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Taiwan monitor shipments continue rising on year in 4Q18, says Digitimes Research
Betty Shyu, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

Taiwan-based makers saw their combined shipments of monitors increase on year for the fourth consecutive quarter in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan's share of worldwide monitor shipments also rose in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Although Taiwan's shipments are expected to maintain an on-year growth in the first quarter of 2019, the volumes will be down 6-7% from the previous quarter due to seasonality, Digitimes Research's number showed.

In terms of sizes, Taiwan's shipment share of 27-inch and above monitors continues rising as consumers' demand keeps leaning toward large-size models.

Taiwan's monitor production value had a larger sequential decline than shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018 as Taiwan monitors' ASP has been dropping as a result of decreasing panel quotes. The ASP is expected to continue slipping in the first quarter of 2019.

Taiwan's largest monitor maker TPV experienced a sharp sequential shipment drop in the fourth quarter of 2018, while Qisda achieved the highest on-year shipment growth among Taiwan's top makers at 13.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Since the first quarter is expected to be the slowest season of 2019, all Taiwan makers are expected to witness sequential shipment drops during the period with Qisda and Wistron expected to enjoy on-year shipment increases.

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