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display alliance news 9.23.2010

Consumer grade flat-screen TV prices to plunge for holiday season An historically large oversupply of LCD TV panels is causing television prices to fall right in time for the holiday shopping season. The forecasted price plunge stems from an enormous surplus of LCD panels that has accumulated over the first nine months of the year. Shipments of the panels rose to 52 million in the second quarter, but only 38.7 million TVs were actually shipped to retailers, according to iSuppli. Click to read more..

Sony gets investigated over patents The accusations about patent toe-stepping come from Chimei Innolux, one of the biggest LCD manufacturers in Taiwan, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, and Texas based Innolux Corporation, all of which appear to be related companies and are complaining that Sony has ridden roughshod over their patent rights on gadgets ranging from Sony's televisions to its games console, the PS3. The complaint has just been acknowledged by the ITC, which said that it will investigate in relation to "certain liquid crystal display devices and products interoperable with the same". Click to read more..

Toyoda, Epistar joint venture enters LED market with better pricing advantage TE Opto, the new joint venture between Toyoda Gosei and Epistar will be able to provide LED chips without worrying about patent infringement issues due to patent support from Toyoda, and the joint venture will be able to provide pricing about 20% cheaper than those from Japan-based suppliers. Read more here..

Digital signage going into gas pumps at the manufacturing plant Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Outcast Media have announced an exclusive partnership to offer content and advertising on factory-installed, large color screens integrated directly into fuel dispensers. According to Gilbarco, more than half of the 140,000 convenience stores in the United States feature their gas pumps. Under the new partnership, Outcast will be the exclusive third-party provider of media content and services for Gilbarco’s Applause Media System, leveraging the scale of Gilbarco’s distribution network to access gas stations and consumers. Click to read more..

AUO’s first LCD manufacturing facility, in partnership with TPV technology, may come to  South America AU Optronics aand TPV Technology have established a joint venture for LCD module plant in Manaus, Brazil for panel module assembly and sales business. This JV is the first production base in America for AUO to offer customer in-time services and support after establishing manufacturing sites in Europe. The joint venture company brings together TPV's business infrastructure in the South American market and AUO's technology in TV panels. The joint venture will be named "Brivictory Indústria de Eletrônicos Ltda"with the capital of US$ 16 million. AUO and TPV will own 19% and 81% of the shareholding of the joint venture company, respectively. AUO and TPV will contribute the capital investment proportionally. Click to read more..

Program launched by Stena for growing need in recycling LCD screens By the year 2015, it is estimated that the EU's need for the recycling of flat screens will have multiplied to a dizzying 750,000 tonnes per year. The Stena Metall Group is now launching a closed process for handling LCD screens. "Today's recycling of electronics is very much about finding new ways to recycle large quantities of electronic waste quickly, complying with the legislation and with clear environmental and health benefits. Our new process for LCD recycling is a good example of this," says Staffan Johansson, managing director for GRIAG Glasrecycling, a part of the Stena Metall Group. Click here to read more about LCD recycling..

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