Sunday, January 01, 2006
Korean LCD Giants Launch New Mass Production Lines
Samsung Electronics and LG.Philips LCD simultaneously started the mass production of larger TV panels at their newest fabrication lines on Sunday Jan. 1 2006. This foretells an uphill battle for the leadership of the liquid-crystal display (LCD) market.
LG.Philips LCD, a joint venture between LG Electronics and Royal Philips Electronics, announced on Sunday that it opened its seventh-generation LCD factory in Paju, north of Seoul. Samsung, the current market leader, also said that it started mass production at its second seventh-generation LCD line in Tangjong, south of Seoul, named 7-2 Line.
Both Samsung and LG Philips factories will churn out 45,000 LCD plates per month.
The opening of the new facilities are a few months ahead of the companies’ original plans, as they are competing to gain control of the industry standard for LCD panel size. Samsung cuts one seventh-generation plate into eight 40-inch panels or six 46-inch panels, while LG.Philips makes eight 42-inch or six 47-inch panels.