We now have all the financial results of panel makers for Q3 2018, and we have compiled a comparison view as part of DSCC’s Quarterly Display Supply Chain Financial Health Report. The comparison highlights big discrepancies in results between some of the major players in the industry. While Q3 was in general a positive quarter for display makers, it was especially good for Samsung, and not so good for some of the smaller players.
DSCC has updated its LTPS LCD and OLED fab utilization results through November with a 1-month forecast for December. This data is compiled based on surveys of glass and materials suppliers and appears in our Quarterly OLED Shipment and Fab Utilization Report. The results are quite interesting.
The third quarter of 2018 saw a strong recovery of OLED panel shipments, with total revenue up 80% Q/Q and 45% Y/Y to $8.0 billion, according to the latest update of DSCC’s Quarterly OLED Shipment and Fab Utilization Report. The revenue increase was paced by an even more impressive 92% increase Q/Q in OLED smartphone panel revenue, which grew 43% Y/Y to $6.9 billion, as shown in the chart below.
After years of development dating back to 2012 when Samsung trademarked YOUM for its unbreakable, flexible display, Samsung finally announced its first foldable display which it trademarked on October 29 as the Infinity Flex Display at its Developer Conference on November 7th in San Francisco, CA. It did not formally announce the name, timing or price of its foldable smartphone however, which many people believe will be called the Galaxy F for foldable.
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