[THE INVESTOR] Korean suppliers Interflex and BH are beefing up production of flexible printed circuit boards that will be used for Apple’s next iPhone that is widely rumored to have an organic light-emitting diode display, local news outlet ETnews reported on Dec. 1.
Along with the two firms, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, a parts unit of Samsung Group, is also in talks with Apple to supply the parts.
The three firms are suppliers of Samsung Display, the sole display supplier for the first OLED iPhone that is expected to come out next year.
The report said the first shipment of the parts will start in the second quarter next year. A combined 60 to 70 million units of the circuit board are planned to be shipped in 2017 alone.
All the parts will be assembled at Samsung Display’s OLED module plant in Vietnam before shipment.
By Lee Ji-yoon (firstname.lastname@example.org)