TrendForce - Market report, price trend and B2B platform of DRAM, NAND Flash, LEDs, TFT-LCD and green energy, PVhttp://www.trendforce.comenTrendForce Reports YoY Gain of 3.6% for 2Q17 Notebook Shipments; Apple With a QoQ 17.1% Growth Edged Closer to ASUS in Rankinghttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2930.htmlMarket research firm TrendForce reports that the global notebook shipments for this second quarter registered a sequential quarterly increase of 5.7% and a year-on-year increase of 3.6%, totaling 39.96 million units. Biddings for notebook contracts in North America and market arrivals of new product models were the main driving forces behind the second-quarter shipments. As for the entire first half of 2017, the strong demand from North America contributed to a global shipment result that exceeded the market expectations.DisplayTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:09:00 +08002930 at http://www.trendforce.comSharp Trounced Seasonal Downturn of This Year’s First Half in TV Market and Nearly Doubled Its Shipments in Second Quarter, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2928.htmlGlobal shipments of LCD TV sets totaled 47.37 million units for the second quarter of 2017, according to WitsView, a division of TrendForce. While this shipment figure represents an increase of 7.6% from the prior quarter, it also amounts to a year-on-year decrease of 5.2%. The Chinese TV market remained sluggish, while sales in North America were affected by channel distributors’ price hikes. LCT TV shipmentsLCD TVTVHisenseSonySharpTCLLGLG ElectronicsLGESamsungConsumer ElectronicsTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:35:00 +08002928 at http://www.trendforce.comLCD TV Panel Market to See Steeper Price Decline in August as Buyers Take the Initiative in Negotiations, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2927.htmlPrices of LCD TV panels of all sizes have started to soften from June and are now on a noticeable downward trend in August, according to the latest report from WitsView, a division of TrendForce. Size segments that are seeing significant price decline include the 65- and the 55-inch as well as the mid-size panels ranging from the 40- to the 43-inch.notebook panelmonitor panelpanel priceTV panel LCD PanelsDisplayMon, 07 Aug 2017 19:41:00 +08002927 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Reports Global Smartphone Production Volume Reached 324 Million Units This Second Quarterhttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2924.htmlTrendForce’s latest smartphone market research finds flat growth in the global production volume between the first and second quarter of 2017. Similar to the prior three-month period, smartphone sales in the second quarter were lackluster and affected by the anticipation of the 10th anniversary iPhone release in the next half of the year. In total, the global smartphone production volume reached 324 million units in the second quarter. Samsung, Apple and Huawei retained first, second and third place, respectively, in the worldwide production volume ranking for the period. Xiaomi managed to surpass LG to take sixth place in the ranking.LGXiaomiVIVOOPPOHuaweiAppleSamsungAndroidiPhonelow-end smartphonehigh-end smartphoneQ3Q2 smartphone productionsmartphonesDisplayThu, 03 Aug 2017 10:23:00 +08002924 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Forecasts Size of Global Market for Smart Manufacturing Solutions to Top US$320 Billion by 2020; Product Development Favors Integrated Solutionshttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2911.htmlIndustry 4.0 is a concept that has attracted a lot of attention in the global marketplace since its emergence in 2012. Following this conceptual framework, manufacturing companies in various industries have embarked on a mission to transform their operations by deploying smart technologies. TrendForce’s ongoing coverage of smart manufacturing solutions indicates that investments in related hard- and software have been growing steadily. Furthermore, this market is seeing rising demand and a trend towards integrated solutions. TrendForce forecasts that the size of the global market for smart manufacturing solutions will surpass US$320 billion by 2020.IoTIndustry 4.0DRAMMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +08002911 at http://www.trendforce.comFoxconn Takes the Lead in Moving LCD Production to North America and Spearheads the Integration of Region’s Consumer Electronics Chain, Says TrendForcehttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2910.htmlFoxconn on July 26 announced the initiation of its “Flying Eagle Project” in North America and a US$10 billion investment to build a Gen-10.5 LCD panel fab in Wisconsin. According to WitsView, a division of TrendForce, this proposed plant will be