Japan Display enters strategic alliance with display maker HKC
On 7 April, Japan Display Inc. (JDI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with HKC Corporation Limited (HKC), the global No.3 display maker, to create a strategic alliance. As global strategic partners, JDI and HKC will work together on next-generation OLED technology and fabs, a Global Innovation and Industrialization Center, and a high-end automotive display business.
In May 2022 JDI announced the development of eLEAP, its next-generation OLED technology. eLEAP is the world’s first OLED technology to use maskless deposition and lithography, and significantly increases display brightness and lifetime. JDI shipped its first eLEAP samples to customers in August 2022, and is scheduled to begin eLEAP mass production in 2024.
In March 2022 JDI also announced its development of HMO (High Mobility Oxide), the world’s first HMO backplane technology deployed on a G6 production line. HMO delivers 2x to 4x the field-effect mobility of conventional oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (OS-TFT), and the company is working towards rapidly commencing mass production.
eLEAP and HMO deliver high brightness, long lifetimes, and low power consumption not achievable with conventional display technologies. By radically simplifying frontplane and backplane manufacturing processes, eLEAP and HMO lower manufacturing costs. They are also GreenTech technologies that reduce material usage in manufacturing and dramatically cut CO2 emissions.
JDI believes that eLEAP and HMO represent once-in-a-generation revolutionary advances in display technology. Providing them to other display manufacturers is thus an opportunity to create an entirely new global display ecosystem that delivers unprecedented cost performance for customers all over the world.
HKC is a highly regarded electronics manufacturer that has generated rapid growth in its large display business in recent years and is planning an IPO in China in the near future. Since 2017 HKC has launched mass production at G8.6 display fabs located in Chongqing, Chuzhou, Mianyang, and Changsha. HKC has achieved extraordinary revenue growth on the back of its powerful cost competitiveness, sales strengths, management agility, and robust financial standing.
Caption: JDI and HKC believe that combining JDI's proprietary Global No.1 technologies and manufacturing capabilities with HKC's cost competitiveness and sales strengths, while bringing together both companies’ rich human capital, will contribute to a significant increase in both companies’ corporate value (photo: JDI)