Global large flat panel shipments dip 10.4% in Jan.


TAIPEI — Global shipments of large flat screens for January fell more than 10 percent from the previous month, a reflection of the slow-season effect, according to a research report published yesterday. Shipments of large flat panels in January totaled 65.16 million units, down 10.4 percent from a month earlier but up 27 percent year-on-year.

Large flat panels are used in TV, desktop computer and notebook computer production.

In the report, Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce said TV brands slowed their pace of restocking in the past month, lowering their inventories as a cushion against the slow-season impact, so that shipments for TV panels during the period fell 5.9 percent month-on-month to 18.64 million units. Shipments of panels for information technology devices in January were also impacted by the slow-season effect, following massive restocking seen in the fourth quarter of last year, TrendForce said.

Broken down by category, shipments of monitor panels for the month fell 14.4 percent from December to 12.64 million units, while shipments of panels for notebooks and netbooks dropped 32.9 percent to 12.61 million units, the advisory firm said.

However, shipments of tablet panels continued to grow in January to 21.26 million units, up about 10 percent from the previous month, due to the wide range of applications in tablet gadgets, including personal entertainment devices, cloud technology-based services and educational use, it said. TrendForce said that while U.S.-based Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea were aggressively pushing their tablet products in the market, demand for unbranded devices also appeared solid during the month.

The market advisory firm said that although shipments of panels for Apple’s iPad fell in January due to inventory adjustments, shipments of displays for the iPad mini grew about 10 percent month-on-month.