Innolux sales drop after ceasing touch display operations

Staff writer, with CNA

Mon, Jun 10, 2013 - Page 14

Innolux Corp (群創光電), the nation’s largest flat panel maker, saw its consolidated sales for last month fall from a month earlier because the company ended its touch display enhancement technology operations.

However, rival AU Optronics Corp (AUO, 友達光電) reported an increase in its consolidated sales for last month from a month earlier on solid demand for 4K2K high-definition TV screens and touch panels for notebook computer use.

In a statement issued on Friday, Innolux reported consolidated sales of NT$37.47 billion (US$1.25 billion) last month, down 8.4 percent from a month earlier and also down 5.2 percent from a year earlier.

At an investor conference on May 9, Innolux said the termination of its touch display enhancement technology operations would cut its sales by about NT$5 billion during April and last month, but its gross margin would improve accordingly.

In the first five months of the year, Innolux’s consolidated sales totaled NT$195.15 billion, up 5.53 percent from a year earlier.

Last month, the company’s shipments of large-sized screens — those measuring 10 inches or larger — rose 7.5 percent from April to 13.14 million units. The shipments were also up 7.6 percent from a year earlier.

Shipments of small and medium-sized panels totaled 39.16 million units last month, up 1 percent from a month earlier and also up 18.8 percent year-on-year, Innolux said.

Large-sized panels are used in desktop computers, notebook computers and TV production, while small and medium-sized screens are used in smartphone and tablet computer manufacturing.

Also on Friday, AUO reported consolidated sales of NT$38.3 billion for last month, up 3.5 percent from April and up 22 percent from a year earlier.

From January to last month, AUO’s consolidated sales rose 18.68 percent from a year earlier to NT$169.55 billion.