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S-LCD Corporation is a joint venture between the South Korean Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd
Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics is a South Korean multinational electronics and information technology company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul...

 (50% plus one share) and Japanese Sony Corporation
Sony
, commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan and the world's fifth largest media conglomerate measured by revenues....

 (50% minus one share) established in April 2004 in Chungcheongnam-do
Chungcheongnam-do
Chungcheongnam-do or Chungnam is a province in the west of South Korea. The province was formed in 1896 from the south-western half of the former Chungcheong Province and remained a province of Korea until the country's division in 1945, thereafter becoming part of South Korea...

, South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

.

S-LCD, as of April 25 2008, operated with a monthly production capacity of 100,000 7th generation amorphous silicon (a-Si) panels and 50,000 8th generation panels based on PVA technology, which are integrated into both Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics is a South Korean multinational electronics and information technology company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul...

 and Sony
Sony
, commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan and the world's fifth largest media conglomerate measured by revenues....

 LCD televisions and mobile phones. Some other manufacturers, such as HTC
HTC
-Companies:*HTC Corporation, a Taiwanese manufacturer of handheld devices*Harrisonville Telephone Company, a telephone company in Waterloo, Illinois*Horry Telephone Cooperative, a telephone cooperative in Horry County, South Carolina...

, use S-LCD screens. S-LCD originally had production facilities in both Japan and South Korea however due to rising costs and an increasing demand from the Latin American market S-LCD opened production facilities in Baja California
Baja California
Baja California officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Baja California is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is both the northernmost and westernmost state of Mexico. Before becoming a state in 1953, the area was known as the North...

, Mexico
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

 where both Samsung and Bravia have large LCD production facilities.

History

  • 2003: Samsung Electronics and Sony sign agreement for the establishment of a joint venture for 7th generation amorphous TFT LCD panel production.
  • 2004: S-LCD Corporation established.
  • April 2005: S-LCD begins shipment of 7th generation TFT LCD panels for LCD TVs.
  • August 2007: S-LCD begins shipment of 8th generation TFT LCD panels for LCD TVs.
  • 2008: Sony and Samsung announce that due to increased demand, a second 8th Generation production line will operate in the S-LCD factory in the 2nd quarter of 2009. S-LCD may be headed by Samsung alone as Sony has announced a joint venture with Sharp Corporation
    Sharp Corporation
    is a Japanese multinational corporation that designs and manufactures electronic products. Headquartered in Abeno-ku, Osaka, Japan, Sharp employs more than 55,580 people worldwide as of June 2011. The company was founded in September 1912 and takes its name from one of its founder's first...

    , in order to compete effectively with Samsung, a task made difficult by their current collaboration.

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