Thu, Aug 30, 2012 - Page 13 News List

Flat-panel industry to thrive ‘through innovation, products’

By George Liao  /  Staff reporter, and Staff writer

A woman looks at AU Optronics Corp’s 50-inch touch-screen vending machine on display at the Touch Taiwan 2012 exhibition at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei yesterday. The exhibition begins today and ends tomorrow.

Photo: Chen Mei-ying, Taipei Times

Facing the challenges of a slowing global economy and rising competition in the market, Taiwan’s flat-panel industry will come out ahead and see another 10 years of prosperity on new applications and technologies, the organizer of a flat-panel trade show said yesterday in Taipei.

Major panelmakers such as AU Optronics Corp (AUO, 友達), Chimei Innolux Corp (奇美) and Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd (華映) are among the 280 exhibitors that will show their latest technological innovations at the 2012 International Touch Panel and Optical Film Exhibition at the Nangang Exhibition Hall. The fair will run through tomorrow.

Through innovation and strategic partnerships, Taiwan’s flat-panel industry will be able to exert its influence in the global panel industry and face good years ahead, AUO president Paul Peng (彭雙浪), who is also chairman of the Taiwan Display Union Association, said in his opening speech at the show.

AUO is showcasing panels of various sizes, including 3D displays, 4K by 2K ultra-high-resolution displays, multi-touch panels and active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays for different applications, such as TVs, monitors, mobile PCs, general displays and mobile devices.

Chimei is exhibiting their TFT-LCD displays and technologies focusing on high resolution and green power.

Chinese panelmakers have recently gained market share in the mainstream 32-inch TV panels, but Chimei spokesman Lin Chen-hui (林振輝) yesterday shrugged off worries about the company’s competitiveness.

Lin said the company’s 39-inch and 50-inch LCD TV panels had gained popularity in China and that it could provide customers with other panel options with better technologies.

Moreover, the company is expected to launch 58-inch LCD TV panels in the second half, as part of its efforts to grab a bigger share in the 55-inch to 60-inch TV panel segments.

Currently, the company has achieved a yield rate of up to 80 percent in the 58-inch LCD TV panels segment, a figure the company has targeted to lift to 90 percent within three months, Lin said.

Meanwhile, Peng said he welcomed the government’s move to relax regulations on Chinese investments in Taiwan’s flat-panel industry.

Local media have reported that some Chinese TV brands are willing to buy shares in Taiwanese panelmakers to secure supplies with better technologies.

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