China’s thriving display industry reflects the country’s passion for innovation

Employees of a company in Huainan, east China’s Anhui Province, manufacture smart displays on Dec. 18, 2021. (Photo by Chen Bin/People’s Daily Online)

During the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the interaction between a huge LED screen on the ground covering 11,000 square meters and a gigantic LED screen in the middle of the venue caught the world’s attention. This innovative combination of digital technology and aesthetics has built a world of ice that exists only in dreams.

Display technologies have become an integral part of our daily lives, as evidenced by the ubiquity of televisions, tablets, smart phones, LED walls on urban buildings, as well as augmented reality and virtual reality devices.

China, launching a series of high-level products and technologies, such as 8K displays, narrow bezel displays, full-screen display, foldable displays and transparent displays, and integrating new display products with 5G, ultra HD videos, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, is heading towards the high end of the display industry.

Behind these screens, there is a huge market. Over the past decades, China has constantly improved its display technologies. Domestically produced displays are becoming lighter, faster and more energy efficient, usually with higher definition.

These screens, with more and more diverse functions and made in different shapes, reflect the continuous progress of the industry and make people’s lives more splendid.

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Visitors check out an ultra-HD display for esports during the Global UHD Video Industry Conference 2021 on May 10, 2021. (Photo by Xu Jianmei/People’s Daily Online)

New displays and ICs are of great strategic importance in high-end manufacturing. For a long time, China’s display industry had been hampered by the shortage of chips and screens, and the technologies to produce large screens were in the hands of foreign companies. Chinese TV makers were unable to negotiate with foreign suppliers. They had no choice but to swallow the high price tag, which once made TVs very expensive in China.

Today, China has become one of the leaders in the display industry, and TV prices have come down significantly in the country. It was made possible through the wisdom and efforts of many researchers.

How China turned the tables is a miniature of the country catching up with the world. It strengthens the country’s determination and courage to accelerate independent innovation and strive for independent high-tech development.

From follower to leader, China’s progress in the display industry is inseparable from the country’s solid industrial base and the continuous improvement of industrial and ecological chains.

According to statistics, China’s new display industry recorded direct revenue of 446 billion yuan ($70.44 billion) in 2020, the highest in the world.

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An LED display is installed on the exterior wall of the Chinese Comics and Animation Museum in Binjiang District, Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Jan 2, 2022. (Photo by Chen Yueming/People’s Daily Online)

In the digital age, the new display industry will play a greater role in modernizing information consumption, expanding the digital economy, and developing the electronic information industry. Artificial intelligence, internet of things and cloud computing will expand the application space of a number of display technologies and create more development opportunities.

At the same time, China still faces challenges in gaining a foothold in the mid- and high-end segments of the industrial chain, such as insufficient supply of core technologies, as well as dependence on imports of key materials.

Therefore, the country promotes integrated innovation among enterprises of all sizes in the middle and lower ends of the industrial chain, so as to remove bottlenecks, increase the rate of import substitution and better drive the high-quality development of the new display industry.

There is no limit to innovation. China is experiencing development in leaps and bounds. The high-definition and smart displays reflect the effort and resolve, as well as the innovation and energy of China’s advanced manufacturing sector on its way to securing a place in the high end.

China will further accelerate its deployment at the upper end of the industrial chain, continuously improve the industrial ecosystem and enhance the synergy of the industrial chain, so as to take an active approach to industrial development.

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