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The Wall Street Journal: China’s BOE eyes Apple as it seeks to prove its advanced-manufacturing prowess

CHENGDU, China — China’s campaign to become a global power in advanced manufacturing is playing out at a high-tech factory in the Sichuan province, where engineers are aiming to supply display screens for Apple Inc.’s top-tier iPhones.

BOE Technology Group Co. 000725, +1.72% plants already make display screens for Apple’s iPads and MacBook computers, and the company is also the world’s top producer of large liquid crystal screens. Now it is seeking to supply Apple AAPL, -0.23% with advanced organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, smartphone screens, according to people familiar with the plans.

If it succeeds, BOE will not only prove its manufacturing prowess with a technically challenging product, but also will score a big win for China in its race to catch up to South Korea and Japan in advanced display-screen manufacturing.

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