Recently several LCD panel makers postponed their plans to upgrade their capacity. Before they postponed their plans the market was expected to face a 6.2% oversupply in 2005. But now market research firms expected that there will be an oversupply of less than 5%:
Topology Research expects supply of global TFT-LCD panels to reach 178 million units in 2005, about 3.4% more than demand (about 172 million), said the Chinese-language Commercial Times. Taiwan stands a good chance of topping the global market with shipments of more than 87.8 million large-size panels next year, which represents about 49% of the market, the paper quotes the firm as saying.
DisplaySearch, before the panel makers announced their new plans, forecast panel supply and demand would reach 193 million and 181 million units, respectively, in 2005, signifying a 6.2% oversupply. Nevertheless, David Hsieh, president of DisplaySearch's Taiwan office, pointed out recently that the oversupply ratio will be narrowed to only 5% in the second quarter of 2005, with a balance to come later, as a result of delayed capacity expansions on the part of panel makers such as AU Optronics (AUO) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO).