沙巴体育平台 www.yousuperb.com Samsung Display is considering to suspend one of its LCD panel production facilities in South Korea because of oversupply, the company said this week. There is no final decision yet, but falling profitability and lowering demand could trigger the company to halt manufacturing.

LCD panels for various applications including computer displays, televisions, smartphones, digital signage, and other are produced at dozens of factories in China, Japan, South Korea, and other countries creating oversupply and cut-throat competition. Given macroeconomic uncertainties, demand for numerous devices such as TVs is expected to be weak during the year-end shopping season, which puts further pressure on panel makers.

Samsung and other advanced makers have tried to differentiate their own LCD-based products by adding quantum-dot films and other improvements to displays or TVs (to their backlighting, to be more precise), which certainly helped to improve image quality produced by these devices and enabled the manufacturer to charge a premium. Meanwhile, it looks like there are simply way too many LCD panels made these days.

Being the world’s largest maker of LCDs, Samsung operates two giant LCD production facilities in South Korea, as well as one in China. The company naturally wants to keep the latter plant, but the fate of one of the sites in South Korea is something that remains to be seen.

The official statement by Samsung reads as follows:

“Samsung Display has been adjusting the production output and facility operation due to oversupply and worsening profitability, and we are still considering the suspension of the line, but nothing has been decided.”

Samsung’s rival LG Display has converted one of its LCD lines to an OLED plant. In fact, LGD has been focusing on production of OLEDs for quite some time and opened up new OLED sites both in China and in South Korea. Moreover, the company is also considering various scenarios for its remaining LCD facility in South Korea, according to a claim made by its CFO last month.

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Source: Reuters

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  • jordanclock - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    How long until we get a bunch of armchair analysts proclaiming this as part of some sort of price fixing scheme? Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    I don't think you will see that happening. The writing has been on the wall that OLED would take over a lot of LCD sales as it becomes cheaper. LG should have a 48" TV out sometime this year which likely will be the death nail on high end LCD TV's. Reply
  • ITRocksYaSocks - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    Huh? OLED is a gimmick. What we need is 2030 and MicroLED. But sure keep talking. Reply
  • trivik12 - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    its defnitely not a gimmick. it consistently have been rated as best tv today. LG has taken over high end tv market. That is why they are doubling production with new china plant. Reply
  • WithoutWeakness - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    OLED TVs have had the best picture quality for a few years now. If MicroLED isn't going to take over until 2030 then I'm happy to enjoy watching OLED continue to improve for the next decade. Reply
  • lilkwarrior - Saturday, August 17, 2019 - link

    You're smoking some majestic weed to think OLED is a gimmick. Reply
  • close - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    OLED is the 3D of current times. For the rare occasions you actually enjoy that contrast you get to live with the substantial upfront const and the technical downsides, like burn-in. Every generation promises "fo' real this time shouldn't be an issue" and yet every time it is. Reply
  • ABR - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    I had an OLED phone for a few years (before the end of Windows Phone). Never had any problems, and I still miss it. Reply
  • Alistair - Friday, August 16, 2019 - link

    you forget, not just contrast, HDR color, per pixel dimming, faster response times etc. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, August 17, 2019 - link

    3d of current times? You must be high, or have not looked into OLED tv lately. Burn in is a NON ISSUE for home tv watchers. Upfront costs? Every christmas a 55 inch LG tv is like $1200. That is a steal for how long they last and what you get. They sell out almost every christmas. Reply

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