DigiTimes has some news about LG Display's 8G fab and also writes that LG will initiate volume production of 32" OLED TVs in 2011.
With construction of the fab shell already completed, LG Display schedules to begin volume production by March 2009. P8 will initially focus on 32-, 47-, 52- and 57-inch LCD TV panels on a glass substrate size of 2,200mm×2,500mm. In contrast to 8G lines traditionally being utilized for 50-inch and above production, growing flexibility means there is potential to produce 32-inch panels at 8G lines also, highlighted LG Display. Actual capacity distribution will depend on demand, the company noted.
LG Display's rivals including S-LCD, AU Optronics (AUO) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), all have plants for 2,200×2,500mm glass substrate production. Among these players, S-LCD has already started volume production, whereas AUO and CMO will only start equipment installation in late 2008. Based on LG Display's equipment move-in schedule, the Korea-based panel maker is expected to have its 8G panels available 2-3 quarters ahead of its Taiwan rivals.
In addition to investment in next-generation production lines, LG Display has also deployed into the development of AMOLED panels. Despite that AMOLED is mostly applied in small-size panels, LG Display said it would continue investing in the large-size segment, with volume production of 32-inch OLED TVs scheduled for 2011.