LG Display reported that the company began mass production at its new Gen 5 OLED light panel production line in Gumi, Korea. The company has also launched its new OLED light brand, Luflex. With these actions, the company intends to lead the lighting market and boost the nascent sector around the world.
New OLED light Panel Production Line Increases Production Capacity 30X
The Gen 5 line produces sheets measuring 1,100mm x 1,250mm and fabricates 15,000 of these sheets per month. This translates to about a 30-fold increase in OLED panel area compared to the previous Gen 2 line that produces 370mm x 470mm sheets with a monthly capacity of 4,000. The firm says it will gradually ramp up the OLED panel production capacity.
“LG Display’s step to start mass production at the new line marks a significant turning point in the lighting industry,” said Sung Soo Park, vice president and head of the OLED Light Business Division at LG Display. “We expect that this will improve the price-competitiveness of OLED light technology which in turn will trigger widespread adoption of OLED lighting around the world.”
LG Display also debuted its new Luflex brand of the company’s OLED light panels. Luflex is short for the words “lux” (light in Latin) and “flexibility.” This brand name reflects an OLED lighting core characteristic of being flexible, bendable and rollable, making it extremely design-friendly. It also offers value by being able to converge naturally into various applications, including mirrors and furniture.
“The launch of the new brand along with the expanded production at the new line reflects our belief that OLED lighting has unlimited potential and it demonstrates our commitment to lead the market,” said Park. “We are confident that Luflex will become a representative brand in the OLED lighting industry.”
OLED Light Panel Advantages
LG Display contends that OLED light panels can offer a tremendous commercial potential for lighting manufacturers.
The company points out several advantages of OLEDs as a lighting solution including that they are easier on the eyes than conventional sources such as fluorescent and LED, and they can be made with a spectral distribution that is very close to sunlight. Additionally, the firm notes that they offer great uniformity in their luminescence. Furthermore, they operate while generating virtually no heat, meaning that OLEDs can be utilized to illuminate, for example, antique wooden furniture or buildings, or even food displays.
OLED light panels are inherently super slim. In fact, the panels that the Gen 5 production line can produce measure just 0.41mm thick. This thinness can translate to flexibility to shape the OLEDs creatively into curves or spirals. Such form flexibility is impossible with other light sources.
The company points out that world-famous industrial designers have already adopted OLED lighting panels for experimental applications. These designers include Ron Arad and Ross Lovegrove. LG Display says that Customers have stated that OLED lighting installations can improve the attractiveness of spaces.
The company has started mass producing OLED tail lights for automobiles, which has attracted attention from international automakers and tier-1 component companies. For general lighting applications, the company has deployed various installations in retail spaces, hotels, food and beverage outlets, universities, etc., and LG Display says more and more potential customers are making inquiries after viewing these projects.
The company contends that the overall market environment is turning more and more positive and encouraging towards OLED lighting.