Corning: ground breaking ceremony at Taichung LCD glass plant

Corning Incorporated will host a groundbreaking ceremony on 16 September 2004 at the site of its new LCD glass substrate manufacturing facility being constructed at the Central Taiwan Science Park in …

Corning Incorporated will host a groundbreaking ceremony on 16 September 2004 at the site of its new LCD glass substrate manufacturing facility being constructed at the Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung, Taiwan. Joined by customers and government officials, Corning will mark the commencement of construction on its second Taiwan facility. The new operation is expected to begin initial manufacturing in Taichung during the 3Q 2005, with additional capacity to come online through 2006. The first phase of the Taichung facility was part of a company funded investment of nearly USD 750 million, announced in July 2004, and will include melting and finishing capacity capable of producing Generation 5.5 and Generation 6 size glass substrates. Joining Corning for the ceremony will be Mr. Sin-Yi Lin, former vice premier, Executive Yuan; Ms. Mei-Yueh Ho, minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs; and Mr. Jason Hu, mayor, Taichung City. “This ceremony marks Corning“s unwavering commitment to supporting the growth of our customers in Taiwan,” Donald B. McNaughton, senior vice president, Display will say. “Our new Taichung facility will continue to strengthen our reliable local supply of large generation glass substrates for the growing display industry.” James P. Clappin, general manager, Corning Display Technologies, will reaffirm the company“s commitment to the region and the industry. “The industry is migrating toward the use of larger-generation glass substrates. With this additional site, Corning expects to be in step with our customers here in Taiwan and on a world wide basis, effectively utilizing our technology, processes and people to support the production of high-quality LCDs”. In conjunction with its continued development in Taiwan, Corning expects to hire and train hundreds of local engineers, skilled technical workers, and commercial staff for its two LCD glass manufacturing operations on the island.