Large-sized panel shipments up in June
Central News Agency
2014-07-21 11:16 AM
Taipei, July 21 (CNA) Global shipments of large-sized panels rose in June, driven by growing demand from makers of tablet computers and televisions, a local flat screen research institute said Tuesday. June shipments totaled 71.78 million units worldwide, up 3.4 percent from the previous month, said Taipei-based WitsView in a research note. Jeffy Chen, a research manager at WitsView, attributed the increase in July to strong demand for tablet panels, which jumped by a monthly 16.2 percent to 21.06 million units, making up a huge chunk of the total large-sized panel shipments. In addition, steady demand for TV panels, coupled with rising panel prices, led vendors to restock their inventories with various sizes, he said. TV panel shipments rose 0.6 percent month-on-month in June to 20.95 million units, according to Chen. Panels for laptop computers, meanwhile, slid 3.1 percent to 16.29 million units, while those for LCD monitors dropped 1.4 percent to 13.48 million units, the report showed. The research institute predicted that total large-sized panel shipments will decline 6-8 percent in July on slower procurement by China-based vendors. Shipments of all categories of panels will drop, with those for LCD monitors and laptop computers likely to show the sharpest decline of some 10 percent each, Chen predicted. Panel shipments for TVs and tablets will also decline by a monthly 3-4 percent and 7 percent, respectively, he forecast. (By James Lee)
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