mainly producing panels of 8K resolution. Display technologies behind 8K resolution are well developed and have existed for a while. Nonetheless, Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant represents the first-ever attempt to build LCD manufacturing capacity in North America. As LCD technology matures, having an integrated supply chain for its end products near or within the key regional markets will be crucial to the competitiveness of panel suppliers and consumer electronics brands.InnoluxSharpFoxconnLCD TV PanelTV paneldisplay paneldisplayConsumer ElectronicsThu, 27 Jul 2017 23:07:00 +08002910 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Says Upcoming Device Models Will Reinvigorate Smartphone Market and Lead to Over 10% Increase in Production Volume for 2H17 vs. 1H17http://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2909.htmlThe latest smartphone market research by TrendForce shows that global sales have been fairly tepid in the first half of 2017. Besides the traditional off season effects, consumers have held off purchases in anticipation of future products with more exciting features. Still, total smartphone production volume for this year’s first half expanded by 7% compared with first half of the prior year, totaling nearly 650 million units. Collectively, Chinese brands posted a year-on-year growth in their production volume during these six months, while non-Chinese brands together recorded a year-on-year decrease.smartphone panelLGSamsungAppleiPhone specsiPhonesmartphonessmartphone productionSmartphoneConsumer ElectronicsThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +08002909 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Reports Average Size of TV Panels Grew to 44.7 Inches in Second Half of 2017; TV Brands Shift Their Demand to Larger Size Segments Due to Cost Pressurehttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2908.htmlThe latest research by WitsView, a division of TrendForce, finds the global shipments of LCD TV panels totaled 123.35 million units for the first half of 2017, amounting to a tiny dip of 0.1% compared with the same period a year ago. Since Samsung Display (SDC) closed its Gen-7 fab L7-1 at the end of 2016, TV brands since the first quarter have been vigilant against the supply tightening in the mid-size segments and kept stocking up. Their demand was strong enough to offset the traditional seasonal effect during the year’s first half. AUOCSOTSDCBOEInnoluxLGDLCD TV PanelTV panelLCD panel shipmentsLCDConsumer ElectronicsTue, 25 Jul 2017 16:59:00 +08002908 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Says ‘Micro LED-Like’ Products Will Be Available in 2018; Breakthroughs in Mass Transfer Have Yet to Materializehttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2907.htmlA major bottleneck in the commercialization of Micro LED displays is the mass transfer of micron-size LEDs to a display backplane. Research by LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, reveals that many companies across industries worldwide have entered the Micro LED market and are in a race to develop methods for the mass transfer process. However, their solutions have yet to meet the standard for commercialization in terms of production output (in unit per hour, UPH), transfer yield and size of LED chips (i.e. Micro LED is technically defined as LEDs that are smaller than 100 microns). These research findings can be found in LEDinside’s 3Q17 Micro LED Next Generation Display Industry Member Report: Analyses on Mass Transfer and Inspection/Repair Technologies. Innovative Technological ApplicationsdisplayLEDConsumer ElectronicsThu, 20 Jul 2017 08:55:00 +08002907 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Says Production Capacity for Large-Size LCD Panels Continues to Expand in Second Half of 2017; Supply to Become Important Factor in Fourth Quarterhttp://press.trendforce.com/node/view/2905.htmlThe overall production capacity for large-size LCD panels rose above the expected level in the first half of 2017 despite seasonal headwinds, according to research by WitsView, a division of TrendForce. Panel suppliers actually found their processing lines fully loaded and were compelled to make some of their newly added production capacity available ahead of schedule. WitsView estimates that the global production capacity for large-size LCD panels in terms of total glass input area will increase by 5.8% annually in 2017 to reach 218.3 million square meters. This figure is 0.3 percentage point above an earlier estimate. Supply will become an important factor in determining the course of the panel market during second half of 2017, especially in the fourth quarter. BOETV panelLCD PanelsLCD panel shipmentsLarge-size panelConsumer ElectronicsThu, 13 Jul 2017 14:12:00 +08002905 at http://www.trendforce.com