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Mainland China reinforces LCD manufacturing

Posted: 19 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lcd? handset? digital camera?

Competition in the graphics LCD modules industry in the Greater China region is heating up, threatening the leading spots held mostly by makers from South Korea.

Hua Bia Hong Da, a mainland China-based maker of LCDs, recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of its new production line in Donging Economic Development Zone in Shandong. The project is a joint investment of $3 billion between

Hua Bia and an oil company.

The new production line will focus on manufacturing large-sized LCDs and small- and medium-sized LCD modules applied in mobile handsets and digital cameras. Production is expected to commence in 2007.

Other makers from mainland China are also planning to expand their production lines for LCDs. Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co. is considering investing $42 billion to set up another 5G LCD plant by 2007.

Shanghai SVA NEC Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd is likewise considering setting up at least six new production lines near Shanghai by 2008.

The mainland China government has been encouraging companies to improve production by designating the Nanjing Industrial Complex as the national hub for the LCD industry. The complex has been receiving investments currently amounting to $1.6 billion. Investments are expected to reach $5 billion in a few years.

Meanwhile, large-scale Taiwan-based LCD companies are already exceeding its South Korean counterparts in terms of LCD shipments for the past two months. The Taiwan companies also manufacture 6G LCD manufacture.

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