According to WitsView’s latest monitor survey, total monitor shipments posted a double-digit decline of 13.9% MoM to 9.995 million units in February 2010. Shipments of top ten SIs also plunged by 23.3% MoM to 10.65 million units in February 2010.
As the merger between Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and Innolux Display formally takes effect, industry watchers are paying close attention to this new entity that has integrated panel and whole set sales. Although actual end-market sales performance has yet to be time-tested, it is certain at this stage that after the merger, Chimei Innolux Corp.
The advent of Apple iPad significantly attracted global attention to the electronic reading device market. According to WitsView, an industry research institute, market scale of mainstream reflective electronic reading device (e-readers) is estimated at 7.5 million units in 2010.
Based on the past experience, the first quarter is a time of traditionally slow season for the panel industry, as well as a time of the most dramatic price decline in component prices. However, market conditions are quite different this quarter.
Having suffered the financial downturn, the global economy is gradually on the path of recovery in 2009. Under the gloomy economy, prices of all three large-sized panel applications were reduced, and LCD monitors bore the brunt of the impact.