Sakai plans to in­vest in in­dus­try park

Firm con­trolled by Tai­wan ty­coon Gou to spend $8.79b on plant for hi-tech screens

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By LI WENFANG in Guangzhou liwenfang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Sakai Dis­play Prod­ucts Corp, which is con­trolled by Tai­wan ty­coon Terry Gou, signed a frame­work agree­ment with the Guangzhou city gov­ern­ment on Fri­day for build­ing a 10.5-gen­er­a­tion 8K dis­play in­dus­trial park.

With a to­tal in­vest­ment of 61 bil­lion yuan ($8.79 bil­lion), the com­plex will pro­duce highly ad­vanced dis­play screens, smart TVs and elec­tronic white­boards when it starts op­er­a­tion in 2019, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial state­ment.

Adopt­ing in­dium gal­lium zinc ox­ide (IGZO) tech­nol­ogy in the pro­duc­tion of large-screen ul­tra­high def­i­ni­tion 8K dis­play prod­ucts, the fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to gen­er­ate an­nual out­put of 92 bil­lion yuan when it is fully op­er­a­tional.

In the Guangzhou park, SDP, the sole com­pany with a 10th-gen­er­a­tion 8K pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity which turns out the world’s largest dis­play screens, uses IGZO tech­nol­ogy from its part­ner Sharp Corp, which was ac­quired by Gou’s Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group ear­lier this year.

Prod­ucts from the park, lo­cated in Zengcheng dis­trict of Guangzhou, can be used in the in­dus­trial In­ter­net of Things (IoT), con­nected cars and many other ar­eas.

The global mar­ket for 8k ul­tra­high def­i­ni­tion dis­play tech­nol­ogy is ex­pected to be worth $5.15 tril­lion an­nu­ally by 2020.

SDP will also col­lab­o­rate with Sharp in the re­search and devel­op­ment of cut­ting-edge large-sized screens and 8k con­tent.

The project will in­ject power into the ef­forts of the Guangzhou gov­ern­ment to turn the city into a strong one in man­u­fac­tur­ing, said Mayor Wen Guo­hui.

It will also help SDP op­ti­mize its in­dus­trial lay­out in the Chi­nese main­land, he said.

Gou said: “8k tech­nol­ogy is not only a cor­ner­stone for the ‘Made in China 2025’ strat­egy, it is also a core tech­nol­ogy that will trans­form and en­hance the way we live. We see 10.5 th-gen­er­a­tion 8k dis­play fab­ri­ca­tion as only the be­gin­ning of this dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion.”

With Guangzhou ac­tively de­vel­op­ing in­dus­tries re­lated to big data and IoT, the park is ex­pected to cat­alyze the devel­op­ment of so­lu­tions en­abling big data anal­y­sis to bet­ter fore­cast fu­ture trends and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Gou re­stated his com­mit­ment to in­vest­ment in man­u­fac­tur­ing. Us­ing the Pearl River Delta re­gion of Guang­dong as a base, Fox­conn is repo­si­tion­ing it­self as a leader in in­dus­trial IoT and con­nected car tech­nol­ogy in its vi­sion of build­ing an ecosys­tem for smart lives.

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