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Panasonic officially opens fourth PDP plant, expects PD... - 12/3/2005 11:01:56 AM   
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Panasonic (brand of Matsushita Electric Industrial) today held the opening ceremony of the Amagasaki Plant of Matsushita Plasma Display Panel Company (MPDP) in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan.

The company claims that the plant is the largest PDP (plasma display panel) production facility in the world, as the plant reached a full capacity of 125,000 units a month at the end of November, with yields over 90%. Matsushita now has a total PDP monthly capacity of 300,000 units, combining all four PDP plants (and their monthly capacities) including the First Ibaraki Plant (30,000 units), Second Ibaraki Plant (120,000 units) and Shanghai Plant (25,000 units).

Panasonic expects global PDP demand to reach 10 million units in 2006 and 25 million units in 2010. To meet the accelerating demand, the company plans to bring forward the second phase of production at the Amagasaki Plant by four months to July 2006.

According to Ken Morita, vice president of Panasonic AVC Networks PDP (plasma display panel) TVs will continue dominating the over 35-inch flat panel TV markets in the future, as making profits from 40-inch and above LCD TVs will be more difficult than for PDP TV makers.

Although LCD TV panels are migrating to larger size applications, Morita said the cost of components for those larger applications, such as glass substrates, polarizers, CCFLs (cold-cathode fluorescent lamps) and backlight modules are still too expensive when compared to producing PDP panels of a similar size.

The cost of production for PDP TVs will decrease 55% by the end of 2007 compared to a decrease of only 35% for LCD TVs, Morita stated earlier this year.


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