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Flat-panel displays enjoy a 23% boost in quarterly output

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Output for Taiwan's flat panel display industry amounted to NT$491.67 billion (US$15.2 billion) for the third quarter of this year, up 23 percent from the previous quarter, according to tallies released yesterday by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工研院).

Panel production was up 23 percent quarter-on-quarter at NT$364.09 billion for the third quarter, with output of large thin-film-transistor, liquid- crystal-display (TFT-LCD) panels rising 27.5 percent to NT$321.57 billion, medium-to-small TFT-LCD panels jumping 228 percent to NT$34.19 billion, and twisted nematic (TN) and super twisted nematic (STN) panels dropping 1.9 percent to NT$15.9 billion, said ITRI analyst Yeh Chin-ching (葉錦清).

The production of key parts and components was up 16.7 percent quarter-on-quarter to NT$127.58 billion for the third quarter, with output of color filters increasing 29.1 percent to NT$37.51 billion, polarizers gaining 11.7 percent to hit NT$18.49 billion, glass substrates climbing 15 percent to reach NT$30.77 billion and back light modules rising 10.5 percent to NT$40.8 billion, Yeh said.

For the first three quarters of this year, Yeh said, the output of the flat panel display industry totaled NT$1.22 trillion.

Yeh said panel production amounted to NT$885.8 billion for the first three quarters, including NT$750.97 billion for large TFT-LCD panels, NT$81.84 billion for medium-to-small TFT-LCD panels and NT$48.8 billion for TN and STN panels.

The production of key parts and components amounted to NT$331.25 billion during the same period, including NT$86.94 billion for color filters, NT$49.37 billion for polarizers, NT$82.31 billion for glass substrates and NT$109.93 billion for back light modules, he said.

On the outlook for the fourth quarter, Yeh forecast that the industry's total production would increase 14.1 percent from the third quarter to reach NT$561.06 billion.

In particular, panel production is likely to rise 16.1 percent quarter-on-quarter to NT$428.87 billion, with that of large TFT-LCD panels expected to amount to NT$368.8 billion, Yeh said.

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