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Large-screen LCD Panel Prices Drop

28 Feb, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Wholesale prices for LCD screens used in televisions, monitors and laptop computers fell 1.2% in February, compared with comparable rise during the same period last year, according to a report.

IHS Suppli research Feb. 28 found that prices for large-screen LCD screens (larger than 10 inches diagonally) have declined about 1% during the past four months — notably among TV screens.

“The current price retreat can be traced to escalating inventory for both suppliers and buyers,” said Sweta Dash, senior director for liquid-crystal displays at IHS. “While average inventory among panel suppliers stands at a normal 29 days, some suppliers are seeing a decrease while others are witnessing a surge, so the situation in general is more ambiguous than what inventory levels suggest.”

Dash said the ongoing pricing pressure is dependent upon sales returns following the just-concluded Chinese Labor Day holiday, in addition to the launch of new TV units in the United States and Europe.

IHS Suppli said going forward, laptop panel inventories and shipments could be negatively affected by the launch of Apple’s newest iPad unit. Already, manufacturing capacity is shifting to the production of touch-sensor panels, and suppliers are cutting media tablet panels ranging from 7 inches to 11 inches at the expense of notebook panels, according to the report.

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