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IDTECHEX RESEARCH FORECAST THE NEXT 10-YEARS IN OLED TECH

February 6, 2019 Industry

OLED Display Forecasts and Technologies 2019-2029: The Global Rise of Flexible and Foldable Displays from IDTechEx Research includes technology analysis and detailed forecasts by market segment and display type, with additional assessment of Quantum Dot Displays, E-Paper Displays and other Flexible Displays. The report displays a comprehensive assessment of OLED display technologies and markets in addition to the progress in other emerging display technologies including quantum dots and electrophoretic displays. 

The data and forecasts given are the result of extensive research including interviews with key providers of OLED materials, manufacturing equipment, panel makers and OEMs. For each of the applications IDTechEx provides detailed assessments of the markets including the technology requirements, technology roadmap and the impact of competitive technologies, which all feed in to the forecasting model.

OLED Displays

In 2018, the OLED industry will be worth $25.5Bn, rising to $30.3Bn in 2019. Over $15Bn has been invested in the OLED display industry from 2016 to 2018 with panel makers mainly based in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The investment is coming from the need to differentiate products with better screens and new form factors, with plastic based OLEDs becoming the norm (in rigid format) leading to truly flexible OLED displays – foldable displays being the first commercial example of that, expected in 2019. 

OLEDs for cellphones dominate the OLED sector, comprising of 81% of the market revenue in 2018. The second largest sector are OLED TVs which are 16% of the total market by revenue in 2018. Despite being 16% of the revenue, OLED TVs are 40% of the market by area of display. Therein is the challenge for larger area displays – cellphones have smaller displays and can command premium margins, but larger devices (including tablets) typically have lower price points and lower margins but need larger, more expensive screens (albeit with lower resolution). The third largest OLED application is wearables, which is 2% of the total OLED display market value and 0.4% by area in 2018. The thinness, flexibility and appearance of the display are desirable versus LCDs.

In separate chapters, the report assesses each of the main layers of OLED displays including substrates, thin film transistors (TFTs), materials, barrier layers, transparent conductive film and manufacturing processes.

Options for each are assessed and compared, identifying which are being used by which application. Key players and their progress are identified.

The technology assessment also includes matching the technology against the market need. For example, the impact of the Rec.2020 digital standard for next generation ultra HD displays, to the roadmap from glass based displays to foldable displays, to the progress with printed displays and how the materials and manufacturing processes used are changing to enable that.

The latest activities of major OLED companies are covered, including their state-of-the-art capability, technology and, where applicable, OLED manufacturing capacity 

Quantum Dot Displays

In assessing the display industry, OLED Display Forecasts and Technologies 2019-2029: The Global Rise of Flexible and Foldable Displays also covers the advancement of Quantum Dot Displays in different guises of Edge Optic, Film Type, Color Filter, On Chip and Emissive.

Each of these options are assessed with the outlook of competition to OLED displays for different market types. Ten-year forecasts are ultimately provided showing the share of the market of these different technology types.

Other Flexible Displays & Lighting

The report also assesses other flexible display and lighting types, including for each the players, technologies, commercial success and applications. Technologies covered include Electrophoretic displays, Flexible LCD displays, Electrowetting displays, AC electroluminescent displays, Thermochromic displays, Electrochromic displays, OLED lighting and Flexible LED lighting.

For more information on this report and other IDTechEx research contact research@IDTechEx.com or visit www.IDTechEx.com/displays

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