NPD DisplaySearch reports 66% growth of touch sensors manufacturing capacity, oversupply looming
April 27, 2012 // Julien Happich
According to the NPD DisplaySearch Touch Sensor Manufacturing Capacity, report the total yielded area of resistive, projected capacitive, sensor-on-cover, and on-cell touch sensors grew to 9.6 million square meters in 2011, up 66% from 5.8 million in 2010.
NPD DisplaySearch forecasts this segment will reach to 13.0 million square meters in 2012, and grow to 16.4 million in 2014. The touch panel industry has grown rapidly in recent years, from $4 billion in 2009 to over $13 billion in 2011. NPD DisplaySearch forecasts continued strong market demand, driven by mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet PCs, as well as PCs and point-of-information applications. Many new companies, including display and color filter manufacturers, are rushing to gain share in the market.
The rapid growth of these four touch technologies has raised several questions about the development of the industry, including the balance of supply and demand, how quickly sensor-on-cover projected capacitive touch can take share from conventional projected capacitive, and how on-cell and in-cell touch will impact add-on type touch screens.
Capacity in 2010 and 2011 was slightly higher13%than demand, but this level of oversupply is healthy, given the rapid pace of growth in the touch industry, said Jennifer Colegrove, Ph.D., Vice President of Emerging Display Technologies for NPD DisplaySearch. However, the glut is expected to more than double in 2012, to 27%, causing touch sensor prices to reduce rapidly. The oversupply will also force touch suppliers to move to larger size applications to utilize capacity, such as notebook and all-in-one PCs, ATM/finance and point of information, Dr. Colegrove noted.All news
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