AMOLED scales up with virtually 100% concentration in Korea

April 27, 2012 — Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays manufacturing is virtually 100% concentrated in Korea, according to Displaybank, with Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) and LG Display (LGD) scaling up capacity.

SMD began large-scale AMOLED production in 2008, and the market has expanded under SMD’s leadership, gaining adopters for smartphone displays and other 3”-4” displays.

AMOLED shipments are increasing dramatically, shows Displaybank’s report, “Korea AMOLED Light-Emitting Material Industry Analysis.” In 2011, SMD ramped a Gen-5.5 line. LGD nearly quadrupled its AMOLED production capacity since 2010, with a Gen-4.5 line coming fully on-line. In H1 2012, both companies plan to commercialize 55” AMOLED TVs. They are accelerating development with deposition equipment of 4~10K.

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Figure. Korea’s AMOLED light-emitting materials market size. Includes HIL, HTL, R’, G’, EML(RGB) dopant/host, ETL, EIL, and CPL materials. SOURCE: Korea AMOLED Light-Emitting Material Industry Analysis, Displaybank, Nov 2011.

With the growth in AMOLEDs, related material markets — especially light-emitting materials — are seeing significant increases.

Displaybank’s “Korea AMOLED Light-Emitting Material Industry Analysis” report analyzes equipment trends, development trends, and the supply chains of Korean AMOLED panel makers. It analyzes the current state of Korea’s AMOLED light-emitting material industry through the analysis of domestic AMOLED common layer materials and market size of light-emitting materials, and competition analysis of each material. Learn more at

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