Samsung Display will dispose of 7G TFT-LCD production equipment by the end of 2016 and China-based LCD module maker Truly Semiconductors is more likely than panel makers BOE Technology and China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) to become the buyer, according to Digitimes Research.
As Samsung Display has shifted focus to small- to medium-size AMOLED panels and large-size LCD panels for high-end application, it will stop operation of its L7-1 line in South Korea and sell the equipment to make way for building a 6G AMOLED line there, Digitimes Research indicated. The 6G AMOLED line is scheduled to come into operation in first-half 2018.
BOE and CSOT may seek to purchase the equipment, as they each supply about 20% of TV panels used by Samsung Electronics. However, Truly Semiconductors has acquired a 4.5G AMOLED factory and a 5G a-Si LCD line from Samsung Display and produces LCD panels for automotive displays, and is therefore more likely to acquire the L7-1 equipment.
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