Photon Dynamics outsourcing more LCD tool work

May 1, 2008 – Photon Dynamics says it has agreed to have Taiwan’s C Sun Manufacturing Ltd. manufacture its earlier-generation ArraySaver LCD array repair systems, part of the company’s ongoing efforts to better manage costs in the LCD capital equipment market. Shipments from C Sun are expected to start in June 2008.

“This agreement reinforces our ongoing effort to execute our flexible business model and margin improvement initiatives,” said company president/CEO Jeff Hawthorne, in a statement. He noted that having C Sun produce cost-effective platforms for Photon Dynamics’ earlier-generation systems should improve his company’s margins, and allow the company “to address the LCD equipment capital spending ramp-up period without increasing the fixed cost.”

Earlier this year Photon Dynamics signed a similar deal with Ultra Clean, for its LCD process modules.


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