TAIWAN - Innolux Display has announced plans to invest $55 million to set up a subsidiary company to manufacture LCD modules (LCM) in Xiamen, China.

According to a February 26 filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, the company’s subsidiary will be called Innocom Technology, and will make LCMs and other LCD-related products.

The company posted sales of $5.03 billion for 2007, up over 48% from $3.4 billion for 2006. Net profits for last year totaled $523 million.

Innolux chairman Hsing C. Tuan stated that he expects the company to continue to have record growth over the next 5 year, projecting over $34 billion in sales in 2013.
Last year, InnoLux began volume production of a 22-inch widescreen LCD monitor panel, and is scheduled to begin volume production of a 26-inch monitor panel in the first half of this year.

TOKYO - Reuters reports that Sony Corporation said that it would take a one-third stake in Sharp's $3.5 billion LCD panel plant, which is set for completion by March 2010, to meet the rising demand for flatscreen televisions.

It is the latest alliance among Japanese flatscreen TV makers, as they attempt to secure enough supply while still keeping investment low in the face of falling prices.

Sony gains another panel supply source in addition to a previous LCD venture with Samsung Electronics, and the deal gives Sharp a partner to share the large investment, while bringing additional work to the factory.

The LCD factory, which will become the world's largest, is planned as a joint venture with Sony, with Sharp retaining a 66 percent ownership.

The companies have declined to say how much they would invest.

"This agreement is a very big step for Sony as we strive to become the world's number one TV maker," Sony President Ryoji Chubachi told a news conference.

Sony and Sharp are the second and third largest LCD TV makers in the world, behind Samsung, according to flat panel research and consulting firm DisplaySearch.

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AUSTIN, TX - DisplaySearch published survey findings on TV shipments for Q4 2007. TV shipments increased 5% year-on-year and 21% for the quarter compared to 2006. Over 60 million units were shipped in 4Q and 200 million units for all of 2007. This is the first time sales has topped $100 billion according to DisplaySearch.
Sony lead in the LCD TV segment, outperforming Samsung. Global shipments of LCD TVs in the Q4 was up 56% YoY and 73% for the year to nearly 80 million units. Based on strong sales in the Americas, Sony staged a comeback, ranking second in Q3 and leading for Q4.

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