[Insights] Early November Price Update: TV Panels Drop, Monitor and NB Panels Steady

TrendForce released the early November panel price trends today, with TV panel prices experiencing an unstoppable decline, while MNT (Monitor) and NB panel prices remained relatively stable.

TV panel

Entering the fourth quarter, TV panel shipments continue to weaken. However, the attempt by agents to influence panel prices through a surge in shipments of small-sized TV panels seems to have subsided, and panel prices are returning to a more balanced negotiation between buyers and sellers.

Major TV brands have been adjusting their orders since the latter half of the third quarter, and these adjustments have expanded into the all panel sizes in the fourth quarter.

Although panel manufacturers are still controlling production, it appears that they are finding it challenging to resist the decline in panel prices due to sluggish demand. As of the current outlook, it is expected that in November, panel prices will decrease by 2-dollar for the entire month in the sizes of 32″, 43″, 50″, and 55″, while sizes of 65″ and 75″ will experience a 3-dollar drop, and 85″ will face a 5-dollar decline.

MNT Panel

Entering the fourth quarter, demand for MNT panels has started to weaken. In October, mainstream panel sizes showed a tendency to stabilize in terms of pricing, with only some high-end models having slight room for price reductions, especially for high refresh rate specifications.

Currently, it is expected that panel manufacturers will continue to maintain a stable price trend for mainstream size MNT panels in November. However, should brand demand fall short of expectations, there is a possibility of price decreases, particularly in Open Cell panels or in larger-sized, high-end models.

NB Panel

Entering the fourth quarter, demand for NB panels continues to weaken. However, panel manufacturers remain committed to maintaining stable panel prices, especially as they face downward price pressures in TV and MNT panels. Panel manufacturers are reluctant to make significant concessions on NB panel prices, except for the possibility of offering certain discounts through project-based bundling models.

Currently, it is expected that NB panel prices, whether for entry-level TN panels or mid- to high-range IPS panels, will continue to maintain a stable trend in November.


Panel Prices Remain Stable in Early October, Rising Trend Starts to Weaken

Entering the fourth quarter, demand for television panels has started to weaken steadily, prompting brand customers to request price reductions. However, from current observations, panel manufacturers are still implementing strict production rate controls, attempting to keep prices stable and minimize the possibility of price drops. Therefore, as of early October, television panel prices continue to show an overall stable trend. However, there have been recent indications of pressure on some distributors to lower prices for small-sized television panels, and whether this will lead to a loosening of prices in this segment remains to be seen.

Monitor brand customers significantly increased their inventory in the second and third quarters. Consequently, as we enter the fourth quarter, there are signs of weakening demand for monitor panels, and panel prices are no longer able to maintain the slight upward trend seen in the third quarter. Most panel manufacturers still operate at a loss in the Monitor panel product category. Therefore, it is currently anticipated that monitor panel prices in October will shift towards stability.

Notebook brand customers boosted their inventory momentum from the second quarter to the third quarter. However, as we enter the fourth quarter, and with actual demand from end-users remaining less than ideal, brand customers are showing an increasing trend in revising their panel demand downwards. Panel manufacturers are also finding it challenging to sustain the idea of pushing panel prices higher, which they had been doing over the past few months. In order to maintain customer relationships and ensure stable customer demand and orders, it is currently expected that notebook panel prices in October will also shift towards stability.


India Defers Import Restrictions on Electronics, Divergent Approaches by Taiwanese and American Brands

According to reports in the Indian media, India has decided to delay the implementation of import restrictions on electronic products such as laptops, tablets, and servers. This delay pushes the commencement date to November 2023. As a result, Taiwanese, American, and Chinese laptop manufacturers are now reevaluating their production strategies in India and expediting their applications for importing electronic goods.


TV Panel Demand Slows After E-commerce Festival, June Price Increases Converge

TV panel prices have been on a continuous rise from the bottom of the first quarter to the second quarter, surpassing cash costs. Panel manufacturers are determined to reverse their losses and maintain a strong stance on price hikes. They are also adjusting production rates to maintain the supply-demand balance. However, the demand side indicates a slowdown as the Chinese e-commerce sale season has completed its stocking, and a significant surge in demand is expected to occur in the third quarter. As a result, the overall demand momentum is currently leveling off. Consequently, this month’s price increases for TV panels are expected to show a slight convergence.

Some panel manufacturers are actively increasing monitor panel prices after a period of stability. The prices of Open Cell panel products were previously too low, allowing room for further price increases. This month, prices are expected to rise by USD 0.2~0.5. However, the trend for panel module products is less clear due to varying attitudes toward price hikes among manufacturers, especially newer entrants trying to secure orders with lower prices. As a result, mainstream panel sizes like 23.8 inches and 27 inches are expected to remain mostly unchanged in price this month.

Notebook panel prices have remained stable despite a pricing struggle between brand customers and manufacturers. Demand is steadily increasing, leading panel manufacturers to consider price hikes. However, brand customers are hesitant due to uncertain prospects in the coming months. While there is growth in demand, it is mainly driven by inventory restocking rather than additional demand. As a result, panel prices are expected to stay flat this month, with little room for increases until the end of Q2.


TV Panel Prices Soar in Late May, While Laptop and Monitor Panel Prices Remain Unchanged

Demand for stocking up ahead of the upcoming June 18th promotion is dwindling, and the TV panel market is gradually returning to normal levels. Panel manufacturers are carefully managing production rates to maintain a balanced supply and demand. As a result, TV panel prices are expected to continue their strong upward trend in May. Anticipated price increases include a $1 rise for 32-inch panels, $2 for 43-inch panels, $9 for 50-inch panels, $10 for 55-inch panels, $12 for 65-inch panels, and $11 for 75-inch panels.

As TV panel prices continue to rise, monitor panel prices are also showing signs of potential increases. Open Cell products, including VA and IPS panels, may see price adjustments ranging from $0.2 to $0.5 in May. The panel module market is well supplied, with different strategies among regional manufacturers. Only Taiwanese manufacturers have confirmed price hikes, while others remain cautious. The possibility of customers adjusting orders due to differing price strategies could result in shifting demand. Overall, mainstream panel module prices are expected to remain stable in May, with a chance of $0.3 to $1 increases for smaller sizes.

While overall notebook panel demand has been increasing month by month since 2Q23, most of it is driven by urgent orders. Due to the uncertain future demand outlook from brand customers, panel manufacturers are cautious about raising prices. Brand customers have replenished their panel inventory to a healthier level, but without proactive stocking, panel prices are unlikely to see a short-term improvement. In May, panel manufacturers can only maintain stable prices, and the possibility of price increases depends on clear signs of significant demand recovery from brand customers.

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