BOE Technology

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BOE Technology Group
Native name
京东方科技集团股份有限公司
FormerlyBeijing Oriental Electronics Group (1993–2001)
TypePublic
Industry
FoundedApril 1993; 29 years ago (1993-04)
FounderWang Dongsheng
Headquarters,
China
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Wang Dongsheng
  • (Chairman)
  • Liu Xiaodong
  • (President, COO)
  • Chen Yanshun
  • (CEO)
Products
RevenueIncrease CNY219.442 billion (US$34.57 billion) (2021)[1]
Increase CNY25.826 billion (US$4.04 billion) (2021)[2]
Total assetsIncrease US$44.28 billion (2018)
Total equityIncrease US$12.50 billion (2018)
Number of employees
68,175
SubsidiariesSES-imagotag
Varitronix
Websiteboe.com
BOE Technology
Simplified Chinese京东方科技集团股份有限公司
Traditional Chinese京東方科技集團股份有限公司

BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., or Jingdongfang (Chinese: 京东方科技集团股份有限公司), is a Chinese electronic components producer founded in April 1993. Its core businesses are interface devices, smart IoT systems and smart medicine and engineering integration.[3] BOE is one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD, OLEDs and flexible displays.[4][5][6][7]

History[edit]

In April 1993, Beijing Oriental Electronics Group Co., Ltd was founded by Wang Dongsheng. In 1997, it listed B shares on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. In 2001, Beijing Oriental Electronics was renamed BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd. BOE acquired SK Hynix's STN-LCD and OLED businesses for US$22.5 million.[8] Issued additional A shares in Shenzhen Stock Exchange. In 2003, BOE acquired SK Hynix's Hydis flat-panel display businesses for US$380 million.[9]

In 2009, BOE Energy Technology Co., Ltd was founded to enter the photovoltaics industry. In 2010, BOE acquired Suzhou Gaochuang Electronics' Taipei Display Research Center and AIO Manufacturing Plant.[3] BOE also acquired K-Tronics for an undisclosed amount.[citation needed]

In 2011, BOE established a Japan branch and R&D center in Tokyo. In 2012, BOE established an American branch and R&D center in Santa Clara in Silicon Valley, California. In 2014, BOE established a subsidiary in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2015, BOE acquired OASIS International Hospital.[10]

In 2016, BOE acquired automotive displays maker Varitronix for RMB60.1 million.[11][12] It set up a subsidiary in New Delhi, India.

In 2017, BOE established its Middle East Branch in Dubai and set up a subsidiary based in São Paulo, Brazil. BOE also announced its plan to build a hospital in Chengdu which will be opened in late 2020. BOE announced a long-term agreement with Universal Display Corporation, UDC will supply phosphorescent OLED materials to BOE.[13] According to IHS Markit, BOE became shipped the most displays larger-than-9-inch for tablets, notebook PCs and monitors. However LG Display still lead in terms of area shipment.[4]

In 2018, BOE acquired SES-imagotag for €200 million.[14] BOE formed a joint venture with Kopin Corporation and Olightek for OLED micro-displays manufacturing.[15] BOE established subsidiares in Jakarta, Indonesia and Johannesburg, South Africa. According to Sigmaintell Consulting, BOE overtook LG Display as the world's largest LCD TV and monitor producer with 54.3 million TV panels and 37.3 million monitor panels shipped.[5] The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the first flagship tier smartphone with an AMOLED sourced from BOE (also sourced from LG Display).[16]

In 2019, BOE formed a joint venture with Rohinni for MicroLED and mini LED backlighting manufacturing.[17] Hisense announced its U9E TVs featuring dual LCD panels which Hisense said exceeds OLED TVs in brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. Its panels are produced by BOE.[18] The Huawei Mate X scheduled for release in Q4 2019 reportly has a foldable OLED from BOE.[19] According to IHS Markets, BOE had the second highest marketshare of the smartphone OLED panel market at 5.9%, only behind Samsung Displays.[6] BOE will also surpass LG Display as the world's largest flat-panel display producer.[7] And BOE has partnered with Huawei to research cameras under OLEDs.[20] BOE is reportedly in talks to replace LG Display and Tianma as OLED supplier for LG Electronics smartphones in 2020.[21][22] BOE also became an OLED supplier for Apple beginning in 2021 for the iPhone.[23][24]

