Weak sales: Monitor industry gets its feet wet in October
Autor: Markus Hevesi
11/30/2011, 22:58 CET
The world market for LCD monitors has seen a slight drop in sales in October 2011. According to recent figures from market researcher WitsView, the volume of the ten largest monitor manufacturers, is down by 5.2 per cent since September. In the same period, relevant OEMs such as TPV have experienced an 8.8 per cent decrease of sales volumes.
In the fourth quarter, the monitor industry will get its feet wet, again: According to estimates by the analysts, monitor sales will show a decrease of up to five per cent, which is explained with the severe floods in Thailand that have led to shortages in the supply of hard disc drives. As PCs and screens are often purchased as a bundle, the shortage in the HDD sector indirectly influences the sales of displays.
The market experts are impressed by the sales trend of the screen supplier Suzhou Raken Technology. The sales volume of the China-based joint venture between LG Display and Amtran Technology is expected to increase from 300,000 monitors (2010) to one million units this year. WitsView forecasts sales to double in 2012.
With HKC, a strong competitor has stepped into the OEM sector. (Image, logo: HKC)
According to WitsView, China-based HKC could reach a sales target of up to six million displays and also sell about two million LCD TVs this year.