Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands has opened two plants in Shanghai to support the liquid crystal display (LCD) and optical storage activities of its Components division.
Located in the Wai Gao Qiao Free Trade Zone, the adjacent plants are near several of Philips' major suppliers and key technology partners, according to the company. The plants are also close to several major universities, enabling Philips draw from the local pool of technical and managerial talent.
The automated LCD plant has two lines that will produce standard STN (super twisted nematic) color and monochrome displays. Able to produce up to 120,000 sets of coupled glass per month and employ up to 250 people, the plant complements an existing 12,000-square-meter plant that builds application-specific color and monochrome passive- and active-matrix LCDs.
The optical storage plant, covering 36,900 sq. meters, will produce drive mechanisms, loaders and optical pick-up units (OPUs) that are used in CD-R and CD-RW drive. Designed to replace an optical storage plant that has operated in Shanghai since 1996, the new plant enables Philips to centralize its optical storage production in a single plant, the company said.