Taiwan large-size LCD panel shipments higher than expected in 4Q17, says Digitimes Research
Tony Huang, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei
Wednesday 14 February 2018

Shipments of large-size LCD panels (9-inch and above sizes) by Taiwan-based panel makers (excluding Sharp) were better than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, rising 0.3% on quarter and 0.2% on year to reach 61.52 million units, according to Digitimes Research.

For all of 2017, Taiwan's shipments of large-size panels amounted to 237.8 million units, increasing 2.7% on year, higher than the global average of 2.3%.

In terms of application, shipments of notebook panels by Taiwan makers enjoyed the highest growth rate of 8% on year in 2017, while those of monitor panels suffered a decline of 2.2%.

For the first quarter of 2018, Taiwan's large-size panel shipments are expected to fall 6.4% sequentially as compared to a 8.4% decrease seen in the same period of a year earlier as Taiwan makers will adjust their production lines to offset the impact caused by reduced work days during Lunar New Year in the quarter, while also leveraging Samsung Display's departure from the notebook panel segment, according to Digitimes Research's latest quarterly report on Taiwan's large-size LCD sector.

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