AGC Inc. will discontinue the production of LCD glass substrate products at the Kansai plant (Takasago Factory) in Japan, by the end of 2023.

The Takasago Factory, located in the Hyogo prefecture of Japan, produces speciality glass for display applications.

The revenues of LCD glass substrate products have been deteriorating since 2022.

This is due to a decrease in TV sales as a result of the disappearance of the stay-at-home demand brought about by the Covid pandemic, soaring raw materials and fuel costs, and rising manufacturing costs due to the appreciation of Asian currencies.

As part of measures to improve the profitability of this business, AGC is undertaking fundamental structural reform measures, including withdrawal from low-profit size glass substrates and consolidation of production lines, and this decision is part of those measures.

Production of other products at the Takasago Factory will continue.

Following this termination of the production, other expenses are expected to be incurred at the consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, but the forecast announced on February 8, 2023, remains unchanged.