CRT displays have gotten skinnier.

Earlier this month, Blawgletter posted once and then again about a new antitrust investigation into possible price-fixing by makers of cathode ray tubes or CRTs.  Agencies in Japan and Europe conducted raids at Samsung and Matsushita.

MarketWatch today reports that the probe includes Royal Philips — a Dutch company and one of the several CRT manufacturers that we listed as possible subjects of the inquiry.  The MarketWatch story notes that, in 2001, Philips transferred its CRT business to a 50/50 joint venture with LG, a South Korean company. 

The JV’s name?  LG.Philips Displays, of course.  Just don’t confuse it with LG.Philips LCD, which Philips and LG started in 1999 to to produce liquid crystal display or LCD devices. 

Since April 2007, LG.Philips Displays has gone by LP Displays.

Barry Barnett

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