Exclusive tour of LG's OLED R&D and manufacturing facilites in South Korea



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LG brought Digital Trends along on an exclusive tour of several of its labs and factories halfway around the globe in Seoul, South Korea — and we’re bringing you inside with us.

Make no mistake: Much of what we saw was confidential information, of the “I could tell you but I’d have to kill you” sort. But we can share enough to give you a rare peek behind the curtain.

The Paju complex is made up of eight enormous buildings each seemingly larger than an airport terminal that sit on 420 acres. A ninth, called P9, is currently under construction. When completed, it will be the world’s largest OLED manufacturing plant. More than 17,000 people work at Paju, many living in enormous residential complexes on site.

We flew on the LG helicopter an hour south to the Gumi facility, where LG assembles OLED and LED televisions. It was especially big: Picture several warehouses fused together. It doesn’t require the clean-room garb we donned for phone assembly. Because technology changes so rapidly, assembly lines are designed to be modular.

The Seocho Research & Development facility. It was born in 2009, and over 3000 people work there, giving birth to high-tech ideas from a glimmering pool of silicon and ambition. And as such, it’s one of the super secretive facilities that LG guards closely: Admission to Seocho meant forfeiting cell phones and laptops, signing non-disclosure forms, and so on. Indeed, we were only allowed to record a short video outside of the building.

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31 Replies to “Exclusive tour of LG's OLED R&D and manufacturing facilites in South Korea”

  1. Leo DJ

    The Technology is fine but they need to improve the Design could be like Sony but different like if Sony make glossy products they should do it alike but with different buttons or different design but elegants

  2. Nicanor Tiongson

    South Korean people had all the jobs of producing it. WHile the US greedy manufacturer ships it to china and pay
    each chinese $2 to work all day and therefore getting 98% of the whole profit with minimal losses and still manage to sell the products the USA price.

  3. Damon Dziewiontkowski

    Bought an LG OLED55C8 a few months ago, and my advice to anyone is to immediately load up a verticle banding/greyscale test pattern on YouTube via the WebOS app.

    My first panel was horrific to the point I wondered how on earth it even passed QC.If I boxed it up and took it back and got a new one and while it has a few hotspots in the uniformity, I was extremely pleased overall. If I had been out of my return window, I am sure it would have been a fairly decent battle with LG to get it replaced.

  4. reza m

    The most lg tv problem is burning backlight leds which they not use high quality leds such as tcl.panasonic ,sony,samsung and many others.i see many many tv sevice with huge numbers of lg tv which burn backlights.shame on lg.

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