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LCD sales increase by 69%

Posted: 08 Mar 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spencer Chin 

Global shipments of large-area TFT LCD modules increased 10 per cent quarter-to-quarter and 69 per cent year-over-year to 6.55 crore (65.5 million) units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch Inc.

DisplaySearch reported Q4 2005 sales of Rs.61,950 crore ($14 billion), up 13 per cent quarter-to-quarter and 78 per cent year-over-year. For all of 2005, shipments rose 58 per cent to 21.85 crore (218.5 million) panels while revenue rose 25 per cent to Rs.1,94,700 crore ($44 billion).

The firm noted that average selling prices rose three per cent quarter-to-quarter and five per cent year-over-year, due to tight supplies of notebook PC and LCD TV modules. However, for 2005 average selling prices declined 20 per cent to Rs.8,938.50 ($202).

Not surprisingly, shipments of LCD TV modules keyed quarter growth, rising 29 per cent quarter-to-quarter and 165 per cent year-over-year to 1.01 crore (10.1 million) units. LCD TV panel revenue totaled Rs.20,355 crore ($4.6 billion), up 34 per cent quarter-to-quarter and 197 per cent year-over-year.

Notebook PC panel shipments, at 1.98 crore (19.8 million) units, rose 16 per cent quarter-to-quarter and 47 per cent year-over-year. For 2005, notebook panel shipments rose from 4.71 crore to 6.35 crore (47.1 to 63.5 million) units, up 35 per cent. Q4 LCD monitor shipments, at 3.29 crore (32.9 million) units, were flat with the previous quarter but up 64 per cent year-over-year.

On an area basis, Samsung was the top fourth-quarter supplier with a 22 per cent share, edging out LG.Philips LCD at 20.5 per cent. AU Optronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, and Sharp rounded out the top five. By region, Taiwan overtook Korea on an OEM unit basis in Q4 and for all of 2005. However, Korean-based TFT LCD suppliers led on an area and revenue basis in these periods.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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