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Varitronix injects $25m into LCD design, development line

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCD design? TFT displays? manufacturing facility? investment?

A $25 million investment in a new LCD design and manufacturing facility located in Heyuan, Guangdong, China has been recently announced by LCD manufacturer Varitronix. The four-floor 31,200m2 plant will support design and development, display cell production and LCD module assembly.

Two automated production lines employing new Japanese made manufacturing equipment will start production in the spring of 2013. The company expects the new factory to enable a 40 per cent increase in production capacity.

Mike Burke, Varitronix's General Manager TFT division said, "Varitronix currently enjoys strong automotive business in Europe and is keen to migrate the technology and manufacturing skills into the wider and more diverse industrial market. Our challenge and goal for 2013 is to build on our experience servicing the automotive market and provide the same service to new industrial customers who want a high quality product which will be available for five years or more."

The development and construction of the new fabrication facility has been driven by growth in Varitronix's global business across automotive and industrial markets, and the need to reduce product lead-times. Varitronix develops and supplies small to medium size displays (2.5" to 10.4" in TFT and a wide range of passive displays) and is also in the enviable position of having the latest PCap (projected capacitive) touch-screen and optical bonding manufacturing facilities available in-house.

Burke continued, "We do not want to support aggressive, low quality consumer business where displays are often produced in very high volumes for a short period of time and then discontinued. Automotive and industrial markets provide viable, long term business and stable revenue streams. We are keen to develop strategic partnerships and relationships with suppliers and customers, and offer a reliable, long term display solution."

Varitronix supports an expanding range of standard TFT displays derived, predominantly, from its automotive display product portfolio. The latest display technology including FFS (fringe field switching) and MVA (multi-domain vertical alignment) is employed on a number of TFT display modules. New industrial TFT displays feature very high brightness white LED backlights, wide viewing angles and a -30C to +80C operating temperature range. Quality is assured with testing procedures that meet full automotive specifications.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times Europe

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