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Samsung SDI to invest $751M into PDP plant

Posted: 07 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sean Shim? Samsung SDI? plasma display plant?

Raising the stakes in the flat-panel TV market, South Korea's Samsung SDI Co. Ltd disclosed that it would invest $751 million to build a PDP that would begin operation in May 2007.

Considered one of the leading PDP makers, Samsung SDI said its fourth PDP line will be located on a 99,000 square meter site in the southeastern industrial city of Ulsa and will have an annual production capacity equivalent to 3 million 42-inch PDPs. The plant will also bring Samsung SDI's annual PDP production capacity to 7.32 million units, the company said.

50-inch and larger sizes captured 31 percent of the plasma TV market in the U.S. in January, up from 25 percent last December, Samsung said.

"When completed, the fourth PDP plant will also have capabilities to realize mass production process for full high-definition 42-inch and 50-inch TV screens for the first time," a Samsung SDI spokesman said. 50-inch and larger sizes captured 31 percent of the plasma TV market in the United States in January, up from 25 percent last December, Samsung said.

In January, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said it would invest $1.6 billion to build a fourth PDP plant in Hyogo Prefecture, in a joint venture with Toray Industries Inc. Market research firm Display Search projects global PDP demand to rise from 11.03 million this year to 22.78 million by 2008.

- Sean Shim
EE Times




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