Korea“s LCD makers at full operation

While Taiwanese (LCD) panel manufacturers had production problems due to a global glass substrate shortage, Korean LCD makers are reportedly maintaining full operation at their plants.
Taiwan“s lead…

While Taiwanese (LCD) panel manufacturers had production problems due to a global glass substrate shortage, Korean LCD makers are reportedly maintaining full operation at their plants. Taiwan“s leading LCD producers, including AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. (CMO) and Chung Hwa Picture Tubes Ltd. (CPT) are said to be operating their LCD plants at 70-80% capacity. Korean manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Display Co. are operating their lines at practically full capacity, according to the sources. According to experts, Taiwanese makers are not achieving full operation rates despite the increasing demand for LCD panels worldwide, as there is a worldwide shortage of glass substrates that are needed to make LCD panels. According to market researchers, glass substrates were in short supply globally by about 8.4% of the demand in the fourth quarter of 2009. Local media in Taiwan recently reported that glass substrate shortage for Taiwanese LCD makers was almost 10% compared to demand.