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Wintek hoping to ease supply problems

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

Touch-panel maker Wintek Corp (勝華科技) yesterday posted 27.23 percent revenue growth for last month, as it benefited from rising demand for tablet PCs.

Revenue grew to NT$5.59 billion (US$185.5 million) last month from NT$4.39 billion in June, the firm said in a statement. On an annual basis, that represented a decline of 33.38 percent from NT$8.39 billion.

Wintek said it expects revenue to increase further this quarter from NT$174.07 billion last quarter, after supply constraints limited growth over the past few months.

“Our clients are scheduled to launch new products in the third quarter, which will bring more orders,” Wintek spokesman Jay Huang (黃忠傑) said by telephone.

Touch panels used in tablet PCs are expected to make up 50 percent of Wintek’s revenue this quarter, up from about 20 percent last quarter, Huang said.

The global tablet market is set to grow 42 percent to 232 million units this year from 159 million units last year, market researcher NPD DisplaySearch forecast.

Huang said the firm’s supply situation improved last month and would continue to ease.

Wintek makes touch panels by combining sensors, which it manufactures, with display arrays purchased from flat-panel makers.

The company’s shares edged up 0.4 percent to NT$12.5 yesterday, while Apple Inc’s touch-panel supplier TPK Holding Co’s (宸鴻) stock fell 1.04 percent to NT$331.5.

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