Plasma Shipments Reach Record High
Global shipments of plasma TV panels grew 9 percent year-over-year to 5.2 million units, a new high, according to numbers released Thursday by research firm DisplaySearch.
In fact, plasma shipments have grown year-over-year every quarter since the end of 2009, the firm said. Overall worldwide plasma shipments reached 19.1 million in 2010, an increase of over 4 million from the year before.
“While 3D has not played a big role in the growth of plasma shipments, it has helped to support plasma TV in the competition with LCD TV,” Ken Park, DisplaySearch Senior Analyst for Korea TV Market Research, said as part of the announcement. “With 3D functionality, plasma can re-position itself as a lasting technology in the TV industry. In fact, plasma TV brands are entering 2011 with 3D across their product portfolios, from 42"HD to 152."
Panasonic is still the overall market share leader with 40.7 percent, followed by Samsung (33.7 percent) and LG (23.3 percent.)