LG Display this month started production at its 8.5th Generation OLED manufacturing facility in Guangzhou, China. When fully ramped, total capacity of the factory will be 90,000 substrates per month. The plant will produce 55, 65, and 77-inch high-resolution panels for televisions. In fact, LG’s goal is to make 10 million large size OLED panels per year by 2022, which means to more than double its current output.

The new 8.5G OLED panel plant is a nine-level building above the ground that occupies a 74,000 m² piece of land and provides 427,000 m² of floor space. Initial capacity of the manufacturing facility will be 60,000 2200×2500 mm substrates per month, which will be expanded to 90,000 sheets per month by 2021. The factory will be operated by LG Display High-Tech China, a joint venture between LG Display and Guangzhou Development District, in which the former holds a 70% stake (with ~$2,150 billion in capital).

Facing cut-throat competition from various makers of liquid crystal displays, LG Display recently set a strategic goal to significantly expand production of large OLED panels in a bid to serve more lucrative and growing market segments. LGD says that it sold 2.9 million huge OLED panels in 2018 and expects to sell 3.8 million large panels this year, which will turn this business to profitability. Citing market researchers, the manufacturer says that demand for OLED TVs and panels is growing and to that end, it makes a great sense to invest in OLED plants.

Right now, LG makes 70,000 8.5G OLED substrates at its plant near Paju, South Korea. The company is building a 10.5th Generation OLED plant near Paju that will produce 45,000 of 2940×3370 mm substrates per month when it is ready in 2022. Combined, LGD will manufacture 160,000 8.5G OLED substrates and 45,000 10.5G OLED sheets a month in 2022. The company hopes that its expanded manufacturing capacity will enable it to make 10 million of large OLED panels per year by 2022.

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  • zinfamous - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - link

    you mean less than, or x < 3ft away.

    It seems that everyone these days forgot, or never learned how to properly use the "crocodile's mouth." lol. "The crocodile eats the bigger number!"
  • 0ldman79 - Sunday, September 1, 2019 - link

    How bad is the risk of burn in?

    I've had issues with my IPS laptop, had several refurb AMOLED phones we returned due to burn in.
  • imaheadcase - Sunday, September 1, 2019 - link

    Burn in is not really a thing for newer displays, they have lots of features to prevent it. Unless you disable every energy savings feature and stuff on a display it will be fine or stare at static screen all the time.. never had a issue with it.
  • Beaver M. - Sunday, September 1, 2019 - link

    Burn in is as alive as always.
    Their software features only decreases brightness and uses algorithms to make it a bit slower or less obvious.
    More usage time = quicker burn in. Its that simple. LG even admitted that openly. It doesnt matter how often your turn it off after usage. It will still add up.

    Theres a reason there are still no OLED monitors. And that is burn in. It would happen even quicker on them, and it already happens quick if you play games with HUDs or watch lots of news channels. On PCs you would see it in a matter of weeks.
  • s.yu - Sunday, September 1, 2019 - link

    That doesn't make sense, IDK if there are OLED monitors but there certainly are laptop screens OLED, which are expected to at least last a couple of years with far higher difficulty of replacement than a monitor.
  • wr3zzz - Sunday, September 1, 2019 - link

    The main reason that there are no OLED desktop monitors is not burn-in but costs. Desktop monitors have one of the lowest profit margins in the business because it's super price sensitive. OLED simply cannot compete in price. OLED is however present in high end notebook because the ASP is high and panel makers can sell them in bulk rather than retail (much lower cost overhead).

    Another reason is production planning. Desktop monitors use panels from older gen flat panel plants when the size is no longer optimal for TV. No one has built a plant specifically for desktop panels in ages. There is hardly any old gen OLED plants, and whatever supply there is went into notebooks.
  • Beaver M. - Monday, September 2, 2019 - link

    Laptops dont nearly see as much usage as desktop PCs.
    Plus the screens are too small (many dont notice it on their phones either) and if they are being used stationary, they often get an external screen plugged into it.

    The monitor market is pretty huge. You know how I know and how that is generally defined? On the massive amount of different models. There are literally thousands of different models available right now. You think because some 27" gaming monitors cost up to 3k, as much as a very good 75" TV, it means the market isnt that huge? Everyone, incl. me, cried like little babies for OLED to finally arrive, because LCD has so many drawbacks. But then reality and its burn in arrived, and it was even obvious to the manufacturers, that it wouldnt go well, even though they already scam people quite audaciously with their high priced gaming monitors.
  • Zoolook13 - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - link

    There are OLED monitors, not many but there hasn't been any panels to use, LG doesn't make their panels below 55" and of course there has been a huge production of smaller panels for phones but not in the 20"-34" range.
    Now however production is beginning to scale up with laptop and normal desktop size panels, but it's coming from smaller to bigger. Give it a few years.
  • Ajarjay - Monday, September 2, 2019 - link

    Having owned three of LG’s oleds, and currently using a second one for PC photo editing and gaming, I can’t agree with you. My two year old sets have no signs of burn in that I can detect in normal usage and the picture is still markedly better than any lcd based TVs I have seen to date. I have watched all the videos on burn in and I know it can be an issue with heavy usage of certain types of content, but with my mixed usage and 15 hours a week of usage, they seem to be holding up perfectly and the benefits of OLEDs far outweigh the risks of burn in.

    Most of these comments seem to come from people who don’t own OLEDs, who have read about burn in, but who never have actually had any real work problems with OLED burn in. I’ve yet to read a single comment of someone who claims to have significant burn in related issues for normal average use case scenarios, so I think the problem is a bit overblown. I personally think the perfect blacks and excellent color are worth it to the point that, even if I had to buy one every three years, which does not appear to be the case, I am happy to keep doing so for the benefits which are sizeable.
  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - link

    Gotta love these comments... 15 hours a week of usage... cute. As much as mine does sometimes a day.
    As Ive said before, I was a huge OLED fanboy once. I had 4 phones with OLED which ALL had burn in, some even after only a few weeks. Ive owned 2 different LG OLED TVs and seen several times as many from other users in real life and they ALL had burn in.
    Its always the same with you guys. You claim you have no burn in, but when pointed out in person, you deny it or say its not that bad.
    The "30 fps is enough" people of modern times...

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