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Samsung ups LCD production for large-screen TVs

Posted: 26 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCD panel? flat-screen TV? production capacity?

Samsung Electronics Co. will invest about $2.2 billion to increase production of LCD panels to meet rising demand for large flat-screen TVs, according to an Associated Press report.

In a separate statement, Samsung disclosed it would spend the money on expanding facilities at its eighth-generation (8G) LCD production line, which produces 46-inch and 52-inch panels.

The South Korean company produces LCD panels through S-LCD Corp, a joint venture with Sony Corp. The investment, however, will only be made by Samsung.

S-LCD's 8G line has the capacity to make 50,000 glass sheets a month, measuring 2,200mm x 2,500mm, which can cut eight 46-inch TV panels or six 52-inch TV panels. With the planned expansion, Samsung expects monthly capacity to reach 110,000 units by the end of 2008.

The newly facility is slated to start mass production in Q3 2008.

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