expected in Korea and Elsewhere
October 07, 2019
Samsung Display is planning to shut down additional production lines for LCDs in the middle of next year. The phase 2 line at its 8-1 Asan 1 Campus in South Chungcheong Province will most likely be the target. The company has already halted the phase 1 line. “The firm has decided to halt operations after about 10 more months,”said one industry watcher. “But we do need to wait and see because Samsung Displays schedule on this particular project has been constantly changing”
Samsung will be using the facility for the Gen 8.5 QD/OLED production base and will recycle some of the tools to produce he active matrix although it will use oxides, not a-Si. Samsung Display is also expected to announcing plans for investing in QD/OLED displays in October. “Samsung Display has drawn up investment plans for up to 2025, based mainly on facility and R&D investment for QD OLED panels,”said a government official close to the matter. Lee Chang-hee, a former Seoul National University professor, is currently leading Samsung Display’s electroluminescent QD display development. Samsung has yet to unveil details about that research.
LG Display also plans to close down parts of its LCD lines. Parts of the Gen-7 and Gen-8 lines in Paju of Gyeonggi Province are to be shut down late this year or early next year. Due to such plans, LG Display has requested voluntary retirements since Sept. 23. LG Display plans to make huge investments for large-sized OLED panels over the next three years based on estimates that it will sell more than 10 million panels in 2022. This year, the estimates are set at 3.8 million. The OLED lines in Paju will begin mass production in 2022, and in 2023 for Gen-10.5 lines.
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