February 16, 2006
Kuraray Co., Ltd.
Kuraray will begin mass production of an optically superior new opto-screen for Micro Display (hereafter MD-Type) rear projection televisions (hereafter RPTVs) from April 2006. Kuraray developed the new opto-screen through new manufacturing technologies.
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High quality images have become more familiar in recent years due to the proliferation of digital broadcasting, DVD and other technologies, and there is rapid growth in demand for home theater products and large-screen televisions. In addition to existing cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs, the market for large-screen TVs also includes LCD TVs, plasma display panel (PDP) TVs, RPTVs and others. Due to their competitive price and energy-saving performance, RPTVs have drawn attention especially in the market for large-screen TVs of 50 inches or more, and are seeing growth in the U.S., China and other markets. (The world market for large-screen TVs of 50 inches or more was estimated at 5.7 million units for 2005.)
MD-type and CRT-type are the two RPTV formats, and recently the MD-type is growing in popularity due to its ability to display higher definition images on thinner screens. It is projected that the figure of MD-type RPTVs in the global market expanded from 2.1 million units in 2004 to 2.6 million units in 2005.
Kuraray has contributed to the high image quality of RPTVs since first entering the RPTV opto-screen business in 1988, making a number of new opto-screens with higher contrast and other innovations. Kuraray currently enjoys an approximately 35% share of the world market. We will continue to make advances and integrate our material development, optical design and high-precision processing technologies, working toward the further development of RPTVs in the increasingly competitive large-screen display market.