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Large-area TFT LCD shipments scale 52.70 crore in 2009

Posted: 16 Feb 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCD  panel shipment  notebook 

Large-area TFT LCD panel shipments post a record high of 52.70 crore (527 million) units in 2009, with Q4 09 as the strongest quarter at 15.4 crore (154 million) units. This is according to the DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report, which noted that shipments were up by 1 per cent from the previous quarter. The strong growth was contributed by TV, mini-note and public display applications.

Monitors are a relatively mature market for large-area TFT LCD, with only 2 per cent y-on-y growth from 2008, and the same level as 2007. However, notebook PC and mini-note panels reached 17.50 crore (175 million) units for a healthy 25 per cent y-on-y growth (Table 1). TV panels are the brightest spot, with 45 per cent y-on-y growth to 16.30 crore (163 million) units. In addition, public display panel shipments grew substantially, by 93 per cent y-on-y, from 9 lakh (0.9 million) units to 11 lakh (1.1 million).

"In the middle of 2009, DisplaySearch indicated that 2009 panel shipments would exceed 52 crore (520 million) units, based on the aggressive business plans of panel makers, and these results justify our forecast," noted David Hsieh, VP of DisplaySearch and the research leader for large-area panels. "Q4 09 was a very strong quarter, especially for LCD TV, which passed 5 crore (50 million) units for the first time. This is a result of strong panel demand from China, as well as economic recovery in North America and Europe. Panel makers are increasing their utilisation to boost shipments." Hsieh continued, "However, due to seasonality, shorter working days, and a labour shortage in China, we expect that panel shipments will decline by 4 per cent q-on-q in Q1 10, although panel makers are targeting more than 5 crore (50 million) LCD TV panels."

Table 1: Large-area TFT LCD panel shipments (Millions)

LG Display led 2009 shipments with a 24.9 per cent share, but Samsung followed closely with 24.5 per cent. AUO's share was 17.0 per cent and CMO's was 14.2 per cent (Table 2). However, Samsung remains the leader in both area and revenues. Korea makers significantly increased their area share, from 46.2 per cent in 2008 to 52.8 per cent in 2009.

Table 2: 2009 Large-area TFT LCD panel unit shipment ranking

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