OLED | for Apple IT panel needs!LGD moved some E5 equipment to e6-4 line

2022-05-08 0 By

CINNO Research said LG Display is moving some OLED equipment from its E5 production line in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province, to its production line in Paju, Gyeonggi Province.It is rare in the industry to move equipment that has already been installed and put into use.The move is seen by LG as a way to reduce manufacturing costs and uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.According to South Korean media Thelec, LG Display is moving part of its E5 organic light-emitting diode (OLED) production line in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province, to the E6-4(tentative name) production line in Paju, Gyeonggi Province.The device is used for organic deposition in the production of small and medium sized sixth-generation (1500x1850mm)OLED.When the OLED luminous layer is lined with organic elements in red (R), green (G), blue (B), and the required fine metal mask (FMM) is tightened, the screen tensioning machine is used.IT is expected that the transfer of some of LG display’s mesh machines used in the E5 production line to the Paju plant is to match Apple’s OLED panel production for IT.LG Display is developing and supplying OLED panels for IT products, including Apple’s upcoming OLED iPad.Because the APPLE IT OLED screen for E6-4 has a higher resolution, more mesh machines are needed to achieve this. If part of the mesh machine equipment of E5 production line is moved to Paju, the production cost of the equipment can be saved.Low capacity utilization of the E5 production line and uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are also likely to have influenced LG’s decision.The E5 production line, which produces vehicle-mounted and wearable OLED panels, is known to have low capacity utilization.Moving idle equipment to new production lines can improve equipment utilization.Due to the shortage of components and raw materials such as chips, the manufacturing and delivery time of the equipment has more than doubled due to the two-year-old COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is unlikely that the COVID-19 pandemic will become a stumbling block in the dismantling and relocation of the equipment.Industry experts say LG Display’s decision is unusual.It is expected to reduce production costs, but it is not common in the industry to remove and relocate equipment that has already been installed and operated in newly constructed production lines.In order to minimize the process error, the equipment used in the OLED evaporation process should strictly keep the state of horizontal calibration.Therefore, it is difficult to completely exclude risk factors such as partial damage of equipment in the process of transportation.Some even argue that it would be cheaper to make new equipment than to relocate existing ones.However, compared with the evaporation machine, the risk of moving the net machine is relatively small.In August last year, LG Display announced that it would invest 3.3 trillion won (17.5 billion yuan) in its Paju plant by 2024.LG Display will build an E6-4 production line for OLED panels for IT at its P10 plant in Paju.IPhone OLED panels are currently in mass production at existing E6-1 and E6-2 production lines.The E6-3 production line, which is currently in the process of ordering and transferring devices, will also mass-produce OLED panels for the iPhone.E6-1, E6-2 and E6-3 consist of flexible OLED production lines, and E6-4 consists of rigid OLED production lines. These production lines have a capacity of 15,000 (15K) sheets per month as the input benchmark for the sixth generation of glass substrates.The total production capacity is 60K per month.- END –