TFT Monitor Shortages Hurting Vendors
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Several vendors are suffering from a lack of stock in the large size TFT monitor market in Australia. The problem has been caused by a spike in global demand, particularly for over 19-inch monitors.

Shipments of large-size TFT LCD panels totaled 34 million units in July 2007, up by 2.1 percent from 33.3 million units in June, according to Displaybank.

Among large-size LCD panels, monitor panel shipments were down slightly from June to 15.7 million units in July, while TV and notebook panel shipments increased on month to 7.2 million units and 10.2 million units, respectively, the research firm noted.

By supplier, Samsung Electronics retained production capacity and thus took the top position by shipping 7.2 million units since its eighth-generation (8G) line came on board. Samsung Electronics, which has focused on TV applications so far, also ranked top in revenues. The second player was Taiwan-based AU Optronics (AUO), which shipped 7 million units. Next was LG.Philips LCD, which recorded shipments of 6.7 million units.

On a revenues basis, Samsung Electronics maintained its number one position with a 22.8 percent share, followed by LG.Philips LCD at 20.5 percent and AUO at 19.3 percent.