Samsung Corning starts supply of bulbs for 32-inch slim CRT

Samsung Corning began shipping glass bulbs used for 32-inch slim cathode ray tubes (CRTs) to Samsung SDI in April 2005, the company said on 22 May 2005
Samsung Corning said it developed the glass bul…

Samsung Corning began shipping glass bulbs used for 32-inch slim cathode ray tubes (CRTs) to Samsung SDI in April 2005, the company said on 22 May 2005 Samsung Corning said it developed the glass bulb in September 2004 and obtained product approval from Samsung SDI. Unlike clear glass bulbs, the new Samsung Corning bulb is semi-tinted and does not require extra film. In addition to this 32-inch product, Samsung Corning is currently working to develop glass bulbs for 29-inch slim CRTs and 17-inch slim CRT monitors. The company anticipates that it will be able to bring out its glass bulbs for 29-inch CRTs before rivals. Samsung Corning aims to sell 300,000 glass bulbs used for 32-inch slim CRTs in 2005 and 1 million units in 2006. Given that most CRT manufacturers in Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Europe are now developing 29-inch models, the glass bulb maker, in particular, expects to see a boom in demand for glass bulbs used for that size. “With the supply of glass bulbs for slim CRTs by Samsung Corning, prices of slim CRTs recently dropped by nearly 10% compared to those in early days of this year. We expect it to serve as a catalyst for expanding the market for slim CRTs,” said a manager at Samsung SDI, which had been purchasing glass bulbs for slim CRTs from Nippon Electric Glass of Japan.