TV Notebook & Tablet Prices Set To Rise

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As big TV vendors like Samsung, LG and Sony struggle to make a profit and retailers struggle from slow TV sales in Australia, a move is on to increase the price of flat panel screens in an effort to improve returns a leading research company has claimed.Also set to be hit by price increases are tablets and notebooks.

Market research firm IHS iSuppli, claims that large-format LCD panel manufacturers are expected to start asking for price increases and that new models that are set to hit in the second half of the year will be dearer than what is currently on sale in stores like JB Hi Fi, The Good Guys, Dick Smith and Harvey Norman.

One of the reasons for the increase is supply disruptions related to the Japan disaster.”

IHS iSuppli said televisions, monitors and notebook computers using large LCD screens will likely see a 0.2 percent increase when final numbers are tabulated, the first time all three applications have experienced an increase in 14 months dating back to April 2010.

For June, all three applications for large-sized LCD panels are expected to post slight increases, rising 0.1 percent for desktop PC monitors, 0.2 percent for televisions and 0.5 percent for notebooks, IHS iSuppli said.

This contrasts with previous months when pricing increased in only one or two of the panel applications — while prices in other areas fell steeply, dragging down the overall average.

 

“Consumer demand for the major products using LCD panels, like televisions and computers, remains weak, especially in markets like Australia, USA, and Europe,” said Sweta Dash, senior director for liquid crystal displays at IHS. 

“Despite this alarming sales situation, pricing is on the rise for all of the major LCD applications with panel buyers replenishing their stockpiles in order to build buffer inventory, in case of further supply disruptions spurred by the Japan disaster, and as panel suppliers reduced utilisation rates to control production. This is driving up pricing for panels in all major applications.”

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