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Samsung predicts LCD TV shortage in 2007

November 8th, 2006 · No Comments

It has been a year of oversupply and reduced margins, but now Samsung says that that the global market could run into shortages during the second half of 2007.
Speaking at a ‘topping out’ ceremony to celebrate the construction of its 8th generation S-LCD fabrication line (the term comes from the placement of the last steel beam, signifying that the structure is close to completion) at its panel production base of Tangjeong, South of Seoul, the company’s LCD president Lee Sang-wan intimated that such a shortage was likely but refused to be drawn on details.
It’s thought that as the technology to produce ever-larger and technically adept panels gets more complex, a number of competitors will fall out of the production race.
S-LCD, Samsung’s joint venture company with Sony, is expected to open the 8G plant several months earlier than anticipated in 2007. The new facility will be able to produce bigger glass substrates (2,200 x 2,500mm), which makes large screen LCD TVs, between 47-inch and 52-inch, a practical proposition. Currently it’s difficult to produce panels larger than 46-inches.
Samsung predicts that the 40-inch LCD panel market will grow by more than 110 percent over the next year, with the 46-inch and larger market growing by more than 250 percent.
The new 8G line is expected to add another 50,000 substrates to S-LCD’s overall monthly production capacity, making it the world’s largest producer of big-screen LCD TV panels.

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