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South Korea to retain lead in flat panel industry

Posted: 04 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tft-lcd panel? market intelligence center? samsung electronics? samsung electronics?

South Korea is expected to lead the global production of TFT-LCD panels in the next few years. According to figures from Taiwan's Market Intelligence Center, the region accounted for 43 percent of total worldwide production followed closely by Taiwan with 39 percent. Japanese makers supplied 14 percent of total production while mainland China manufacturers supplied 3 percent.

The South Korean government is drawing up a long-term plan that will allow the region to retain this lead. It is planning to raise the percentage of locally produced equipment components and materials for flat panel displays to 80 percent. These equipment and materials include photomasks, fluorescent materials, electrode materials, TCP assemblies, ICs, luminescent materials, evaporation sources and shadow masks. Meanwhile, South Korean suppliers have fine-tuned production at their 5G plants so that the number of defective panels has been reduced drastically.

Sony Corp. has formed a $2 billion joint venture with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd to produce flat panel displays. This joint venture is expected to start production in South Korea by 2005. The two companies predict that the demand for flat panel displays will increase in the coming years, up from 4 million units this year to 14 million units in 2005 and to 30 million units by 2007. This alliance is expected to produce 7G flat panel displays that will lead the way toward standardizing the global TV monitor format.

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