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  • LCD Panel Prices Likely to Rise in Fourth Quarter
  • August 27, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Local manufacturers are clearing their notebook PC inventories and seeing a rise in OEM orders, which is contributing to an increase in demand for liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels.
    Producers of LCD panels said that the yields of their manufacturing lines have reached about 90 percent and that they are contemplating raising prices in the fourth quarter.

    According to statistics released by the Market Intelligence Center of the Institute for Information Industry, the majority of local notebook PC makers had nearly cleared their excess inventories by the end of July.

    Total OEM-type shipments are expected to reach 3.45 million units in the second half of the year, which would account for 58 percent of the annual output of local notebook PC manufacturers.

    A South Korean LCD maker even revealed that its output will soon be fully covered by orders.

    The price of 12.1-in. LCD panels is now quoted at US$230 a unit. Local manufacturers said that the scale of upward price adjustments will be determined by market demand in the fourth quarter.

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    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Wed Aug 26 15:36:09 1998 PDT