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All systems go for LG's 8-up PDP production

Posted: 04 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flat panel display? PDP production? 8-up processing?

LG Electronics Inc. said it has started 8-up processing in its A3 PDP line.

The flat-panel display giant expects the technique to increase the number of PDPs produced from a single sheet of glass substrate to eight from the current six. The glass sheets used for 8-up PDP production will be increased to 1,956-by-2,200mm in size from of 1,956-by-1,650mm used for 6-up processing.

The production capacity boost will address the increasing demand for PDPs, especially in the second half of 2007, Simon Kang, CEO of Digital Display Co. at LG, said in a company statement. DisplaySearch figures forecast a continued demand for PDPs from 2.3 million units in Q1 to 2.7 million, 3.2 million and 4 million in the succeeding quarters.

"The improved 8-up processing will increase LG's total capacity per month by 22 percent, from 360,000 to 440,000 panels, greater than the total capacity before the A1 line was shut down," Kang said, adding, "LG's strategy to raise efficiency entails increasing per-line capacity while closing older, less efficient lines."

LG announced in June that it was ceasing A1 production to cut costs and focus development of the A2 and A3 lines.




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