LG.Philips becomes largest LCD maker
El Segundo (CA) - LG.Philips surpassed Samsung in 2005 shipments of LCD panels with sizes of 10 inches or larger, according to a report released by iSuppli. LG.Philips edged out its rival in the year-end result with a strong performance in the first half of the year. Consumers will benefit from the battle and continue to see falling prices for LCD TVs, iSuppli said.
iSuppli estimates LG.Philips’ 2005 global market share at 21.4% , while Samsung, which dominated the segment in 2004, came in second with 20.9% of unit shipments. LG.Philips was able to achieve a clear lead in the first and second quarter of 2005, when it began ramping production in its sixth-generation large-sized TFT-LCD fab, which was one of the first facilities of its kind.
The lead however began to slip, when Samsung brought S-LCD, its joint venture with Sony, online by mid of last year with the world’s first seventh-generation production facility. In the fourth quarter of 2005, iSuppli estimates that Samsung was leading the large-panel LCD market with a share of 20.7%, while LG.Philips’ share decreased to 20.1%.
The market-share battle between LG.Philips LCD and Samsung will continue in 2006, as the two companies bid to establish rival size standards for large-sized LCD-TVs, iSuppli said. Samsung is promoting 40" as the most efficient size, while LG.Philips LCD is backing the 42" dimension. Production capacity is on the increase as well : Samsung announced that its seventh-generation facility will reach a production capacity of 1.32 million 40" panels per month in 2006. Meanwhile, LG.Philips said that it will begin ramping manufacturing in its 7.5G fab during the first quarter of this year.
iSuppli expects the battle for leadership in the LCD industry in the end will benefit especially buyers of LCD TVs through an increased availability and falling prices of LCD panels.