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August panel shipment saw sharpest monthly growth in 2006

Posted: 25 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung? panels? LCD panel? WitsView? LG. Philips LCD?

The aggregated panel shipment last month reached 25 million units with a 15.8 percent increase, the Sharpest monthly growth this year, according to LCD market research firm WitsView.

IT panels, including notebook and monitor, both rose by nearly 15 percent to 6.6 and 13.6 million units, respectively. Meanwhile, TV panels jumped 20 percent to 5 million units.

WitsView also reported that LG. Philips LCD (LPL) became the number one large-size panel supplier with a 20.5 percent market share, besting Samsung, which garnered almost 20 percent of the market.

The top five panel suppliersSamsung, LPL, Sharp, Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and AU Optronics (AUO), took up almost 77 percent market share.

TV panel
The top five TV panel suppliers remained the same in August except for the fact that AUO jostled CMO and took the third place with a 40 percent increase. LPL and Samsung maintained the top two positions, capturing around 44 percent market share. Overall, the top five TV panel suppliers accounted for nearly 88 percent of the market.

For LCD monitor panels, the top three suppliers remained the same, with CMO beating CPT for fourth place. Although 17-inch monitor panels still played a significant role in the monitor segment, market share for 17-inch monitor panels continued to fall, from 52 percent at the start of 2006 to 48 percent in August. By contrast, a growing demand on 19-inch wide monitor panels is emerging. In August, 19-inch wide monitor panels increased by over 30 percent and reached 1.5 million units, accounting for 11 percent of the share.

Notebook panels
In August, the top five notebook panel suppliers remained intact given the higher market concentration that notebook panels generally enjoy. The top five notebook panel suppliers accounted for almost 92 percent of the share, compared with 88 percent for TV panels and 70 percent for monitor panels, WitsView reported.

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