LG Display steps up production of OLED light panels, wants to shape the market

December 12, 2017 // By Julien Happich
LG Display announced it has started mass production at its new Gen 5 OLED light panel production line in Gumi, Korea and at the same time, launched Luflex, a new OLED light brand.

The Gen 5 line (1,100mm x 1,250mm) initially produces 15,000 sheets per month, which is about a 30-fold increase as compared to the previous Gen 2 line (370mm x 470mm) with monthly capacity of 4,000 sheets. The production capacity will be gradually ramped up.

With these moves, the company hopes to shape the market, making OLED light panels more price-competitive and by a virtuous cycle, making them more attractive, hence creating higher demand for a widespread adoption. 
The Luflex brand is a portmanteau of “lux” (light in Latin) and “flexibility,” reflecting a core characteristic of OLED lighting. The flexible, bendable and rollable panels are highly design-friendly.

As a lighting solution, OLED is easier on the eyes than conventional sources such as fluorescent and LED, as it is very close to sunlight and offers great uniformity in its luminescence. It is virtually heatless, meaning that it can be used to illuminate, for example, food displays or antique wooden furniture or buildings.
At just 0.41mm thick, OLED light panels are super slim and their flexibility means that they can be creatively shaped into curves or spirals – an attribute impossible before, and which cannot be done with other light sources. OLED lighting panels have already been adopted for experimental applications by world-famous industrial designers including Ron Arad and Ross Lovegrove. Customers have commented that OLED lighting installations, beyond providing simple illumination, can actually improve the attractiveness of spaces.