Apple sets up OLED panel R&D line in Taiwan to reduce reliance on Samsung Display

“Apple has purchased chemical vapor deposition (CVD) machines from Korea-based Sunic System to build a 2.5G OLED panel line to develop related technology and products in Taiwan, according to a Korea-based ET News report,” Steve Shen reports for DigiTimes.

“Apple is eagerly developing its own OLED technology in order to reduce its reliance on Samsung Electronics for the supply of OLED panels, while enabling it for product differentiation, said the report,” Shen reports. “Apple’s move will break the dominant position held by Japan-based Canon Kokki in the CVD machinery market, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. Canon Tokki is currently the primary supplier of CVD machines and ships the bulk of its output to Samsung.”

“Samsung has bought five sets of OLED manufacturing equipment from Canon Tokki so far in 2017 and has signed contracts to buy five out of 10 such machines to be rolled out by the Japan-based machinery company in 2018, said the Commercial Times. LG Display also purchased two CVD machines from Canon Tokki in the first half of 2017,” Shen reports. “BOE Technology also bought one CVD machine from Canon Tokki in the first half of 2017 and plans to buy more in 2018.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, as we’ve been calling for it for years, anything that cuts Samsung out of iPhone’s profit engine – thereby limiting their ability and/or will to produce even more patent- and trade dress-infringing iPhone knockoffs – is a Very Good Thing™.

Looks like Apple might not be stuck funding Samsung to knockoff their IP for the foreseeable future, after all.

Apple in talks with LG Display for up to $2.62 billion investment in OLED iPhone display lines – July 3, 2017
Samsung is building the world’s largest OLED plant to supply Apple’s iPhone – June 30, 2017
Samsung to supply OLED displays for Apple’s 5.28-inch iPhone 9 and 6.46-inch iPhone 9 Plus – May 30, 2017
Next-gen iPhone’s OLED display puts blue spotlight on Japanese supplier – April 24, 2017
Apple signs two-year contract with Samsung for up to 92 million OLED iPhone displays – April 7, 2017
Apple orders 70 million OLED panels for next-gen flagship iPhone – April 3, 2017


  1. Wait, so Apple is buying CVD machines from a Korea company that the other major display companies may not be using for one reason or another to try their hand at producing displays themselves? Actual hardware manufacturing, not just the design? Let’s hope the equipment is at least equivalent and can get the yields Apple is used to in a few years. I don’t expect them to be putting out displays at least for a year or two.

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