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  • Market Growth of TFT-LCD Monitors Limited by Panel Price Hike
  • December 17, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Affected by the price increase of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, TFT-LCD monitors are seeing weaker demand.
    The shortage of TFT-LCD panels has resulted in a surge in prices of 14-in. and 15-in. models.

    Local manufacturers estimate that the prices of these two sizes of panels have increased by US$50 since November, and may remain high until January 1999.

    With the supply of major components falling short of demand, and with costs on the rise, TFT-LCD monitor makers are now in an unfavorable position.

    The optimistic forecast of Nomura Research Institute, of quadrupling growth in global TFT-LCD monitor output both this year and next, is now in question.

    Even so, Li Ching-chang, general manager of Royal Information Electronics Co., Ltd. said he believes the rebound in prices of TFT-LCD monitors will be capped by the low-priced trend of personal computers.

    He predicts that the increase in panel costs is most likely to be absorbed jointly by retailers, distributors and manufacturers, instead of being fully reflected in the price tags to consumers.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Wed Dec 16 16:05:16 1998 PDT