Talk of the Day -- AUO secures curved TV panel orders from Japan, China
Central News Agency
2014-01-15 09:54 PM
Curved UHD TVs are one of the hottest exhibits at the just-concluded 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. AUO Optronics, one of Taiwan's largest display panels manufacturers, has received orders from Japan's Sony and Toshiba as well as China's Changhong Group to supply them with curved TV display panels, according to local media reports. The reports said AUO began mass production of curved TV panels late last year, making it the first company to mass-produce such a high-tech product. South Korean technology giants Samsung Electronics Co. and LGD are scheduled to begin mass-producing curved TV panels in the second quarter of this year, the reports said. Meanwhile, media reports said China's 2014 procurement of Taiwan-produced LCD flat panels may fall below the previous annual average of US$4.5 billion because of fast growth in China's production of relevant products. The following are excerpts from local media coverage of latest developments in the technology fields: Commercial Times: Major TV brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic unveiled their curved ultra high definition (UHD) TV at CES. China's top six TV makers, including Changhong, TCL and Haier, also showed off their curved UHD TVs at CES. Industry sources said major TV suppliers will focus on promoting their new curved UHD TVs this year. AUO already cooperated with Sony in launching 65-inch curved TV at iFA consumer electronics show in Berlin last year. The product hit store shelves in late 2013, with a price tag of US$4,000. The collaborative project with Sony allowed AUO to take the lead in mass-producing 65-inch curved display panels late last year. AUO has also succeeded in winning orders from China's Changhong and Japan's Toshiba Co. for its 65-inch display panels. LGD is scheduled to begin mass-production of 55-inch and 65-inch curved TV panels between April and May. Samsung will start mass-production at the end of the second quarter, while Taiwan's another TV panel maker Innolux Corp. is still developing 50", 58" and 65" display panels, with production scheduled to start in Q3. (Jan. 15, 2014). United Daily News: Competition between Taiwanese and Chinese display makers have become increasingly intense. Taiwan External Trade Development Council Chairman Wang Chih-kang said Tuesday that Chinese "flat panel queen" Bai Weimi told him recently that as China's display panel production has grown rapidly, its purchase of Taiwan-produced screen could drop this year. Bai, vice president of the China Video Industry Association, has led executives of the top eight Chinese TV makers to Taiwan on procurement mission over the past five years, with annual procurement reaching an average of 30 million pieces of large-size flat panels. According to a Chinese market survey, China's TV sales could decline to 45 million sets from last year's 47.85 million sets. A local market analyst said Taiwanese flat panel makers will not only face competition from their Chinese counterparts but also from South Korea's Samsung and LGD. He said Taiwan's display makers must step up technological innovation and find new profitable niches to survive fierce market competition. (Jan. 15, 2014). (By Sofia Wu)
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