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AUO becomes No. 1 flat-panel maker

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Local TFT-LCD flat panel display maker AU Optronics (友達光電) became the world's top flat panel manufacturer last month, beating major rivals in terms of number of units shipped, total shipment area and LCD TV panel shipments.

DisplaySearch -- the world's leader in display market research and consulting -- said that AU Optronics delivered 8.18 million large flat panels last month, outperforming its major Korean rivals Samsung Electronic Co and LG.Philips LCD Co, which shipped 7.28 million and 7.22 million units respectively in the same month.

In terms of total shipment area, DisplaySearch said the total area of flat panels shipped by AU Optronics in last month amounted to 1.2 million square meters, to Samsung's 1.1 million square meters and LG.Philips' 1.08 million square meters.

Meanwhile, AU Optronics delivered 2.3 million LCD TV panels last month, outpacing the 1.9 million shipped by LG.Philips, the world's second-largest maker of LCD TV panels, and the 1.6 million shipped by Taiwan's Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp (奇美電子), the world's third-largest maker.

For the first three quarters of this year, LG.Philips delivered 57.7 million flat-panel displays, compared to AU Optronics' 57.6 million units and Samsung's 5.57 million units, DisplaySearch said.

Worldwide, output of large-size TFT-LCD panels reached 280 million units in the first three quarters of this year.

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