G-Tech Optoelectronics (GTOC), a subsidiary of the Foxconn Technology Group, has teamed up with Kinestral Technologies to renovate its existing touch panel manufacturing facility in Taiwan in order to support the production of responsive smart-tinting glass Halio.
The 10,219 sq m project will entail an investment of about $100M. The new production line will augment an existing manufacturing facility in Hayward, California.
The smart-tinting glass produced in Taiwan will be shipped to manufacturing centers in the USA, Europe, and elsewhere for assembly into high value Halio products.The partnership with GTOC is also expected to provide Kinestral with access to the booming construction industry in China.
Kinestral CEO, S.B. Cha, said: “Manufacturing Halio makes use of the same techniques employed by the LCD industry, so partnering with GTOC made a lot of sense.
“Repurposing an existing touch panel fab saves us from having to build a factory from scratch, which significantly reduces our costs and allows us to quickly establish a highly-automated manufacturing facility.”
Tony Chung, chairman of GTOC, said: “We are excited to partner with Kinestral to rebuild one of our touch panel plants to produce Halio. Halio will revolutionize the glass industry, and with China making green building a key initiative for the next decade, we see this as the next area of high value growth for GTOC.”
The project will be delivered in two phases and is expected to be completed later in 2017. Volume production of Halio glass measuring up to 3m by 1.5m is set to commence in early 2018.