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Apple Investing In New Toshiba LCD Plant

Apple has convinced hardware maker Toshiba to open another plant in China dedicated to making LCD panels for Apple's devices.

Toshiba has announced plans to set-up a manufacturing unit in the Ishikawa prefecture in China with a total investment of 100 billion yen ($1.19 billion), Reuters reports.

Apple will also invest in the construction of the plant, the Nikkei said.

The work on the plant, which will be dedicated to making low-temperature polysilicon LCD panels that allow high-resolution images, will begin next year with production will predicted to start in the second half of 2011.

Toshiba Mobile Display already has a manufacturing plant in the area which produces 8.55 million units of LCD displays. Experts believe that this number will more than double once the new plant becomes operational.

Apple uses LCD displays on its iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices, as well as its range of Mac computers, and has a reputation for switching suppliers if is getting a better deal.