As the panel problem of mobile devices has become a hassle for consumers, each panel maker is strengthening the relevant inspection and measurement activities.
Inspection and measurement can contribute not only to enhance the quality and performance of products but also to enhance the brand image through customer satisfaction. In addition, it is expected that productivity and yield can be improved by stabilizing the process since it is possible to check the normal state of products at each process in real time.
According to the ‘2017 Inspection and Measuring Equipment Report for OLED Mobile Device’ published by UBI Research, the inspection & measuring equipment market will reach a total of US$ 6.63 billion (about Korean Won 7.3 trillion) in the entire OLED equipment market from 2017 to 2021. In 2018, the investment for OLED inspection & measuring equipment is expected to be about US$ 1.45 billion (about KRW 1.6 trillion), with projected investment of US$ 1.6 billion (about KRW 1.8 trillion).
Choong Hoon Yi president of UBi Research announced that Samsung Display is currently in process of investment in A5 Gen6 flexible OLED line. LG Display is also reported to make a large-scale investment to raise OLED sales portion and Chinese OLED panel makers such as BOE and CSOT are making an active investment in OLED line. Hence, expectantly there will be constant market demand for inspection and measuring equipment.
In the report, the inspection and measuring equipment market from 2017 to 2021 is classified from various viewpoints. According to this report, the equipment used for substrate and TFT process will account for the biggest market share of 50.6% of the total inspection and measuring equipment market from 2017 to 2021. Market share of cell inspection equipment is projected as 29.7%, OLED pixel as 12.7%, and encapsulation as 7%, respectively. In the equipment market classified by test items, the equipment used for pattern inspection will account for 33.1% of the total market. Market share of repair equipment is projected as 21.3%, and light on/off inspection equipment as 16.4%, respectively.
Lastly, AOI equipment and laser repair equipment, the important piece of inspection and measuring equipment, are expected to reach US$ 2.33 billion and US$ 1.41 billion, respectively, from 2017 to 2021.