The Korea Times is reporting that Samsung and LG’s key display panel production technology has been leaked out. Three arrests, all are workers at Orbotech Korean branch have been made so far by the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office. The technologies were for Samsung’s active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) and LG’s White-OLED (WOLED) displays, including circuit diagrams.
Here is what the prosecutor said:
“While checking the testing equipment at Samsung and LG’s panel production lines, they filmed the diagrams for 55-inch televisions, which aren’t on the market yet. They then saved the information on the USBs, which they hid in their shoes, belts or wallets.”
“It is very likely that rival foreign companies have obtained the technologies through the subcontractor. We expect a great economic blow to the nation, and the leak may cause a huge change in the international market share in the display industry.”
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