Ideas for Managing LCD Panel Worth Hikes

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Starting within the second quarter of 2021, LCD panel costs have stored growing. Distributors count on that prime costs will proceed for no less than 6 months.

There are a whole lot of producers of LCD modules however there are only some LCD panel or LCD glass producers on the planet. The explanations are:

  1. With a purpose to construct a LCD panel fab, billions of {dollars} of the gear funding is required
  2. The expertise threshold is excessive. There are a whole lot of patent traps on the way in which
  3. As soon as in manufacturing, the fab has to maintain operating in any other case it’s simple to lose cash due to the heavy funding and excessive pay for the engineers
  4. Producers must carry on investing in an effort to hold expertise and costs aggressive.

Let’s check out LCD panel producers.

  • AUO (AU Optrinics Company) in Taiwan. It was fashioned in 2001 by the merger of Acer Show Expertise Inc. and Unipac Optoelectronics Company. It has G3.5 to G8.5 manufacturing traces.
  • BOE (Beijing Oriental Electronics Group Co., Ltd.) in China. The largest LCD panel producer on the planet now. BOE has G4 (Chengdu), G5 (Beijing), G5.5 (Ordos), G6 (Hefei, Chengdu, Mianyang, Dalian), G8 (Beijing, Hefei, Chongqing), Fuqing, Dalian, Chongqing) and 10.5 (Hefei) manufacturing traces.
  • CSOT (China Star Optoelectronics Expertise) in China. It was joint ventured by TCL and Shenzhen Authorities. It primarily focuses on TV and cellphone screens. It has G6 (Shenzhen), G8.5 (Shenzhen, Suzhou,Wuhan) and G11 (Shenzhen) manufacturing traces.
  • CTC (Century Expertise Shenzhen Co Ltd.) in China. CTC is the three way partnership by Foxconn and Shenzhen Authorities. CTC has a G5 manufacturing line.
  • Giantplus Expertise in China. In 2019, it was acquired by Toppan in Japan. Ortus Expertise holds 53.1% Giantplus shares. Giantplus has a G3 and a G4 manufacturing traces.
  • Hannstar (HSD, HannStar Show Company) in Taiwan. Hannstar has a G5 IPS manufacturing line.
  • HKC in China. HKC primarily produces LCD panels for displays. HKC has 4 G8.6 manufacturing traces in Chongqing, Chuzhou, Mianyang, Changsha.
LCD panel

Supply: Orient Show

  • Innolux Corp. in Taiwan. One of many daughter firms of Foxconn/Hon Hai. In 2010, it purchased the then well-known LCD producer, ChiMei, then modified its title to Innolux. It has G7.5 manufacturing traces.
  • IVO (InfoVision Optoelectronics (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. IVO primarily produces laptop computer LCD panels. IVO has G5 manufacturing line.
  • JDI (Japan Show Inc.) in Japan. Joint ventured by Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba in 2011. It primarily produces smaller dimension panels. JDI has G6 manufacturing line.
  • Laibo (Shenzhen Laibao Hello-Tech Co. Ltd.) Laibo has a G8.5 (Wuhan) and a G2.5 (Shenzhen) manufacturing traces.
  • LG Philips Shows in Korea and China. It was the 2nd greatest TFT LCD producer. LG additionally deliberate to cease manufacturing however delayed the plan after costs elevated. LG has G7.5 and G8.5 (Guangzhou) manufacturing traces
  • Mantix Show Expertise Co. Ltd. in China. Authentic Matix is the companion of CPT (Chunghwa Image Tubes. After CPT filed chapter in 2019, Mantix took over CPT G6 manufacturing line.
  • Panasonic in Japan. Panasonic has a G8.5 manufacturing line.
  • Panda (Nanjing CEC Panda LCD Expertise Co.) in China. It bought expertise from Sharp. It primarily produces LCD panels for TV.
  • Samsung Show in Korea. It was the most important TFT LCD producer earlier than it was dethroned by BOE in 2019. Due to robust competitors, Samsung deliberate to cease manufacturing in 2021 however delayed due to value will increase through the pandemic. Samsung has G7 and G8.5 manufacturing traces.
  • Shanghai Hehui Photoelectric Co., Ltd. Hehui additionally produces AMOLED solely and has a G4.5 LTPS AMOLED manufacturing line.
  • Sharp in Japan and China. The pioneer and queen of the LCD business. Due to excessive price and difficult competitors Sharp was acquired by Foxconn/Hon Hai in 2016. Sharp has G8, G8.5 (Suzhou), G10, G10.5 (Guangzhou) manufacturing traces.
  • Tianma Microelectronics in China and Japan. In 2011, Tianma acquired 70% share from NEC to rename as “NLT Applied sciences.”  Tianma has G4.5 (Shanghai, Chengdu, Wuhan), G5 (acquired from SVA: SVA Info Trade Co. Ltd.), G5.5 (Xianmen, Shanghai for AMOLED), G6 (Xiamen, Wuhan for AMOLED).
  • Really Opto-electronics in China. Really was talked about to have a G4.5 for AMOLED and a G2.5 for TFT LCD manufacturing traces.
  • Visionox, which produces AMOLED and PMOLED. It has a G5.5 AMOLED and a G6 versatile AMOLED manufacturing line.

Methods for consumers

If you’re an enormous firm with the LCD utilization of companies corresponding to Apple or Amazon, there are worries of line-down conditions. Crucial factor is to safe LCD controllers as an alternative of LCD panels. The reason being that the wafer scarcity is extra extreme than LCD panels.  You possibly can contact the most important LCD panel producers like BOE or AUO to safe the panel use. In fact, you might be nonetheless going through value hikes. Even TVs from Samsung, Sharp, Sony; and laptops from Lenovo and HP are growing in value. The query is how excessive costs will go.

LCD Panel

Supply: Orient Show

If you’re an enormous firm — however not as huge as Apple and Amazon – securing LCD controllers continues to be the precedence and establishing provide and pricing agreements with LCD distributors. It is going to be higher to work with CTP (capacitive contact panel) and module integration producers like Orient Show to get the perfect general price.

If you’re a medium or small firm, the precedence is to keep away from a line-down. It’s higher to signal a Letter of Authorization indicating a assured amount with module integration producers in an effort to safe key supplies and freeze  costs for round one 12 months or perhaps a 12 months and a half.

Panel producers predict that LCD panel costs will begin to soften by the top of 2021 and the present IC provide frenzy will settle down within the third or fourth quarter of 2022.


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