Flat screen market expects to gain from China subsidy

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Feb 06, 2013 - Page 14

Flat screen prices quoted for the first half of this month have continued to fall from the second half of last month on the lingering slow-season effect seen in the first quarter of the year, DisplaySearch said in a report yesterday.

The report said the prices of all three major categories of large-sized displays –– TV screens, panels for desktop computers and for notebooks –– fell in the first half of this month.

DisplaySearch said that because of the slow-season effect, the sector has suffered a supply glut, with pressure for inventory adjustments mounting. In addition, the reduced number of working days due to the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday will reduce flat-panel demand until next month.

However, DisplaySearch added that the market still holds high hopes that the Chinese government will continue to provide subsidies for TV purchases, a move that is expected to boost flat-panel demand.

In the first half of this month, 32-inch TV panel prices fell US$1 to between US$103 and US$126, while 39-inch LED TV screen prices dropped US$2 to US$220.

Prices of 40-42 inch TV panels and 40-42 inch LED screens fell US$2 to US$222 and US$282 respectively, while 46-inch LED displays fell US$2 to US$354.

For screens for desktop computers, prices of 17-inch, 18.5-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch models fell US$0.50 to range between US$53 and US$61.50, while 21.5-inch panel and 21.5-inch LED displays fell US$0.50 to US$71.50 and US$76.50 respectively.

Prices of 13.3-inch and 17.3-inch LED panels for notebooks fell US$0.30 to range between US$38.70 and US$58.50.