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TFT-LCD equipment market to rebound this year

Posted: 23 Mar 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCD? panel? TFT-LCD equipment?

TFT-LCD equipment, which grew 28 percent in 2008, dropped 16 percent in 2009, according to the report LCD Market: Technology Directions and Market Analysis, by The Information Network.

"LCD manufacturers had announced capex reductions of about 50 percent for 2009 in response to the global economic crisis, but the equipment market managed to drop only 16 percent as unit shipments ramped," noted Robert N. Castellano, president of The Information Network.

The Information Network forecasts array processing equipment to increase more than 50 percent in 2010 to meet demand from resurgence in purchases of TVs, notebooks and desktops.

Large-size TFT-LCD panel shipments increased 21 percent from 436.6 million units in 2008 to 528.3 million units in 2009. Revenues decreased 15 percent from $72.7 billion in 2008 to $61.8 billion in 2009. LG Display led the market based on shipments with nearly a 25 percent share, taking the lead from Samsung. The latter company let the market based on revenues with more than a 27 percent share.

"Panel makers are stringently controlling costs while improving the technology innovation at this time," added Castellano.

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