Glass substrates used to manufacture large-size thin film transistor LCD panels are likely to be 8 percent to 10 percent short of demand in terms of area, the market research firm said. The shortage of color filters used in fifth- and sixth-generation LCD plants is projected to be between 7 percent to 12 percent toward the end of 2005.
The shortage is a result of a downturn seen in thein the third quarter of 2004, when shipments of panels for dipped and demand for displays for rose only slightly, iSuppli said. This led to an oversupply of materials used in making large-size panels late last year, because suppliers need at least one quarter to adjust to changes in LCD shipments.
Currently, material makers are limiting production as a reaction to 2004 trends, and this could lead to a shortage later in 2005, the research firm said. The shortage of glass substrates and color filters will be most severe, though there will also be a shortfall of other parts. Polarizers, TAC film and lamps will all face varying degrees of tight supplies, it said.