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Chinese Tech Company Developing Giant OLED Production Line In Chengdu

June 15, 2015

The BOE Technology Group—a Chinese company that develops semiconductor display technologies—has begun work on a production line in Chengdu, China, that it hopes will make the city a "global base" for the photonics display industry, Optics.org reports. BOE is one of the leading developers in the industry and its products are used in a wide range of applications, from TVs and monitors to tablets, mobile phones and vehicle displays. The group recently began work on its "Gen 6 Low Temperature PolySilicon Active Matrix OLED" production line in the Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in Chengdu, where it will "manufacture high-end mobile phone panels and new displays for mobile devices," it announced. With a design capacity of 45,000 glass subtrates per month, the facility will require a total investment of RMB 22bn ($3.54bn). At the moment, it's anticipated that production will begin in the first six months of 2017. The collaboration isn't the first time that BOE and the Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone have worked together. Back in 2007, BOE made a significant investment in the Gen 4.5 TFT-LCD project in Chengdu, then later expanded the Chengdu LTPS TFT-LCD/AMOLED production line in 2011. Demand for LTPS has grown considerably over the past few years; in 2013 it was 3.3 million m2, and according to market analyst NPD Display Research this will continue to rise as high-resolution smartphones become even more popular, and smartphone screens become larger. The compound annual growth rate for LTPS panels is expected to reach 24.1% by 2020. Once completed, the production line in Chengdu will make BOE Technology Group more competitive in the industry. As part of the announcement, Liu Xiaodong—COO of the group—explained that Chengdu's multiple skills, huge market and good transportation and logistics infrastructure made it "an integrated industrial production resource for the electronic information industry." "With the benefit of the Gen 6 production line, BOE will use Chengdu as a base from which to expand into larger global markets," he added.

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