After suffering a loss in the LCD-monitor segment in the fourth quarter of last year, despite increased shipments, BenQ is considering establishing a new production line for LCD monitors in Europe, according to sources. Currently, the company has a monthly capacity of one million LCD monitors in Suzhou (Jiangsu Province, China) and 60,000-80,000 units in Mexico, the sources noted.
The company declined to comment on plans for a new production line.
TPV, the world's largest LCD-monitor manufacturer, also saw its margins drop to 4.7% in the fourth quarter of last year, down from 7.2% in the fourth quarter of 2003, the company said. However, the margins rebounded to 5% in the fourth quarter, and the company expects prices to remain steady. This year, TPV also anticipates its LCD-monitor shipments will overtake its CRT shipments, with CRT shipments expected to fall 20% on year to about 10 million units, according to the company.
In related news, Lite-On Technology said it has been lowering the proportion of its total revenues contributed by the LCD monitor segment by increasing its focus on sales of high-profit products, including LED and imaging products. LCD monitors accounted for more than 50% of its revenues in the first half of last year, while declining to 41% in the second half of 2004 and 35% in the first quarter of this year, the company added.