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LCD equipment sales to decline by 41%

Posted: 20 Feb 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flat-panel display equipment  LCD manufacturers  Panel makers  TFT-LCD panel growth 

The flat-panel display equipment market was up 30 per cent last year, but the sector is expected to decline by 41 per cent in 2009, according to market research company The Information Network.

That's lower than the firm's previous forecast, which called for 14 per cent growth in 2009. "Although LCD manufacturers have announced capex reductions of about 50 per cent for 2009 in response to the global economic crisis, capex is a moving target subject to change throughout the year,'' said Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network, in a statement.

For example, in anticipation of a banner year in 2008, initial capital spending forecasts made in early 2008 called for an 86 per cent increase. In fact, capital spending ended up growing only 13 per cent, he said.

''Panel makers are stringently controlling costs while improving the technology innovation at this time," added Castellano. "While unit shipments of large-size panels will increase 6.5 per cent to 44.81 crore panels, equipment purchases will decrease 41 per cent.''

Large-size TFT-LCD panel growth in 2009 will be buoyed by LCD TV and notebook sales. For 2009, 11.33 crore panels will be sold for LCD TVs, up 20.5 per cent from 9.4 crore in 2008, according to the firm.

Panels for notebooks will grow slightly faster, up 26.6 per cent to 17.7 crore panels. Panels for monitors will decrease 17.0 per cent in 2009 to 14.49 crore units, according to the firm.

The overall semiconductor equipment sector will fall by a staggering 41 per cent in 2009 over 2008, according to The Information Network.

-Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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