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New S-LCD Gen 8 Plant Advances

Tangjeong, Korea – A new eighth-generation LCD joint venture plant between Sony and Samsung will start production of LCD panels here this summer, a month ahead of schedule, a Sony executive told a group of reporters attending the firm’s product show in Taipei.

According to a Reuters’ report, the new Gen 8 S-LCD Corp. plant was previously scheduled to begin production in the fall. The new timetable will allow the sale of some Gen 8 models by Christmas.

Samsung and Sony through their S-LCD joint venture previously announced plans to invest $1.9 billion into the Gen 8 fab. The factory has an expected capacity of 50,000 substrates (measuring 7 feet by 8 feet) per month. Each substrate can be cut into eight 46-inch LCD-TV panels, or 400,000 46-inch TVs per month.