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Hoya Corp. launches Taiwan photomask plant

The Taiwanese unit of Japan-based Hoya Corp, the world“s largest supplier of optical glass to the semiconductor industry, marked the start-up of production at its new plant in the Hsinchu Science Par…

The Taiwanese unit of Japan-based Hoya Corp, the world“s largest supplier of optical glass to the semiconductor industry, marked the start-up of production at its new plant in the Hsinchu Science Park with a ceremony on 11 March 2005, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a statement. The plant will make photomasks used to produce LCDs. Hoya will initially invest TWD 200 million (USD 6.5 million) in making photomasks to meet rising demand from local LCD manufacturers, according to the ministry. As local LCD makers are planning to build fifth- and sixth-generation flat-panel factories, Hoya will increase the investment to TWD 1.5 billion over the next few years, the ministry said. Hoya will also produce photomasks used in large-sized thin-film transistor LCDs in the near future, the ministry said. Construction of the Hoya plant, located in the fourth compound of the Hsinchu Science Park, began in April 2004.

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