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  • Unipac Gets TFT-LCD Technology Transfer from Matsushita
  • October 7, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Unipac Optoelectronic Corp. confirmed its strategic alliance with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., under which the Osaka-based company will transfer to Unipac production technology for thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels.
    Unipac, a subsidiary of United Microelectronics Corp., will boost its capitalization from NT$3.8 billion (US$113 million) to NT$10 billion by the end of this year. All capital will come from UMC.

    Company executives said that demand for TFT-LCD panels will expand dramatically. Because 13.1-in. and 14.1-in. panels are the upper limit for notebook PCs, the growing popularity of LCD monitors will increase demand for panels of larger sizes. This will help reduce production costs by standardizing the sizes of LCD monitors, which will make the product more affordable.

    Unipac decided not to enter a joint venture with Matsushita. Instead, it will maintain ties on the basis of technology transfer.

    Other Taiwan manufacturers forming ties with Japanese partners for TFT-LCD production are Chunghwa Picture Tubes Co., Ltd., Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp., Hann Star Display Corp., Prime View International Co., Ltd. and Acer Display Technology Inc.

    Related story: IBM, Acer Display Agree on TFT-LCD Technology Transfer

    Related story: Japan TFT-LCD Makers Push Production Equipment in Taiwan

    Related story: Unipac Finds Japanese Partner for TFT-LCD Technology

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Tue Oct 6 14:37:54 1998 PDT