2016 Recap & 2017 Outlook for Flexible Displays

Date: March 13, 2017
Pages: 33
US$ 6,053.00
Publisher: Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
Report type: Strategic Report
Delivery: E-mail Delivery (PDF)
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2016 Recap & 2017 Outlook for Flexible Displays
Flexible AMOLED (Active-matrix Organic Light-emitting Diode) displays have drawn market attention as Apple's next-generation iPhone is reportedly to feature a flexible AMOLED display. Flexible display technologies include flexible AMOLED, flexible LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), and flexible e-paper. Each flexible display technology has different limitations and thus the development of their key components has also varied, leading to variant outcomes in terms of the application and development of each flexible display technology. This report will analyze the flexible display technologies and their key components to outline the future of flexible displays.

1.1 Definition of Flexible Displays
  1.1.1 Diversity of Flexible Display Technologies
1.2 Flexible LCD Commercialization Stagnates without Mass Production
  1.2.1 Low Interest in Flexible LCD Development due to Technological Challenges and Vendors' Withdrawal from Market
  1.2.2 Continued Engagement by Japanese Academic Institutes
1.3 Mobile Phones and Wearables with Flexible AMOLED Displays
  1.3.1 SDI and LGD are Two Flexible AMOLED Display Suppliers
  1.3.2 Curved and Odd-shaped Panels as Major Selling Points
1.4 Flexible PMOLED Displays to Enter Mass Production
1.5 Flexible e-Paper Ready for Mass Production but More Applications Needed
  1.5.1 E Ink Leads in Commercialization of Flexible e-Paper Display
  1.5.2 Existing Applications in Advertising Billboards and e-Tag
  1.5.3 Wearable Market Gaining More Spotlight


2.1 Flexible Display Technology Development Indicators
2.2 Flexible TFT
  2.2.1 Plastic OTFT and LTPS Already Enter Mass Production
  2.2.2 Plastic Oxide TFT Backplanes Still Best Choice for Flexible Displays
2.3 Flexible Substrate
  2.3.1 Vendors' Attitude towards Stainless Steel and Ultra-thin Glass Displays Have been Passive
  2.3.2 PI Substrates as Temporary Mainstream with Improvement in Cost Reduction and Transparency Needed
  2.3.3 Enhanced PI Substrates and Composite Materials as Main Focuses of Flexible Substrate Development
2.4 Process Technology
  2.4.1 Massive Engagement in S2S Process
  2.4.2 R2R Process, Important but not Urgent
2.5 Others
  2.5.1 Laboratories Complete Research on Flexible Color Filters
  2.5.2 New Cell Gap Solution to Accelerate Curved LCD Development


3.1 Lack of Market Potential Impedes Flexible LCD Commercialization
3.2 Manufacturing Process and Material Optimization as Key Factors in Flexible AMOLED Development
3.3 Trends towards Large-sized and Color E-paper
3.4 Technology/Materials for Large Displays Have Higher Investment Value
Glossary of Terms
List of Companies


Table 1 Comparison of Flexible Display Technologies
Table 2 Structure and Key Development Trends of Flexible Displays
Table 3 Comparison of TFT Technologies
Table 4 Types of Flexible Substrates


Figure 1 Pilot Production of Flexible LCDs by Tohoku University in 2016
Figure 2 Devices with Flexible AMOLED Displays
Figure 3 Application of Curved and Odd-shaped Panels in Cars
Figure 4 Flexible PMOLED Displays by Pioneer and WiseChip
Figure 5 Flexible e-Paper Displays Demonstrated by E Ink and KDI
Figure 6 Flexible E-paper Displays for Advertising Billboards
Figure 7 Fundamental Requirements for Flexible Substrates
Figure 8 Transparency of PI Substrates Needs Improvement
Figure 9 S2S Process
Figure 10 Bonding and De-bonding of S2S Process
Figure 11 R2R Process for LCD Module
Figure 12 Flexible Color Filter Demonstrated by ITRI in 2016
Figure 13 Merck's Cell Gap Supporting Material for Flexible Displays
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