According to reports in Japan, Panasonic has started to build an 8.5 generation OLED-TV production plant in Himeji, Japan. At first, Panasonic aims to set up one 8.5G pilot line.
Panasonic to build OLED-TVs
Samsung and LG have already set up OLED production plants and aim to introduce OLED-TVs in 2012. Their Japanese competitor in the TV business, Panasonic, seems to be preparing for OLED-TV production as well.
Asahi.com says that Panasonic has ordered equipment for a pilot 8.5G OLED production line. An 8.5G production line can efficiently produce up to 55-60 inch TVs. However, at this stage Panasonic is planning to run internal tests with a single production line. For full mass production scale, Panasonic needs more production lines.
Panasonicâ€™s current Himeji plant is producing LCDs but it might be converted to an OLED line in the future if they decide to switch to OLED-TV production.
Panasonicâ€™s OLED lighting
Panasonic recently teased a smartphone with an OLED panel, which indicate their interest in the technology. The company is also producing OLED lighting solutions such as the one seen above.