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Apple gobbles up 60 percent of touch panel capacity

Posted on Thursday, February 17 2011 @ 14:57:54 CET by

Sources at upstream component makers told DigiTimes that Apple has secured close to 60 percent of the global touch panel capacity for its iPad products:
In order to achieve its internal goal of shipping 40 million iPad products in 2011, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among Apple's competitors, according to sources from upstream component makers.

Sources from tablet PC makers also pointed out that the component shortage is causing their shipment volumes to be unable to catch up with their orders, especially for second-tier players. Touch panels are currently suffering the most serious shortage due to Apple holding control over the capacity of major touch panel makers such as Wintek and TPK, and with US-based RIM, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard (HP) also competing for related components, second-tier players are already out of the game, the sources noted.



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