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 Worldwide large TFT-LCD panel supply area to increase 6% in 2014, says MIC - 

Worldwide large TFT-LCD panel supply area is anticipated to reach 136.7 million square meters in 2014, up 6% on year, according to MIC. Growth momentum is expected to come mainly from the additional production capacity of several new 8.5G lines, including the maximum level of production capacity expansion of China panel makers BOE and China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT). As of the second quarter of 2014, BOE reached a panel capacity of 110,000 substrates per month. CSOT is expected to see its maximum capacity jump to 130,000 per month from the second half of 2014 onwards. Meanwhile, situated respectively at Suzhou and Guangzhou, the 8.5G lines of Samsung Display and LG Display have begun volume production. LG's 8.5G line, though slower in production, has been catching up fast and churning out panels at a speed faster than Samsung Display. Both 8.5G lines are forecast to reach a maximum 50,000 substrates per month by the end of 2014. Whether they will further expand capacity depends highly on end-market demand, MIC said. Owing to the increased demand for small and medium area panels and the growing trend of bigger screen products, panel makers' panel production schedules have been adjusting toward higher generation technologies. Given the fixed capacity, companies are tending towards increasing the production capacity of existing lines instead. Taiwan panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) has shifted production capacity at L5D away to small and medium area panel applications such as smartphones and consumer electronics devices since the second quarter of 2014. Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014, AUO will only reserve limited capacity for large area panel applications, said MIC.