Sharp to Invest $878 Million in OLED Production Expansion

Sharp to Invest $878 Million in OLED Production Expansion

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Sharp is planning to invest $878 million to expand OLED production as Apple looks to use the display technology in all its iPhones by 2019.

Sharp and other manufacturers are trying to catch up with Samsung's lead in making the display panels, reports the WSJ.

Osaka-based Sharp, majority-owned by Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, hopes to make at least 30,000 display-panel sheets a month at its Japanese factories starting next year, said people briefed on the company’s plans. That will require about ¥100 billion in investment, they said, up 74% from a plan disclosed last September to spend ¥57.4 billion on small-scale OLED production lines by June 2018.

Despite the increased investment, Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of Display Supply Chain Consultants, says this would only result in a production capacity of 15 million smartphone panels a year. This is insignificant given the number of smartphones made annually is in the hundreds of millions. “Thirty thousand sheets a month is equal to doing nothing,” he said.

Apple is widely rumored to have a selected Samsung as the exclusive supplier of OLED panels for the 'iPhone 8'.

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Sharp to Invest $878 Million in OLED Production Expansion
C Lee - March 9, 2017 at 3:28am
Not that simple, they first contacted Sharp Corporation as their first source for OLED displays (before their buyout), but will not need them until 2018. The reason being that Samsung is to produce possible 2017 orders on their current technologies. The 2018 order from Sharp will feature IGZO technology. This coupled with OLED technology would bring a quantum leap in battery life. The 2018 or S model should last 3-4 full days of battery as compared to the 1-2 days for the 2017 models. This display is also planned to run natively at 120hz, giving it an even smoother experience. This was the plan when Foxconn went in to buy Sharp. This still may be the plan in the future. But not fully confirmed by Foxconn insiders.
Mackan1 - March 7, 2017 at 5:57pm
Did apple not give sharp billions of money a couple of year ago to keep going?
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