Taiwan production of glass fiber fabric to grow 29% in 2003

Taiwan will produce NT$9.69 billion worth of glass fiber fabric this year, rising by 29% from 2002, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK), a unit of the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

The IEK attributed the strong growth to growing demand for PCBs, including those used in mobile phones, digital still cameras (DSCs) and plasma TVs.Glass fiber fabric is a raw material for copper-clad laminates (CCLs), which in turn is a key raw material for PCBs.According to the IEK, Taiwan began manufacturing glass fiber fabric in 1990, recording production value of NT$7.763 billion in 1999, NT$14.128 billion in 2000, NT$7.051 billion in 2001 and NT$7.5 billion in 2002.

Nan Ya Plastics, Taiwan Glass Industry, Asahi-Schwebel (Taiwan) and Glotech Industrial are the main producers of glass fiber fabric in Taiwan. Nan Ya Plastics leads the others with a monthly production capacity of 25 million square meters, followed by Taiwan Glass Industry with 18 million square meters.

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Date: 28 October 2003
Source: Digitimes.com

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