AU Optronics Corp was incorporated as Acer Display Technology, Inc. in 1996. The Company is engaged in research, development, production and sale of thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) and other flat panel displays used in a wide variety of applications. It also engages in the production and sale of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and systems. The Company has operate in two business segments: Display business and Solar business. In Display business, the company designs, develops, manufactures, assembles and markets flat panel displays and TFT-LCD panels. Its panels are used in mobile PCs, monitors, consumer electronics products and televisions. In Solar business, the Company manufactures upstream and midstream products such as polysilicon, ingots, wafers and solar cells. The Company designs, develops, and manufactures solar photovoltaic (PV) modules as well as produces solar PV systems and provide value-added services for solar PV systems projects. It designs, develops and manufactures the panels to address specific needs of the end-products in which it are used, such as thinness, light weight, resolution, color quality, brightness, low power consumption, touch panel features, fast response time, slim form and wide viewing angles. The Company sells the panels to brand companies and original equipment manufacturing service providers with operations in Taiwan, the PRC, Japan and other areas. The Company's competitors includes LG Display and Samsung Display in Korea, Innolux, Chunghwa Picture Tubes and Hannstar Display in Taiwan; Sharp, Panasonic LCD, and Japan Display in Japan; and BOE, Century, Tianma, China Star Optoelectronics Technology and CEC-PANDA LCD Technology in the PRC.
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