NOVEMBER 18--Orbotech Ltd. (Yavne, Israel; www.orbotech.com) has received a major order (more than $8 million) from SVA-NEC (Shanghai, China) for several FPI-6590 automated optical inspection (AOI) systems to be used in the first LCD-TFT production line to be built in China. SVA-NEC's new fifth-generation fabrication facility will be constructed in Shanghai during 2004 and signifies the beginning of the industry's long-awaited TFT-LCD move into China, which has so far only been home to "back-end" LCD module integration lines. This new facility also represents part of the industry's on-going efforts to improve the manufacturing cost-effectiveness of TFT-LCDs and to access wider markets such as LCD televisions.
Orbotech designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services automated optical inspection systems for bare and assembled PCBs and for FPDs, and imaging solutions for PCB production. The company's AOI, imaging, and computer-aided manufacturing technologies enable customers to achieve the increased yields and throughput essential to remaining at the forefront of electronics production. The company maintains its headquarters and its primary research, development, and manufacturing facilities in Israel, and more than 30 offices worldwide.