Santa Clara, California, June 7, 2010Worldwide LCD monitor production in May neared all time monthly highs with the top 12 brands producing 12.7M monitors in the period. Monthly production plans for August currently show 14.8M units in the pipeline for production, putting JanuaryAugust 2010 production 19% above production rates for the same period in 2009, as noted in the new DisplaySearch Monthly Desktop LCD Monitor Brand and OEM Production Report.

Analysis of the LCD monitor supply chain shows that brands are bullish on the seemingly mature monitor market mainly due to continued growth of first time PCs purchased in China, as well as corporate PC refresh cycles in mature markets, notes Chris Connery, Vice President of Personal Computer Displays at DisplaySearch. Current production plans indicate that, in spite of the push towards mobile computing, there is demand for larger size, external displays for all types of computing applications, leading to the conclusion that desktop computing is far from dead.

Evidence of the bullish outlook for Chinese domestic sales comes from increased production plans from major Chinese brands such as Great Wall and Lenovo, as well as other Asian brands focused on sales in China, such as AOC. Chinese brands such as Great Wall and Founder, which are hardly household names outside of China, are becoming increasingly important to the global market for LCD monitors. This is exemplified by the movement of Great Wall from the #16 brand in the world in Q409 to #11 in Q110, and it is now poised to move into the top ten this year.

Figure 1: Top 12 Monitor Brand Production

Source: DisplaySearch Monthly Desktop LCD Monitor Brand and OEM Production Report.

While economic turmoil continues in Europe, evidence of B2B corporate PC refresh cycles is still being seen worldwide. Brands such as Dell, which are highly focused on corporate PC sales, seem to be reflecting this bullish outlook in production demand to their OEMs, raising their current production plans 23% from July to August.

The increased demand from brands to their OEM production partners is being reflected in increased production plans from the worlds top nine monitor producers which are on track to see their highest monthly production rate ever in June. The two largest producers of LCD monitors, TPV and InnoLux (now part of the Chimei Innolux Corporation), plan to increase production 13% and 6%, respectively, from May to June.

Figure 2: Top 9 Monitor OEM Production

Source: DisplaySearch Monthly Desktop LCD Monitor Brand and OEM Production Report

The new DisplaySearch Monthly Desktop LCD Monitor Brand and OEM Production Report is the most comprehensive monthly look at the $25B market for external displays used for personal computing. The report includes detailed production plans by brand as well as by OEM on a historical basis and with production plans three-months out. Also included is a snapshot of OEM production by various size/resolution groupings to allow for procurement and senior managers to have the most-detailed and up-to-date information in this dynamic market on a monthly basis. The report is delivered with Excel pivot tables and Excel charts. For more information, contact Charles Camaroto at 1.888.436.7673 or 1.516.625.2452, e-mail or contact your regional DisplaySearch office in China, Japan, Korea or Taiwan.

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