Global Market Report from IDTechEx Research on OLED Display Forecasts and Technologies 2019-2029: The Global Rise of Flexible and Foldable Displays


OLED Display Forecasts and Technologies 2019-2029: The Global Rise of Flexible and Foldable Displays from IDTechEx Research includes technology analysis and detailed forecasts by market segment and display type, with additional assessment of Quantum Dot Displays, E-Paper Displays and other Flexible Displays. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of OLED display technologies and markets in addition to the progress with other emerging display technologies including quantum dots and electrophoretic displays.

Analysis and Forecasts of OLED Markets to 2029

Detailed trends, supplier information and market forecasts are provided on a global basis for the following applications of OLED displays:

Tablet and Computers
Industrial and Professional Equipment
Other: Gaming Consoles, Cameras, Appliances, Other Consumer Electronics

For each of the above, the market size is provided for the years 2017-2029 in addition to total display area in sq meters.

Additionally, data is broken out by form factor for the following categories:

Glass based OLED displays
Flexible / Rigid plastic based OLED displays
Flexible / Foldable OLED displays

The data and forecasts given are the result of extensive research including interviews with key providers of OLED materials, manufacturing equipment, panel makers and OEMs. For each of the applications above IDTechEx provides detailed assessments of the markets including the technology requirements, technology roadmap and the impact of competitive technologies, which all feed in to the forecasting model.

In 2018, the OLED industry will be worth $25.5Bn, rising to $30.3Bn in 2019. Over $15Bn has been invested in the OLED display industry from 2016 to 2018 with panel makers mainly based in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The investment is coming from the need to differentiate products with better screens and new form factors, with plastic based OLEDs becoming the norm (in rigid format) leading to truly flexible OLED displays – foldable displays being the first commercial example of that, expected in 2019.

OLEDs for cellphones dominate the OLED sector, comprising of 81% of the market revenue in 2018. The second largest sector are OLED TVs which are 16% of the total market by revenue in 2018. Despite being 16% of the revenue, OLED TVs are 40% of the market by area of display. Therein is the challenge for larger area displays – cellphones have smaller displays and can command premium margins, but larger devices (including tablets) typically have lower price points and lower margins but need larger, more expensive screens (albeit with lower resolution). The third largest OLED application is wearables, which is 2% of the total OLED display market value and 0.4% by area in 2018. The thinness, flexibility and appearance of the display are desirable versus LCDs.
Historic data for 2017 is provided as a reference in addition to forecasts to 2029. Data includes OLED displays split by application and area (disguised sample shown below) and value.

OLED Technologies Appraised – Processes, Unmet Needs, Roadmaps

In separate chapters, the report assesses each of the main layers of OLED displays including substrates, thin film transistors (TFTs), materials, barrier layers, transparent conductive film and manufacturing processes.

Options for each are assessed and compared, identifying which are being used by which application. Key players and their progress are identified.

The technology assessment also includes matching the technology against the market need. For example, the impact of the Rec.2020 digital standard for next generation ultra HD displays, to the roadmap from glass based displays to foldable displays, to the progress with printed displays and how the materials and manufacturing processes used are changing to enable that.

Latest Activities of OLED Companies

The latest activities of OLED companies are covered, including their state-of-the-art capability, technology and, where applicable, OLED manufacturing capacity. OLED panel makers/display providers covered include:

LG Display
AUO, Sony
EverDisplay (EDO)

Quantum Dot Displays

In assessing the display industry, OLED Display Forecasts and Technologies 2019-2029: The Global Rise of Flexible and Foldable Displays also covers the advancement of Quantum Dot Displays in different guises of

Edge Optic
Film Type
Color Filter
On Chip

Each of these options are assessed with the outlook for versus OLED displays for different market types. Ten-year forecasts are ultimate provided showing the share of the market of these different technology types.

Other Flexible Displays & Lighting

The report also assesses other flexible display and lighting types, including for each the players, technologies, commercial success and applications. Technologies covered include

Electrophoretic displays
Flexible LCD displays
Electrowetting displays
AC electroluminescent displays
Thermochromic displays
Electrochromic displays
OLED lighting
Flexible LED lighting

Complete assessment of current and emerging flexible display technologies and markets

IDTechEx has been tracking the display industry since 2001. This report gives a detailed, impartial and realistic appraisal of the markets and technologies, leveraging the full expertise of IDTechEx analysts and the direct interviews with companies in the value chain. Key features of this report include:

Detailed 10-year forecasts by market segment, by value and display area
Detailed 10-year forecasts by display type (AMOLED rigid glass, AMOLED flexible / rigid plastic, AMOLED flexible / foldable, PMOLED, segmented, and microdisplays)
2017-2018 OLED data
10 year forecast of Quantum Dot Displays by type
The current status on printed OLED displays
Technologies and players in the OLED value chain (substrate, backplane, transparent conductor, barrier film)
Company profiles based on direct interviews
Quantum Dot Displays
Electrophoretic displays
Other flexible displays
OLED lighting and flexible LED lighting
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