China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) is ramping up its capacity for TV and handset panels, aiming to become the third-largest players in the both sectors in the near term, according to industry watchers.
The company kicked off operations of its first 11G LCD line, dubbed t6, in November 2018 with commercial production set to begin in March 2019 with a capacity of 90,000 substrates a month. The t6 fab will focus on production of large-size panels including 43-, 65- and 75-inch models.
The company’s two 8.5G fabs, dubbed t1and t2, are currently running at full capacity of 160,000 and 155,000 substrates a month, respectively.
CSOT has also signed a contract with the local government in Shenzhen to set up its second 11G fab, to be named t7, in the southern Chinese city, which is designed for production of 65-, 70- and 75-inch ultra large-size 8K as well as AMOLED panels in 2021.
With respect to small- to medium-size panels, the company plans to kick off operation of its 6G LTPS-AMOLED line, the t4, in 2019 with a capacity of 45,000 substrates a month. This additional capacity will come as its existing 6G LTPS-LCD line, the t3, is currently running at a full capacity of 45,000 substrates.
The 4t line, which features evaporators from Japan-based Cannon Tokki, will by-pass the production of rigid OLED products to begin making flexible AMOLED and PMOLED panels directly, the sources indicated.
CSOT will also build TV modules and smart displays at production lines in an industrial park that its parent company, TCL, is building in Tirupati, India.
The TV module production lines plan to roll out eight million TV panels ranging from 22 to 55 inches, as well as 30 million small- to medium-size panels from 3.5 to 8 inches. Meanwhile, the smart display project calls for the production of six million TVs a year for TCL and other local brands in India.―DIGITIMES