Japan Display Looks to Partner With Apple on New $1.7 Billion iPhone Display Plant

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Foreign display manufacturer Japan Display Inc. (JDI) is seeking to be Apple's next go-to source for iPhone screens in the future, according to someone "familiar with the matter" (via The Wall Street Journal).

    With the increase in profit overseas, especially following Apple's attempt at a bigger presence in places like China over the past few months, the source reported that JDI is hoping Apple takes much of the cost for the proposed plant's investment. As pointed out by Reuters, JDI is aiming for the plant to be operable by next year, and hopes Apple itself would pay much of the predicted 200 billion yen ($1.7 billion) cost of the project.

    The unnamed source continued to describe the plant's possible location, stating that Ishikawa, in central Japan, is "most likely" the site for the manufacturing plant. JDI runs a plant southeast of Tokyo, in Mobara, "which makes 50,000 of the 1.5 by 1.85 metre sheets a month for iPhone 6 screens and other uses." According to the source, the new plant would have a "greater capacity" than even JDI's Mobara facility.

    JDI, formed from the troubled display portions of Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp, and Hitachi Ltd, has already seen a resurgence of profit after two consecutive quarter losses thanks to increasing demand from Apple-related devices. Now it wants a bigger contract with the Cupertino-based company - and its record-breaking profits - to boost its own earnings even higher.

    Article Link: Japan Display Looks to Partner With Apple on New $1.7 Billion iPhone Display Plant
  2. mackerski macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2012
    "Foreign"? Depends on what country we are reading the article in, doesn't it?
  3. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Yeah... does seem like a rather localized term to use. Why not just "Japanese display manufacturer"? Or, why not just cut out the word altogether?

    "Display manufacturer Japan Display Inc." - I don't think anyone is going to be confused and think that it's a local company unless said person is from and in Japan, and therefore, it wouldn't be a foreign company to them.
  4. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    Foreign to Cupertino #
  5. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    "Does DPI realize Apple is going to have unreasonable demands, like delivering properly QC'ed products on a schedule and at a predefined price?" -- GT Advanced Technologies

    /sarcasm (do I really have to type that?)
  6. anthonylambert macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2002
    50,000 of the 1.5 by 1.85 metre sheets a month for iPhone 6 screens...

    wow.... is that for the iPhone++++++++++ I'd never carry that.... okay I'd try.
  7. SaraMac95014 macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2014
    Didn't some of the GT people come out richer through that fiasco?
    Remember Apple's promise to help the workers who lost their jobs? I wonder how that's worked out for them.
  8. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Is "JPI" a typo? - as the company's own site refers to them as JDI, unsurprisingly.
  9. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Okay, I may be missing something so I am asking for feedback here. It was my understanding that Apple used gorilla glass from corning. If JDI is already making "50,000 of the 1.5 by 1.85 metre sheets a month for iPhone 6 screens and other uses," does this completely contradict the gorilla glass expectation?

    Some one please clarify this for me......

  10. uberzephyr macrumors member


    Feb 18, 2003
    JDI makes the actual display (LCD & OLED). Gorilla Glass is the protective outer layer over these displays. They're not mutually exclusive.
  11. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Supposedly, JDI came wearing their big-boy pants so it's cool.

    I do wonder where this leaves Sharp and their IGZO screens though.
  12. Rocketman macrumors 603


    It is an interesting glipse into the manufacturing process to hear of the original panel size and production capacity. They will need 10x that capacity to deal with Apple's needs.
  13. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    That logo for Japan Display looks a lot like one of the banners Apple used at the Moscone Center when Mavericks was introduced.
  14. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    A few other sites are reporting that the plant will initially produce LCD panels, but then switch over to OLED, with both stages for iPhone use (not sure if I should be quoting other sites here).

    The iPhone has great LCD screens, but I would love a switch to OLED.
  15. nick42983 macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2009
    "Japanese display manufacturer Japan Display" would be redundant. Let's not get touchy, Apple is an American company and MacRumors is a website based in America, "foreign" works just fine.
  16. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Each one of those sheets is cut down into several iPhone screens.
  17. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    I know what you guys are saying, but the foreigners on this forum are getting ridiculous. For macrumors, it's like being a man surrounded by feminists...any stupid word that isn't gender-inclusive gets picked apart and blasted.

    Really guys, it's one word. The non-US readers on here are getting annoying. It's not that big of deal, and I don't think the writers of these are articles are purposely trying to exclude their non-US readers. Same with the giveaway.
  18. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    While everyone foreign lobbies for manufacturing control over American intellectual properties, better Japan, than Foxccon in china.
  19. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Good for our domestic labour market :rolleyes:

    [wild guess]Might increases sales even more [/wild guess]

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