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Foxconn to Partner with Innolux:
In late October we reported that one of the ways that Foxconn could gain more orders from Apple was to find components of interest to Apple. With Apple's iPhone 6 orders on fire, Apple has had trouble finding suppliers for their larger iPhone 6 Plus displays that are still on backorder. So Terry Gou came up with another ambitious plan for a new display plant that our report detailed Today, a second report confirms this plan. Major Report Update Nov. 21


According to a new report our to Taiwan, Foxconn Technology Group will spend US$2.8 billion over the next two years on a new factory in Taiwan to supply LTPS high-end smartphone displays exclusively for a client the press in Taiwan and China are surmising is Apple.


The line is expected to go into production in April 2016 with monthly production initially reaching 24,000 substrates.


What's new is that Foxconn will be in partnership with another known Apple supplier, Innolux. Both Innolux and Foxconn did not specify on how much each will put up for the initial investment and that a decision still has to be made by the companies' boards.


Innolux president JC Wang commented that "Innolux currently holds a 22% share in the global TV panel market, leading neck and neck with Samsung Display. Innolux also holds a 22% share in LCD monitor panel shipments, behind LG Display's 24%, and a leading notebook panel share of 25%. However, in terms of smartphone panel applications, Innolux holds an 8% share behind Samsung's 14% share and Sharp's 10%."


According to Wang, Innolux had looked at the options of producing high-end small- to medium-size applications. Its conclusion was to give priority to small- to medium-size applications.


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