AU Optronics: LCD panel prices up

According to Paul Peng, president of AU Optronics (AUO), prices of some sizes of LCD panels have risen recently. According to Peng, AUO will adopt new technologies to curtail the impact of increasing availability of China-made panels on its sales.

While the LCD panel market has remained largely stable recently, prices of some sizes have risen caused partially by tight production capacity at 7.5G lines, according to Paul Peng, president of AU Optronics (AUO).
Panels that have seen prices go up include 24-inch monitor and TV panels, and 40- and 42-inch TV panels, Peng indicated, but added that downward pressure on prices of 32-inch TV panels is also increasing due to capacity ramps by China-based makers.
Since 6G and 8.5G lines in China will focus on the production of mainstream products, AUO will adopt new technologies to curtail the impact of increasing availability of China-made panels on its sales, Peng said.
Flat panels shipped to China accounted for 25-26% of AUO’s total shipments in 2011, less than its projection of 30%, said Peng, adding that the ratio of China-bound panels will expand in 2012 pushed by shipments of 3D TV panels.