Thinking Flat In Washington

To Washington's competitiveness mavens, flat-panel displays are a key test of America's industrial resolve. The market is huge--$5 billion today, rising to $20 billion by 2000, analysts predict. The thin screens will be used in everything from autos to fighter planes--to say nothing of on "every exit ramp on the Information Highway," declares Peter Mills, president of the U.S. Display Consortium, a group of manufacturers. Yet so far, the U.S. is nowhere: Japan owns 95% of the global market.

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