Samsung is already a leader in the production of eighth-generation LCD glass, which is used to make TVs in the 30-50in range. Now the company has announced a further investment designed to boost capacity at one of its plants by up to 50%, with the aim of giving the company a 20% share of the eighth-generation market.
The company will be investing 484.6bn won, or almost £260m, at its Tangjeong plant, which currently makes LCD glass at the rate of 60,000 units a month. Once the new equipment is in place, which it's expected to be during 2010, that capacity could rise by up to 30,000 units a month.
Samsung also makes eighth-generation LCDs in its joint venture with Sony, S-LCD, that line having a capacity of some 140,000 units a month.
Eight-generation LCD glass produces panels 2.2x2.5m, and can yield 18 32in panels; Samsung also runs, or has plans for, both ninth-generation or tenth-generation glass, the latter giving 28 32in panels or 15 42in displays.
There are also plans for an eleventh-generation line, using glass 3.2x3.6m to yield even larger screen sizes: one eleventh-generation substrate can give eight 70in LCD panels.