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Minimising the Environmental Impact of LCDs

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Thursday 16 November 2006

Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) is currently involved in a new DTI-funded research project concerning the recycling of liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

The popularity of LCDs is growing, with many people now choosing LCD over traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) screens and displays. This is due to the popularity for flat screen televisions rising and consumer prices falling. Some 40 million LCD television sets were sold worldwide last year, with expected sales likely to top 100 million by 2009. On top of that LCDs are found in other electronic gadgets including calculators and mobile phones.

Many early generations LCDs are already ending up in the waste stream and the amount of LCD waste is expected to increase rapidly in the coming years. Glass is a major component of LCDs with each display consisting of two glass sheets sandwiching a thin film of liquid crystal.

GTS is investigating how LCD glass can be recycled both cleanly and efficiently to minimise the impact of LCDs on the waste stream, working in collaboration with many project partners headed up by C-Tech Innovation Limited.

Notes to Editors:

Glass Technology Services Ltd

Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) has been helping companies globally for over 50 years to design, manufacture and bring glass products to market as well as playing an active role in glass research and development. It is a subsidiary of British Glass but operates independently and offers technical, analytical and environmental services and consultancy serving customers who manufacture, work with, or use glass.

Further information can be obtained from:

Ian.Holmes@ctechinnovation.com

or

Brian Noble
Glass Technologist
Glass Technology Services Ltd
9 Churchill Way
Sheffield
S35 2PY
Tel: 0114 290 1801
Fax: 0114 290 1851
E-mail:   b.noble@glass-ts.com
 or  info@glass-ts.com




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