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LCD, PDP shipment forecast revised

Posted: 20 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCD? PDP? shipment? panel? Samsung?

Accelerating an earlier forecast, DisplaySearch Inc. predicted global LCD panel shipments will reach 55.1 million units this year and 88.8 million units in 2007.

The market research firm also said major panel makers have revised upwards their annual target shipment volumes for this year and next.

The previous LCD forecast was 50.4 million units shipped this year and 76.7 million in 2007. PDP shipments were forecast to reach 11.1 million in 2006 and 15 million for 2007.

Calvin Lee, director of display research for DisplaySearch Korea, told a forum that PDP shipments are expected to total as many as 10.7 million units this year and up to 17 million next year. "Global makers' target for 40-inch or larger LCD panel shipments will surpass that for PDPs next year at around 21 million units," Lee said.

LG.Philips LCD is forecast to supply 12.6 million LCD panels this year while Taiwan's AU Optronics (AUO) and Samsung Electronics will follow with 11.7 million and 11.1 million displays, respectively. Another Taiwanese Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) is expected to ship 9.4 million units this year.

AUO is expected to become the world's largest LCD supplier next year with 20 million units shipped, outpacing LG.Philips LCD by 2 million LCDs, followed by CMO (17 million) and Samsung (15.4 million).

On the other hand, Matsushita's annual plasma panel shipments are forecast to reach 3.2 million units in 2006, followed by LG Electronics (up to 3.2 million) and Samsung SDI (up to 2.5 million).

- Sean Shim
EE Times

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