Chi Mei breaks ground on new LCD factory

Chi Mei breaks ground on new LCD factory

Chi Mei has begun construction of a new LCD manufacturing plant

Taiwanese LCD screenmaker, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, has broken ground on a new factory that will produce screens measuring 40 inches or more, part of the trend toward bigger LCD TVs.

The new plant, which may use 7.5G (advanced seventh generation) LCD manufacturing technology, will be able to produce sheets of glass up to 1950mm x 2250mm, good for cutting 42-inch and 47-inch LCD screens.

"No time schedule has been set for the plant yet," company representative, Loretta Chen, said.

The company has not yet determined if the new plant will be a 7.5G factory or 8G, which would use even larger sheets of glass. Construction on the plant started earlier this month.

Chi Mei plans to spend $NT100 billion ($US3.09 billion) on plant construction and production line equipment this year, compared to $NT62 billion last year. The company's newest plant is being built in southern Taiwan at the Kaohsiung Science Park.

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