Several Chinese manufacturers are interested in tying up with Japan Display Inc. to mass produce next-generation OLED panels for smartphones, a consortium that has agreed to bail out the troubled Apple Inc. supplier says.

"As an independent Japanese company with a recognized leading technology, you can imagine that many companies are seeking to work with JDI, including leading Chinese manufacturers," Chase Gao, a spokesman of Suwa Investment Holdings LLC, said in an emailed response on Thursday.

"New Chinese OLED producers have complicated financial, technology and marketing issues — and in many cases JDI is a potential solution to their challenges," Gao said.