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OLED revenue rises by 57% in 2017, with 27% CAGR through 2022

OLED revenue rises by 57% in 2017, with 27% CAGR through 2022

Jan 5, 2018: Market research firm DSCC has released its Quarterly OLED Supply/Demand and Capital Spending Report, which upgrades the OLED markets. According to the report, the OLED revenue rose by 57% in 2017 to $23.2 billion. It estimates that in 2018 the growth will be at up to 50%, reaching $34.9 billion. This double-digit growth will hopefully continue till 2021, resulting in 27% CAGR from 2016 to 2022 to $62.8 billion.

Some of the highlights of the report include:

Fab investments

The report identified 76 different phases of OLED capacity investments, including seven lower probability fabs, from 2016 to 2021.

Capacity growth

Realistic OLED input capacity for mobile applications is expected to rise at a 41% CAGR from 5.3 million m2 in 2016 to 29.4 million m2 in 2021.

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Apple is expected to account for 38% of mobile input capacity in 2018, up from 0% in 2016, before declining to 25% of capacity by 2021 as others grow. In addition to investing in SDC’s A3 fab, we expect Apple to also invest in LG Display’s E6 fab and its E7 fab to ensure a second source of supply. With Apple and Samsung’s share of OLED capacity well above their smartphone market share, we expect Apple and Samsung to leverage their OLED position to take market share.

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Most of the mobile capacity investments will be for flexible displays. As a result, flexible mobile OLED capacity will overtake rigid capacity in Q1’18 on an input basis and Q1’19 on an output basis.

China’s OLED capacity for mobile applications is expected to rise at a 114% CAGR with its share rising from 4% in 2016 to 34% in 2021.


OLED panel shipments for all applications are expected to rise at a 28% CAGR from 393 million in 2016 to 1.33 billion in 2021.

Smartphone displays accounted for 94% of OLED unit shipments in 2016, and are still expected to account for 90% of unit shipments in 2021.

VR and Smart Watches are expected to be the number 2 and number 3 applications on a unit basis depending on the year.

OLED TVs are expected to rise at a 49% CAGR and reach 6.5M units in 2021.

OLED smartphone shipments are expected to rise at a 26% CAGR and should overtake LCDs in the smartphone market in 2019.

LCD smartphones are projected to fall at a 9% CAGR from 1.22 billion units in 2016 to 771 million in 2021.

OLED supply/demand

With OLED capacity tight in 2016 and Apple and Samsung expected to consume much of the OLED supply growth in 2017 and 2018 as they transition to all OLED smartphones, the OLED supply/demand situation is not expected to loosen until 2019. In 2019, the surplus is expected to be 10% in our conservative supply scenario based on realistic capacity.

If Samsung approves the world’s largest OLED fab at 180K substrates/month, build twin 135K fabs or build just one 135K fab, and if the company tries to maintain its market position by outspending the competition, average yields will be higher and it may slow down Chinese OLED suppliers’ plans.

The highest yielding OLED suppliers moving to foldable and rollable will significantly reduce the amount of output capacity.

OLED revenue forecast

 OLED revenues are forecasted to rise 46% this year to a record $21.2 billion and reach $46 billion by 2021. Smartphones are expected to continue to dominate with an 86% revenue share in 2017 falling to 81% in 2021.

TVs are expected to be the number 2 application throughout the forecast, with their annual share ranging from 6%-9%.

Other applications are only expected to account for a 6%-10% share due to strong demand from smartphones and TVs.

However, as supply loosens, we expect panel suppliers and brands to try and develop other applications as a case can be made for increased OLED penetration into most markets.

By the end of the year, all OLED frontplane and backplane segments will be forecasted in units and revenues with market share provided for all frontplane and most backplane segments.

For the 8 segments covered in the latest issue, 139% growth is expected in 2017. In 2018, the market is expected to be flat although additional investments may get pulled in. Canon revenues from OLED fabs should approach $2 billion in 2017, highest among all equipment companies.

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