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Samsung Corning to expand production of TFT-LCD plate glasses

Samsung Corning of South Korea said it will invest 400 billion won to expand its production facilities for TFT-LCD plate glasses. The company said that by the year 2001, the company will emerge as the…

Samsung Corning of South Korea said it will invest 400 billion won to expand its production facilities for TFT-LCD plate glasses. The company said that by the year 2001, the company will emerge as the world“s biggest supplier of plate glass with a production capacity of an annual 15 million sheets. The company said that it will join forces with US-based Corning to develop a new plate glass with a width of 0.5-0.6 mm, which will be slightly thinner than the currently offered plate glass (0.7 mm). “Demand for TFT-LCDs is on rapid rise worldwide, and the market is enjoying an average 30% growth per year,” said a company official. “By the time we complete the expansion of our production facilities, we will be equipped with the capacity to fully provide the plate glass needed by domestic TFT-LCD makers in manufacturing their products.” Domestic TFT-LCD suppliers include Samsung Electronics and LG Philips LCD, the world“s two biggest TFT-LCD suppliers, and Samsung Corning hopes to increase its profits and heighten the competitiveness of its plate glass when it completes the expansion of its production facilities.

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