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24 million iPhone 4Gs expected to ship

Taiwanese manufacturers will be the principal beneficiaries of the Apple iPhone 4G, as details emerged of which company will contribute what to the innards of the phone.

According to the Taiwan Economic News, Hon Hai (Foxconn) will put the phones together while Chimei Innolux will contribute the LCD touch screen modules.

The wire said that when the phone is introduced in June, Foxconn will be able to deliver 4.5 million units and can increase the ramp during the second half of this year to between 10 to 12 million units a month.

The Economic News said that the LCD panels are fringe field switching (FFS)  units, with LG licensing the tech from Taiwanese firm Prime View International.  The iPhone 4G will, apparently, have a front end camera and multiplex features and is a CDMA unit, the wire claimed.

Dynapack Corporation and Simplo Technology Co will supply long lasting batteries for the phone, the wire reported, here.

LCD shipments show strong recovery

The market for large area TFT LCD panels showed strong growth in 2009, bucking the recession.

Displaysearch said shipments showed a record high of 527 million units – with mini-notes, TVs and public display units all strong. The fourth quarter was the strongest, with 154 million units shipped.

While monitors is now a relatively mature market, showing only two percent year on year growth notebook PC and mininote panels hit 175 million units, while TV panels grew 45 percent year on year, with 163 million units shipped.

Strong demand from mainland China for LCD TVs accounted for much of that growth.

LG Display had a 24.9 percent market share, followed closely by Samsung at 24.5 percent. AU Optronics and Chi Mei held 17 percent and 14.2 percent.

Displaysearch shows TFT large area shipments in the following table, in millions.

Application
2008
2009
year/year
Monitor
174
177
2%
Notebook PC
135
141
5%
Mini-Note
5
33
603%
LCD TV
113
163
45%
Public Display
0.6
1.1
93%
Others
13
11
-12%
Total
439
527
20%

US distributor sues Samsung, AU, Chi Mei, over LCD conspiracy

A New York based distributorship has filed a case in a Brooklyn district court alleging that a large number of Asian companies conspired to fix prices on LCD displays.

Electrograph Systems Inc named the defendants in the case as Epson, Hitachi, Sharp, Toshiba, Toshiba Matsushita, Sanyo, LG Display, Samsung, AU Optronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, CMO Japan, Nexgen Mediatech, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Tatung, Hannstar Display and Mitsui & Co.

The filing claims that “the defendants and their co-conspirators formed an international cartel which conducted a long running conspiracy extending at a minimum from at leasy January 1996 through at least December 11, 2006.”

It continues: “The purpose and effect of the conspiracy was to fix, raise, stabilise and maintain prices for Thin Film Transistor Liqid Crystal Display panels.

The effect of the alleged conspiracy ran into billions of dollars, according to Electrograph. The conspirators, the filing alleges, met or talked to agree on product prices and as new producers entered the market, the new producers also agreed to fix prices and to control supply.

“Defendants’ conspiracy included agreements on the prices at which defendants would sell TFT-LCD products to their own corporate subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as their co-conspirators.”

The filing pointed out that five of the defendants – LG, Sharp, Chunghwa, Hitachi and Epson have pleaded guilty to a fixed price conspiracy.

Electrograph said it bought TFT LCD products and so suffered damages and is bringing the action to recover overcharges it believes it paid during the relevant period. Electrograph Systems is a value added wholesale distributor of display technology.