Apr 28, 2017: Foxconn aims to integrate Sharp and Innolux’s display business, focusing on OLEDs and IGZO technologies. Sharp had announced in 2016 that it will invest $570 million in its OLED business, and will construct two 4.5-Gen OLED pilot production lines in Japan. It will also start low volume production in 2018.
Sharp is owned mostly by Foxconn, which owns Innolux as well. Innolux’s honorary chairman Tuan Hsing-chien said that Innolux will cooperate with Sharp on OLED R&D, and will also support Sharp’s 4.5-Gen OLED factory construction in Japan.
While Sharp has a simple OLED panel production line, Innolux has an OLED experimental line with better equipment. So the R&D engineers of both the companies are joining their forces on OLED experiments based on Innolux’s experimental line before Sharp’s 4.5G OLED facility is completed. Innolux will send about 10 engineers to Sharp’s plant.
Innolux and Sharp also plan to cooperate on IGZO TFT-LCD panels, Tuan said, in which Innolux will provide its IGZO TFT-LCD production capacity to be used by Sharp.