Japan-based Chisso set up its new liquid crystal (LC) plant at Southern
Taiwan Science Park early this week. According to Goto Yasuyuki, Chairman of
Chisso Taiwan, the new plant will start volume production in 2007 with yearly
capacity of 100 tons and is expected to replace Chisso's Japan production to
become the company's top LC production base. Chisso's Japan production capacity
is about 100 tons per year, and is one the two largest LC plants in the world.
Another is Germany-based Merck. Merck's whole-owned subsidiary, Merck Display
Technologies just set up its new LC plant in Northern Taiwan recently. Chisso
has invested NT$ 200 million in the construction of the plant in Taiwan, which
is also the first time that Chisso builds an LC plant outside Japan.