Touch screens are one of the most important parts in any new age gadget. There are millions of smart phones and tablets coming out every month from various manufacturers, and for that, millions of touch screen display units are required. Also, there was an explosion at a chemical plant in Japan recently, which has resulted in the shortage of upstream thin-film type touch screen materials. This is said to continue till the end of 2012. Industry sources say so.
Since the explosion in Japan, downstream vendors have reportedly been competing for the materials, with Samsung in particular putting in twice the amount of orders it normally does, the sources said, adding that Samsung’s increase in orders is probably a strategy the company is using to harness materials for its products while leaving its competitors to battle over their orders for the materials.
Apple announced its new smaller 7.9 inch iPad Mini recently, and in the coming months, the mini tablet is expected to sell up to 10 million units in the fourth quarter of the year, according to analysts. This will lead to more demand for the touch screen units. This is going to worsen the situation, according to the sources quoted on DigiTimes.
High demand for the touch screen material has now resulted in about a 30% shortage, which is also putting China-based touch panel makers at a loss. Recently, Truly Optoelectronics general manager Jian-hua Li arrived in Taiwan looking for additional suppliers of thin-film type touch screen materials.
Whatever the situation may be, I am pretty sure that we are not going to see any less number of new devices. After Google’s event on the 29th of this month, that is on Monday, there are hopefully going to be two more new devices this month, the LG Nexus 4 smart phone, and the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet. These devices are also expected to sell out in large numbers, as they give the users the vanilla experience of the Android operating system.