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Japan takes leap in the dark for OLED cost advantage

'World's first' printing technology faces mass production test

JOLED envisions its panels being used in cars as well as other devices. (Photo by Hideaki Ryugen)

TOKYO -- A Japanese manufacturer is set to embark on a risky mass production process for OLED panels -- the next generation of electronic displays -- that will test whether the company can find more success than another government-backed challenger.

JOLED, which traces its roots to Panasonic and Sony, sees the untested method as a way to compete with South Korean rivals on cost.

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