Wintek to Expand OGS Touch Panel Production Capacity

Aug 03, 2012 Ι Industry In-Focus Ι Electronics and Computers Ι By Quincy Liang, CENS
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Taipei, Aug. 3, 2012 (CENS)--To meet upcoming strong demand from ultrabook PCs for touch panels, Wintek Corp., a major display panel manufacturer in Taiwan, recently announced a capacity-expansion project for this year.

Hyley H. Huang, chairman and president of Wintek, pointed out that the downstream production expansion will take only three to four months, with the upstream expansion to depend on help from local thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panel maker HannStar Display Corp. and a Japanese partner.

Wintek aims to lead global supply of OGS (One Glass Solution) touch panels to win more business opportunities in the mobile device application market.

At Intel's ultrabook forum held recently in Taiwan, Wintek pointed out that, by Intel's definition of ultrabook, such mobile PC has to be ultra-thin, lightweight, power-efficient, touch controlled, and price-friendly (under US$700), hence making the OGS touch panel ideal for ultrabooks. Wintek also pointed out that OGS has become mainstream in the second half.

By reducing one glass substrate, OGS touch panels are lighter, thinner, with higher light transmittance. Such panels cost about 20% less than traditional counterparts; while major rivals as in-cell technology and thin-film type face problems of low yield rate and lower efficiency.

Wintek said it plans to expand OGS production capacity at two overseas factories, including one in Guangdong Province of China and another in Vietnam to target two-digit capacity increase this year.
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