Construction starts on China's first OLED plant

Visionox and Tsinghua University have begun construction of an OLED factory in China.

Beijing Visionox Technology and Tsinghua University have begun construction of a plant that will produce OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, the company said in a statement.

OLED is an emerging low-power display technology that has already begun to replace LCDs (liquid crystal displays) in some applications, such as cell phones and MP3 players. Visionox and Tsinghua claim the Kunshan plant is the first OLED manufacturing plant to be built in China.

Visionox said the plant will eventually consist of two production lines. Construction of the first line is to be complete in 2006, while the second line is scheduled to be built in 2008. Both production lines will be used to produce multicolor and full-color OLED displays ranging in size from 1 inch to 3 inches. They are designed for use in cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and automotive electronics, Visionox said.

When construction is complete, the two production lines will be able to produce 20 million small OLED screens annually, worth an estimated 1.2 billion renminbi (US$148.2 million), Visionox said.

Looking beyond 2008, Visionox said future expansion of the plant may include a production line to manufacture full-color OLED displays measuring 10 inches or more, depending on how the technology and the market evolve.

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