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New Year Special Features '99

  • Demand for LCD Color Filters to Reach 90 Bln Yen by 2001
  • January 5, 1999 (TAIPEI) -- Demand for color filters, which comprise a key component of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels, is expected to rise at a brisk pace in the coming years.
    Global demand for color filters is estimated at 70 billion yen in 1998, and could reach 90 billion yen by 2001, an industry source said.

    Taiwan will soon become the second largest color filter supplier after Japan, as an increasing number of local technology firms make inroads into the sector, according to industry analysts.

    Chi Mei Electronics Corp., a high-tech arm of Chi Mei Enterprise, recently unveiled the first Taiwan-made color filter for STN-LCD panels. A company spokesman said that market demand is expected to grow at up to 25 percent a year.

    At least five Taiwan-based firms plan to make large TFT-LCDs. They are Unipac Optoelectronics Corp., Chung Hwa Picture Tubes Ltd., Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp., Acer Display Technology Inc. and Hann Star Display Corp. The total production capacity of the five firms will require a minimum of 150,000 color filters a month, or 1.8 million a year. These numbers do not include color filters for smaller TFT-LCDs or for STN-LCDs.

    Until recently, domestic makers have obtained color filters from foreign suppliers.

    Four domestic companies are completing research and development on color filters, and are ready to ramp up manufacturing.

    Everest Technology Inc. has decided to set aside a large portion of the capacity of its number one fab for STN color filter production. The company's number two fab will focus on large-size filters for TFT-LCD panels.

    Nan Ya Technology Corp. has a production line focusing on STN color filters, making 300mm x 400mm products.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Mon Jan 4 15:55:42 1999 PDT