There is no doubt that AMOLED opens a new era of flexible display.Worldwide AMOLED mobile phone panel shipments reached 370 million in 2016, a jump of 41.2 percent from 2015.China's top 10 mobile phone brands contributed 26 percent.More than a third of more than 50 new domestic smartphone models released in the first half of 2016 used AMOLED screens.
The increase in AMOLED mobile phone panel shipments is indeed a great boon to upstream enterprises, shangda electronics has been in short supply of flexible circuit boards.About 12 to 15 flexible circuit boards are used in each smartphone.As China's leading supplier of flexible circuit boards, suntech has become the supplier of almost all mobile phone brands except apple.For example, samsung, OPPO, VIVO, huawei, gionee, meizu, lenovo, etc.
The explosive growth of AMOLED will continue in 2017.About half of the iPhone's purchases of new models will use AMOLED panels, which is expected to boost overall AMOLED shipments.According to CINNOResearch, worldwide AMOLED panel shipments will reach 570 million units in 2017, up by as much as 51.7 percent.By 2020, the annual compound growth rate of AMOLED mobile phone panels will be 88.2 percent.
Driven by terminal consumer demand, upstream panel manufacturers will also stage a nervous arms race.Before 2016, small and medium-sized AMOLED production capacity was very small, and samsung's panels could only meet the demand of its own mobile phone products.Since 2016, several panel factories in China and Taiwan have achieved partial AMOLED mass production.From the second half of 2017, HIS forecast, AMOLED panel supply will be expanded rapidly.
Currently, the production lines of AMOLED in the Chinese mainland have already started production: G5.5 substitute line of jingdong ordos, and G4.5 substitute line of G4.5 in Shanghai of glow electricity, G5.5 substitute line of guoxian optoelectronic kunshan, G5.5 substitute line of tianma Shanghai, and G4.5 substitute line of xinli huizhou.The ones under construction are: jingdong fangchengdu G6 line, tianma wuhan G6 line, huaxing optoelectronic wuhan G6 line, gu 'an G6 line built by black cow food and guoxian optoelectronic co., LTD., and huiguang electric Shanghai G6 line and xinli shanwei G6 line.
In particular, in the above AMOLED production line already built or under construction, jingdongfang, tianma, xinli and huaxing optoelectronics are all customers of shangda electronics.
In a sign of optimism about the overall Chinese market, U.S. chipmaker GlobalFoundries recently announced a $10 billion investment in a new advanced semiconductor facility in chengdu, China.That largely dispelled concerns about the semiconductor industry returning to the United States.Earlier, the Wall Street journal reported that American companies had invented a flexible, ultra-thin transparent circuit board, and the United States was preparing to reshape the foundation of the semiconductor industry, circuit boards, to create more jobs.It now appears that the center of gravity of the global semiconductor industry remains in China.
In fact, China has long focused on semiconductors, with the central and provincial governments spending billions of dollars on investment and subsidies.In addition, China will invest about $100 billion to bring chip factories and research facilities into the country, paving the way for building China's position on the global semiconductor stage.Almost all large U.S. semiconductor companies have received investment offers from Chinese entities representing government agencies.AMD, for example, licensed its technology to a Chinese joint venture in chengdu, while IBM licensed its chip technology to another local partner.TSMC and umc also announced plans to build factories along China's eastern coast.In addition, China's latest industrial policy, made in China 2025, lists semiconductors as key areas that need upgrading.
Li xiaohua, chairman of shangda electronics co., LTD., believes that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the manufacturing industry, and the semiconductor industry has a better development environment and a better industrial chain, which will drive the flexible display industry to further develop and expand.