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Thomson multimedia is one of the very rare glass producers for TVs in the world and this experience enables the group to control this major step in the manufacturing of a TV set. Three industrial sites produce the glass used for the manufacturing of TVs by the group : in Europe, Thomson VIDEOGLASS situated in Bagneaux sur Loing (France), POLKOLOR in Poland (Piaseczno) and CIRCLEVILLE, (Ohio, U.S.A.).


    The plant in Bagneaux manufactures glass components - funels and panels - for cathode ray tubes. It employs 700 people and produces more than 66,000 tons of glass and more than 7 million panels and funnels per year, intended especially for very large screens.

    The company has been ISO 9002 certified since November 1992 and is constantly improving its quality policy efficiency.


    Color Picture tube production started up in Piaseczno at the end of the 1970's. In 1991, the Thomson POLKOLOR joint venture resulted from an agreement between Thomson multimedia and the Polish government.

    Thomson POLKOLOR is a fully-integrated tube plant including glass and components facilities which has 4.2 million tube production capacity per year (large & medium size).

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    CIRCLEVILLE Glass Operations produces glass funnels and panels used in the manufacturing of Thomsonīs color television picture tubes. The plant utilizes three gas-fired furnaces (two for panels, one for funnels) to create glass components for picture tubes measuring up to 36 inches. The facility also includes a state-of-the-art Glass Engineering Research & Development center, established in 1991, which serves as a worldwide technical resource for the group's three glass factories.


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