According to industry sources, members of Foxconn Group allegedly acquired 7.32% of the LED epitaxial wafers and chip manufacturer Epileds Technologies from the original shareholder, Catcher Technology, and planned to acquire another 20 million Epileds shares, or Become its largest shareholder.
Sources pointed out that the members of the Foxconn Group who became shareholders of Epileds are likely to be LED packaging service provider AOT and TFT-LCD panel maker Innolux, because their business involves LED; this Foxconn investment in Epileds is mainly due to MicroLED The prospect of technology.
In addition, Foxconn Electronics has teamed up with Innolux, AOT and Sharp to acquire the entire equity interest in eLux. eLux is a startup company in the United States that focuses on MicroLED's massive transfer technology. According to sources, Epileds and Epistar are the only Taiwan LED companies with RGB technology capabilities, and RGB technology is the key to MicroLED technology. Epileds, a new plant located in southern Taiwan, will start production in the first quarter of 2018 and will install 12 new MOCVD equipment, totaling 30 units. However, not all 12 new equipment will be put into use in 2018.
Quick commentary: Foxconn's ambition to use MicroLED in the display area to achieve a curve overtaking has long been known by "passers-by." Guo Chaoming's Innolux has already released the Micro LED's on-board screen. In June of this year, it will also display a large-screen Micro LED.
Micro LED's advantages in life, color saturation, and reaction speed are relatively obvious, showing that the performance has the advantage over OLED, but the huge transfer rate of yield is still the bottleneck of MicroLED technology. Through the acquisition of eLux, Epileds, eLux in particular, the accumulation of huge amounts of transfer technology, Foxconn will have the opportunity to participate in future competitions with Apple, Samsung, LGD, and other new display technologies.