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Overview of the Greater China small- to medium-size TFT LCD industry
Jason Yang, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Tuesday 25 October 2011]
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The Taiwan small- to medium-size TFT LCD industry has risen to become the world's largest in terms of shipments, while China's nascent industry shows more growth potential than any other nation. However, while players in the Greater China region focus on capacity and LCD production enhancements, rivals in Korea and Japan are focusing on AMOLED technology, which may represent the future in the higher end of the market. This DIGITIMES Research Special Report provides a comprehensive overview of the players and market direction of panel makers in the Greater China region, as well as outlining the potential market influence of OLEDs.
China panel manufacturers small- to medium-size TFT LCD shipments by application, 2009-2013 (k units)

The Taiwan small- to medium-size TFT LCD industry has risen to become the world's largest in terms of LCD cell shipment numbers, while its production value still occupies an important position in the global industry, comparable to that of Japan. Across the strait in China, the nascent small- to medium size TFT LCD panel industry may still be in its development stage, but the country's vast market and strong growth mean the local industry has more potential than that that of any other nation. China-based manufacturers BOE and Tianma have also recently markedly expanded capacity for their respective production of small- to medium size TFT LCD panels and China's competitiveness in the global market is expected to increase dramatically over the next three years.

While players in Greater China market focus on capacity and production for TFT LCD panels, South Korea's Samsung Mobile Display has actively pursued both R&D and manufacturing processes for AMOLED, with this new display technology already posing a significant threat to the high-end small- to medium size TFT LCD sector. Japan's Sharp also plans to switch its 8.5G TFT LCD factory to the production of small- to medium size panels, while Sony Mobile Display, Toshiba Mobile Display and Hitachi Displays are not only set to merge, but are also setting their sights on AMOLED technology and applications. These firms are therefore also likely to present a major threat to small- to medium size TFT LCD manufacturers in the Greater China region. How manufacturers in the Greater China region respond to future competition from Japan and Korea, as well how they go about closing the gap between themselves and Japanese and Korean manufacturers, are topics worthy of careful investigation.

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Price: NT$48,000 (approx. US$1,685)

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