Merck KGaA announced that its South Korean subsidiary, Merck Advanced Technologies Ltd. (MAT), officially opened its new state-of-the-art, Liquid Crystal Technical Center in the Poseung Industrial Park, Pyongtaek-shi, Gyonggi-do, South Korea. The technical center develops and manufactures liquid crystal (LC) mixtures, a crucial component of liquid crystal displays (LCD), and is the first LC manufacturing center in Korea.
The Korean center will have an initial capacity of 32 tons per year and has been designed for future expansion. The 6,500-square-meter facility is equipped with the most advanced technology and, by the beginning of next year, will employ 50 people who have extensive training in LC manufacturing processes, quality control and R&D, according to the company.
As Korea is the home of the leading manufacturers of thin film transistor (TFT) LCDs for notebooks and PC and TV monitors, Merck set up services in the country in order to be closer to customers and ensure optimum communications, stable supplies and top service, according to the company.
Merck supplies LC mixtures to leading TFT-LCD manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, LG Phillips and Hydis. Together, these companies have more than a 40 percent share of the global TFT-LCD market.