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  • Sharp Seeks TFT-LCD Partnership in Taiwan
  • August 11, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Sharp Corp., the leading liquid-crystal display maker in the world, is seeking technical partnerships in Taiwan.
    Its move comes amid a trend in which more and more Japanese makers are transferring thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology to the island.

    Industry sources said this likely means a seventh LCD maker is on the horizon in Taiwan.

    Four of Taiwan's existing six TFT-LCD makers have formed technical alliances with Japanese companies.

    Chi Mei Opto Electronics Corp. said it would not accept a technical transfer, while Prime View International Co., Ltd. has not yet found a suitable technical partner.

    Chung Hwa Picture Tubes Ltd. accepted a technical transfer from Mitsubishi Electric Corp., while Hann Star Display Corp. and Unipac Opto Electronics Corp. received technical assistance from Toshiba Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., respectively.

    Results of a recent survey from Taiwan's Electro-Optical Association show that developments in TFT-LCD technology by Korean manufacturers have broken Japan's monopoly status, encouraging domestic companies to alter their operational strategy.

    Japanese efforts to seek technical cooperation in Taiwan also aim at diversifying risk, as the construction of a TFT-LCD factory costs about NT$20 billion (US$578 million).

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Mon Aug 10 17:54:29 1998 PDT