AUSTIN, TX - DisplaySearch published survey findings on TV shipments for Q4 2007. TV shipments increased 5% year-on-year and 21% for the quarter compared to 2006. Over 60 million units were shipped in 4Q and 200 million units for all of 2007. This is the first time sales has topped $100 billion according to DisplaySearch.
Sony lead in the LCD TV segment, outperforming Samsung. Global shipments of LCD TVs in the Q4 was up 56% YoY and 73% for the year to nearly 80 million units. Based on strong sales in the Americas, Sony staged a comeback, ranking second in Q3 and leading for Q4.
TAIWAN - The notebook PC industry in Taiwan hit a new record
high for a single quarter, shipping slightly over 28 million notebook
computers in the fourth quarter of 2007, according to a report by
Taiwan's International Data Corporation (IDC).
The number was an increase of 11.6% percent from the previous quarter
with growth of 44% year-over-year. The report says that shipments were
driven by rising market demand and holiday purchases.
Of the shipments, the report said that 88.5% were delivered by five of
Taiwan's original design manufacturers: Quanta Computer, Compal
Electronics, Wistron Corp., Inventec Corp. and ASUSTek Computer.
Notebook production during the period was $15 billion, for a
year-over-year increase of 31.6%, the report said.
IDC Taiwan research manager Helen Chiang said domestic notebook
manufacturers performed better than expected because of brisk sales by
the major manufacturers of consumer PCs.
TAIPEI - Sanmina-SCI Corporation has reported that it has signed a definitive agreement with Foxteq Holdings, a subsidiary of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry,
under which Foxteq will buy some of the US firm's personal computing
related operations and logistics businesses in Hungary, Mexico and the
Read more: Hon Hai Buys PC-Based Assets of Sanmina-SCI
TAIWAN - Asustek
is expected to outsource over 50% of its branded motherboard
manufacturing to outside OEMs by the end of 2008, as well as
outsourcing notebook products approximately 15%, according to an
industry report citing predictions by electronic industry watchers.
to the report, while Asustek and its division Unihan Technology have
already separated, market watchers commented that the percentage of
Asustek's product outsourcing to Unihan is still high, indicating that
the spin-off is not complete.
president Jerry Shen pointed out that the company will prioritize the outsourcing of non-notebook products first.
VA - The Electronics Component Assembly and Materials Association (ECA) reports
researchers are predicting the electronic components market in 2008 will
grow at about the same rate or slightly better than 2007, with supply and
demand for electronic components continuing to look good.
an increase in December, orders slowed in January,
according to the ECA’s four-to-five week average index, continuing that the
previous 12-month average remained relatively flat.
In addition, the Consumer Electronics Association predicted last month that the consumer products
market will grow 6.1% this year, fueled by a 13% growth in TV sales, a 173% increase
in next-generation DVD players, and 50% growth in video game consoles.
forecasts a 7% rise in worldwide electronics equipment revenue, driven
primarily by data processing and wireless communications markets.
components isn’t exactly a ‘teflon’ market, but it does have an uncanny ability
to weather storms that damage other markets. I think a lot of credit can go to
better management of supply chains based on the lessons learned from … the
market at the turn of the century,” concluded Bob Willis, ECA president.