AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), one of the world's leading providers of optoelectronic solutions.
AUO was formed in September 2001 by the merger of Acer Display Technology, Inc. (the former of AUO, established in 1996) and Unipac Optoelectronics Corporation. In October 2006, AUO acquired Quanta Display Inc. AUO has thus been operating production lines of various generations, capable of offering TFT-LCD panels from small to large sizes. AUO was also the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to have been successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in 2008 to provide customers with high efficiency solar solutions.
AUO generated NT$416.3 billion in sales revenue in 2013 (US$13.96 billion) and now houses a staff of more than 45,000 throughout its global operations spreading across Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, and Europe.
Innovative Display Technologies, High Value-Added Product Portfolios
By means of innovative technologies, AUO offers advanced display total solutions covering 4K by 2K ultra high resolution, 3D, ultra slim, narrow bezel, transparent displays, LTPS, OLED, and touch solutions. Fabrication plants from Gen 3.5, Gen 4, Gen 4.5, Gen 5, Gen 6, Gen 7.5 to Gen 8.5 have been established to develop a full lineup of applications, offering TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.5 inches to 65 inches.
AUO is one of the top manufacturers of TFT-LCD panels in the world with a market share of 15.2% in large-sized panels (*). The Company is dedicated to providing its customers with innovative, high value-added product portfolios. Its full array of production lines are flexibly employed to develop all kinds of display applications, ensuring the Company to stay one step ahead with business opportunities secured and synergies achieved.
AUO owns a myriad of patents for its R&D efforts and was included in the 2013/2014 Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index. As of October 2014, AUO owns more than 11,600 patents worldwide, as well as over 18,900 patent applications.
High Efficiency Solar Solutions
AUO adopts the high quality materials from leading Japanese polysilicon provider M.Setek and AUO Crystal, and collaborates with solar cell leader SunPower to establish a vertically integrated solar value chain. This high efficiency value chain extends from polysilicon, ingots, wafers, solar cells to PV modules. By practicing the "Global Operation, Local Delivery" strategy, customers worldwide could be offered solar module products nearby from Europe, Taiwan, Mainland China, and the United States. Various solar utility projects have also been successfully completed around the world.
Since 2012, AUO's solar business has been adopting "BenQ Solar" as its brand name and establishing distribution channels in Europe, North America, and Asia to offer customers timely local support and high efficiency, reliable solar products that are easy to install.
Low-carbon Initiatives for Sustainable Environment
AUO has been dedicated to the protection of the environment from the very beginning of product development and was the first to have introduced the energy management platform. The endeavors made the Company the world’s first manufacturer to have acquired ISO 50001 energy management certification and ISO 14045 eco-efficiency assessment of product systems verification. AUO was named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for four consecutive years, marking significant milestones for the industry. In addition, AUO is targeting a 25% reduction of carbon emissions in all its fabs by 2015.
* Source: iSuppli LCD Health Watch large area TFT-LCD unit Jan to Dec shipment, 2012