LCDs drive monitor market

CRTs in the doldrums

LCD monitor sales continue to rise at the expense of their CRT counterparts , and will account for more than 75 per cent of monitor shipments by 2006.

Say's who? The data provider is Suppli/Stanford Resources which forecasts LCD monitor revenues will jump from $6.2bn in 2001 to more than $26.5 billion in 2006. CRT monitors will slump during that period from $12.1bn in 2001 to less than $7bn in 2006.

Which is good news for the environment. On average, a CRT monitor contains between 4lb and 8lb of lead. CRT monitors are classified as hazardous waste in the EU and the US looks set to follow suit.

LCD panel prices are beginning to fall again, after sharp rises during the first half of the year. But this does not seem to have affected shipments too much according to iSuppli/Stanford which forecasts a 92 per cent leap in LCD monitor unit sales, following last year's rise of more than 126 per cent/

Time for a quote, from Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research for iSuppli/Stanford Resources: "With PC sales expected to post double digit gains in 2003 and improving availability of large screen panels and monitors, the prospects for LCD monitors are excellent."

Double digit? Fingers crossed. ®