Sharp says it will increase LCD panel production at its Kameyama 2 plant by 20 per cent this year. This summer, the facility will be processing upwards of 90,000 glass substrates monthly. It will also introduce new technology to increase the number of 32-inch panels it can squeeze from an 8th generation substrate to 15; this will increase its 32-inch output to 19.44 million panels annually.
TV makers are being forced to realign their expectations for sales of super-large screen LCD panels worldwide. It’s now thought that the spiraling credit squeeze in the US will have implications for all manufacturers, as buyers downsize their expectations from 50 plus inch models to much smaller, cheaper screens, typically between 26- and 37-inches.