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Taiwan's large-size LCD panel volume hits 8M in Q2 '03

Posted: 29 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:market intelligence center? tft-lcd panel?

According to the Market Intelligence Center (MIC), large-size TFT-LCD panel shipments grew by 20.2 percent year on year reaching 8.1 million units in Q2 of 2003. About 77 percent of such shipments were panels for LCD monitor applications, with 22 percent shipped for notebook PCs.

MIC further reports that 14.1-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch panels comprised roughly 94.7 percent of total shipment volume. 15-inch panels continued to dominate shipment share, while 18-inch panels virtually disappeared, indicative of Taiwan maker's strategic targeting of mainstream sizes. Meanwhile, 14.1-inch and 15-inch panels remained the mainstream for notebook PCs, accounting for 97.1 percent of shipments for notebook PC applications.

The IT industry research consulting firm says that TFT-LCD shipment value in the region climbed 20.4 percent sequentially to about $1.6 billion in Q2 of 2003, driven by growth in shipment volume and increasing shipments of large-sized panels for use in LCD TV receivers. ASP grew 8.4 percent from Q1 of 2003.

With the global panel supply shortage continuing into Q3 of 2003, yield rate increases on new lines and capacity expansions are expected to boost shipment volume and value. However, yield rate improvements from fifth-generation plants and one-drop-fill (ODF) production processes, as well as sufficient capacity and yields from color filter suppliers, could present challenges in Q3.

Further, during Q3, notebook PC shipment volume is anticipated to see a dramatic increase, and in light of Taiwan panel makers aggressive capacity expansions to produce panel for notebook PC applications, notebook PC panel shipments are likely to see a considerable climb. Due to aggressive investment by the region's panel suppliers and the gradual warming up of the LCD TV receiver market, LCD TV receiver panel shipments are expected to continue seeing exponential growth, MIC forecasts.

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