Falling input costs have overwhelmed demand increases, causing a slow, steady fall in prices over the past three years
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 02, 2015
The LCD panels and monitors market exhibits a buyer power score of 4.5 out of 5, indicating high buyer leverage in negotiations. Despite high market concentration, falling input costs and high price competition due to a significant import presence have led to steadily falling prices, says IBISWorld analyst Kevin Young. The price of semiconductors, the main input into LCD display construction, has fallen steadily over decades in line with Moore's Law (which essentially states that, holding price constant, the power of an integrated circuit doubles every two years). Thus, manufacturers have been able to make higher-quality displays for a lower cost with each passing year.
Buyers also benefit from a medium availability of substitute goods. Plasma displays, for example, provide significant competition for LCD televisions between 42 and 65 inches in size. However, LCD displays face little competition from televisions larger or smaller than that, or from computer displays. Projectors are comparatively inexpensive if the desired screen size is very large. In addition, the low level of product specialization contributes to price competition, eases the vendor selection process and minimizes the switching costs incurred when a current supplier becomes undesirable, continues Young. After controlling for size and resolution, there is little to differentiate brands. As a result, suppliers compete heavily on price, which keeps their profit margins low. Market suppliers include Samsung, Sony Corporation and Walmart Stores Inc.
The end result is a steadily falling price for LCD displays despite continual improvements in resolution and features. Buyers should therefore avoid long-term supply contracts and seek to purchase displays on an as-needed basis to maximize cost savings. Some vendors also supply numerous related goods, so buyers may be able to negotiate quantity-based savings by bundling products into a single purchase order. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s LCD Panels & Monitors procurement category market research report page.
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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics
This report is intended to assist buyers of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels and monitors, also known as LCD screens or displays. LCD displays are flat panel displays that portray images using liquid crystals. LCD displays are used in a wide variety of computer monitors, televisions, instrumental panels and signs. They are the most commonly used form of display. This report excludes cathode ray tube and plasma displays.
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