TVPredictions.com: Samsung says there could be a LCD HDTV shortage in the second half of 2007, according to an article published by Reuters.
Lee Sang-wan, president of Samsung’s LCD unit, said at a press conference that the LCD market could face some difficulties next year, particularly in the first quarter. But he said an increase in consumer demand would help boost profits.
However, without elaborating, Lee then said “there is even the possibility of a (LCD) shortage in the second half.”
LCD sales have been steadily rising as the flat-screen set has cut into the Plasma TV market. A shortage next year could increase consumer demand while also helping to keep prices stable.
Both LCD and Plasma TV prices have been falling dramatically over the last year.
Despite his hint that there could be a shortage, Lee projected that the LCD market for 40-inch sets and larger will jump 112 percent next year. He added that 46-inch and larger sets will see a 253 percent increase.
Size standards keep changing,” Lee said. “The next standard is 46 inches, and by 2008 the 52-inch-and-higher panel market will grow rapidly.”