The first LCD panels produced by S-LCD, a joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Sony, have now been shipped to the two companies.
The S-LCD factory in Tangjung, South Korea, houses one of the world's most advanced flat-panel display production lines and is used to manufacture 26-inch, 32-inch and 40-inch panels for use in LCD televisions.
The advanced production line should enable the joint venture to produce cheaper screens for LCD televisions. This is because the line can handle mother glass, on which panels are made, that measures 187cm x 220cm. That's larger than most other LCD factories and should bring economies of scale that lead to lower prices per panel.
From each sheet of mother glass the company can make 18 x 26-inch, 12 x 32-inch and eight x 40-inch panels.
Demand for large-size panels for use in LCD TVs is rising fast. Samsung Electronics, which already produces panels at its own factories, shipped 8.8 million large-size panels in the first quarter of this year and expects this to rise to 9.6 million in the second quarter.