On February 1, 2022, the company announced they had developed the world’s fastest gaming monitor with a 500Hz refresh rate. The prototype 27-inch monitor has a resolution of 1080p.[25] In 2023, the company was reportedly predicted to become the largest supplier of OLED display panels for the Apple iPhone 15 series according to Ming-Chi Kuo, a Taiwanese Apple analyst at TF International Security.[26]

Competitive position[edit]

In 2021, WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators report ranked BOE Technology's number of patent applications published under the PCT System as 7th in the world, with 1,892 patent applications being published during 2020.[27] This position is down from their previous ranking as 6th in 2019 with 1,864 applications.[28]

Operations[edit]

BOE has manufacturing facilities located in Beijing, Hefei, Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Mianyang, Wuhan, Kunming, Suzhou, Ordos and Gu'an. BOE has global marketing and R&D centers in 19 countries, such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, India, Russia, Brazil and Dubai.[3]

BOE Fabrication plants[29][3]
Code Gen Location Technology Current Status Ramp-up year
B1 5 Beijing a-Si Mass Production 2005
B2 4 Chengdu a-Si Mass Production 2009
B3 6 Hefei a-Si/oxide Mass Production 2010
B4 8 Beijing a-Si Mass Production 2011
B5 8 Hefei a-Si/oxide/OLED Mass Production 2014
B6 5.5 Ordos City LTPS/AMOLED Mass Production 2014
B7 6 Chengdu AMOLED Mass Production 2018
B8 8 Chongqing a-Si/oxide Mass Production 2015
B9 10.5 Hefei a-Si/oxide Mass Production 2018
B10 8 Fuqing a-Si Under Ramping Up 2017
B11 6 Mianyang LTPS/AMOLED Mass Production 2019
B12 8 Dalian a-Si Planning BOE also considering second Gen 10.5 fab
B13 8 Chongqing LTPS/AMOLED Under Construction

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Newswires, Yun-Hee KimDow Jones (2003-01-23). "BOE Technology Completes Buy of Hynix Flat-Panel Unit". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  10. ^ "Chinese Electrical Appliance Firms Branch Out Into Medical Business". Yicai Global. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  11. ^ "Varitronix becomes a subsidiary of BOE". www.electronicspecifier.com. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  12. ^ "BRIEF-Varitronix International entered into acquisition agreement". Reuters. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  13. ^ "Business Wire". www.businesswire.com. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  14. ^ "Completion of the acquisition of a majority stake by BOE Technology Group along with the management of SES-imagotag". SES-imagotag. 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  15. ^ "Kopin Enters Into Partnership Agreements to Meet the Coming Demand for OLED Micro-Displays for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality". www.pressviewer.com. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  16. ^ Frumusanu, Andrei. "The Mate 20 & Mate 20 Pro Review: Kirin 980 Powering Two Contrasting Devices". www.anandtech.com. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  17. ^ "BOE AND ROHINNI FORMING JOINT VENTURE". Rohinni. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
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  20. ^ "08-05: Apple's 2021 iPhones will allegedly come with Face ID and on-screen fingerprint sensors; Huawei is allegedly busy testing its smartphone armed with self-developed HongMeng OS; etc". IF / News. 2019-08-05. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  21. ^ Ikoba, Jed John (July 5, 2019). "LG turns to China's BOE for smartphone OLED displays as it falls behind Samsung".
  22. ^ "LGE may switch to China's BOE for next smartphones". THE ELEC, Korea Electronics Industry Media (in Korean). 2019-07-03. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  23. ^ Kubota, Yoko (22 July 2018). "China Targets Apple With Push Into Advanced Smartphone Screens". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  24. ^ "Apple taps China's BOE for premium displays for iPhone 13". Nikkei Asia.
  25. ^ Dudeja, Siddharth (2022-02-01). "This 500Hz Monitor Is The World's Highest Refresh Rate Display". Fossbytes. Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  26. ^ "Apple Analyst Says BOE Will Become Largest Display Supplier for iPhone 15". Businesskorea (in Korean). 2023-01-06. Retrieved 2023-01-07.
  27. ^ "World Intellectual Property Indicators 2021" (PDF). WIPO. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-11-08. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
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