Kyulux is very proud of its HF TADF technology that will enable efficient, cost-effective and durable OLEDs. Our greatest asset, however, is our employees, because a company is only as good as the people it’s made up of.

From time to time, this blog will give the stage to the bright and competent people who make Kyulux what it is. Meet Mr. Sang Yeop Yeo, the new Chief Business Development Officer of Kyulux, who joined Kyulux this May at the Fukuoka office.

Mr. Yeo, as a new team member at Kyulux, could you please tell us your first impressions of our company?

I have known Kyulux for a long time, having worked at major display companies – and I have always taken of Kyulux’s technology. The OLED market is still growing, and here are still many challenges to overcome – including material performance and cost. Kyulux’s TADF technology has a great potential to beat these challenges.

Good technology is crucial but not enough on its own. Relevant examples are the VHS and Betamax ‘Video Wars’ in the 1980’s, and the collapse of Polaroid Corporation. Without the right cooperation and trust both within and outside the company, the chances of success, even with great technology, are slim.

Despite the fact that Kyulux is a relatively young company it has already established an efficient set of rules and organizational systems, supporting its own technological development.

Through my previous experiences, I am looking forward to calling it my second home from now on.

What do you think is the best local food in your hometown?

I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, but Korean cuisine is now popular all over the world – especially in Asia. It is difficult to select which one I should choose, but I would say it might be Korean noodles.

Actually, the birthplace of the Korean cold noodle dish is the North, and in the past cold noodles in the South was rare. There are two types of cold noodles: one is made from starch of sweet potatoes, the other one is based on buckwheat noodles similar to “Soba” in Japan. You can eat them with meat soup or without soup topped with meats and vegetables, called “Bibin Noodle”. These two types of noodles are generally commonly eaten in Korea.

The Southern part of Korean dish is hot and characterized by intense seasoning, while the Northern part of Korean one is thin and tender. I prefer the Northern type, because my father is from North Korea.

Regarding Japanese cuisine, I love Sushi the most. I have visited Fukuoka more than 50 times before I came to work at Kyulux, and I enjoy delicious Fukuoka food like “Mizu-taki” and “Motsu-nabe”.

What do you do in your free time?

My favorite activities are reading mystery novels, taking walks, and online shopping.

I usually prefer to read Japanese novels, like ones by Kazuaki Takano, Hideo Okuda, Keigo Higashino, Ryo Hara, Haruki Murakami, which are all famous novelists in Korea as well. When I was in Korea, I would sometimes take long 7-8 hours walks. Now in Fukuoka, I often enjoy walking with my wife.

You need to be careful with online shopping habits. Sometimes my wife wonders why I purchase items I do not need. I understand her feelings but I enjoy the shopping experience more than the actual items I buy – hopefully my wife will stop noticing this habit ?

What was your most memorable travel destination?

I visited Niseko in Hokkaido for some skiing. In Korea most ski resorts use artificial snow – powder snow is rare in Korea. Skiing in Hokkaido, with its natural snow, was really fun.

What is your favorite movie or TV program?

I enjoy watching Japanese dramas more than going to the movies. For me, drama is something that gives us tips for surviving life, and is a good influence on me.

Some examples:

  • I liked classical music after I watched “Nodame Cantabile”.
  • “Joou-no-Kyoushitsu (Queen’s classroom)” made me rethink what to do with my children’s education.
  • “Shitamachi Rocket (Downtown Rocket)” taught me to reconfirm my attitude to work.
  • “ Ima Aini-Yukimasu(Be with you)” made me remember how much my wife means to me
  • After “Kodoku-no Gourmet (Solitary Gourmet)”, I found how to enjoy of eating dinner alone to the business travel destination.
  • I learned the importance of grammar after watching “Koetsu Girl (Review Girl)”.
  • And finally, “Ie Uru Onna” (Women who sell a house), gave us some clues in searching for good apartments in Fukuoka.

I also think that watching these Japanese Dramas helped me ease into life in Japan – and was of great help. I also study Japanese, so my goal is to be able to watch dramas without subtitles.