DigiTimes: Samsung said its plasma shipments fell 13.8% to 560,000 units in the fourth quarter of 2006, down from 650,000 units in the third quarter.
Plasma shipments from the maker totaled 2.3 million units in 2006, compared to 2.1 million in 2005. Despite the rising shipments, revenues of its plasma business dropped nearly 10% to 1.57 trillion won (about €1.06 billion) last year, noted the company.
The Korea-based company expects to grow its plasma shipments by nearly 61% to 3.7 million units in 2007, with the over 50-inch segment to account for 47% of the shipments, compared to only 23% in 2006.
Samsung SDI predicted an oversupply situation in the first half of 2007 due to competition from the LCD segment and seasonality.
In other news, LG recently said its PDP shipments dropped 36% sequentially to 580,000 units in the fourth quarter of 2006 due to sever competition from LCD technology in the worldwide 40-inch-class TV market.