Konica Minolta on Track to Meeting Mass OLED Production Targets in Fall

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Konica Minolta will be meeting its aim of mass producing and shipping OLED panels in fall, according to a latest report by OLED-info.

The company announced last March it would be constructing a new OLED panel fab at its Konica Minolta Kofu Site in Chou-Shi, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. At the time, Konica projected OLED production would start by autumn 2014. The company has started manufacturing OLED panel samples, and expects to ship finished OLED panels by fall this year.

Koinca Minolta's color tunable OLEDs from the Irodori series displayed at Light and Building 2014. (Konica Minolta/LEDinside)

Konica has injected 10 billion Japanese Yen (US $80 million) into the new fab, which will be capable of mass producing millions of white and color tunable OLED panels per month.

This represents a breakthrough in OLED lighting capacity.

The white panels will be 150x60 mm in size (0.35 mm thick), while color tunable panels will be a smaller size of 50x30 mm.  

According to the OLED-info report, Konica Minolta’s OLEDs have a luminous efficacy that is nearly on par with LEDs, as the company successfully developed a 139 lm/W panel. However, the first commercialized OLEDs released on the market from the new factory will probably not have such a high energy efficacy.

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