But now, a few short months after several display producers announced a slowdown of their expansion plans, a rebound is under way. Prices are stabilizing, and production shop floors are starting to buzz with new activity. Samsung Electronics, the world's largest maker of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), has even speeded up construction of a new plant in South Korea. "Capacity utilization was quite weak until about March this year," says Nobu Koshiba, general manager of fine chemicals at JSR Corp., a supplier of a wide range of electronic materials to both the semiconductor and display industries. "But it's an upward trend now. There are more sheets of glass passing through the plants to be transformed into displays."
by Jean-François Tremblay |
July 09, 2007