Large sized LCD panel shipments rise in H1 2012
The biggest gains in Q2 were made by the 60-inch-and-larger segment, which increased a massive 32 % from the first quarter
The global shipments of large size LCD television panels have seen some levels of growth in the first half of 2012, compared to the same period last year.
Worldwide shipments of large-sized LCD TV panels reached 105.6 million units from January to June this year, up 2.6% from 102.9 million units during the first half of 2011. The first quarter was slightly weak with shipments amounting to 51.1 million units, but shipments rebounded in the second quarter to 54.5 million units, up 6.7 percent sequentially from the first quarter.
Large-sized LCD panels are clearly defined as panels that measure or exceed 10-inches and are used televisions, monitors and notebook PCs. This market as such is different from the small- and medium-sized panel space for devices like smartphones, tablets and digital still cameras.
The biggest gains in Q2 were made by the 60-inch-and-larger segment, which increased a massive 32 % from the first quarter.
The shift for panel suppliers to larger size displays is also more profitable, as smaller-sized TV panels that drove quantity sales in the past are not as profitable now because of heavily reduced prices. The larger panels yield higher margins and help suppliers recover their production costs more easily.