Korean media outlet Thelec reported on Monday that BOE, a Chinese electronic components firm, has recently converted the layout of its B12 OLED panel factory so that it can manufacture panels for IT products and automobiles, besides just smartphones. Rivals Samsung Display and LG Display are also at leading stages in the IT OLED panel technology field.
The phase three production line at the B12 facility in Chongqing, China will be able to manufacture OLED panels for smartphones, IT and automobiles. Phase three was initially designed to handle Gen 6 (1500x1850mm) flexible OLED panels for smartphones, as in phases one and two. The change of plan hints that BOE is likely aiming to supply OLED panels for Apple’s IT products, from tablets to PCs. The Chinese display giant has designed phase three of the B12 facility so that it can manufacture OLED panels of up to 15 inches in size, sources said.
BOE’s B12 factory started phase one operations last year during the fourth quarter; the second phase is expected to commence during the first half of this year. Equipment for phase three will enter installation in April.
On December 28, 2021, BOE’s official WeChat account showed that the company’s sixth-generation AMOLED (flexible) production line project in the southwestern city of Chongqing has now begun mass production.
This project further expands BOE’s flexible display technology reserves and production capacity and will round out the company’s link of flexible display production lines in Chengdu and Mianyang, two cities in nearby Sichuan Province.
At present, BOE has deployed six key projects in Chongqing, including the sixth-generation AMOLED (flexible) production line. It also has the 8.5-generation TFT-LCD production line, and the BOE Chongqing Smart System Innovation Center. These production lines have cumulative investment of over 86 billion yuan ($13.5 billion).