Press Release

07/01/2007

LG Upgrades to 8-up PDP Production

LG Electronics (LG), a leading player in the global flat panel display market, announced that it will begin 8-up processing on its A3 plasma display panel (PDP) line, effective on July 2. This technique will maximize LG's PDP production capacity by allowing the company to produce eight PDPs from one sheet of glass substrate, up from the current six.

LG Electronics (LG), a leading player in the global flat panel display market, announced that it will begin 8-up processing on its A3 plasma display panel (PDP) line, effective on July 2. This technique will maximize LG's PDP production capacity by allowing the company to produce eight PDPs from one sheet of glass substrate, up from the current six.

"To accommodate increasing demand for plasma display panels LG will maximize its production efficiency, especially in the second half of the year," said Simon Kang, CEO of Digital Display Company at LG Electronics. "This is part of our ongoing campaign to streamline our production system."

The improved 8-up processing will increase LG's total capacity per month by 22 percent, from 360,000 to 440,000 panels, greater than the total capacity before the A1 line was shut down. LG's strategy to raise efficiency entails increasing per-line capacity while closing older, less efficient lines. In addition, glass substrate sheets used for LG's 8-up PDP production will be increased to 1,956 x 2,200 mm in size, compared to glass sheets of 1,956 x 1,650 mm in size used for 6-up processing.

LG also began mass production of 50-inch Full HD TVs last week as part of its ongoing efforts to focus on premium display products.
According to DisplaySearch, demand for plasma display panels is expected to continue to increase in 2007, from 2.3 million in the first quarter to 2.7 million in the second quarter, 3.2 million in the third quarter, and 4 million in the fourth quarter.
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