LCD Volume to go Down, Area to Go Up

By Bob Raikes
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global large panels tableWitsview said that while overall volume of large panels of 7″ or above will decline in 2017 by around 2.4% to 725 million units, the area will grow by 3.8% because of the increasing size of panels being bought. The company said that there may be a shortage of 40″ to 45″ panels because of Samsung’s L7-1 closure. TV panels are expected to drop to 258 units (down 1.1%). Monitor panels are expected to be up around 2.2% on 2016 at 140 million and is likely to be the only large panel segment that will grow. Monitor panel area is expected to grow by 3.6% because of larger sizes.

Notebooks will drop to 154 million, down 5.2% and Witsview said that notebook makers are not widely adopting wide viewing angle technology. Tablet panels are expected to drop by 5.2% to 173 million units.