LG Electronics (LG will begin 8-up processing on its A3 plasma display panel (PDP) line, which means it will maximise production capacity by producing eight PDPs from one sheet of glass substrate, an increase from the current six.
“To accommodate increasing demand for plasma display panels LG will maximise its production efficiency, especially in the second half of the year,” says James Tae, MD of LG Electronics South Africa. “This forms part of our ongoing campaign to streamline our production system. Part of the improved manufacturing process will be the production of the 32-inch plasma display panels, which is already available in the South African market.”
The improved 8-up processing will increase LG’s total capacity per month by 22%, 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 the 1 956 x 1 650 mm glass sheets used for 6-up processing.
“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,” concludes Tae.