Prices of thin film transistor LCD displays likely to increase

Prices of thin film transistor LCD displays likely to increase
Tom Foremski
Prices of thin-film transistor LCD displays are likely to increase significantly later this year due to coordinated price increases among major manufacturers.
Several top LCD manufacturers have already increased prices on LCD displays, hoping to recover from price competition over the last year that had drastically trimmed profit margins. Sharp has already raised prices by 15 per cent and says it will ask for further price increases of as much as 30 per cent later this year.
Toshiba also raised prices by 15 per cent and is considering further price increases and NEC has increased LCD prices by 10 per cent and says further increases are due later this year. The price increases are due to booming sales of notebook computers with supplies beginning to fall in relation to demand.
Notebook manufacturers, the chief buyers of the displays will try to absorb the higher cost of LCDs through falling component prices such as microprocessors and hard drives but end users will likely be asked to pay more for notebook systems by the end of this year.


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