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IMI, Sanyo Epson inaugurate LCD manufacturing plant

Posted: 22 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tfd lcd modules? tft lcd? sanyo? epson? imi?

Philippine EMS provider, Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (IMI) and Sanyo Epson Imaging Devices Philippines Inc. (SEPH) have inaugurated an LCD module processing facility at the Laguna Technopark in Laguna, Philippines.

The plant, which started operations in August 2004, produces LCD modules for small- and medium-sized consumer electronics products such as cell phones, digital cameras and PDAs. The facility assembles thin film diode (TFD) LCD modules, which offer high image quality, low power consumption and fast response times. These modules combine the high image quality of thin-film transistor (TFT) LCDs and the power and cost advantages of super-twisted nematic (STN) LCDs. The low power consumption of TFD-LCDs is realized by using an all-digital and DAC-free design.

The current output at this facility is one million LCD modules, but this is expected to reach up to 1.5 million units by the end of this year. All output from the LCD plant will be distributed to Sanyo Epson's customers located around the world.

The collaboration between IMI and SEPH was a merger of key competencies according to IMI president and CEO Arthur Tan. "We decided to [combine our efforts] because we felt that together we will have more to offer and be able to capture the global market," he said.

"IMI and Sanyo were able to come together and collectively look at the core competencies of each company, to see where we're going and how we'd be able to compete in this diversified and competitive market," added Tan.

The Philippine facility offers Sanyo Epson an alternative location for processing its LCD modules. This will augment the company's processing capacity in other locations and lessen the potential risks of having all of its TFD-LCD processing in one location.

Another reason for Sanyo Epson's move into the growing electronics industry in the Philippines is the country's cost-competitive highly-educated and English-proficient human resource, strategic location and generous support from the government and the private sector, according to SEPH president Misao Shimizu.

The shift towards color handsets in the global cell phone market is making the TFD-LCD business highly attractive. The market for small- to medium-sized TFT or STN displays is expected to reach a CAGR of 41 percent from 2004 to 2007, according to research firms iSuppli and Stanford Resources.

- Dave Ledesma

Electronics Engineering Times- Asia

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