Japan-based Asahi Glass, the world’s second largest TFT LCD
glass substrate supplier, expects to begin shipping glass substrates
to local TFT LCD makers from its new glass furnaces in Yunlin
County in the third quarter of 2004, according to the company.
The schedule is one quarter later than reported by the Chinese-language
Commercial Times in a January 20 article.
Asahi has already begun trial production at the furnaces. However,
tight glass substrate supply will not ease for this year, as the
company only plans to ship the products to existing clients, Chi
Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT).
Corning, the world’s top glass substrate supplier, set up a second
glass furnace in Taiwan last month.