TV display panels lost more ground in Sept.
By Ted Chen ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- TV display panels saw the furthering of across the board declines in September, particularly for larger format panels, said a market research institute yesterday.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Beleaguered by lower than expected consumer demand for TVs, panel makers are seeing greater inventory pressure, said market research institute DisplaySearch yesterday.
In addition, with the rise of several new lower-priced formats, conventional panels of similar sizes are feeling the squeeze, with prices continuing in tumbling from the figures seen in the previous period, said the institute.
As of late September, the institute found that 32-inch open-cell panel modules are averaging at US$88 per unit, down US$2. 32-inch panels are averaging at the US$191 mark, down US$3. Panels 40-inches to 42-inches are averaging at around US$240, down US$7. For larger format displays, 46-inch panels have tumbled to US$318, down US$7, while 50-inch panels saw the most marked decline, diving by US$15. According to DisplaySearch, most panel formats saw a decline ranging from 2-4 percent, with large format panels seeing greater slumps exceeding 4 percent.
Meanwhile, the institute stated that PC makers are still banking on Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system update in stimulating consumer demand in laptop and tablet computers towards the end of this year.
The institute found that display panels and modules for PC laptops likewise saw slight declines. Led backlight modules for 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch laptop displays have in September reached the US$42.3, US$37.2, and US$36.1 respectively, while averaging a decline of US$0.2 from the previous period. Larger 17.3-inch format laptop displays fell to US$56.6, down by US$0.1.
Desktop monitor display panels likewise saw slight declines, said DisplaySearch. 18.5-inch panels reached the US$56.1 watermark, down US$0.2 since the previous period, while 19-inch and 20-inch panels held at the US$59.7 and US$61.5 respectively, with 21.5-inch panels reaching US$73.3, down US$0.4. 21.5-inch employing cold cathode fluorescent lamps for backlighting reached US$68.3, down US$0.4. Declines in the price of desktop monitor display panels were contained within 1 percent, said DisplaySearch.