Supply chain
Digitimes Research: Panel makers see improved performances due to lowered costs and steady pricing
Tony Huang, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

Panel makers in Asia have continued to strengthen their financial performances in 2015 as panel pricing has remained similar to that in 2014 while overall production costs have dropped, leading to increased profits for most makers, according to Digitimes Research.

AU Optronics (AUO) has an operating profit margin of 11.2% in the first quarter of 2015, its highest over the last 19 quarters to hold the number one spot over Innolux, LG Display and Samsung Display.

Additionally, China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) reached a 14.5% net profit margin in the first quarter of 2015, surpassing its 9% mark for 2014 while BOE reported 43% on-year growth in revenues, said Digitimes Research.

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