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Touchscreen Glass Yield Up

Santa Clara, Calif. — Touch-sensor glass production is forecast to grow dramatically as new touch technologies begin to take hold, according to NPD DisplaySearch.

The research firm expects total sensor glass yield to hit 35.9 million square meters by 2015, up from 25.5 million square meters in 2013 and 12 million square meters last year.

Projected-capacitive touch dominated in 2012 with 81.5 percent of the market, but DisplaySearch noted that on-cell touch and in-cell touch technologies are gaining with the introduction of the Galaxy smartphones and tablets and the iPhone 5, respectively.

The one touchscreen area still lagging in production is for touch-capable laptops. There are fewer manufacturers for this glass and production is being held back due to the uncertainty of the impact Windows 8 will have on the touchscreen laptop market.