China-based global consumer electronics brand TCL on Thursday said it has started the construction of its first smart integrated manufacturing industrial park in an overseas market here in Andhra Pradesh. TCL said the industrial park is scheduled to commence manufacturing in the fourth quarter of 2019. Also Read - TCL 4K Smart TVs launched with 120Hz panel, Mini-LED backlighting: Check price, features
The primary facility of the industrial park is the panel module factory, which is the first overseas production unit of TCL’s panel subsidiary Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd (CSOT). Also Read - TCL is offering discounts on its Smart TVs to celebrate its fourth anniversary in India; details
The CSOT panel module factory will produce screens for TVs and mobile phones, with a designed production capacity of eight million 22-inch to 55-inch, large-sized TV screens and 30 million 3.5-inch to 8-inch, small-sized mobile screens per year, TCL said. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi TV prepares for new competition in India after eight consecutive quarters as leader in smart TV market
“India is a strategic market for TCL,” Tomson Li, Chairman and CEO of TCL Corporation, said in a statement.
“The project will strengthen our supply chain integration capabilities in India and in turn will benefit our local consumers, providing them with superior quality products at greater value,” he added.
The investment in the panel module factory in India marks the first step in CSOT’s overseas deployment. Upon completion, the project will help realise CSOT’s capabilities in smart manufacturing and product delivery on a global scale, providing services for customers and partners worldwide, the company added.
In order to support the CSOT panel module factory, TCL said its industrial park will also include a smart TV manufacturing facility to efficiently integrate the panel module and TV set production. The smart TV manufacturing facility is designed to manufacture six million 32-inch to 65-inch TV sets per year.
“TCL’s smart integrated manufacturing project in Tirupati is of great significance to the industrial and economic development of Andhra Pradesh,” Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said in a statement.