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Large-size LCD Panel Makers Reducing Output

Post Time:Sep 14,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:248

Large-area panel makers are reducing output hoping to boost slumping panel prices. Among them, LG Display (LGD) has reportedly reduced its 8.5G plant utilization rate, with the possibility of a further cut to 50-70% in fourth-quarter 2011.

Although the fourth quarter is a conventional peak season, sources with the panel industry have noted that LCD TVs' high market penetration and the flat economy have dampened LCD TV vendors' sales, as well as those of large-area panel makers.

Panel makers have also seen weak sales from notebook applications, which have suffered from the rising sales of tablet PCs, the sources said. Amazon and Sony are both said to be releasing new tablets in the fourth quarter. The sources estimated that global shipments of tablets are expected to reach around 60 million units in 2011.

The sources also pointed out that the release of Ultrabooks at year end would not translate into significant sales growth for large-area panel makers in fourth-quarter 2011, although Acer and Asutek reportedly will debut their Ultrabooks in the quarter. Large-size panel makers will have to wait till 2012 to benefit from Ultrabooks, they said, adding that orders for notebook panels in the fourth quarter will go down 10% compared with previous estimates, they added.


Source: http://www.digitimes.com/newsAuthor: shangyi

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