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Syntax-Brillian Opens U.S. TV Assembly Plant

10/24/2006 08:52:00 AM Eastern

Tempe, Ariz. - Syntax-Brillian formally opens today a new TV production facility in Ontario, Calif. to produce the company’s full line of Olevia LCD and LCoS TVs for distribution in the United States and Canada.

Syntax-Brillian partnered with Solar Link Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Taiwan-based Pou Chen Group, to develop the about 50,000 square-foot plant. Production capacity was said to be “in excess of 200,000 LCD and LCoS TVs annually.” The assembly plant will focus on screen sizes ranging from from 32 to 65-inches.

The factory includes a semi-automated production line and a Class 10,000 clean room for LCoS component assembly. It began operations with a pilot line in September and will begin volume production shortly, the company said. The facility currently employs 120 workers on one shift with plans to increase production and employment to two shifts by early 2007.

Olevia products made at the factory will carry the “Made in USA” label. Olevia LCD TVs will carry the “Designed and Assembled in USA” label.

“The opening of this facility is a milestone for the growth of Syntax-Brillian Corp. and for the success of the Olevia brand as it continues to expand throughout North America, the Asia-Pacific region and into South America,” said Syntax-Brillian CEO Vincent Sollitto. “The Ontario location creates key economic advantages including cost reduction associated with shipping and import duties and the opportunity to build a true just-in-time inventory, manufacturing and distribution system in the United States to further support our valued domestic retail partners.”

The Ontario plant is the second production and assembly facility opened by Syntax-Brillian this month. On Oct. 16 the company announced the opening of an over 30,000 square foot LCD TV production facility in Nanjing, China with a projected output of 300,000 units annually. The Nanjing facility supports and operates under the auspices of the company’s involvement in the Nanjing Huahai Display Technology Co., Ltd. joint venture.