AU Optronics will push ahead with 8.5 LCD technology

AU Optronics (AUO) said it expects its new 8.5G LCD panel line to be available from next year after the government gave the go-ahead for its Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP).

The future of the company’s line was put in jeopardy last month after the administrative court took out a court order to halt any work at Chihsing part of the plant citing environmental issues. At the time AUO said if the ban continued there could be a detrimental impact on its sales and the LCD market.  

However, according to AUO’s chairman KY Lee, the schedule for equipment installation at the 8.5G plant has now restarted and the new line “remains on track.”

He added that the company had also not seen any losses from the recent dispute over the development of the campus at Chihsing and said the government has vowed to appeal the ban, with the National Science Council (NSC) and the CTSP administration giving AUO a green light to continue work on the 8.5G project.

According to Digitimes, all three organisations have said this is because only  government agencies are bound by the injunction, while companies already operating there – including AUO – have the rights to continue work.