Samsung to invest USD11B in next-generation display panel by 2025

SEOUL (Xinhua) – Samsung Display, a display panel-making unit of Samsung Electronics, the South Korean tech behemoth, planned to invest KRW13.1 trillion (USD11 billion) in next-generation display panel projects by 2025, the Presidential Blue House said yesterday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in attended the signing ceremony of a deal between Samsung Display and local governments, held at a Samsung factory in Asan, South Chungcheong province, about 90km south of Seoul.

It was attended by lawmakers, local government officials and ministers as well as Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, a de-facto leader of Samsung Group, the country’s biggest family-run conglomerate, who announced the long-term investment plan.

Under the deal, Samsung will invest KRW10 trillion (USD8.4 billion) in revamping its existing LCD production line and KRW3.1 trillion (USD1.6 billion) in research and development (R&D) for the next-generation display panels by 2025.

Samsung aimed to shift a part of its liquid crystal display (LCD) production facilities into a more advanced quantum dot (QD) display line that requires a converging technology of quantum dot materials and organic, inorganic light- emitting materials.

Display panel makers have been struggling to overcome fiercer competition and weaker demand for LCD panels.

Samsung’s archrival LG Display unveiled a plan in July to invest KRW3 trillion (USD2.5 billion) in production facilities of the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel.

Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Fold is displayed at Korea Electronics Show in Seoul. PHOTO: AP