Aixtron CEO Paul Hyland leaves by mutual agreement - Martin Goetzeler appointed as successor
25 February 2013

Aixtron has announce that Paul Hyland, Aixtron's President and CEO will leave the Company by mutual agreement with effect as of February 28, 2013 for personal reasons.

In the same anouncement the Supervisory Board has appointed Mr. Martin Goetzeler (50) as his successor. Mr. Goetzeler will join the Company on March 1, 2013. Within the Executive Board, he will be responsible for the areas strategy, production, purchasing and logistics, investor relations and group communication.

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LG Display drops Galaxy Note sales ban request
25 February 2013

According to recent news LG Display is reported to have dropped its request for a domestic sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 devices. This action is considered another step toward both Samsung and LG resolving their battled over OLED and LCD display technologies.

www.lgdisplay.com    www.samsung.com    english.yonhapnews.co.kr

 
New permeation measurement system breaks parts-per-million WVTR detection level
20 February 2013

VG Scientia has announced a vacuum-enabled membrane permeation measurement instrument they are calling "VacuTran." The company says VacuTran is the next generation of ultra-sensitive membrane transmission measurement enabling WVTR (water vapout transmission rates) measurement of barrier layers to better than 10-6g/m2/day and simultaneous O2 permeation to better than 10-3cm3/m2/day. It is according to VG Scienta a major advance in detection levels by a factor of 50-100 compared with the one-part-in-ten-thousand measurement capability of the current generation of instruments.

VG Scienta - VacuTran measurement system

Figure: VG Scienta - VacuTran measurement system

According to VG Scienta VacuTran is a "step change" in order of magnitude for developers and manufacturers involved in ultra-high barrier layer research because until now there has been no commercially available instrument that can measure WVTR to these very low levels nor measure WVTR and OTR simultaneously. This is of particular relevance to the Organic Light Emitting Displays (OLED), Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) devices and Organic Field Effect Transistor (OFET) device markets in the Organic Electronics industry.

www.vgscienta.com    www.vgs-plastic-electronics.com    

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LG Display to invest US$ 650 million in OLED TV line
18 February 2013

LG Display has announced they plan to invest US$650 million (706 billion won) in OLED TV facilities in an effort to strengthen its leadership in OLED technology.

The investment in Gen-8 OLED TV manufacturing facilities, set to be installed in the company's Paju plant in suburban Seoul, is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013. The new facility is expected to start commericial production in the first half of 2014, with monthly substrate capacity of 26,000 sheets.

LG Electronics has already started shipping 55-inch OLED TVs this month ahead of Samsung

According to NPD DisplaySearch worldwide shipments of OLED panels are expected to grow between 2013 - 2018 as follows:-

  • 2013 - 130,000 units
  • 2018 - 29,960,000 units by 2018
  • 2013 - $295.75 million
  • 2018 - $10.02 billion by 2018

www.lgdisplay.com    english.yonhapnews.co.kr    www.displaysearch.com 

 
Samsung to sell OLED TVs in first-half of 2013
18 February 2013

At a recently held company briefing in Seoul Yoon Boo Keun, head of Samsung’s consumer electronics unit, said that Samsung Electronics plans to start selling OLED TVs first half of 2013 with the intention to extend its market lead over rivals.

Kim Hyun Suk, head of Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung’s TV operations, said at a briefing in Seoul, "We will continue to focus on the premium segment as that’s the fastest-growing market." Kim added, "Sales in the global premium TV market will expand about 30 percent to 40 percent this year."

www.samsung.com

 
Tridonic launches new OLED lighting module
18 February 2013

Tridonic recently announced an addition to the Lureon OLED product range - the Lureon REP. The new product will be available from mid-March, although no prices have been published.

According to Tridonic the new module offers high system efficiency and high luminous flux, and this allows, for the first time, genuine professional lighting applications with OLEDs. In addition with a module thickness of less than 3 mm, the OLED module is ideal for use in free-standing and pendant luminaires.

Tridonic - Modern office with OLED pendant luminaire

Figure: Modern office with OLED pendant luminaire

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AM-OLED TV panel market likely to see limited shipments over the next few years
11 February 2013

According to the latest report from IHS iSuppli shipments of AM-OLED TV panels are expected to climb to 1.7 million units in 2015, up from 1,600 in 2013. While the increase in shipments is large, the total number of AM-OLED panels by that time remains negligible compared to the vast number of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels being shipped. The only AMOLED TV likely to ship this year will be LG’s 55-inch flat Full HD model, the 55EM9700.

shipments of AMOLED TV display panels

Figure: iSuppli shipments of AMOLED TV display panels

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LG says OLED TV pre-orders top 100
11 February 2013

LG Electronics Inc recently announced that pre-orders for its 55-inch next-generation televisions has grown above 100, despite costing more than $10,000. LG Electronics will begin selling the TVs on Monday 18 February 2013 in South Korea.

LG hopes an early move to OLED will help it revive its sinking profitability at a time when Japanese rivals are benefiting from a weakening yen.

Samsung has yet to announce when it will start production of OLED TVs.

www.lg.com

 
Samsung Display reported to have dropped injunction against LG Display
11 February 2013

According to recent news reports from Yonhaps News states that Samsung Display has dropped an injunction aimed to block LG Display from using its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology, raising hopes the two rivals are moving to settle their display technology dispute.

However, there has been no official statement from Samsung Display on the issue. What is known is that the Korean Government has been keen to see a resolution of the litigation as they believe it to be detrimental for the Korean display industry.

It will be interesting to see how LG Display responds by dropping their lawsuit against Samsung. Both LG and Samsung are planning to launch large area OLED TVs, and it is therefore in both company's interest to have a resolution soon rather then go through a protracted legal battle.

There are also rumours that Samusng and LG will put aside their dispute over OLED and cooperate to refine their OLED technologies with a view to strengthen both their positions in the global displays industry.

www.lgdisplay.com    www.samsung.com    english.yonhapnews.co.kr  

 
Public funded OLED project So-Light concludes
08 February 2013

The aim of the €14.7 million So-Light was to combine as many of the materials and component related results into design studies and prototypes in order to strengthen Germany’s leading role in the growing OLED-market. So-Light was supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) over a three and a half year period and addressed the complete value chain, from primary OLED materials through to OLED-lighting applications. Several of the promising innovations created within the project will now be brought to market by the participants of the So-Light project.

Hella car rear-light based on 16 red OLEDs

Figure: Hella car rear-light based on 16 red OLEDs

The project partners Novaled, Sensient, University Muenster, Fraunhofer-COMEDD, Aixtron, Ledon OLED Lighting, Fresnel Optics, Hella, Siteco, BMG MIS and the University of Paderborn/L-LAB cooperated in a variety of OLED technology areas.

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Samsung and LG agree to settle patent row
04 February 2013

According to a report in the Korea Herald Samsung Display and LG Display have agreed this week to find a resolution and to settle their escalating OLED patent wars.

The two companies starting their patent war as a way to slow their compteitor as they both raced to dominate the emerging OLED display industry. They are engaged in four separate litigations over display technology patents.

However, many Korean Government officials and industry pundits believe that if the two companies do not find a solution it may seriously harm Korea's competitive position and allow other countries such as Japan, Taiwan and Chian to steal marketshare from the Korean display giants.

Kim Ki-nam, CEO Samsung Display, is reported to have said, "the company plans to resolve the issue one by one."

Han Sang-beom, CEO LG Display, is reported to have said, "there will be talks between executives of the two companies, suggesting details will be adjusted through working-level talks."

www.lgdisplay.com    www.samsung.com    www.koreaherald.com 

 
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