TOKYO— Sharp Corp. is looking to spend some ¥100 billion ($878 million) in an expanded plan to build organic light-emitting diode displays, a technology coming in Apple Inc.’s next iPhone series, people familiar with the matter said.
Yoshio Tamura, a co-founder of market
research and consulting firm Display Supply
Chain Consultants, said Sharp’s planned
production would translate into about 15
million smartphone display panels a year--
insignificant, he said, given that the number of
smartphones made annually is in the
hundreds of millions.
“Thirty thousand sheets a month is equal to
doing nothing,” he said.
“Smartphone makers are likely to consume one billion OLED panels a year in 2020, up from 500 million panels this year,” Mr. Tamura said.
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