LCD Monitor Production Jumps In January
By Doug Olenick On Mar 11 2010 - 6:38pm
AUSTIN, TEXAS — DisplaySearch reported
LCD monitor production in January
hit its highest point in 18 months.
The research firm said 12.5 million LCD
monitors were produced last month by the
top PC and monitor brands, representing
about 85 percent of the total production
run for the month. In addition, early indications
point to about 12.9 million LCD monitors
being produced in March.
Chris Connery, DisplaySearch’s personal
computer displays VP, said these
fi gures can be considered leading indicators
for how the market will behave in
the near future. However, he would not
go so far as to state that January’s increase
meant end-user demand was
necessarily increasing. Most of the demand,
he believes, is heading into the
B2B channel as IT departments enter a
heavy replacement cycle.
Connery explained the uptick is likely
due to monitor vendors building up supply
as a hedge against possible upcoming
price increases in LCD glass. These
would be caused by the continuing strong
demand for LCD TVs worldwide.
Other facts that do not point to an increase
in consumer demand are the
continued weak demand for monitors
in China and that notebook computers
dominate the category, which brings
into question where the sudden demand
for desktop LCD monitors is coming
from, Connery said.