The surge in tablet products to compete with Apple’s iPad has created a whirlwind of demand in the LCD market. Combine this with a growing acceptance of LCDs and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays in automotive, medical, security and industrial applications and you have the recipe for a hot market.
In turn, that market growth is reinvigorating demand for manufacturing equipment.
Over the last five years, demand for LCDs has grown due to increased sales of flat-panel display TVs loaded with features, including Internet access and 3-D capability.
More displays and connected devices in vehicles, increasing demand for displays and interconnection in the medical sector, rising integration of biometrics and security in consumer devices and migration toward a connected home are expected to propel demand for LCDs.
Demand for OLED displays also is growing, especially for mobile phone applications from companies such as Samsung.
The health of the display market has opened the door to new investment opportunities. Indeed, the LCD and OLED manufacturing equipment markets have gathered considerable steam in the last five years.
to read the full story in the May edition of EE Times Confidential