LG Electronics begins full operation of its fourth PDP A3 line
- After a test production in July - August, goes into full production beginning September 1- After a test production in July - August, goes into full production beginning September 1
- With a huge investment of 660 billion won, commercializes the technology of taking six panels out of one glass, the first of its kind in the world. Will commercialize the technology of slicing eight panels out of a single glass
- The A1/A2 production lines have a monthly production capacity of 190,000 PDP Modules, and the A3 line has a monthly production capacity of 160,000 PDPs on the basis of taking eight panels of a single glass. This brings the world's largest monthly capacity of 350,000 PDPs.
- At the end of this year, the A3 line will reach the gold yield level on the basis of taking six panels out of a single glass, thus achieving world's largest production output of PDP modules.
- Has the industry's largest production ratio in single scan PDPs at 99%(100% ratio for 42/50 inch) In 2006, will prevails in the PDP modules and PDP TVs in the global market
Seoul, September 1, 2005 --- LG Electronics (CEO: S. S. Kim / www.lg.com) goes into full operation of its fourth PDP A3 line beginning in September.
This allows the company to solidify its market leadership in PDP modules, and secure a powerful driving engine in taking world's top spot in PDP modules and plasma TVs in 2006.
Importantly, its PDP A3 line enables the company to boost its confidence in the PDP market and direct company wide core capabilities.
The A3 line is now into its first step operation after investments of 660 billion won made last May. It initially employs world's first technology of taking six panels out of a single glass, and can be expanded to respond flexibly to surging demands in the future.
The A3 line in its first step is optimized for employing the technology of taking eight panels out of a single glass. Currently, it has a monthly production capacity of 120,000 PDPs, and will be able to manufacture 160,000 PDPs a month without further investments using the recently developed technology of slicing eight panels out of a single glass.
LG Electronics plans to increase the monthly operation ratio of the A3 PDP line on the basis of taking six panels out of a single glass until the end of this year.
Also, the company further invested in its existing PDP lines (A1/A2) aimed at enhancing productivity, bolstering the production capacity from 165,000 PDPs to 190,000 PDPs.
Thus, LG Electronics has a combined monthly production capacity of 350,000 PDPs, the world's largest, from its four lines of A1/A2/A3, and will further bolster its market leadership, a key factor in the equipment industries.
Executive Vice President Yoon Kwang-Ho, heading the LG Electronics' PDP unit, said, "Amid the harsh competition of devices and companies, it is imperative to secure cost competitiveness."
He added, "We employ the new technology of taking eight panels out of a single glass with our PDP A3 line, thus reducing the number of processes and lead-time by a half compared to the previous method."
Also, unlike the existing lines, the A3 line can process the lower PDP panels and green sheets in a single plant, thus help reduce production costs and logistical costs and bolster investment efficiency.
To enhance investment efficiency, LG Electronics has developed the innovative technology and materials in line with its mid- and long-term strategy which was established in 2003. This enabled the company to employ the core technologies of taking six/eight panels out of a single glass, rapid drying, and direct patterning at an early date.
In addition, LG Electronics commercialized the technology of XGA-class 42-inch single scan PDPs last June.
The company also commercialized the technology of 50-inch single scan PDPs in April, the first of its kind worldwide. This enables the company to produce 99% of PDP modules, excluding the 60/71-inch PDPs, using the single scan technology, proving the company's technological competitiveness to be the industry's top level.
Helped by its expanded PDP production capacity and cost competitiveness, LG Electronics aims to become the world's largest PDP module maker in the fourth quarter of 2005, and to prevail in the global PDP module and PDP TV markets in 2006.