Explosion Expected in Shipments of Touch-Screen Panels

Explosion Expected in Shipments of Touch-Screen PanelsFrom smartphones to tablets, anything with a touchscreen is a hot commodity in the world of connected devices today.

And the latest industry data related to touch-screen panel shipments confirms it.

“After a decline in the second quarter of 2013 and a tepid expansion in the third, demand for touch-screen panels used in notebook PCs is set to rebound to double-digit growth during the last three months of the year,” IHS reports.

Shipments of touch panels for notebooks will amount to 4.9 million sheets in the fourth quarter, up 10 percent from 4.4 million in the third quarter.

“While the overall notebook PC market remains sluggish, sales of touch panels for notebook PCs are showing some signs of life in the fourth quarter,” said Stone Wu, principal analyst for display components and materials at IHS. “The resumption of double-digit growth is being driven by the full-scale launch of 10.1-inch touch-screen panels that appeal to consumers, along with the introduction of a new microprocessor solution and the arrival of exciting new form factors.”