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Display manufacturers to fill growing demand for multifunction TFT-LCD panels in automotive instrument clusters.

Figure: Instrument Cluster TFT LCD Shipments and Forecast
Source: DisplaySearch 2014 Automotive Displays Report
Figure: Instrument Cluster TFT LCD Shipments and Forecast Source: DisplaySearch 2014 Automotive Displays Report

According to the latest DisplaySearch Automotive Displays Report, with more safety features requiring a greater level of driver monitoring, demand for multifunction TFT-LCD panels in the automotive instrument cluster is accelerating. In fact, TFT LCD shipments for the instrument cluster in automobiles are expected to grow 48% to reach 30.2 million units this year, growing further to reach 50 million units in 2018.

“Formerly a concept found only in science fiction, safety functions like emergency stop and active lane control are becoming more commonplace, and automatic electronic control of automobiles is now a reality,” said Hiroshi Hayase, vice president of small/medium displays for DisplaySearch, now part of IHS (NYSE: IHS). “With leading-edge features like fully automatic driving on the horizon, and with growing requirements to actively monitor safety and ecological functions, multifunctional TFT LCD instrument clusters could soon resemble glass cockpits.”

Growing automotive manufacturer demand for automotive TFT LCD panels in the instrument cluster are mainly led by the United States, European Union, Japan, and other developed regions. In 1H’14, Continental AG was the top purchaser of instrument cluster TFT LCD panels, followed by Ford and Nippon Seiki.

The DisplaySearch Automotive Displays Report analyzes all flat-panel-display (FPD) shipments related to the automotive industry, providing forecasts for FPD technology, shipments, revenues, shares, size, resolution, demand, production and average prices. This semi-annual report includes an overview of FPD suppliers, an in-depth application analysis, and a breakdown of shipments and revenues for instrument cluster displays and design trends. For more information about the report, please contact your regional DisplaySearch office.


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