An­a­lyst fore­casts more bal­anced LCD mar­ket

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The global mar­ket for liq­uid crys­tal dis­play (LCD) pan­els will be­come more bal­anced be­tween sup­ply and de­mand af­ter an un­der­sup­ply in 2014, a lo­cal an­a­lyst pre­dicted Thurs­day.

The global de­mand for LCD screens is fore­cast to grow 8 per­cent in 2015, out­pac­ing an es­ti­mated 6 per­cent in­crease in world­wide LCD pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, said David Hsieh, se­nior direc­tor for dis­play at re­search firm IHS Dis­playSearch.

In com­par­i­son, LCD de­mand grew by 11 per­cent in 2014, far ex­ceed­ing sup­ply growth of 5 per­cent, Hsieh said.

“2014 was a tight year with de­mand for larger TVs grow­ing on an area ba­sis. Also, ef­fec­tive ca­pac­ity was in­flu­enced by new tech­nolo­gies and lower yield rates,” he said at the Tai­wan Flat Panel Dis­play Con­fer­ence or­ga­nized by IHS Dis­playSearch.

While 2015 is ex­pected to be a bal­anced year, over-ship­ments of LCD TV pan­els over the past two years will likely re­sult in some in­ven­tory ad­just­ments in the first half of this year, es­pe­cially on some main­stream sizes, Hsieh noted.

For 2016, the an­a­lyst fore­cast that the global LCD mar­ket will grad­u­ally shift to over­sup­ply with an es­ti­mated de­mand growth of 7 per­cent and sup­ply growth of 8 per­cent.

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