According to industry sources on January 19, the two display giants of Korea, Samsung Display and LG Display, are expected to place orders for equipment to mass-produce flexible displays in the first half of this year. The two companies announced in October 2013 that they began to mass-produce flexible display for smartphones.
Recently, Samsung Display has reportedly notified manufacturers of an order for equipment to produce flexible displays at the A3 plant in Asan City, South Korea. LG Display also announced its plan to diversify a line-up of flexible displays.
Samsung has a 5.5-gen production line at the A2 plant, while LG retains some of its 4.5-gen production line at its E2 plant in Paju as a flexible display line for research and development.
Mechanical components and equipment manufacturers express high hopes for increased investment for flexible displays, which has been delayed so far, but they are cautious about the real impact of investment. It is due to the fact that display makers are more likely to be reluctant to immediately mass-produce flexible displays because of low demand. Therefore, the trickle-down effect of investment is going to be somewhat limited.