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UHD TV boom good for Taiwan panel makers

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The fast-track 4K2K ultra high definition (UHD) TV market is likely to benefit Taiwan-based panel makers, which account for 76 percent of 2013's global 4K2K TV-panel shipments, according to WitsView.

J.A Chen, senior research manager of WitsView, on Monday told the Central News Agency (CNA) that all signs point to a rapid development trend of 4K2K digital content in 2014.

Chen said he came to this conclusion after seeing the exhibits at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in the U.S. and launches of numerous 4K2K-compatible devices such as TVs, monitors, notebook PCs, digital cameras and video cameras.

Innolux Display Corp. (群創光電), a major Taiwanese maker of thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, topped its global counterparts in 4K2K, or UHD (Ultra High Definition), TV panel shipments in 2013 by accounting for 64 percent of the global market, according to WitsView Technology Corp.

Thanks to the strong demand created by Chinese New Year in late January, and panel makers' aggressive promotions and shipments of 4K2K TV panels peaked in the fourth quarter of 2013 with some 1.34 million panels delivered, representing a 14-percent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) growth.

In 2013, some 3.1 million 4K2K TV panels were shipped, representing a penetration rate of 1.3 percent, WitsView said.

Chinese panel maker Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT, 華星光電) replaced Taiwanese counterpart AU Optronics Corp. (AUO, 友達光電) to be the No. 2 4K2K TV-panel supplier in 2013 with a market share of 14 percent, compared to AUO's 12 percent. Korean panel makers Samsung and LGD each had a 5-percent global share in the market.

Taiwan Accounts for 76% of 2013 4K2K TV-Panel Shipments

Industry sources said that 4K2K is the new focus in the LCD TV market in 2013, in conjunction with the thin-type LED-backlighting, 3D and smart TV technologies in previous years. After aggressive promotion by Taiwanese panel suppliers, this new technology has lured international TV brands including Sony, Samsung, LG and six top mainland vendors to push their 4K2K models.

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