Time to pull belts: Samsung and LG intend to raise TFT LCD prices...
Those who hasnít yet gotten an LCD monitor, but willing to do this, should hurry: according to Korean sources, Samsung Electronics and LG-Philips LCD, which own 40% of the market, has recently decided to raise prices.
The reason Ė increased LCD panel demand. This growth was noticed as far back as in late 2002, when even 15" panels suffered deficit. Prices wonít radically jump, 3% 5% monthly growth expected.
Today 15" wholesale prices are lying in $170-180 range, 17" panels are offered for $260-270 wholesale. In other words, do not expect over $10 increase. I donít want to exaggerate, as new 5G fabs are to be launched, however, itís hard to predict the end of the current price growth. So, stay tuned weíll keep you informed.
Source: Nikkei Net
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